Joaquin Phoenix Calls the Oscars ‘the Stupidest Thing in the Whole World’ … and Worse

Oct 19, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Joaquin Phoenix, a two-time Oscar nominee, doesn’t appear to be interested in going through the process a third time. The New York Daily News reports that the quirky actor opens up in a new piece in Interview Magazine, saying — among other things — that competing for Oscars is “the stupidest thing in the whole world.”

Asked by interviewer Elvis Mitchell about the growing speculation that Phoenix will be nominated again, for “The Master,” Phoenix reportedly responded: “I think it’s total, utter bulls–t, and I don’t want to be a part of it.”

Phoenix added: “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.”

Phoenix reflected on the politicking that surrounded his Oscar nomination for the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” saying it was “one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life,” and adding: “I never want to have that experience again.”

The piece notes that Phoenix “is just making a career comeback of sorts after a fallow period surrounding the elaborate hoax that he was ditching acting to become a rapper — chronicled in Casey Affleck’s fake documentary, ‘I’m Not Here.’”

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