Usually trolls can be found on the Internet, hiding behind their computer screens leaving absurd comments on forums, but recently, a troll was found hiding behind the anonymity of the Academy Award voting. Of 6000 members involved in the process, one of them decided to leave comments that were in complete contrast to that of his or her peers.
The voter expressed an extreme dislike for all the films nominated for a Best Picture and all of the stars. The troll called Best Supporting Actress nominee Julia Roberts “horrendous” for her role in August: Osage County, along with using “bottom drawer” to describe the always dependable Meryl Streep, nominated for Best Actress for her role in the same film as Roberts. Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, considered to be one of his best roles, was described by the voter as “popcorn.”
The Hollywood Reporter says the anonymous voter is part of the director’s branch, which is full of 377 members. He or she lambasted Best Picture nominee Gravity, calling it unimpressive and how he or she had seen stuff at the planetarium that was just as good. The troll called Captain Phillips, the true story about Somali Pirates who hijacked a merchant ship, as “overacted” and “hokey.” The troll also said it did not contain “gripping action” as intended and it gave him or her a headache.
The Academy Award voter made comments that were more understandable on other films nominated for Best Picture, including Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, who is famous for hating the Oscars, as a loner in love with a computer with a human voice and emotions. The voter called the techno romance film “boring,” which is understandable for those who can not take romance. Even less troll-ish is the Academy Award voters judgement on The Wolf of Wall Street, which he or she said had “nothing to say.” Though the Scorsese film was a great picture, the voter was on point on how it really did not have a meaningful message beneath it, which is not typical of a film nominated for Best Picture.
Considered a clear frontrunner, 12 Years a Slave was judged by the voter as being “interesting, admirable and well done.” However, to get back to trolling he or she expressed distaste at the lack of humor and said the film really did not take much courage to make. The voter also said there was 15 to 20 minutes of footage that could have been cut from the 2 hour and 14 minute film. Chitwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, who is considered a lock to win Best Actor, was described by the voter as just “good.”
The voter admitted to not casting a ballot for Best Documentary as he or she did not think there was a film that deserved high praise. The category consists of nominees The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, The Square, and 20 Feet from Stardom.
The troll went so far as to call out the Academy and some of its voters as favoring their friends. This in fact has always been a suspicion being that all the Academy Award voters are in the industry and have worked with some of the nominees. For this year in particular, David O. Russel and Woody Allen, both nominated for Best Original Screenplay, are held in high esteem and have plenty of friends among the voters. The troll, however, joked around about how he or she is friends with both, and thus is pulled between them.
Editorial By Kollin Lore