5 Celebrities Who Hate The Oscars

With the 2014 Oscars just around the corner, not everyone is particularly excited about the Hollywood event of the year. These 5 celebrities have all openly bashed the awards show. Some branded it to simply be a boring event to attend and didn’t enjoy themselves while they were in attendance. For others, they don’t like how people are being made to complete against each other and don’t see the point of the whole event. Here are 5 celebrities who hate The Oscars and what they’ve said about the most famous awards show.


Joaquin Phoenix

"Her" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Joaquin ranted that it’s all just for show: “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. 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. It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again. I don’t know how to explain it, and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it – but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.”

Ethan Hawke
86th Annual Oscars Nominee Luncheon - Arrivals

Ethan doesn’t understand why people are put up against each other: “People want to turn everything in this country into a competition . . . [so] it’s clear who the winner is and who the loser is. It’s why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it’s a way of saying, ‘This one is No. 1.’ 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.”

Johnny Depp
"3 Days to Kill" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Johnny and his wife at the time Vanessa Paradis attended together but grew bored of the event quickly: “All Vanessa and I could think of was, ‘When and where can we go smoke?’ and ‘Where can we get a drink?’ and ‘When is it over?’ and ‘Please don’t let me win.’ It was such a shock, to get the news that I’d been nominated. My first reaction was ‘Why?’ On one level I was flattered; but it’s not what I’m working for. When I didn’t win the thing – oh, I was ecstatic. Absolutely ecstatic. I applauded the lucky winner and said, ‘Thank God.'”

Kathleen Turner
UNESCO Charity Gala 2011

Kathleen finds The Oscars very boring: “The ceremony is so boring. The best fun I ever had was when I watched the whole shebang on a large flatscreen TV with Tom Hanks.We got two rubber dart guns and spent the whole night shooting sucker darts at everyone as they came up on screen. I really recommend it. We found it really invigorating. There were round circles all over the screen by the end.”

Bradley Cooper
EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Arrivals

Bradley thinks winning an Oscar would be bad for his career: “I don’t want to win an Oscar. It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”

Photos: PRPhotos