Oscar Voters Give Their Honest Opinions About Joker

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  • Published: 10 October 2019
  • Joker​ is dividing the heck out of audiences far and wide, including one very significant crowd: Oscar voters. ​The Hollywood Reporter​ recently spoke with a number of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and like critics and audiences, they were largely split on the film.

    First, let's hear from the crowd that loved it. One male member of the Members at Large Branch who saw the film at the official Academy screening noted that the flick was well-received by the 500 audience members, and said,

    "I think it's brilliant. Joaquin Phoenix has never been better. [...] I thought that the [director of photography], production designer and others created the look and feel of the period really well, and the fact that it has very contemporary themes of economic/class inequities felt just right. Overall, a home run."

    A female member of the same branch agreed, although she admitted that her, quote, "stomach was still churning" the day after viewing the film. She added,

    "It made me uncomfortable from the very first frame to the last, but I thought the movie was extraordinary. It's the most outstanding performance I've seen in many years [...] It's still early, but I can certainly see myself nominating it for best picture. And [Phoenix] has to get nominated, or the actors branch doesn't know what it's doing."

    A male member of the writers' branch compared the film favorably to the last picture to score an Oscar win for an actor portraying the Joker, saying,

    "I thought the filmmaking was exceptional certainly the most innovative superhero movie since The Dark Knight. [...] I haven't seen any of this season's 'Academy' movies yet, but, artistically, I think this film is stronger than many of last year's Oscar-nominated films."

    Then there was one male member of the producers' branch who boldly predicted that Joker will deliver come February, saying,

    "I loved it and it will win Best Picture. I am really bored with all the superhero movies, but here I really liked it because it's a great movie before it's a genre movie."

    To say that many of the Oscar voters who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter were not quite so impressed would be a massive understatement. Those who disliked the film disliked it intensely, and they didn't hold back when discussing what they perceived to be Joker's faults. Keep watching the video to see Oscar voters give their honest opinions about Joker!

    #Joker #JokerOscar

    The love | 0:16
    The hate | 1:50
    The middle ground | 3:21
    An Oscar for Joker? | 4:11
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Comments • 9 568

  • Looper
    Looper   1 months back

    Will Joker get a Best Picture nod?

    • Teddy Dixon
      Teddy Dixon  21 hours back

      No but it should.

    • ahmed sh
      ahmed sh  22 hours back

      For those who hates the joker:🖕

    • Jair Canada
      Jair Canada  2 weeks back

      Left leaning babies have a problem with this movie . It is a masterpiece and is accurate of today’s society . Sorry if the truth offends you . You are all Tomas Wayne’s while the majority of us are Jokers

    • Char10tti3
      Char10tti3  2 weeks back

      An Bee it is hard to tell if the Waynes were ever the villains though - it is possible that either Penny or Arthur had imagined a lot of their interactions, or were mislead.

      There are a lot of POV shots from Arthur’s point of view that don’t quite match the scenes, so I would think more is delusion than on first glance.

      I agree that you feel sorry for him and I didn’t leave thinking too negatively about it, because he didn’t seem in control of the actions of the rioters etc.

      In an interview Joaquin suggested thst he was already narcissistic and that his boss might have been right and the boys that stole his sign might not have been as aggressive as he thought. He rejected the idea that it was all “society” t ha t made him Joker.

      I don’t feel like it outwardly condemn Arthur, but if this wasn’t a Joker film, it might not need to. I think there are just negative associations with the role after the cinema incident.

    • Austrian Truther
      Austrian Truther  3 weeks back

      He must! Best movie of the year!

  • Taolo Samuel
    Taolo Samuel  8 hours back

    I don't think I've ever seen a movie which divides critics and fans as much as this one

    • Athanasius Contra Marxism

      Oscar voters: Joker is awful.
      Fans: How about another joke?

      • Stephen Aitcheson
        Stephen Aitcheson  13 hours back

        That critic was right that the movie should be banned. it's just way too uncomfortable and violates our emotional safe spaces...........what a Moron LMAO.

        • GFTNCF
          GFTNCF  14 hours back

          "The movie was too dark"
          Did you think a bunch of pretty fairies and rainbows were going to sing a song for you?

          • Plus Ultra
            Plus Ultra  23 hours back

            Is it just me or joker ,a villian. has much larger fan base than any other superheroes?

            • Shirley Succubus
              Shirley Succubus  1 days back

              They didn't just 'dislike' this movie. They're hiding from the spotlight that this movie shines on them. It's not disturbing....you just are upset about the truth. You're an upperclass human and seeing a poverty-stricken life with mental illness was too much for you to deal with to the point where it grosses you out. You're someone Arthur would have shot.

              • Beryknm Jones
                Beryknm Jones  2 days back

                One of the greatest trageties of our time

                • Martin Andonov
                  Martin Andonov  2 days back

                  life is not all happy end... this movie is gold it made me think, it made me uncomfortable and i love it.

                  • Butch Sprout
                    Butch Sprout  2 days back

                    I'm sure they won't be heartbroken if they don't win an award. See how they freaking made a BILLION DOLLARS!!!

                    • xxx xxx
                      xxx xxx  2 days back

                      What is the song in the background? Can anyone help me plz

                      • Galendramatik
                        Galendramatik  2 days back

                        How the fuck is a movie too dark? How is feeling an emotion of repulsiveness, of disgust, of not understanding an acceptable way to downgrade this movie? Movies are art, like many other mediums of it. To assume that just because you are left with a feeling on the negative spectrum of emotions does not make the art bad, it clearly is a negative, darker film. To leave the cinema or to leave this experience saying 'holy shit, that was dark' is not a bad thing. It's a good thing.

                        • Dude
                          Dude  2 days back

                          The joker movie sucks

                          • shutupplease777
                            shutupplease777  2 days back

                            If Joaquin doesn't win best actor for the Joker , the academy is a JOKE...

                            • Isabelle Delvosal
                              Isabelle Delvosal  2 days back

                              He deserves an Oscar

                              • Reu Benz
                                Reu Benz  2 days back

                                I bet those Oscar Voters that hate the Joker movie are probably part of the 1% that do not care or see the problems of the rest of society. They are the ones that are called out in this movie, no wonder the hate.

                                • solo han
                                  solo han  2 days back

                                  Anyone dislike this film is fascist

                                  • Karem Abbas
                                    Karem Abbas  3 days back

                                    The movie is depressing and had no message?
                                    Well thats the fucking point of being depressed..

                                    • Bork PomPom
                                      Bork PomPom  3 days back

                                      My first year university philosophy papers have a better grasp of ideas than some of these people...

                                      • Ersin Senturk
                                        Ersin Senturk  4 days back

                                        Imagine for one second it wasn't joker, would they still support the movie ?

                                        • kikong kamote
                                          kikong kamote  4 days back

                                          The movie for me is oscar worthy, but for a joker (superhero movie) not good enough. Seriously without jared leto's joker, phoenix's joker is not better than heath's joker... the movie is good, the acting is good but for me not the best joker....

                                          • Ali Alloush
                                            Ali Alloush  4 days back

                                            Bruh I swear this movie is a masterpiece.....

                                            • Erin Lee
                                              Erin Lee  4 days back

                                              The movie is too dark and depressing ?
                                              It's story of Joker 🙂
                                              And Joaquin do so freaking well 🙂

                                              • Fakenpate
                                                Fakenpate  4 days back

                                                The critic who tried to put society's influences in a rated R movie...

                                                • Iustin Ignatiu
                                                  Iustin Ignatiu  4 days back

                                                  Movie was good . But not that disturbing wtf. No way was that gritty .

                                                  • David Mora
                                                    David Mora  5 days back

                                                    If this weren't a Batman film, a DC movie, it would still be an outstanding film.

                                                    • Cristina Faro
                                                      Cristina Faro  5 days back

                                                      Tutte cazzate.

                                                      • Vanessa Fedele
                                                        Vanessa Fedele  6 days back

                                                        I'll tell you just this: 1 BILLION

                                                        • Pablo Escobar
                                                          Pablo Escobar  6 days back

                                                          if this was too dark
                                                          imagine if silence of the lambs was released today
                                                          holy shit people would be creaming down their panties screaming "HORROR TOO DARK OMGMGMG"

                                                          • EDCM Akainu
                                                            EDCM Akainu  7 days back

                                                            what if Heath Ledger didnt die will he still won the Oscars??
                                                            This bunch of critics favors fantasy, super heroes, computer effects etc. rather than real acting and reality based film. Critics favors super powers like reading minds, lifting objects rather than how mentally illed person works. Reality is scary but you have to deal with it.

                                                            • Raki
                                                              Raki  1 weeks back

                                                              Yeah well I find it "highly irresponsible" that we have a bunch of degenerates and worst kind of people in Hollyweird fake posturing and telling the rest of the world how to behave and what to like.

                                                              • Mary Wilson
                                                                Mary Wilson  1 weeks back

                                                                I'll never watch the Oscars again if he doesn't win

                                                                • louis brown
                                                                  louis brown  1 weeks back

                                                                  I'm sorry are the Oscar voters IGN by any chance?

                                                                  • Kelvin
                                                                    Kelvin  1 weeks back

                                                                    Just watch the damn movie, critics cant keep their mouth shut

                                                                    • Luke Higgins
                                                                      Luke Higgins  1 weeks back

                                                                      Every single person I know with a mental illness adores this film

                                                                      • Brandon Sheedy
                                                                        Brandon Sheedy  1 weeks back

                                                                        “I found it severely lacking any specific thematic point”... Just wow at that quote.. I’m at a loss for words, not sure what that person watched.

                                                                        • Azrael
                                                                          Azrael  1 weeks back

                                                                          The negative critics are bunch of ignorant, self-righteous morons.
                                                                          I bet they've watched too much Disney or Pixar movie where everything is rainbows and unicorn~

                                                                          Worse yet, THEY ARE the reflection of what The Joker said in the movie: No one's CIVIL anymore. Nothing but bunch of HYPOCRITICAL IDIOTS WHO THINK THEY CAN SAY WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WANT JUST BECUS THEY GOT MONEY.

                                                                          FUCK SOCIETY.

                                                                          • Pau D.
                                                                            Pau D.  1 weeks back

                                                                            something that I learned over time... when the critics hate a movie ends up to be a masterpiece! never believe the critics they are too political and live in a Disney world...

                                                                            • Marcus Nyberg
                                                                              Marcus Nyberg  1 weeks back

                                                                              People who hate Joker probably cant movies like Schindlers list, The pianist or American history X either

                                                                              • sb19861111
                                                                                sb19861111  1 weeks back

                                                                                It doesn't matter if we completely stop making movies with violent content because there will always be unhinged people doing dispicable things. This movie was brilliant and it isn't fair to disregard the movie because of the offchance it might ignite some deranged person that was already teetering on the edge of insanity. We can't blame entertainment for everything.

                                                                                • Meta Patriot
                                                                                  Meta Patriot  1 weeks back

                                                                                  So these critics are Oscar voters? these people couldn't critique there way out of an art exhibit at a Goodwill!

                                                                                  • mister_love
                                                                                    mister_love  1 weeks back

                                                                                    it was slow and boring

                                                                                    • Nathaniel Williams
                                                                                      Nathaniel Williams  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Wow! That's some serious snow-flakery from these critics.

                                                                                      • EnneadEnigma
                                                                                        EnneadEnigma  1 weeks back

                                                                                        People forget that this is not only a story about mental illness but a backstory for a famous “villain”. It’s about a fictional character that’s been in comics for decades that just happens to touch on controversial topics. That’s society for you, that’s the whole point of the film. People don’t like the truth.

                                                                                        • Know Nothing
                                                                                          Know Nothing  1 weeks back

                                                                                          It divides the 90% of the people who loved it from the 10% who only care about politically motivated flicks that generally suck.

                                                                                          • Thomas El Hage-Boutros
                                                                                            Thomas El Hage-Boutros  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Oscars are no longer a reference.

                                                                                            • Doodle Joint
                                                                                              Doodle Joint  1 weeks back

                                                                                              If the judges find the movie depressing, it means that the theme of the movie is working, nobody's supposed to feel happy and relaxed after watching this......

                                                                                              • Shirley Succubus
                                                                                                Shirley Succubus  1 weeks back

                                                                                                They didn't just 'dislike' this movie. They're hiding from the spotlight that this movie shines on them. It's not disturbing....you just are upset about the truth. You're an upperclass human and seeing a poverty-stricken life with mental illness was too much for you to deal with to the point where it grosses you out. You're someone Arthur would have shot.