Joaquin Phoenix just
destroyed improved his chances at an Oscar nomination.
In a new Q&A with film critic Elvis Mitchell in Interview magazine, the star of The Master — widely considered to be a Best Actor contender — is asked about being on the awards circuit for the film. Phoenix, who has two previous Oscar nominations for Gladiator and Walk the Line, scoffs at Hollywood’s season of backslapping.
“I’m just saying that I think it’s bullsh–t,” Phoenix says. “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.”
That distant rattling you hear is the sound of Oscar pundits grasping their pearls at this sacrilege. Many will say he has crushed his chances of a nomination by insulting the great golden god of Hollywood, but that — to borrow a term from the actor — is also “bulls–t.”