Joaquin Phoenix lets us all know how he feels about the Oscars
While we don't know yet whether Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for an Academy Award for best actor in The Master, we're pretty sure he won't care if he wins one or not. That's because he said as much, in no uncertain terms, when asked about it in Interview magazine. He's probably just bitter he didn't win it the other two times he was nominated.
"I think it's bulls---," Phoenix told the magazine. "I think it's total, utter bulls---, 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."
His opinion may be colored by the fact his costar, Philip Setmour Hoffman is being submitted for consideration as a supporting actor, although the pair share plenty of screen time. He tells Interview his nomination for best actor for playing Johnny Cash was pretty bad, too (his other nom was for Gladiator).
"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," Phoenix said. "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."
Of course, we know The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson isn't too happy come Oscar time, either; We still remember Anderson looking like he wanted to punch someone's lights out when 1997's Boogie Nights was shut out. His date Fiona Apple wasn't too happy, either.
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