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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Oscar Voter Reveals Her Brutally Honest Ballot: Meryl Streep “Like a Clown,” ‘La La Land’ “Not Memorable,” ‘Arrival’ “Just Sucked”

(Illustration by Kyle Metcalf)

(Illustration by Kyle Metcalf)

By: Anonymous, as told to Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

An Academy voter makes her case for ‘Hell or High Water’ (“It will be remembered as a true American classic”), says Emma Stone wasn’t “as wonderful as people are saying,” and explains why Viola Davis is in the wrong category (“That really irks me”).

Each year around this time, I sit down with several Oscar voters who, under the warm cloak of anonymity, spill their true feelings about the current season’s crop of contenders.

Not just what or whom they voted for, but exactly why and how they came to those decisions. It’s not meant to be a scientific survey; it’s just the candid, unsugarcoated opinions of a handful of members (out of 6,687) of the most important and powerful movie club in the world.

Below is an edited transcript of one such conversation: with a longtime female member of the 1,158-member actors branch who — this season, anyway — is not associated with any of the nominees.

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