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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Ethan Hawke takes aim at Oscars

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


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."

Feb 22, 2013 11:07AM
It's a bunch of Hollywood Bozo's patting each other on the back and how wonderful and self-important they are. If the "in" crowd likes you you win if they don't you won't and has nothing to do with the person's ability and performance.

"gee I like you and maybe you can help my career." 
Feb 22, 2013 11:06AM
They make Millions on the worst movies made, get all the attention, are worshipped (for some reason) by fans, never pay for a meal etc.. Just what they need a Gold plated trophy.
Feb 22, 2013 11:03AM

And if he were to win one, would he not accept it?

I think actors like other workers should be appreciated for what they do.

Workers get raises and bonuses and actors get Oscars (along with a nice paycheck)

Feb 22, 2013 11:03AM
I"ve always felt that way..Just another show of actors patting themselves on the back. Name one other job where you get as many chances as you need to get it right, and then thats what everyone sees. Not mine !  ANYONE CAN ACT.. It"s not what you know,its who you know.
Feb 22, 2013 11:00AM
No Kidding.  What a bunch of self-congratulaters. Here you have all the people in the movie business voting themselves trophy's, for themselves, and for ratings.  What a dog and pony show.  Worthless.
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