Joaquin Phoenix: The Oscars are stupid

2012-10-19 09:47
Los Angeles - Joaquin Phoenix thinks the Oscars are the "stupidest thing in the world", according to Interview magazine.

The Walk the Line actor doesn't agree with the annual Academy Awards despite having been nominated twice, because he doesn't feel it's fair to compare one acting role against another.

The 37-year-old star's two nods were Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gladiator, and Best Actor for Walk the Line, in which he portrayed singer Johnny Cash, but he says the recognition he got for the latter unnerved him.

He told Interview magazine: "I think it's bullshit. I think it's total, utter bullshit, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it."

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"It's a carrot, but it's the worst-tasting carrot I've ever tasted in my whole life. I don't want this carrot. It's totally subjective. Pitting people against each other. It's the stupidest thing in the whole world."

He added: "It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again. I don't know how to explain it - and it's not like I'm in this place where I think I'm just above it - but I just don't ever want to get comfortable with that part of things."

Despite his protestations, Joaquin's next role in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master has already been highly acclaimed and could see him score another Oscar nomination.


  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-19 10:54

    I agree. Bunch of fools made to look like heroes, and then basking in the limelight whilst adoring brainless fans cheer and scream. What utter waste.Just like politicians. Totally uselessunless they do something humanitarian with the recognition their fame brings them. Those who do are few and far in between, though.

  • leila.monroe - 2012-10-19 11:25

    One of the best actors of all time, no doubt about it...

  • Aiyana B. Ela - 2014-01-13 20:09

    Most actors are really stupid people with problems like addiction, alcoholism, sex issues. It's outrageous their fans still look up to them as heroes I have seen fans go as far as defend their favourite stars just because of what the media says e.g. Media says George Clooney is cool most people just swallow it up without any critical analysis.

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