The Brutally Honest Oscar Voter's Anonymous Ballot Vote, Which Shows What's Wrong With How We Treat Rape Survivors

The Hollywood Reporter's hilarious yearly article exposes a darker societal truth

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Each year The Hollywood Reporter publishes a fascinating and often very funny article.

It reveals an anonymous Oscar voter's (one of 6,687) true opinions on the nominations and what their Ballot is.

It gives an interesting and often humorous insight into the Academy's decision-making, and this edition was no exception.

On Best Picture, she said, 'I hated Arrival — it just sucked.'

On Best Director, she said, 'I decided not to go with Hacksaw Ridge, and not because of anything to do with Mel Gibson's personal problems — even though I'm Jewish.'

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On Best Actor, she sad, 'But I loved, loved, loved Viggo Mortensen's performance [in Captain Fantastic]. He is an actors' actor, and I voted for him. Unfortunately, it's probably the only vote he'll get.'

For Best Foreign-Language Film she told the reporter, 'I hated the German movie [Toni Erdmann] so much because it was so shticky — Germans are not funny! The only part of the whole movie where I laughed was when she couldn't get out of her tight dress and just ripped it off and went around naked.'

One gets an understanding of the personal bias these votes hold, and it de-mystifies the almost deified collective of 'The Academy'.

What was a little problematic in this particular edition was the voter's comments on the Best Actress category, she said;

I liked none of them. I thought Meryl [Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins] played it like a clown — she's cute and adorable, but this woman didn't matter to me in the end — but people are gaga over Meryl, and I think she solidified her nomination when she gave that speech at the Golden Globes. I don't think she would have gotten nominated without it. I hated Jackie so much — it was just shallow crap — so no Natalie Portman. [Elle's] Isabelle Huppert is an ice-cold actress, and I eliminated her because when you get attacked, beaten and raped, you're not the same person afterward, but she was, and I wanted to slap her to try to get a reaction out of her. The girl in La La Land [Emma Stone] is going to win because she's adorable and everybody loves her, but I don't think she was as wonderful as people are saying. That leaves me with Ruth Negga for Loving, who was fairly one-note, but engaging enough.

Nestled in the centre of those wry criticisms, lies a blatant prejudice regarding rape survivors.

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That Isabelle Huppert's character, Michèle, in the film 'Elle' was too stoic a character after her rape.

Louise O'Neill, the Irish author of Asking For It, Tweeted her thoughts.

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As Louise explains, rape survivors are not one homogenous blob of people who we see in film after film, crying in the shower - not that there's anything particularly wrong with that depiction.

Like every rape is different, and every person is different, each victim's experience is too.

Thankfully, many people have seen that Isabelle Huppart's complex portrayal for the challenging intelligent performance it is.

It also seems to miss the point of the film.

Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, 'For me, Elle is perhaps the smartest, most honest and empowering film about rape I've ever seen — because while it's about damage, it's also about resilience and how whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.'

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