Surprise, surprise, someone’s calling the Academy out on their questionable voting and it’s veteran actress Sigourney Weaver. According to a report in the New York Post, Weaver recently voiced her opinion over Avatar director James Cameron’s Oscar snub in favor of Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker.
This year Bigelow became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar at the Academy Awards. It was a history making moment set up perfectly with the right music and an introduction from Barbra Streisand. We knew as soon as Babs hit the stage Bigelow was going to take home the gold and Cameron wouldn’t earn a companion piece for his 1997 Titanic trophy.
Over the weekend, Weaver spoke to a Brazilian news site and pulled no punches when she attacked Oscar voters on their methods and Cameron’s non-win.
“Jim didn’t have breasts, and I think that was the reason,” Weaver told Brazilian news site Folha Online over the weekend. “He should have taken home that Oscar. In the past, Avatar would have won because they [Oscar voters] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like Ben-Hur. Today it’s fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw.”
Regarding Bigelow, Weaver is completely right. It was more about the overall idea of the glass ceiling being broken and the ratings that the event would bring. In the end, the Oscars is still a TV program and they want good numbers so they do crazy stuff like invite the cast of Twilight when they have absolutely no business being there. Also, whether they want to admit it or not people think James Cameron is cocky and they hate they fact that he has the top two grossing films of all time. There was no way in hell they were going to let him have all of that and the Oscar.
As for the comment about the Academy screwing over big budget films, once again she’s right. If your movie makes more than a 100 million dollars at the box office your coming to the Oscar plate with two strikes already against you. That’s why when Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won Best Picture and Director a few years ago it was such a big deal. And that’s also why so many people were pissed when The Dark Knight didn’t get a best picture nod despite its great screenplay, polished production design, and amazing direction.
The day the Academy starts awarding performers, films, and directors who actually deserve it, will be the day we see a unicorn fly through a rainbow and eat a bowl of cereal with a leprechaun.
Do you agree with Weaver? Should Cameron have won the Oscar for Best Director? Do you think the Best Picture nominees are too indie?