- They interviewed six anonymous Academy members from various branches, all of them are white and male between the ages of 40 and 70.
They all seemed to like the movie, but essentially said:
- The Academy can't be accused of being racist just out of touch with younger generations, but then goes on to say that he knows some members who didn't watch the film because it represented a culture they "detest".
- Older members most likely didn't watch it because they didn't think it was a film for them.
- He voted for it but maybe he didn't put it high enough.
- Blames the Academy’s preferential ballot system (you need at least 350 first place votes to be nominated).
- Thinks the Academy should reevaluate the system they use
- Is positive Compton got a lot of votes just not first or second place votes.
- No ones got time to watch all the movies
- He doesn't care about the Oscars and it's not a valid tool to use when evaluating anybody's work.
- Says it was well received when he went to a screening of it
- It most likely didn't have support from the below-the-line groups (meaning the editors guild, cinematographers guild, and the art director guilds ignored it in their best-of-the-year contests).
- Says, "The Academy has increased its members by 20 percent in the last three years, but it’s going to take a while to pay off.”
- Him and his son loved 'Straight Outta Compton' but when it came time to vote he had forgotten about it because it was released early in the year.
- Voted for Creed in Best Picture.
- Thought Idris Elba should have been nominated as well as Abraham Attah for 'Beasts of No Nation', thinks the subject matter as well as it being Netflix hurt the movies chances at any nominations.
- Says, "An all-white ballot is the symptom; low minority hiring is the disease. Those of us in the industry, voters or not, need to do better!”
Oops sorry for my failed attempt earlier mods.
You can read their full responses at the source