There is little doubt that anyone except Joaquin Phoenix is to be the Oscar frontrunner after his performance in The Master. That was until Phoenix himself decided to outwardly express that he wants no part of it. When asked about the possibility of an Oscar nomination, Phoenix took the chance to call the Academy Awards the “stupidest thing in the whole world.”
Joaquin Phoenix was previously an Oscar nominee for his roles in both Gladiator and Walk the Line, neither were experiences that Phoenix enjoyed. Now, as the Oscar buzz surrounds his performance in The Master, Phoenix speaks out to Interview magazine and revealed his thoughts on the Oscars when asked about whether he would like to be nominated this year:
“I’m just saying that I think it’s bulls—. I think it’s total, utter bulls—, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it….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.”
It’s hard to know how much comments like these will actually effect Phoenix’s chances. Previously Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray both criticized and spoke out about the Oscars, which many believe cost them possible wins – (Murphy for Dreamgirls (lost to Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine) and Murray for Lost in Translation (lost to Sean Penn for Mystic River).
So far Phoenix has done everything he can to show is disinterest in the academy award rituals, and his absence from any events that could possibly promote his Best Actor nomination has not gone unnoticed. Still many believe his performance in The Master to be strong enough to overcome politicking?
What do you think of Phoenix’s comments?