Joaquin Phoenix Bashes The Oscars

The Academy Awards is considered by most to be the most prestigious awards show for film. Over the years it has earned the reputation of being very political and almost snobby, which is how films like The Artist and The King’s Speech managed to overcome such masterpieces like Drive, Black Swan, The Fighter and so many more memorable films.

I understand that film is all about opinion and self-interpretation, but I’d be hard pressed to find someone that can argue that audiences will be raving and talking about The Artist over something as ambitious and different as Drive in ten years or even Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction. Timeless classics deserve the gold, not Oscar bait.

Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman all gave incredibly strong performances in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master. Phoenix’s name has been talked about a great deal whenever someone mentions early Oscar buzz, but according to Phoenix himself he’d rather not get nominated or even win.

Here’s what he told Interview:

“I’m just saying that 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. 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 says.

“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.”

Many have considered this to be his official goodbye towards any chances of winning gold and I simply sit here asking why. Yes, if you flat out bash the show I doubt that they’re going to look at you very highly anymore, but the award is supposed to go to his performance in the film, not Phoenix as a person, with differing opinions.
The year isn’t over just yet, so I can’t say he deserves the gold this instant, but I can firmly say that he deserves a nomination at the very least. If they choose to ignore his moving performance then it will only continue to show just how little the show counts for these days in the world of film.

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