Rather than making headlines for winning best screenplay for Before Midnight (which is impossible given that the accolade went to 12 Years A Slave), the spotlight’s temporarily shining on French actress Julie Delpy for another matter. If you’ve ever seen a film written by the 44-year old thespian, you’d know she hates Republicans, is highly insightful and hellafied opinionated. So Film bore witness to that. During an interview with the magazine Delpy spoke on sexism in Hollywood & why she doesn’t give a damn about awards.
“I don’t know if it’s harder when you’re a woman… The problem with certain festivals, the people in charge always choose the same people. They choose their friends, even if the movie’s crap [Gravity, ahem – I’m just sayin’]. That’s what annoys me the most. But a festival is a festival: awards, prizes, decorations. You need to see who votes and who chooses the movies.”
“We have the Golden Globes. 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 per cent white men over 70 who need money because they haven’t done anything in a long time. You just need to give them two or three presents and they’re in your pocket. It doesn’t mean anything to me, so I don’t really care if there are women in the selection process.”
The actress who wrote, directed and starred in 2 Days in Paris (2007) and 2 Days in New York (2012), co-starring Chris Rock, added that the American independent film scene had been “killed by the Weinsteins”. Referring to brothers Bob & Harvey who’ve produced lucrative films hand over fist, Delpy continued, “This has a lot to do with the Oscars. In the 90s, there were real independent movies, but they have slowly been crushed by the majors. The minute they take over something, they crush it.”
Perhaps she’s speaking from experience. Julie Delpy hails from a family of renowned actors and has been in and around the Hollywood scene for a minute now. On her own blockbuster appearances she said, “I’ve made some big movies before already. Crap stuff like The Three Musketeers. Every time I’ve become a part of the Hollywood mainstream, it’s been crap! Let’s be honest: 90 per cent of movies made in Hollywood are crap.”
In addition to the “controversial” segments of the interview, Delpy’s talk with So Film reveals a unique perspective from an authentic writer, actress and director within a rigid industry where all things come a distant second to box office earnings.
So folks, tell us: Do you think Julie Delpy’s got a valid point up in here?