The Hollywood Reporter recently published one "anonymous" Academy Award voter's "brutally honest" take on this year's Oscar field. This so-called director (and I have my suspicions of who it might be, but I'll stay quiet until I have proof) felt the need to sound edgy and relevant, I guess.
He said a whole lot about a lot of the nominees, but what stood out the most to me were his comments on Wallis:
"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."
If this "anonymous" director hadn't felt it necessary to insult Miss Wallis about her name-- something that she obviously had no control over-- I may have bought his explanation that he'd worked with better child actors, as his reason for not voting for her.
But this is clearly cultural bias, aimed at an innocent child who doesn't deserve it. So "shame on you", whoever you are.
This so-called director also took a shot at Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, saying "it's a fun movie, but it’s basically just Quentin Tarantino masturbating for almost three hours." I'll leave it up to readers to decide who they think this anonymous Academy Award voter/director could be.