Being adorable and talented just isn’t enough to keep the haters off of nine-year-old Best Actress Nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis.
An “anonymous” Academy Award voter, a director, not only criticized the young starlet’s name, but her performance in Benh Zeitlin‘s Beasts of a Southern Wild.
“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.”
This is what the voting criteria is huh? The ability to pronounce the nominee’s name and a solid analysis of “it probably took a lot of takes…”? To be fair, his criticisms of several nominees are absolutely laughable:
- Life of Pi – “well-directed and extremely well-thought-out, but I was put off by the religious message at the end.”
- Django Unchained – “it’s a fun movie, but it’s basically just Quentin Tarantino masturbating for almost three hours.”
- Lincoln - “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.”
- Argo “is a whole lot of nothing”
- Flight – “Denzel, he’s already won two Academy Awards. So I’m gonna vote for Joaquin Phoenix.”
Politics. Politics. Politics. We shouldn’t be surprised but it’s almost better not to know that this is the thinking behind the prestigious awards. it actually makes sense that refuses to attach his name to this absurdity.
HitFix‘s Edior-At-Large Kristopher Tapley extensively took on the director’s ridiculous reasoning this week and hit the nail on the head:
“this isn’t ‘brutal honesty.’ Let’s not treat it with kid gloves. It’s brutal ignorance. And don’t get mad at me for saying so. No one asked this voter to trot out that ignorance for the world to see.”
In any case, we’ll just have to see who wins on Oscar night, tomorrow, February 24th at 7:00 pm.