The fact that Crash, The English Patient and Forrest Gump beat Brokeback Mountain, Fargo and Pulp Fiction for Best Picture should be evidence enough to convince anyone that the Oscars are all about industry politics and aggressive PR/marketing campaigns. But this week’s interview with a nameless senior Academy Awards voter (you know, one of the guys who actually picks the winners) in The Hollywood Reporter confirms everything you thought you knew. Here are his revealing, highly opinionated thoughts on various topics:
On PR pros and swag bags:
“I’ve gotten books, cookbooks and just about everything short of Lincoln condoms. It’s ridiculous”.
We assume it was a Beasts of the Southern Wild cookbook containing nothing but gumbo recipes.
On Best Original Song:
“This is no-brainer city: If ‘Skyfall’ does not win I will fillet my next-door neighbor’s dog.”
We like Adele; we also like dogs. We’re conflicted.