Julie Delpy had some harsh words for Academy voters during a recent magazine interview.
The writer, director and actress is nominated for best adapted screenplay along with co-writers Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater for their work on “Before Midnight.” But her nomination didn’t stop her from speaking out about Academy voters in an interview with the UK’s So Film Magazine.
“The problem with certain festivals, the people in charge always choose the same people. They choose their friends, even if the movie’s crap,” Delpy told So Film magazine. “If you could see it, you wouldn’t believe that there’s anything good about it. The same goes for the Oscars. It’s 90 percent white men over 70 who need money because they haven’t done anything in a long time.”
Delpy wasn’t far off in her scathing criticism of voters, at least demographic-wise.
A 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times found that the 5,765 voters have a median age of 62 and just 14 percent are blow age 50. Additionally 94 percent are Caucasian and 77 percent are men.
Delpy didn’t limit her harsh words for the Academy. In the wide-ranging interview the actress, who has been acting since she was a teenager in both European and American movies, also talked about the struggle to get independent films made. Delpy has also worked behind the camera by writing and directing her own films.
“American independent movies are under-financed. There’s nothing left,” Delpy said. “It [the indie scene] was killed by the Weinsteins. Now, real American independent movies have a budget of $500,000 at most.”
However, Delpy’s harshest words were for the city and culture of Hollywood itself.
“Hollywood is not easy. You have to be strong. I’ve had some hard times here,” Delpy said. “After 1998, it was like being in a black hole for 5 years. There was nothing, but then, slowly, it started to improve, but it took so long! A lot of people would have either killed themselves or left.”