Joaquin Phoenix blasts Oscars

Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Phoenix thinks the Oscars are the "stupidest thing in the world." The Walk the Line actor doesn't agree with the annual Academy Awards - despite having been nominated twice - because he doesn't feel its fair to compare one acting role against another. He told Interview magazine: "I think it's bull***t. I think it's total, utter bull***t, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it. 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." 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 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.

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  1. C-Dub • October 19, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

    Funny but when you win you are crying on stage and forget comments like this. I do agree it’s subjecive BUT some people like everyman Tom Hanks deserved back to back Oscars and it’s an acknowledgement he is certainly worthy of being named one of the greatest actors of all time. This SYMBOL lets people know they have something to strive for.
    You can have actors working in plays and can win a Tony. That’s the Oscar equivilant isn’t it? Or the best singer gets AMA or CMA or Grammy, non? Honoured by your peers might be the best award. But every single award for and art is actually subjective, as it’s not like a sport award which is based on actual stats which are better than anyone elses.
    Just because Tom Cruise did really well for Ghost Protocol and it brought in hundreds of millions and we all know nobody can play Ethan Hunt like Tom can, it doesn’t mean he will win an Oscar for that performance. But maybe the sound editor could win something. Maybe helps other sound editors strive for that oscar too.

  2. zuh • October 19, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

    I think he’s just pissed that Ben Stiller did such an awesome impression of him a while back. LOL

  3. Vayne • October 19, 2012 @ 4:08 PM

    Joaquin Phoenix is very much like Dennis Rodman of basketball (NBA). Without a doubt, they are both talented in what they do professionally… but the things that come out of their mouths barely make sense. They both want to be perceived and have absolute individuality – however, they both act like jackass’s outside of their work environment.

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