Ethan Hawke hates the Oscars.
Hawke, who was nominated for best supporting actor at the 2002 ceremony for "Training Day" and also received an adapted screenplay nomination at the 2005 ceremony for "Before Sunset," blasted the Academy Awards in an interview with Gotham Magazine.
"People want to turn everything in this country into a competition," Hawke said. "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."
Destructive? What, like drone attacks?
According to the Huffington Post, Hawke's comments, including the remark about "fake carrots," are similar to ones Joaquin Phoenix made last year.
"I think it's bull(expletive)" Phoenix said about the Oscars, in an interview with Interview magazine. "I think it's total, utter bull(expletive), 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."
Is it stupider than kicking puppies? I bet he wouldn't say it's stupider than kicking puppies.
By the way, Phoenix is nominated at the Oscars 2013 ceremony for his role in "The
Anthony Hopkins is another actor who has slammed the Academy Awards. "People go out of their way to flatter the nominating body and I think it's kind of disgusting," Hopkins told the Huffington Post. "That's always been against my nature."