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.