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“Anonymous” Academy Awards Voter Gives Ridiculous Reason For Not Voting For Quvenzhane Wallis

"Anonymous" Academy Awards Voter Gives Ridiculous Reason For Not Voting For Quvenzhane Wallis

What type of sick individual could hate on a cute little baby like Beast Of The Southern Wild's Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis?

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.

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Anita

You will love that I Consider myself an American of African lineage, not an African American for obvious reasons, my family hasn't lived on that continent since we came over in the bowels of a ship, so why did my parents saddle me with a a Hispanic first name and the Irish last name of our Masters.

Alexandre Correa de Sa

Some posters seem to be semi moronic sobbing SOBs (as they fancy that type of language). Why shouldn't an Afro-American girl have an African-sounding name ? There are a lot of Italian-sounding, Spanish sounding names, etc, in the U.S.. As an child actress Quvenzhané Wallis is fantastic. The film "Beasts" is of course in the magic realism vein and reminds of Marquez' 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'. It is metaphorical and (w)hol(l)y (sic) allegorical in meaning. Some negative critics seem to miss the point as they totally misunderstand what a work of art is, illiterate and dumb as they are. May God have mercy upon their souls. All the best…
(By the way, I suppose my own name is unutterable !)

Kingslay

Congrats to her. I just hope she doesn't divert into making nude movies when she grows older. That's all about it in succeeding in Hollywood! Nudity.

FilmShark

I've said this from the get-go. The acting was amateur. I was not impressed with 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.' I also found it annoying how she was acting at the ceremony, fist-pumping and jumping in her seat. Confidence is one thing but it was the worst display of impudence I've seen at an award ceremony.

Phil

Off topic – she looked so beautiful At the awards, I was so proud of her. On topic – not sure why anyone would waste time giving this off-the-record comment any airtime. Blah…

Donella

If the fuckers can say Schwartzenegger, then they can say Quvenzhané. Some folks in Hollywood seem really terrified of a nine-year-old girl. Rock on, Quvenzhané Wallis!

maeric

Please a ghetto name is what ghetto does. This little girl sucks and her nigger parents should be shot for naming this child such a horrible nigger name :)

Friday Jones

What was most astounding in the actual article is that the director that was profiled was only one of 371 "Director Members." And at the very end of the article the director only voted for three categories. What the Hollywood Reporter inadvertently revealed was that the older white male dominating class takes itself way too seriously. This also shows that someone that should have respect for the creative process does not – this is what is wrong with the Academy!!! Here is someone that is entitled to vote and gives out opinion after opinion and in the end they do not exercise their right to cast their vote. And these are the same people young African American filmmakers want to associate themselves with? Learn how to ring your own bell folks and be satisfied with you and your works rather than worrying about what idiots like this think about you and your works!

p

It's Spielberg.

Gene

First of all you will never know who the person is. It could be some retired 8O year old for all you know. That's how the ballots are. I would say over half the voters are in there 60's. They don't usually watch all the films there are just too many of them. They receive hundreds of dvd's through the year and don't watch most to them. They may rely on friends for an opinion. And yes it is a "White Male" dominated crowd. Do you honestly think that is going to change?
Good luck with that. As for her performance, I heard the film was very good. But with kids they do take after take and edit whats best, just like adult actors. I remember Jurnee Smallett in Eve's Bayou. Wonderful child actor, just floored me, and she is a very good now adult actor. I got to say some of the articles and comment on this site are just amateurist or even churish at best. But I am old and have only been in the biz since 1959….

MissTee

I've directed children too. You don't do a thousand takes because you'll wear the actor out. Kids don't hide exhaustion as well as adults. Most of the time you'll end up using the first few takes. Whoever said this, I have to wonder to what extent they have ever directed kids, or if they're ever even around kids at all.

ao

Quvanzhane has a name. Her detractor has neither name nor brain!

SoopremeBeing

I can say her name just fine. It's really not that hard if you pace yourself with non-Anglo names. But since that's not the American way (to pace and be patient), we have ignorant blog posts such as these.

CareyCarey

I could wile away the hours, conferrin' with the flowers, consultin with the rain. And my head I'd be scratchin' while my thoughts were busy hatchin', if I only had a brain. I'd unravel any riddle for any individ'le, in trouble or in pain… IF-I-ONLY-HAD-A-BRAIN.

But wait, I do have a brain, so excuse me while I stop my knees from jerking. I mean, I realize Shadow and Act is doing what it does best (stirring the pot of controversy) and there's nothing inheriently wrong with that, but I refuse to be led down the yellow brick road to kneejerk reactions. So work with me.

Rendering an argument against "he said, she said" can be viewed as a fool's errand. Granted, I've participanted in many foolish endeavors, but I am not a fool-time fool. So these days, when I am in my right mind, I am inclined to heed the warning in the saying "Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread".

Anyway, arguing with, or against, a nameless and faceless man is akin to… ahhh… damn, I can't find the right words. But that last time I found myself barking at the moon, I was either drunk, high or both.

So today, I'm going to look right, and then left, before I jump in the middle of this road. However, having said ALL of that, I am, nevertheless, inclined to play along. Hey, throw me a bone… I did admitted to being a fool – sometimes.

Now listen, I think it's safe to assume that the ghost writer is a white person. But I am not going to immediately throw racism on the table. I mean, it may be apropos to call them a prick or a jerk or even a dumb m***** f*****. But racist? I'm going to stick with "dumb-mfer" because the best directors are those who have the time, money, patience and insight to use multiple takes to achieve the best on screen performance (and that's exactly what "Beasts" director did). Should that be used against the actor?

In reference to the name thang, I can't help but believe he was being somewhat facetious. Then again, it's highly possible that the ghost writer is a garden variety smart-ass-dick-head, who we should excuse because he's a dumb motherf*****.

But wait, all goodbyes are not gone. GETTHESENETS might be pinning the tail on the right donkey.

"unless the writer attaches a name to the comments…. it's just the Hollywood Reporter writer talking out of his/her ass. Liberal Hollywood is as racist as any other American institution, but I call BS on this story" ~ Nets & Slam Dunk

Vichus

If the director is anonymous, how can you assume that they are culturally ignorant? What cultural background do they have?

It's not like there aren't people of all races with difficult to pronounce names, but if a black person has a difficult to pronounce name, a white person (we assume) cannot say one word about that name?

It was a joke. You quoted this person, and right after what was said, they give the real reason.

sandra

This is one of the many reasons why I am so amused by black folks who continuously seek approval from The Academy as if it were some governing body made up of all-knowing cinematic gods. I truly don't care about awards. I care about financing, marketing and distribution. If I watch anything Oscar-related it's the pre-show to catch the goofy fashion. That's it.

KittyNYC

She was six years old when she did the film. So my question is, did he really see the movie? I think NOT!!

Alex

I read the whole post; the guy sounds like a douche of the highest order, no surprises there though. I think to play devils advocate before everyone jumps to the assumption that he hates black people and is a sick man who hates this child – from what he says about all his choices for the Oscars, the man is a straight up douche. Listen to the way the journo describes the director in questions mannerisms, read his ageist reasoning for Sally Field and his silly conclusion as to why Jennifer Lawrence won't be getting his vote. He's clearly not a nice guy. His reasoning for Quvenzhane Wallis is plain idiotic, she's also just a child. I guess Hollywood isn't as diverse as it always tries to proclaim it is. It would be nice to know who he is so he can be called up on it.

JDB

I am also guessing Brett Ratner.

Sincere1

Seriously? His only complaint was her name? Everything else he said was pure speculation. Such comments reveal more of HIS own character to anonymously spew such negativity – what a coward!

getthesenets

unless the writer attaches a name to the comments….it's just the Hollywood Reporter writer talking out of his/her ass

"liberal" hollywood is as racist as any other American institution, but I call BS on this story

Tim

You know his stance on Quvenzhane Wallis is ridiculous. But what he said about Django? 100% accurate.

Valsadie

My guess is a director who's made a series of films based on a family of toys. More than meets the eye?

Aaron

So this muthfucka is basically saying that all black people should have white american sounding names. Fuck him and the oscars.

Hassan Fvckry (@DLYDJ)

Whoever it is doesn't have the gull to be respectful. There are plenty of actors who have real names that are unpronounceable and still light up the screen. Ms. Wallis will be one of them!

Kai

I m not sure why ppl are playing the race card. The persons reasons to vote against wallis is retarded and his voting credentials should be revoked immediately

wid guess

woody allen?

i'm figuring you're probably a white new yorker if you stan for "zero dark thirty" so hard. they're the most hyped about bin laden getting assassinated. i wouldn't pay two cents to see that movie.

NO BRAINER

Okay. I read the article and I agree with most of his opinions about the films and his votes. "Beasts" was a boring film, despite the popular belief of the film community. Christoph Waltz was basically playing the same role he played in Inglorious Basterds. DDL's performance was good but there was a lot of soliloquies and it lacked range. And the mediocre Wreck-It-Ralph should win over the other mediocre films in the same category. It was just a mediocre year in film and if I were a member, I would limit my preferential Best Picture films as followed: 3. Zero dark Thirty, 2. Silver Linings Playbook, and 1. Argo. Fin.

NO BRAINER

(and I have my suspicions of who it might be, but I'll stay quiet until I have proof) — Emmanuel.

I doubt whether you know who this Oscar voter is. Don't assume…

browneyesblue

If her name was Jessica Anne Wallis, she still would not win an award. Whatever. The telecast has my attention until The Walking Dead comes on. I don't care who wins tomorrow. This is the year of the Whitewash. Ignore all award shows.

Alex

Brett Ratner, duh

Miles Ellison

Why are people supposed to take the Oscars seriously again?

CoquettishK

This is just another example of how from the moment we take breathe in this world, children of color have no value in the eyes of white people. Absolutely none. People underestimate this girl and her amazing performance. They say she had an "easy job". Acting is NOT easy, losing yourself in a completely different identity is NOT easy. And I'm sorry but no random child off the street can do what she did. She took a character and ran with it. And she did it beautifully. This director has absolutely no knowledge of her work ethic or the time spent into making the film. This is why I cannot respect the opinions whites have on African American performers.

KLJ

First, this director has no direct knowledge of how many takes it took for any of Ms. Wallis' scenes. Second, as a director he should know that there are plenty of adults who NEVER get scenes right no matter how many times the scenes are shot. Third, unlike Behn Zeitlin, I seriously doubt the director has ever interviewed thousand of children for a lead role in a movie so he probably haven't directed any child actor with the talent of Ms. Wallis. The Hollywood Reporter didn't do the Academy any favors in printing this nonsense because it only confirms what we've known for some time – that many winners take home the award due to biased, petty, and/or lazy voters.

Joseph

White man bias. The guy is a total prick.

LeonRaymond

Hey don't be upset there are Klan Members in the academy also just like they are in politics. That racist excuse just gave him self or self away.

ALM

Immature??!! He didn't see "Beasts". You can make criticisms of the movie, but calling Miss Wallis's performance immature is just pure jealousy. Also, who cares how many takes they did? Even Oscar winners like Denzel Washington shoot multiple takes of the same scene. I also read a piece earlier today in "Entertainment Weekly" in which an anonymous actress in the industry stated that she wasn't voting for Ms. Wallis due to her age, because as she stated, some people have gone nuts after winning, and she doesn't want that fate to befall Ms. Wallis. I couldn't help but wonder if that was her real reason for not voting for Ms. Wallis, or something to say in public to make herself feel positive for not voting for her. I for one would rather these anonymous people in the industry just say positive things about the other nominees and leave Ms. Wallis alone all together than to hear them criticize her. She's 9 for goodness sake! She shouldn't have to hear these short of things about herself in the press. Also, for the record how many people can correctly pronounce the names of ALL of the best foreign film nominees each year? Yep, I thought so.

DJ

Is it the David O. Russell from his "I Heart Huckabees days" rearing its ugly head?

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