Anonymous Director Makes His Oscar Picks

academy awards 2[Blind Gossip] The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday, February 24 at 4:00 pm PST on ABC.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Academy Awards voting process, here is a very brief description of how it works:

Each member of the Academy (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) belongs to one of 15 “branches” (e.g. the Directors branch). The members of each “branch” make nominations only within their branch (e.g. Directors nominate other Directors for “Best Director”). Then, once the nominees are selected by each branch, the entire membership votes for the winner.

You might think that if an Academy Member votes for a film, that they have actually seen the film. You might think that they select a Best Actress based on who they think gave the best performance that year. You might think that they can only vote for one film for Best Picture.

If you think those things, you would be wrong. This is Hollywood, people! Things don’t work in such a straightforward way.

With that in mind, here is an interesting article from our friends at The Hollywood Reporter describing the thinking process one director went through to select this year’s winners.

[The Hollywood Reporter] One of the 371 members of the Academy’s directors branch recently invited me over to his office to listen in as he openly deliberated about how to fill out his final ballot for the 85th Oscars. As you can tell from his remarks — highlights of which have been reprinted below, category-by-category — he has seen virtually all of the contenders and has very strong but carefully considered opinions about them. He opted to vote online rather than via paper ballot — “because I want to feel young again,” he said with a chuckle — and did not experience any issues with the voting system. His main issue, in fact, is with the studios that have inundated him with promotional swag, most of which he doesn’t want. “I’ve gotten books, cookbooks and just about everything short of Lincoln condoms,” he cracked. “It’s ridiculous.” Eventually, we got down to business, and, in no particular order, touched upon all 24 Oscar categories.


“This is the award for sound that is mixed on the set on the day. I’m going to dismiss Life of Pi because it seems like very much of a postproduction movie. And I’m going to vote for Les Miserables because they recorded the singing for live on the set and every quaver had to be caught. They had to be absolutely perfect, and they were.”

Vote: Les Miserables


“This is more about sound effects done in post. I’m going to dismiss Argo, Django and Life of Pi because I don’t think their post sound effects were terribly interesting or original. Zero Dark Thirty? I imagine that a great deal of the raid was done with sound effects editing. But I’m gonna go with Skyfall. The sound of that movie was absolutely extraordinary — in particular, when the train comes colliding into the station.”

Vote: Skyfall


“I did not see all of the nominees, but with something like visual effects you can see enough of a film, in many cases, to make an informed decision. The Hobbit lost me with the 48 frames-per-second; I think it’s failed experiment — noble, but failed. The Avengers and Prometheus are the same old thing. Snow White and the Huntsman lost me when they went into the woods. But Life of Pi is pretty extraordinary—the visuals are as magnificent as anything I’ve seen in a movie in a very long time. I was also very impressed that the tiger is so realistic and so unsentimental.”

Vote: Life of Pi


“In general, I object to movies that primarily feature CGI production design, like The Hobbit and Life of Pi. Les Miserables? One of its weakest things was its production design — for example, in the beginning of the movie, that huge boat looked ridiculously fake. So that leaves Anna Karenina, which is a movie I loathed, and Lincoln. I’m not gonna vote for Lincoln for best picture, but I have a lot of personal respect for Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy and I want to help the film, so when I can throw it a vote, like here, I will.”

Vote: Lincoln


“This is No-Brainer City: ‘Skyfall’ is one of the best songs that has ever been in the best song category and Adele is f—ing brilliant. Plus I think it’s about time that a James Bond song won best song. In a way, this is my F-you for not giving it to ‘Live and Let Die’ back in 1973. I will say that ‘Before My Time,’ which is sung by Scarlett Johansson, is pretty good. ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ I couldn’t remember if my life was on the line. ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend’ is a simple song. And ‘Suddenly’ from Les Miserables is a very boring song and an absolutely blatant attempt to win a best song Oscar; that upsets me. If ‘Skyfall’ does not win I will fillet my next-door neighbor’s dog.”

Vote: “Skyfall” (Skyfall)


Life of Pi is an absolutely perfect score. [Lincoln composer] John Williams has enough f—ing Oscars, and I really feel that the score was a weak part of Lincoln and just self-plagiarism for Williams. Thomas Newman should have won the Oscar a couple of times, but I just didn’t see anything particularly new or interesting in the music of Skyfall.”

Vote: Life of Pi


“I don’t think it’s a very impressive category this year. They should have nominated Lincoln because of how much they made Daniel Day-Lewis look like Lincoln. In Hitchcock Anthony Hopkins just looked like a man in a fat-suit—I didn’t really buy it. The Hobbit? You know, whatever—it’s what they do every time. So I guess I’m going to vote for Les Miserables here, only because of how well they aged Hugh Jackman. And I think they did a good job beating the shit out of Anne Hathaway, as well.”

Vote: Les Miserables


“I think one of the worst things about Silver Linings Playbook was its editing; there was a lot of mismatching. Lincoln? There really isn’t much editing to speak of. Life of Pi is interesting because it was mostly computer-generated, I think there were not that many decisions to be made with editing, as opposed to when you get a shitload of stuff and have to figure out what you’re going to use. Argo had some pretty good editing, especially that sequence at the end when they’re making their escape. But the undeniable winner is Zero Dark Thirty, which must have had a massive amount of footage to boil down and made that raid at the end very understandable.”

Vote: Zero Dark Thirty


“It’s a very good group; I saw them all. The most powerful might be The Gatekeepers, so that could win. But, in order to win this Oscar, you usually have to make a film that makes people feel absolutely great or makes people feel like they want to slit their wrists; something that’s jovial or something that’s important. I think that Searching for Sugar Man is going to win, and I’m going to vote for it because I just felt like a million bucks after watching it — and I bought Rodriguez’s album.”

Vote: Searching for Sugar Man


[Had not seen any of the films, but had heard good things about Paperman so he voted for it.]

Vote: Paperman


[Had not seen any of the films and knew nothing about any of them, so he declined to vote.]

Vote: [Abstained]


Curfew is the least depressing of five films guaranteed to prevent you from getting laid, as I personally learned.”

Vote: Curfew


I would have voted for Bigelow — I certainly nominated her and Affleck. Silver Linings is a screenplay; the direction is not particularly important — although it took David O. Russell to figure out that Bradley Cooper is a great actor. Life of Pi is very well-directed and extremely well-thought-out, but I was put off by the religious message at the end. Beasts? I know many people loved it, but I got seasick and found it to be almost impossibly boring. Amour is purely a performance piece; besides, Michael Haneke has pissed me off in the past because he’s made movies that are so misanthropic. He just hates human beings, and I happen to be a human being and don’t like being shit on. That leaves Lincoln, which I don’t feel is the best-directed film of the year — there’s nothing innovative about it — but I’m swept away with the gravity of the subject matter, with the respect that Spielberg showed to it and with him guiding Day-Lewis in a direction different than we’d normally associated with Lincoln. Plus, Spielberg deserves an Oscar every 10 years or so out of respect for what he does for the industry.

Vote: Lincoln


“This always goes to the nominee with the puffiest dresses. Just once I’d like to see a more modern film put into this category. Mirror Mirror is out for me. Lincoln is out for me. I just don’t want to support Anna Karenina, even though it’s probably going to win because it’s exactly the kind of movie that does win this award; people who haven’t even seen the film are going to vote for it because it just has that smell. But I’m gonna go for Snow White because you had the knights in the shining armor and then you had the more mythical costumes and on and on. I think it was just a little bit more inventive than the others.”

Vote: Snow White and the Huntsman


“I liked Life of Pi, but I’m suspect of any nominee that used a lot of CGI, since you can manipulate the photography so much. Lincoln was way too milky for me; I have that problem with almost everything Janusz Kaminski does. The Anna Karenina cinematography was totally unimpressive. Django Unchained was Robert Richardson, and he, in general, does far too much top-lighting for me. I’m voting for Skyfall because I want Roger Deakins to win an Oscar. Now, I’m a person who knows that Roger Deakins shot Skyfall, but a lot of people in the Academy will have no clue who did because they don’t tell you on the ballot; in fact, they won’t vote for it because it’s a James Bond film — you know, ‘How can you give James Bond an Oscar?’ But they should go back and rewatch that opening shot where Bond is approaching the camera, and he’s out-of-focus and he slams into focus in a way that I’ve never seen done before. I also really love the way that Deakins plays with dark and light in the film.”

Vote: Skyfall


“It’s a tough category because everything is mediocre. I’m definitely not voting for The Pirates. I’m not voting for Frankenweenie. Brave was unimpressive. So I guess it’s between ParaNorman and Wreck-It Ralph. So… [At this time he assigned the screen side of his iPhone to the former and the back side of it to the latter, and spun it on his desk.]

Vote: Wreck-It Ralph


“It’s a very interesting category.  Jacki Weaver? I don’t even know why she’s there, and she knocked out Ann Dowd, who probably deserved that spot for Compliance. Helen Hunt is really a lead actress. Sally Field is undeserving in this category — I didn’t find a single moment in the film where I thought she did anything extraordinary; she’s playing an annoying character, and she is rather annoying, plus she’s about 20 years too old for the role. Amy Adams is going to be nominated 20 more times, but this one’s a total throwaway role. Which leaves Anne Hathaway, who’s going to win because she makes you cry and because I find her charming. Sometimes it’s one scene that wins it for you. Not just anybody can come in and kill one song; there are many songs that Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe should have killed, and, in fact, they killed them literally.”

Vote: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)


“For the first hour of The Impossible, you can’t imagine how Naomi Watts cannot win, but her character basically becomes a person who is exclusively struggling and who disappears for large chunks of the film, so I can’t vote for her. I also don’t vote for anyone whose name I can’t pronounce. Quvez—? Quzen—? Quyzenay? Her parents really put her in a hole by giving her that name — Alphabet Wallis. The truth is, it’s a very sweet but immature performance from a 9-year-old. I’ve directed children. They probably did a thousand takes and put the best ones together. Jennifer Lawrence I was on the fence about, but she lost me with that Saturday Night Live bit; I thought it was mean-spirited and shows a lack of maturity on her part. So, for me, it’s between Jessica Chastain and Emmanuelle Riva. I didn’t like Amour, but I think Riva was extraordinary in it. Chastain was just fantastic in Zero Dark Thirty — she is the major star of tomorrow and probably has another 10 Oscar nominations in her future. Meanwhile, Emmanuelle Riva may not even live through Oscar night, so …”

Vote: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)


“I rule out Christoph Waltz because this is a fake nomination — he’s a co-lead with Jamie Foxx, and it’s unfair for the others to compete with that. Also, much of his performance is just like in Inglourious Basterds. Robert De Niro was just Robert De Niro; yes, he had one crying scene, but crying is not enough. Alan Arkin in Argo? I’m shocked he’s even nominated. Tommy Lee Jones has been such a bitter guy — all that scowling at the Golden Globes? I’m telling you, people don’t like the guy. So I turn to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was sublime in The Master. It’s a very original performance. What’s interesting about it is you don’t know where the character is coming from; you sort of assume he’s insincere, but sometimes he comes across as extremely sincere. Now, you could argue that it’s also a lead, but if you go back and take out a stopwatch, you’ll realize that it really is Joaquin Phoenix’s movie.”

Vote: Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)


“I would be surprised if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t get 80 percent of the vote — people like and respect him and also the character. I’ll bet you that none of the other nominated guys have even written a speech. I, too, thought he was very good, but basically it was a lot of soliloquies, you know, so I didn’t see that much range from him. For Bradley Cooper, the nomination is his award. Hugh Jackman did a terrible job singing many of the songs in Les Mis — I think the live singing, in many cases, actually hurt the movie because the singing just isn’t as good as it could be. Denzel Washington plays a drunk and an addict, which is very difficult to do, and it’s a brilliant performance, but so much of it goes on the natural fumes of Denzel, and he’s already won two Academy Awards. So I’m gonna vote for Joaquin Phoenix, who gives a performance for the ages. So much went into that performance. He created a character as distinct as Daniel Plainview [Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood], from always hunching and putting his right hand on his hip to crying as he’s being audited.”

Vote: Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)


“It’s a rather strong category, but I’m partial to Life of Pi because we all thought that it was an unfilmable book, and yet David Magee came up with a way to structure it that was faithful to the book but also cinematic. Lincoln was a little too much of a history lesson. Plus, I thought the opening scene with the black soldier and the scene featuring Tommy Lee Jones’ character and his maid were both very contrived, and that the ending, as is so often the case in Spielberg’s movies, was overkill. Silver Linings is a pretty good screenplay, but I wasn’t wowed by it. Argo is a whole lot of nothing; it’s a very engaging story but with nothing particularly clever in the writing. And I didn’t understand what was going on in Beasts of the Southern Wild; up until this very second I didn’t even realize it was an adapted screenplay.”

Vote: Life of Pi


Amour is immediately disqualified—it’s just a woman dying, and there’s no real story, and it made me feel like shit. There’s only so much diaper-changing that I can tolerate. Django? If Tarantino had never made a film and this was his first screenplay, I might consider voting for him, but he’s made the same movie eight times. Moonrise Kingdom? It’s a personal thing, but I don’t like this guy’s movies. Flight offers a look at addiction unlike any we’ve seen. But Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty script is even more amazing, with very good moments and great tension. Also, this whole torture thing is nonsense. Knowing that it’s not gonna win best picture, part of me just wants to try to push through an award for it as an ‘I’m sorry.’ ”

Vote: Zero Dark Thirty


“I’ve seen all of the nominees at official Academy screenings held over the past few weeks. You go into that theater, you sit there, you look around, and you just hope that there’s an ambulance outside because a lot of the members in attendance must have aged out of AARP at this point. I really wonder if these people are going to vote for Amour, because they’re really looking at themselves and they’ve gotta be saying, ‘This is what’s in my future? This is f—ing depressing.’ It’s depressing for people who are dying and for people who have to take care of people who are dying. It’s like, who needs that shit? I personally didn’t care for it. A Royal Affair is the kind of film that bores me; I fell asleep as I was watching it. No is a very good film, but it’s shot in a very weird way. War Witch is a really great film, but it’s an absolute f—ing bummer, and when you have children in jeopardy, people check out. That leaves Kon-Tiki, which has a very weird beginning but is very moving by the end; when they showed the photos of the real-life people at the end, my eyes were welling up. There is a tendency among voters in this category to vote for something that uplifts or energizes them, and this certainly does that.”

Vote: Kon-Tiki (Norway)


“This is a preferential system. I’m putting Amour at No. 9 because I’m just pissed off at that film. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a movie that I just didn’t understand, so that’s my No. 8. Les Miserables goes in seventh place — it’s not just the most disappointing film of the year but the most disappointing film in many years. Above that I’m putting Silver Linings Playbook, which is just a “blah” film. Django Unchained will go into my fifth slot — it’s a fun movie, but it’s basically just Quentin Tarantino masturbating for almost three hours. Next up is Life of Pi because of how unique it is and for holding my attention up until its irritating ending. Argo is gonna go in third place, but I don’t want it to win because I don’t think it deserves to win and am annoyed that it is on track to win for the wrong reasons. Actually, come to think of it, do we have to put a film in every slot? Because what I want is for my best picture choice to have the best possible shot, so why even give any support to the others? [He has his assistant call the Oscar voting helpline, finds out that voters can leave slots blank and promptly removes all of the aforementioned selections.] I’m basically OK with one of two films winning. Lincoln is going in my second slot; it’s a bore, but it’s Spielberg, it’s well-meaning, and it’s important. Zero Dark Thirty is my No 1.”

Vote: (1) Zero Dark Thirty, (2) Lincoln, (3) [blank], (4) [blank], (5) [blank], (6) [blank], (7) [blank], (8) [blank], (9) [blank]

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  1. WaitLemmeGuess says

    I don’t know who it is, but sheesh does he sound like a jerk. Making fun of a little kid because he thinks her name is funny looking? That joke is okay, but Jennifer Lawrence poking fun at *herself* lacks maturity? Stay classy, sir. Stay classy.

    With that, I’m gonna guess James Cameron.

    • NoseyNana2008 says

      “Django Unchained will go into my fifth slot — it’s a fun movie, but it’s basically just Quentin Tarantino masturbating for almost three hours.” Almost sounds like the man himself, doesn’t it?

  2. rayodeplata says

    I have no idea who he is, but I’m glad that he didn’t vote for “Amour” as Best Foreign Language Film. And “No” is shot in a weird way because they made it like they did back in the ’80s: equipment, techniques, etc. In my country (Chile) we watch it and it feels so familiar, but outside it doesn’t really work.

  3. CapnZebbie says

    This was fascinating! Very smart and thoughtful voting for the most part.

    I’m going with Martin Scorsese.

  4. jaa1169 says

    I am going with one of the Coen Brothers, although they are not that old. Probably Joel Coen. They are funny, and this blind with the quotes appear to be from someone who has a good sense of humor. The Coens are longtime collaborators with Roger Deakins and Philip Seymour Hoffman. THey are friends and collaborators with Sam Raimi, who kind of got screwed over by Tarantino (masturbating for almost 3 hours, lol). They use Bruce Campbell alot, as does Sam Raimi.

  5. shelaur22 says

    The anon director reads as younger to me. I don’t know if we’re supposed to guess who it is or anything, but he/she speaks youthfully.

  6. packerpoke says

    This Director does know his stuff. I do not who he is. You act right and act right, you might win the Oscar.

  7. HotTeacher88 says

    In the spirit of this director, I refuse to pick just one. In the order of how they popped into my head:
    1. Martin Scorcesse
    2. Francis Ford Coppola
    3. Woody Allen
    I just LOVED this feature! Great job, Ace!!!

  8. says

    I think I like this guy. Even though he shit on some of my absolute fucking favourite movies of the year, I feel like he’s be that friend that I’d disagree with on a lot of things but I’d still have a lot of fun tacking the piss out of things with him.

  9. qayro says

    Anonymous Director: Rod Lurie

    Clue#1: “hollywood” He wrote a book called: Once upon a time in Hollywood.
    Clue#2: “straightforward” His movie is called: Nothing but the truth.
    Clue#3: “contender” His movie is called: the contender.
    Clue#4: “because I want to feel young again” He made a movie called: Resurrecting the Champ.

  10. SouthJerseyGirl says

    This was such a great article – thanks Ace for posting it! Really gave me a great insight into how the Academy voters go about casting their votes.

  11. keels says

    Meh. I’m going to go with Jonathan Demme, because he likes AnnE Hathaway and clearly knows Denzel, whom he’s cast twice in major roles.

  12. CountessLurkula says

    –“Voting online makes me feel young”
    –He “chuckles” and is opinionated.
    –Doesn’t acknowledge any of the race issues written about so eloquently by Tarantino
    –Spielberg idolizer who respects action films
    –hates Sally Fields, Tarantino, indie movie fare, CGI


  13. tallzeez says

    I actually disagree with several things this director is saying as well as totally agreeing with a lot of the other stuff he/she says. I get the kind of vibe that this person really knows how this industry works and what makes a movie and good and what doesn’t. However, i found it quite disappointing that he didn’t even attempt to spend a weekend watching all the movies that he’s supposed to be nominated for.

    Although, i’m not surprised, these people are just human so at the end of the day i don’t want to judge. It was disappointing that he wasn’t pleased with Argo. I suppose i can’t judge though, i haven’t seen Lincoln, think Silver Linings is way way WAY too overrated and too much validation is being given to Bradley Cooper (the nomination IS his award), wasn’t at all impressed with Les Miserables, find Anne Hatheway more and more intolerable as the days go by and didn’t watch Life of Pi

    Rant over.

  14. opleiadeso says

    This makes me angry…he felt that Jennifer Lawrence should be judged based not on her movie but for her performing a skit on a scripted television show. Then, he makes fun of Quvenzhané Wallis for her name and said she was being too immature. SHE WAS SIX when she made BotSW. I should be so lucky that I could have acted like that when I was six.

    Oh, and that Emmanuelle Riva should get it because she could drop dead soon…

    • Jordan Joelle says

      I would like to defend his JLaw comment. Hwood has always been about image and performance.
      Jessica Chastain has done a lot of notable performances. She has that gal next door, who you can also go to a dive bar with and is a good actress. Appears nice, friendly and classy.
      Jennifer Lawrence is a gifted actress. There is something in her talent that grabs your attention. The problem lies, there is something off putting about her personality. She comes off
      snarky and quirky, not in a good way, quirky though. She is a major actress now and she hasn’t learned that Hwood is like high school. When you are at the top of the class, you have to act accordingly. Hwood A list want you sweet, approachable, articulate and classy, but not overly.
      There is a fine line. She hasn’t learned this yet and it is turning people off.

      • opleiadeso says

        I would agree with you, but those lines were *written for her* for SNL.

        We don’t know if she gave input about what to include or had a choice to not include those lines, but probably not.
        JLaw is not saying these things on her own volition. This was scripted.

        I don’t understand, further, why Anne Hathaway isn’t getting the same kind of backlash, because didn’t she always skewer Katie Holmes on SNL?

      • lovelula87 says

        jordan joelle – that’s only YOUR opinion of jennifer lawrence’s personality. you say snarky, i say down-to-earth, real and hilarious. thank goodness she’s not conforming to some bizarre personality expectations some members of the public have.

  15. newsjunkie says

    Amazing read. Unless you are part of “that world” it’s so closed off to emotions and more about politics. I’m still HOPING Jessica wins Best Actress–that’s my one crossing-my-fingers vote!

  16. lovelula87 says

    i love the honesty, but poor jennifer lawrence… missing out on a vote because of something unrelated to her acting! that kinda sucks.

  17. Okayeah says

    No clue who this is, but does it matter? This is how the Oscars are won, and it just proves that there is no real value in having one. Turns out the honor IS in the nomination! Oh and BTW, being “put off by the religious message” at the end of Life of Pi only shows that this guy completely missed the point.

  18. peaches says

    Wow..and I thought college football rankings were crazy..Thanks for the article. Enjoy your weekend..

  19. Jordan Joelle says

    I think this is James Cameron.
    I think this is one of the best articles on The Oscars I have read. It was really interesting.
    Thanks to BG for sharing this.

  20. Pollyamorous says

    I have no clue who this might be but I agree with him or her regarding Jennifer Lawrence, Jacki Weaver, and Robert DeNiro being nominated. How did they even get nominations? ‘Playbook’ was good but not extraordinary. The real standout was Bradley Cooper. He stole the entire movie and skipped town. Hell, even Chris Tucker made more of an impact than Jacki “I’m making crabby snacks and homemades!” Weaver did. Jennifer was alright. Not terrible but not OUTSTANDING either. DeNiro literally was just DeNiro with OCD and a crying scene. In my opinion, Chastain should win the Oscar because she was amazing in ZD30. Riva was good too. They’ll probably give it to her because she’s like 90.

  21. rorythedragon says

    This was so interesting but I couldn’t get past reading it in my head as the late Sydney Pollock so I have no guess!

  22. Kitty S says

    He sounds so self-important yet bitter at the same time…what an insight into the process, thanks Ace!

  23. Peta says

    This is a director, and from his comments/tone someone older (in the original article he has to call his PA to figure out how to vote). Someone who is 50 or 60+ yrs old with an amusing yet crusty outlook on Hollywood. I’m going to go with William Friedkin who won for The French Connection back in the 70s. It could be any of his peers from that era though.

  24. nolabelle says

    I agree that this dir sounds older and very experienced in the industry and his field of dir. I do agree that DeNiro,Weaver, and Lawrence nominations are a joke and strictly reflective of industry navel gazing. j Lawrence was acting on SNL and he has the right to reference and think of other aspects of her work, as witnessed in his deliberations overall. Plus, reading so much about the old geezers execs and stars who require sex for a role or stardom, i cant help but wonder if JLaw was sent around the circuit in order to be supported and shot up so fast into the stratosphere, especially for non-extraordinary body of work, and a thin body of work. Plus, her foul and vulgar mouth , and immaturity and lack of grace, is not what the Academy wants out of their A-lists. If she doesn’t improve and mature, she will suffer the Oscar curse.
    Also, this dir is older enough to truly appreciate. quality in film regardless of the “political agenda” being pushed or required by the liberal controlling Hollywood of today. For example, he wants ZD30 to win more awards even though he disagreed with ” the political ” message in it. That message is precisely why Hollywood shunned it and could not dispassionately or objectively award it. He also loves Pi for many cat. awards yet he hates the religiousness at the end. Yet, Hollywood usually gives the dir award to the best pic award too and when it splits reasons are varied and chaotically diverse. His own reasons cited are a good example of that. The two nominated movies that represented traditional America and its values were shunned for the most part by the academy in awards. And of course they awarded a best pic to the movie that messages Hollywood folks are the real heroes. Further, not Affleck or Clooney or the third producer could mouth a thanks to our troops for their heroism everyday and always, nor thank our beloved great USA for its leadership and high ground in the world because they truly don’t believe this, IMHO. Instead he thanks IRAN– are you believing this garbage? IRAN- the country that said they are out to totally ” annihilate” us, as in all us USA citizens. Gjeesh!!