Oscars voter calls Irishman 'repetitive' & Marriage Story 'phony'

Oscars voter blasts Irishman as ‘repetitive’, Marriage Story as ‘phony’ and says she ‘gagged’ when sisters in Little Women said they were poor but had their own cook

  • Anonymous actress, and Oscars voter, has dished who she wants to win the prize
  • She said The Irishman was ‘repetitive’ and she didn’t like any of the characters  
  • 8,469 members make up the Oscars voting panel, most of them actors and actresses 

A member of the voting panel for the upcoming Academy Awards has dubbed Martin Scorsese’s Irishman boring, Marriage Story fake and said she ‘gagged’ when the sisters in Little Women said they were poor but had their own cook. 

One actress has spoken anonymously before this Sunday’s ceremony, explaining who she thinks has a shot of bagging the Best Picture award this year. 

The voting panel for the Oscars is made up 8,469 members, most of them are actors and actresses. 

The unnamed woman, said she struggled with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman – a Robert De Niro and Al Pacino gangster flick which drew 17 million viewers in the first five days. 

She said she thought it ‘was too long and too repetitive’.

The movie, which was widely praised by critics, told the story of an ex mafia hitman as he recalled his part in the possible slaying of the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Jimmy Hoffa, after he disappeared in 1975. 

As part of the movie, special effects were used to show Pacino and De Niro at different times in the characters’ lives. 

A 2019 photo from Netflix shows the cast of The Irishman film. Left to right: Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa and Ray Romano as Bill Bufalino 

‘The reverse-aging didn’t work,’ the actress added. ‘They erased the lines in their faces, but they still walked like old men.’

To top it off, she said she ‘didn’t care about any of the people in the movie’.  

The actress told the Hollywood Reporter: ‘If someone besides Martin Scorsese had directed The Irishman, it wouldn’t have all the accolades; it does because of his years in the business.’

A still taken from the Little Women movie this year shows Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen

Scarlett Johansson as Nicole, Azhy Robertson as Henry Barber and Adam Driver as Charlie in Marriage Story 

Next on the hit list was Little Women, a film adaptation of the 19th Century post Civil War novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.

‘Little Women was badly acted and confusing, and I have no idea why they cast four British actresses to play American girls. [Emma Watson and Florence Pugh are British, but Saoirse Ronan is Irish-American, and Eliza Scanlen is Australian.]   

She added that the repetitive pleas of poverty were difficult to swallow. 

‘And every time they said they were poor, I gagged — they’re living in a beautiful two-story house, and they have a cook,’ she said.  

She dubbed Jojo Rabbit, a comedy about a young patriotic German boy growing up during Nazi rule, coming to terms with the fact his mother is choosing to hide  a Jewish girl in the attic. 

The actress said it was ‘cute’ but that it was difficult to laugh about Hitler.  

A 2019 photo shows Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach’s exploration of a couple – played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson – going through a long-distance divorce was ‘phony’, she said. 

She claimed the ‘nice house’ and ‘no day job’ for the couple – an off-Broadway director and his off-Broadway actress wife – are unrealistic.  

While she praised Sam Mendes’ World War I feature 1917 for the top spot for Best Picture, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood came out as number one because it was ‘more complicated and stayed with me longer’. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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