Twice-nominated star shoots Academy down in flames
Just when Joaquin Phoenix looked all set for his third Oscar nomination, the unconventional actor has decried the Academy Awards as "bulls**t".
Despite making the Academy's shortlists for Gladiator and Walk The Line, the 37-year-old made his feelings about comparing performances perfectly clear to Interview magazine: "I think it's bulls**t. I think it's total, utter bulls**t, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it."
The revelation coincides with a wave of glowing reviews for his latest performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's roundly praised drama The Master (pictured above). But Phoenix obviously has no interest in converting critical acclaim into Academy gold.
"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."
So even if Academy voters show a thick skin and vote him in anyway, it would seem they're in for a thankless night.
Phoenix wouldn't be the first actor to win an Oscar he didn't want. Marlon Brando showed his contempt for the occasion by sending a fake American Indian lady to pick up his gong for The Godfather.
George C Scott held a similar view back in 1971 when refusing his Best Actor award for Patton: "The whole thing is a goddamn meat parade."