For most actors and actresses, winning an Academy Award is one of the greatest things that could happen in their acting career. For others, winning the 24-karat gold-plated statue (which is worth around $900) is "the stupidest thing in the world," just,"total utter bullsh*t," and,"rigged." Below are 7 actors/actresses who basically hate the Oscars!
Back when Mr. Phoenix was nominated for The Master, he told interviewers that the Oscars were:
Total, utter bullshit. 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.
One of my friends said, '[Nicole Kidman’s] going to get nominated for an Oscar for [The Paperboy].' I was like, 'Nah, man. She’s not black!' I laugh, but it’s also very sad. It makes me want to cry. But I really believe you have to be trashy and black to get nominated. You can’t just be trashy.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
I can't stand all that. I find it nauseating to watch and I think it's disgusting to behold. People groveling around and kissing the backsides of famous producers and all that. It makes me want to throw up, it really does. It's sick-making. I've seen it so many times. I saw it fairly recently, last year. Some great producer-mogul and everyone kisses this guy's backside. I think, 'What are they doing? Don't they have any self respect?' I wanted to say, 'F*ck off.'
The Academy Awards were basically created by the industry to promote pictures. They weren’t really to acknowledge the performances. Then it became sort of this great popularity contest and now, it’s an incredible show and it’s seen all over the world. But the strain on us to put ourselves up against other people to think that it’s some sort of a contest -- and it isn’t a contest -- we’re all in this together.
Bill Murray was mad during the 2005 Oscars when he lost to Sean Penn. He was mad at Penn, then mad at himself for even attending the show.
P*ssed off? You bet I was. I don't approve of award ceremonies, so I was wondering what had persuaded me to attend that one. I was p*ssed at myself.
The Harry Potter star was upset after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 wasn't nominated for anything but technical awards,
I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're directed by Martin Scorsese. I was watching Hugo the other day and going, 'Why is this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed. There's a certain amount of snobbery. It's kind of disheartening. I never thought I'd care. But it would've been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in.
Hawke was nominated for Training Day and Before Sunset, and continues to dislike the Oscars.
It's so asinine ... if you look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace. Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive.