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Joaquin Phoenix Doesn’t Want Your Bourgeois Awards But Hey, Thanks Anyway

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Joaquin Phoenix picked up a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival about a month ago, but lest you think he’s all about the shiny baubles, we assure you he’s not.

In fact, he thinks vying for awards is the “stupidest thing in the whole world,” proving he hasn’t read much lately about Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians or ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’

Now that awards season is gearing up, Phoenix shared how he really feels about the whole process with Interview magazine. And as usual, he didn’t mince words.

I’m just saying that I think it’s is bullsh**. I think it’s total, utter bullsh**, 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.

Ironically, Joaquin has already been nominated twice for an Oscar — once for ‘Walk the Line’ and once for ‘Gladiator’ — but even back then he called the entire process “uncomfortable,” saying, “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.”

The people who vote on awards (like his fellow actors do for the Oscars) tend not to reward such comments. So maybe it’s not something he’ll have to worry about much longer.

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