Oscar Voters Give Their Honest Opinions About Joker

  • 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 • 7 445

  • Looper
    Looper   1 weeks back

    Will Joker get a Best Picture nod?

  • Hubian Hubhub
    Hubian Hubhub  38 minutes back

    What the haters are lacking:
    1. Watching the Movie a Couple of Times
    2. Actually Paying Attention
    3. Understanding the comparison between Joker and Batman
    4. Experiencing Bad Endings
    5. Being Thick Skinned and not a Disney World Softy

    • Oladimeji•
      Oladimeji•  3 hours back

      Why is everyone so rude
      - Joker [ 2019]

      • No Man's Sky
        No Man's Sky  4 hours back

        It’s not dividing the heck out of anyone!! Everyone love is. Critics opinions mean absolutely NOTHING!

        • Bingley's Bits & Bobs
          Bingley's Bits & Bobs  4 hours back

          Watching a man failed by society, a system that doesn't understand the basics of mental illness, then become the Joker is about the problems of today. You ever wonder what makes a child pick up a gun and shoot a school? What makes a women, or man kill their family, or themselves? That's the entire fulfillment of this Film. I hope Joaquin gets an oscar for this. After watching this I can see why some people have became inspired by this film. It's emotional, dark, sad, powerful and beautiful. This film, in my opinion is the best film I have ever watched. The hate is all political.

          • Cold Damage
            Cold Damage  4 hours back

            Imagine being a film critic if Joker is hard for you to watch. That's like being a sommelier and saying "Yeah I just can't stomach reds". I mean how fucking sensitive are people if THIS makes them have to "drink away their discomfort"? Go back to watching pixar, you actual children.

            • Ron Devon
              Ron Devon  4 hours back

              It's too much of a mirror for the haters. They know mental illness and the way society views it is the issue, which the film depicts brilliantly, but they want to blame guns. That's why they hate it. As far as "hyper violence", he kills a total of, if I remember correctly, 6 people, the first three in self defense. If they had left him alone, they'd still be breathing. Also, he intended to kill himself on Murray's show but Murray wouldn't stop mocking him so, while not in any way justified, killing him was not his original plan. So, in the end, he only intentionally killed two people, the guy who lied about the gun, and then the social worker, to escape, after he had snapped completely and was now the Joker. Just my two cents.

              • Psychonaut75
                Psychonaut75  4 hours back


                • SgtDonut123
                  SgtDonut123  4 hours back

                  They say it’s too dark but say that movies like midsommar is art

                  • Pegleg Clark
                    Pegleg Clark  4 hours back

                    Honestly, I have a hard time seeing much of the Joker in any of the movie. Even the end. It could be just as easily about John Wayne Gacy. They made a decent movie, But not for the Joker. Joker is a genius, so the base personality and abilities are missing. Joaquin played his part well. The script just fell short.

                    • tyler Moffitt
                      tyler Moffitt  5 hours back

                      if this movie is too dark for you then you should never leave your house, you extremely fragile individual.

                      • S Nelson
                        S Nelson  5 hours back

                        The people who get bothered by this movie or hate on it are the people who need to learn the lesson the most.

                        • Kickflip
                          Kickflip  5 hours back

                          Let's be honest. It was good but all it ever really was was a homage to Taxi Driver, updated for a younger generation with a superhero catchline to it. I am in no way saying it's bad but I know which film I'd rather watch.

                          • CharlesFoster Kane
                            CharlesFoster Kane  5 hours back

                            They do not get it. No surprise. But they should at least give Phoenix his very deserved Oscar

                            • Hey im L
                              Hey im L  5 hours back

                              Everyone who gave bad reviews are girl on their periods or old woman

                              • ProjektGhost UHD™
                                ProjektGhost UHD™  5 hours back

                                You said "inequalities" instead of "inequities" at 0:40

                                • Jason Dickey
                                  Jason Dickey  6 hours back

                                  This movie didn’t confuse anyone, it’s just everything that the left wing narrative fights against.

                                  • Iron Chief
                                    Iron Chief  6 hours back

                                    I'm so impressed with this movie what a masterpiece!!!!

                                    • Dina Chalhoub
                                      Dina Chalhoub  6 hours back

                                      He deserves an Oscar !!!!!! He’s awesome ! Amazing movie !

                                      • Dolly the Llama
                                        Dolly the Llama  7 hours back

                                        “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." - Cesar A. Cruz

                                        • Chris fromthe80s
                                          Chris fromthe80s  7 hours back

                                          Just call these "critics" for what they really are... ACTIVISTS

                                          • Robi York
                                            Robi York  7 hours back

                                            “We has to drink away our discomfort.” Yeah, this seems like a logical way to get over feeling uncomfortable.

                                            • Lucifer M
                                              Lucifer M  7 hours back

                                              Bunch of snowflakes

                                              • KUNTAR
                                                KUNTAR  7 hours back

                                                Uh... audiences largely love the film. It's the media that is split.

                                                • Georgee 97
                                                  Georgee 97  8 hours back

                                                  These critics are the fat gym teachers of Hollywood, you really don’t qualify for this job

                                                  • Vetras
                                                    Vetras  8 hours back

                                                    People who "doesn't get the point" are the people who created the Joker.

                                                    • Dan Tien
                                                      Dan Tien  8 hours back

                                                      I have to say, the lack of subtlety is the only thing I'd point out. The delusion and all that should've been tendered more carefully. Joaquin is great! Effing with the thematic point. Other characters seem a bit flat, especially Thomas Wayne. I wish there was more time to put in the film bout Thomas. He looked way too corporate and arrogant in the film, which took away a lot of conflict development. It felt like it was BAM! Thomas vs Joker and clowns.

                                                      • The Joker
                                                        The Joker  8 hours back

                                                        *Goodfellas* didn't win best picture at the Oscars, enough said.

                                                        • Eric Penner
                                                          Eric Penner  9 hours back

                                                          There’s very few movies where I’ve walked out of the theatre feeling genuinely shook. Joker was one of them. The critics have an agenda and this movie didn’t fit.

                                                          • Knives
                                                            Knives  9 hours back

                                                            my opinion is this joker will never be use in the dceu universe, this version of joker will not be in it. So why would i even bother. to what end??? im sure its a good film and the actor is great. Still ledger's joker is the best.

                                                            • Jazlanderz
                                                              Jazlanderz  9 hours back

                                                              I guess adults these days are big babies,its the truth about our society,face it like a man because i deeply admire the movie,sad,depressing and it hurts the right spot,people these days are the worst

                                                              • Fullraise Indonesia
                                                                Fullraise Indonesia  10 hours back

                                                                The best acting in the world to represent combating poverty

                                                                • THErealUNDEAD1
                                                                  THErealUNDEAD1  10 hours back

                                                                  Funny how “The Hate” is literally just very fragile people or they had to somehow bring politics into it 🙄...can’t say I’m surprised though

                                                                  • Electric Flesh
                                                                    Electric Flesh  10 hours back

                                                                    I enjoyed the movie partly because it did make me feel uncomfortable in some scenes. I didn't expect it to be as violent as it was but I like that the writers and the director didn't shy away from it. I'm so sick of the CG heavy comic book to movie adaptations. Some shots were just gorgeous and it didn't need to be on a green screen with a ton of CG elements to make it look good.

                                                                    I didn't really know what to expect going into this movie but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Joaquin Phoenix was just superb.

                                                                    • T0astedPancakes
                                                                      T0astedPancakes  10 hours back

                                                                      Critics: Insert ignorant or bias review.

                                                                      Fans in the comment section: I'm about to end this whole man's career.

                                                                      • Durzo Blint
                                                                        Durzo Blint  10 hours back

                                                                        If this movie doesnt get an oscar i hope the joker will appear on the stage

                                                                        • Trenton 4
                                                                          Trenton 4  10 hours back

                                                                          "What is this movie about? I don't see the point to it," says the rich academy award asshole

                                                                          Who is this bird brained dipshit and can someone please send the real joker after them please

                                                                          • Abu Saeed
                                                                            Abu Saeed  11 hours back

                                                                            I think it's getting boring with all the hype surrounding it. I understand it's edgy, dark and talks about society and stuff. But it's pretty basic. We've seen stuff like this in other movies just adding the joker makes people hype about it for no reason at all.
                                                                            I personally think this is not at all a oscar worthy movie but the acting is definitely oscar worth. No doubt

                                                                            • Alex Bakshi
                                                                              Alex Bakshi  11 hours back

                                                                              Finally a movie without heroism and with true portrait of past's and today's society

                                                                              • Jack Thomas
                                                                                Jack Thomas  11 hours back

                                                                                Critics : "its so dark and depressing, its awful."

                                                                                Joker /Arthur : "you're awful. You want to hear a joke".

                                                                                • Yyuuhhuhuhj hgguguguguhi
                                                                                  Yyuuhhuhuhj hgguguguguhi  11 hours back

                                                                                  the point of the film was that arthur was nothing, and then became SOMETHING. he became joker, he became the leader of the revolution against the rich in Gotham, and he was, for the first time in his life, recognised and listened to.

                                                                                  • krazyflash2
                                                                                    krazyflash2  11 hours back

                                                                                    Who the f Cares If this movie wins a Oscar Its already a great movie and the people Likes it i dont Need some rich Guys Who dicides what movie is good or not

                                                                                    • Official Rivv
                                                                                      Official Rivv  12 hours back

                                                                                      Listen to us, the audience. Movies were made for us. Not a group of snobby "critics" who never made a movie in their life

                                                                                      • tecno powa
                                                                                        tecno powa  12 hours back

                                                                                        they needed to go even harder with the darkness

                                                                                        • A Smit
                                                                                          A Smit  13 hours back

                                                                                          The division is a pretty good demonstration that this movie has highlighted the political agenda saturated into our media.

                                                                                          • Mark Donald
                                                                                            Mark Donald  13 hours back

                                                                                            Why do we need to know if the critic is male or female?

                                                                                            • paxpacis2
                                                                                              paxpacis2  13 hours back

                                                                                              I dunno how people who are literally not smart enough to understand what this film is about areel academy voters. Like I'm not even being elitist, the movie's themes are not that hard to get or are some of these people really THAT far gone from the everyman?

                                                                                              • N San
                                                                                                N San  13 hours back

                                                                                                It won’t get best picture even though it is. Instead of appreciating a masterpiece these little liberal pussys cant handle a dark movie. The oscars are always bullshit