VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 450-member executives branch. [Note: This voter was only available to discuss her selections in the aforementioned categories.]
➻ BEST PICTURE
My favorites were Her, which is about the future, and Nebraska, which is about the past. Gravity I liked very much because I'd never seen anything like it and I just love George Clooney -- but when she [Sandra Bullock] climbed out of the water I thought, "This is where an alligator is gonna get her." Dallas Buyers Club is a good movie with something important to say. I had problems with American Hustle. The best thing in it was that scene with Robert De Niro; I didn't find any of the characters particularly likable. The Wolf of Wall Street? N.O. I did not like that movie. And I have not been able to bring myself to watch 12 Years a Slave. [I pressed the member to explain why.] Here is my problem: As you know, I am a senior. I have a lot of stuff in my head [I believe this is a reference to death]. What I don't want is more terrible stuff to keep in my head. I have never liked movies that have severe violence. Yes, I saw Schindler's List, but -- Look, I've lived long enough to know what it was like for a person to be a black person in America. I mean, it's not anything that I'm not aware of. I may still go and see it [the film], but I just don't want to. Is that terrible? At five o'clock tonight I'm gonna watch Going My Way on TCM. That's my kind of a movie -- even if Bing Crosby was actually a bad person. Is there one picture this year that makes you feel better?
MY PICKS: (1) Her, (2) Nebraska, (3) Gravity, (4) Dallas Buyers Club
➻ BEST DIRECTOR
I just loved that movie [Nebraska].
MY PICK: Alexander Payne
➻ BEST ACTOR
I didn't like Leonardo [DiCaprio]'s or [Christian] Bale's movie. I liked Matthew McConaughey and I think he's gonna win because he plays a guy who becomes a different guy from the guy he is when you begin to know him. But I was very impressed with Bruce Dern and I'm happy for him.
MY PICK: Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
➻ BEST ACTRESS
I thought Sandra Bullock did a good job, but Cate Blanchett was on a level of her own.
MY PICK: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
The only one I really liked was Jared Leto.
MY PICK: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
➻ BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
I think June Squibb's performance was wonderful. It's such a complicated character to play -- a woman who seems a shrew and the worst wife in the world, but then you realize she was married to a man who's an alcoholic and not the best husband in the world, but she really loves him. Her life didn't turn out the way she wanted it to, so she got more bitter. And the fact that she is 80 [actually 84] and was, of course, Electra in Gypsy, only makes me want her to win more. I think Jennifer Lawrence will probably win, though; she's absolutely wonderful in the movie. August: Osage County was a bad play and a bad movie, so no Julia Roberts.
MY PICK: June Squibb (Nebraska)
➻ BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
I don't think The Wolf of Wall Street is a good screenplay. Philomena I liked.
MY PICK: Philomena
➻ BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
I actually read all of the screenplays and Her is clearly the best. I liked Nebraska, but that had more to do with the actors than the script. I didn't really like the way they told the story in American Hustle.
MY PICK: Her
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