Ralph Nader Factor

In her “Oscar Voting for Dummies” piece, Awards Daily‘s Sasha Stone breaks it all down and makes it easy for those Academy members who “have never [and] will never see all of the movies.” Except she advises against voting for the Best Picture of the Year, which of course is Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Stone does so by saying “don’t vote for Ralph Nader…you know what I mean by that…there are three films that have the best shot of winning right now — 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and American Hustle. If none of those three are your favorite, just pick some other movie for the #1 spot then rank these three in order of preference because sooner or later your ballot is likely going to count only for one of those three movies.”

And yet she says that “no film has captured America in 2014 like Scorsese’s masterpiece…it’s about the pinnacle of gluttony and greed, of a people raised to take what they want no matter who they hurt or what debris they leave behind.”

No matter — she’s advising Academy members to get smart and vote for American Hustle, Gravity or 12 Years A Slave because Scorsese’s “masterpiece” is a throw-away Ralph Nader choice.

She concludes that a Best Picture win by WoWS would be “astonishing,” in part because “it would be the only film to win after an Academy member shouted ‘shame on you!’ to badass Martin Scorsese.”

  • Awardsdaily

    They can vote for it if they want to but sooner or later it’s going to be discarded and their votes will count towards the big three. If they put Wolf at number 1 and don’t rank the rest of the nominees their ballot will eventually be discarded and their vote won’t count.

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  • GigglesForGigli

    She concludes that a Best Picture win by WoWS would be “astonishing,” in part because “it would be the only film to win after an Academy member shouted ‘shame on you!’ to badass Martin Scorsese.”

    This seems so specific that it’s a pointless argument.

    • No, I love it.

    • criterionstalker

      The hyperbole hurts.

  • Mr. F.

    Is there any wonder why more and more people see the Oscars as a meaningless industry circle jerk? We aren’t talking about anything important to society — and the last few years of winners have only underlined that fact. This isn’t electing a President, for God’s sake. How about voting for the movies in the order you actually, you know, *liked them*?!

    And by the way: if you’re an Academy member — and you can’t even be bothered to see a maximum of TEN MOVIES that your organization has declared are the finest examples of filmmaking for the last calendar year — then drop the F out.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G79CSz1bh8o
    Just look at it and learn how the system works

    • The system favors soft consensus picks and half the voters have their heads up their arses…no offense.

      • IPreferPi

        It’s not as if AMPAS didn’t pick infuriatingly middlebrow, vanilla films for BP when the voting was still plurality instead of preferential. Far from it. (*cough* 80’s)

        Preferential winners generally finish in the top 2 of a plurality vote if it isn’t the outright winner – the outcomes between both are really the same most of the time. A preferential winner still needs depth of love, the difference is now a broader base of it is required (50% + 1).

        Preferential balloting merely ensures a more accurate reflection of group preferences on the whole. It is not the issue when it comes to softball BP winners. Rather, the issue is the Academy membership. Always has been, always will be.

      • BrianBrightblade

        Will it really be surprising if they pick safe or oblivious choices?

        “Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.”


  • WOWS is easily the Best And Most Important Film of the year. It’s not going to win over the more traditional Oscar pic, though.

  • otto

    there was a typo. It should read, “No film has captured America in 2008, or 1987…” like Wolf. Just as no film captured America in the 1850s like 12 years, in the 1970s like Hustle,

    In fact, no film as captured America in 2014 like Her. Just walk down any street in the country, watch everyone looking into their phones, and tell me different.

    • BrianBrightblade

      (Applause) Who knew the award recognized the picture that best captured the country for that year? Great call on Her.

      Wolf fails miserably since it focuses on the small fry and not the true giants who devastated the economy in 2008 and beyond. It’s like blaming the mafia of Goodfellas for America’s rising homicide rate in the post-war era.

      • John Leroy Calhoun

        What you guys said.

  • Edward

    Got to confess to finding the Oscar’s BS on one level, but I also enjoy watching the Golden Globes, but then they serve alcohol.

  • Edward

    I really shouldn’t drink and post!

  • Ian

    Vote for Nader and Wolf. If everyone did, they’d both win and I’d happy. But yeah, put 12 Years a Slave at #2.

  • Aaron B

    She’s not saying that at all. She’s saying vote it number one, but put the big three on your list as well in order of preference, because it’s likely going to come down to those.

  • Perfect Tommy

    Sure, I’ll be watching March 2nd, but I’d still like to add “Oscar Voting for Dummies” to my list of year’s favorite redundant phrases.

  • criterionstalker

    There’s not one Academy voter who’s going to “take advice” from any Oscar blogger. Not one.

    • DuluozRedux

      That’s the first coherent thing you’ve said on these boards. Amazing.

      • criterionstalker

        Hey, that’s what I was going to say about your comment! That’s detente, comrade.