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Voter's brutally honest take on the Academy Awards

Published: 8:10AM Sunday February 24, 2013 Source: ONE News

One of the Academy Award's 371 director's did not hold back when he spoke out anonymously about the Oscars, saying behind the scenes it is a mess of personal vendettas and undeserving winners.

The director, who would not reveal his identity as doing so would see him kicked off the Academy, told The Hollywood Reporter that Adele should win Best Original Song, because it is a "no-brainer".

"Skyfall is one of the best songs that has ever been in the best song category and Adele is f****** brilliant," the director said.

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He said Suddenly from Les Miserables was a "boring song and an absolutely blatant attempt to win a best song Oscar".

He deemed the blockbuster a let-down, saying "it's not just the most disappointing film of the year, but the most disappointing film in many years".

However, the director did vote for Les Miserables for Best Makeup and Hairstyling because "they aged Hugh Jackman, and I think they did a good job beating the s*** out of Anne Hathaway, as well".

He also voted for Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, but said he felt the other actresses did not deserve to be nominated.

Sally Field was "annoying" and too old for the role, he said.

"Which leaves Anne Hathaway, who's going to win because she makes you cry and because I find her charming."

He slammed Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in Silver Linings Playbook, not for her acting, but for her off screen antics, claiming she was "mean-spirited" and "immature".

The director was also quick to dismiss nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star, Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest ever Oscar nominee.

"I also don't vote for anyone whose name I can't pronounce. Quvez---? Quzen---? Quyzenay? Her parents really put her in a hole by giving her that name," the director said.

He said he voted for Emmanuelle Riv.

"(Jessica) Chastain was just fantastic in Zero Dark Thirty - she is the major star of tomorrow and probably has another 10 Oscar nominations in her future. Meanwhile, Emmanuelle Riva may not even live through Oscar night, so..."

He said for Best Director he would have voted for Ben Affleck for Argo or Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, as he had nominated them. But both did not make the final list.

"That leaves Lincoln, which I don't feel is the best-directed film of the year - there's nothing innovative about it - but I'm swept away with the gravity of the subject matter, with the respect that Spielberg showed to it and with him guiding Day-Lewis in a direction different than we'd normally associated with Lincoln.

"Plus, Spielberg deserves an Oscar every 10 years or so out of respect for what he does for the industry."

Despite this, he didn't vote for Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, instead Joaquin Phoenix was his pick.

He said for Bradley Cooper "the nomination was his award", and Denzel Washington had already won twice.

The director said his pick for best film was Zero Dark Thirty, as he doesn't think Argo deserves to win and Lincoln is "a bore".