An Academy press release announced today that Oscar Ballots have been mailed out to all 5,755 voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. They are to be filled out and returned for tabulation by Tuesday, February 22nd – five days before the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, February 27th. This gives Academy members less than three weeks to come up with a decision about who they are going to vote for to win the 83rd Academy Awards.
Let’s pretend for a minute that voting members of the Academy actually visit Film Misery (I know through e-mail correspondence that one actually does). Here is your chance to make the case for the film, performance, or technical achievement that you would like to see get some recognition at this year’s Oscars. Write a brief paragraph arguing for the one or two nominations that you would like to see turned into victories.
I will start:
Dear Academy Members in the Documentary Branch,
When you receive your voting ballots in the following days I would appreciate if you would fill in your vote for Exit Through the Gift Shop to win Best Documentary Feature. Street artist Banksy is an outsider to the cinema industry and this is his first and very likely last film. He masterfully took what seemed like a very sweet and simple documentary about street art and turned it into a complex and intellectually challenging examination of the very nature of all art from paintings to poetry to film. Banksy uses a tremendous amount of wit and cleverness to beg the question – does originality in art actually exist? Please vote for Banksy.