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Ethan Hawke takes aim at Oscars

Star of 'Before Sunset' calls the Oscars 'fake' and 'destructive'

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Ethan Hawke has branded the Oscars "destructive" and "fake" in a scathing criticism of the Hollywood awards season just days before the movie industry's biggest prizegiving.

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The two-time Oscar nominee, who received nods for 2001's "Training Day" and 2004 romance 'Before Sunset," fears the annual tradition of handing out prizes is detrimental to the industry because it encourages such a fiercely competitive culture.

He is also convinced the Academy Awards have very little value because they have been won by so many "stupid movies" and "mediocre performers" over the years.

"People want to turn everything in this country into a competition. 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," Hawke said, in an interview with Gotham magazine. "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."

58Comments
Feb 22, 2013 8:26AM
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I agree. I no longer watch the show.

Feb 22, 2013 8:36AM
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He's right. The event is purely political, encourages not true talent but box office draw. It's dog eat dog in WhoreyWood.
Feb 22, 2013 8:56AM
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I quit watching them. BORING! and he is right many of the best performances are overlooked.
Feb 22, 2013 8:44AM
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Ironic. He's simultaneously downplaying the importance of the Oscars while elevating the importance of his own vocation. He's just an actor. It's just a movie awards show.  We're not talking medical or scientific breakthroughs.
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