Joaquin Phoenix may be many people's favourite for a Best Actor Oscar in next year's Academy Awards after his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' wowed critics, but the actor apparently doesn't want anything to do with the Awards, calling them 'bulls**t'.
Phoenix, who saw his co-star in 'Walk The Line', Reese Witherspoon, walk off with the top actors' prize a few years back, was incredibly frank in a stunning outburst that could rule him out of contention.
In the latest Interview magazine, the star told Elvis Mitchell: "I think it's bulls**t," , and the expletives and derision of the film world didn't stop there, as he continued: "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."
The star had been expected to be amongst those thought likely to be honoured for his role in 'The Master', in which he plays an impressionable ex-soldier back from World War II who falls under the spell of a charismatic science -fiction writer starting his own cult like religion (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
The movie had already created controversy due to its uncomfortable proximity to the story of the Church of Scientology's founding under L. Ron Hubbard.
Academy members are famously not fans of criticism, most notably in 1973 when Marlon Brando rejected his Oscar for 'The Godfather' by sending a native American girl called Littlefeather to tell the Academy where to go. Predictably his rejection was met with boos.
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