Joaquin Phoenix has never been the most conventional actor in Hollywood, but you have to admit that he’s one of the best. But now there is a chance that his stunning performance in The Master will go unrecognized when Oscar season rolls around after what he had to say about being on the award circuit in a piece for Interview Magazine:
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. 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.
Folks in Hollywood don’t take too kindly to that type of talk, even though he’s basically saying what many actors probably feel. It’ll be interesting to see if the Academy can deny Phoenix at least a nomination after his performance, which is legitimately one of the best of the year.
[via Interview Magazine]