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 • 7 542

  • Looper
    Looper   1 weeks back

    Will Joker get a Best Picture nod?

  • Igor
    Igor  18 minutes back

    I swear the only people who hate this movie are the brain dead journalists and the media with their autistic screaming of “tHiS mOvIe cAuSeS vIoLeNcE”

    • Ahmed Jabbar
      Ahmed Jabbar  20 minutes back

      Joker movie is gold ☀️ a film we all waited for so long . pure art ⚘

      • Frankiezzz Flores
        Frankiezzz Flores  51 minutes back

        0-10 11

        • Osiris
          Osiris  1 hours back

          With any movie experience, we naturally relate ourselves to the depicted world. The main problem here is we always see ourselves as the hero. In Joker, however, we're not given that entitlement.

          Anyone who feels super uncomfortable watching Joker feels that way because they aren't able to subconsciously get over being part of the problem, and instinctively push the blame away, simply writing it off as a bad movie because it didn't make them feel good.

          • Dean Dawson
            Dean Dawson  2 hours back

            It’s the Joker.


            ITS THE FUCKING JOKER.


            It seems the tearful heads of the critics wanted possibly one of the most fucked up characters in all of fiction to have a light and airy back story for all the family to enjoy.

            • Dean Dawson
              Dean Dawson  2 hours back

              Pathetic spineless people who can’t embrace their own discomfort.

              Why are people like that even allowed to judge? How can you judge if you openly allow yourself to be blinkered.

              Ok let’s make it so only films that make you feel all warm and fuzzy win!

              Wtf is this.

              • Ashwin 007
                Ashwin 007  2 hours back

                If you hate this film it's probably because it reminds you of yourself and your circle...

                • FCN_ Art
                  FCN_ Art  3 hours back

                  How many have felt like Arthur in their daily life?Because I do

                  • Stephen Vojta
                    Stephen Vojta  3 hours back

                    Whether you’re on either political side, I think it’s hated by rotten tomatoes bc of the portrayal of clowns being like antifa and how they look like terrorists.

                    • Jason Hudson
                      Jason Hudson  4 hours back

                      Female and feminized minds are easily distuingishible within their opinions - mostly missing the point of the movie and missing the point. Meanwhile male critics will always get the point as well as get straight to it regarding the comprehension of the movie.


                      We unironically live in a society that isn't comprehensible by the other gender and the ones who deny mental illness.

                      • B 6341
                        B 6341  4 hours back

                        the self indulgent "critics" will not stop this runaway train.

                        • Tiwa Valenzuela
                          Tiwa Valenzuela  4 hours back

                          I can see where the hate critics are coming from, in a way i felt that way too. Especially in the beginning of the movie. The fact that it made me feel that way its very remarkable. Great acting and i love this origins of the joker.

                          • Jussi Mattsen
                            Jussi Mattsen  5 hours back

                            Mass shooting caused by cinema: 0


                            According to academy: loads.

                            • sustainable future
                              sustainable future  5 hours back

                              Fantastic harrowing entrancing disturbing absolute genius

                              • Simon Hall
                                Simon Hall  6 hours back

                                If Phoenix doesn't win an Oscar, there's something wrong with the world.

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                                  If Joaquin aint wining then I am done.

                                  • Piyush
                                    Piyush  6 hours back

                                    *Joker - "You won't understand it"*

                                    • Dont Mind Me
                                      Dont Mind Me  7 hours back

                                      If your a critic and don't get the point of this movie. You probably shouldn't be a critic

                                      • Pedro Henriquez
                                        Pedro Henriquez  7 hours back

                                        Critics: "It's depressing, dark, disturbing, not for children, etc."
                                        Me: Well that's why it's RATED R FOR A REASON! Go stick with watching Frozen if you feel uncomfortable.

                                        • GREYSTONE
                                          GREYSTONE  7 hours back

                                          So basically people who loved it can appreciate dark films and people who hated it are driven by political views and want to spread their agenda

                                          • dani silva
                                            dani silva  7 hours back

                                            too real for the academy dotards... they wanted a brighter, joyful experience and no something that actually makes people think. The joker is a great movie, so much better than all the mooronic scripts which have won an oscar in this century, this film is pure art

                                            • Jerry Vest
                                              Jerry Vest  7 hours back

                                              Lacking a point? What a moron

                                              • 11mousa
                                                11mousa  7 hours back

                                                It seems the only negative point the critics found was, that it was making them feel uncomfortable. Guess what? That is the point. It is made to hold a mirror in front of your face, and if you don't like what you see in there, you should question whether the problem lies within the movie or within you.

                                                • Michael Bing
                                                  Michael Bing  7 hours back

                                                  If you don't get the point with this movie, you are simply not qualified to be a movie critic!. The hypocrisy is strong in this one. Taxi driver is considered a master piece, yet it is way more violent than the Joker. What about Deadpool, John Wick, etc?.... is the violence justified because it's the "good" guy going apeshit on the "bad" guys?. This movie is a masterpiece, and the performance is sublime.

                                                  • Chris Bird
                                                    Chris Bird  7 hours back

                                                    Some of these critics are so fragile. So innocent. The meaning of the show goes right over their heads. Might be the liberal pathogen.

                                                    • Roger Tirazona
                                                      Roger Tirazona  8 hours back

                                                      Severely lacking any specific thematic point????? Are they serious? Mental Illness?

                                                      • Stanley Jenkins
                                                        Stanley Jenkins  8 hours back

                                                        Hes the joker for christ sake. I forgive them for making a movie about the joker. It was awsome. I also like the pogo the clown easter egg that noone has mentioned or noticed.

                                                        • Sherrill Ferrera
                                                          Sherrill Ferrera  8 hours back

                                                          This movie made me think about the many disturbed people who need help! I think Joaquin should get the Oscar for the acting! Also to lose 52 lbs. for this movie was amazing! Would like to know how he did it!

                                                          • Walter De wit
                                                            Walter De wit  8 hours back

                                                            I dont think Hollywood got the balls to give him an oscar.

                                                            • FlashSlash95
                                                              FlashSlash95  9 hours back

                                                              People said the how Joker developed the his psychopathic/sociopathic side shown is too real thus its inappropriate.


                                                              yeah. some people just watch movies to escape reality.

                                                              • sejdaren Ilmarinen
                                                                sejdaren Ilmarinen  9 hours back

                                                                NOTHING has been close to phoenix performance in years, if he dosnt get the oscar for best actour its a shame.

                                                                • Edgardo E
                                                                  Edgardo E  9 hours back

                                                                  its a villain story origin its suppose to be dark
                                                                  just saying

                                                                  • Fasttrains Liketheyjustsniffedcocaine

                                                                    If these people are film critics I guess anyone can be. Also wasn’t a superhero movie.

                                                                    • Liron lmeirovitch
                                                                      Liron lmeirovitch  9 hours back

                                                                      I think the pressure from batman fans will align the voters to stay line, same as TDK. Maybe these are good films but, they are just that. These are not real art or profound or genius in any way. Its only a masterpiece if you haven't seen a lot of real good movies to give you reference points to compare. Check out sights and sounds 250 best movies and see how many of them are better compared to the "dark superhero some franchise universe..."

                                                                      • 10,000 subs no vids
                                                                        10,000 subs no vids  10 hours back

                                                                        Mad that people are so sensitive nowadays, the movie was meant to be realistic and disturbing that was the tone the director was going for and he definitely delivered on that aspect, if you can’t handle the depressing gritty tone of the movie don’t watch it, simple as.

                                                                        • Neel Jain
                                                                          Neel Jain  10 hours back

                                                                          For all those who believe that this film is too dark and sends a wrong message... Please get back to watching mickey mouse clubhouse. This film is not meant for you

                                                                          • Gustaf af Klint
                                                                            Gustaf af Klint  10 hours back

                                                                            The critics just do not dare see the true reality of what they have become. The movie shows them and the media a reflection of who they truly are. People who would have contributed to the rise of the Joker.

                                                                            • Dan Jonsson
                                                                              Dan Jonsson  10 hours back

                                                                              A film critic that thought this movie was to dark for the first time. what have he been watching before? the muppet show?

                                                                              • Joshua Peterson
                                                                                Joshua Peterson  11 hours back

                                                                                The plot point is simple, society turns it back on the man, so the man turns his back on society, that critic is dull, wish people would stop judging this film on what he did and how depressing it is and more on what the world around him could've done to help him, the films a masterpiece, best film of 2019!!

                                                                                • Rusty Shackleford
                                                                                  Rusty Shackleford  11 hours back

                                                                                  Critics: I don't understand the theme/point of the movie
                                                                                  Literally everyone else: It's about a guy with mental illness who keeps on getting shit on until he snaps


                                                                                  The only divide are between normal people and the far left who really want someone to shoot up a movie theater because of this

                                                                                  • Trash Can
                                                                                    Trash Can  11 hours back

                                                                                    Them: ”Strange depressing film, Severely lacking specific thematic point”
                                                                                    Me:Thats the point!!!!!

                                                                                    • odrysian
                                                                                      odrysian  11 hours back

                                                                                      "It's dark and disturbing" ... who to think that the story of a man who would go on to become a deranged psychopath with a complete disregard for human life and is all about causing chaos and destruction wherever he goes, would be "dark and disturbing". Call me surprised

                                                                                      • Troy Fielding
                                                                                        Troy Fielding  11 hours back

                                                                                        Critics obviously don’t know how dark The Joker is in the comics he’s the most insane mentally unstable sociopath there is... real comic fans know this but the critics they’re just being whiny little kids and can’t handle it... that was the point of this film to make sure it was dark.

                                                                                        • worldd777
                                                                                          worldd777  11 hours back

                                                                                          How to make a good movie? Just do what movies did in 70s and 80s, make a good story.

                                                                                          • Fiona Rangel
                                                                                            Fiona Rangel  12 hours back

                                                                                            The Murry Live Show was fantastic, it gave all the point you need.

                                                                                            • Mark Bauer
                                                                                              Mark Bauer  12 hours back

                                                                                              At this poing, there's no difference between a regular person and a critic.
                                                                                              Both have unique opinions.
                                                                                              I really can't see any noticable difference.

                                                                                              • Debjit Paul
                                                                                                Debjit Paul  12 hours back

                                                                                                To the critics who didn't like it because of its dark theme....THAT'S THE POINT OF THE MOVIE MOFOS!! You people just wanna keep watching Avengers!