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Ethan Hawke takes aim at the Oscars


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 23, 2013 7:56AM
oscars never used to be about politics. not until when clinton was president and after that bush was president, no conservatve actor won an oscar. it is just liberal propaganda and snubbing and competition between all the great and worst actors i have seen in a film. and we witnessed the rise of liberals in the oscars show more than ever. especially when a democratic president gets into office we see a liberal commie straight actor like sean penn win an oscar for playing homosexual activist harvey milk and making a stupid speech of all time.  i don't think he deserved the oscar. it's a conspiracy i tell you. mickey rourke deserved the oscar more than sean penn than ever for the wrestler. if people want to judge me, i don't really care. the oscars will always be about politics no matter what now that obama is still in office. it never used to be about politics.  before clinton we had patriotic conservative actors win oscars as much as liberals.
Feb 22, 2013 6:41AM
i agree, it has also become political as well because of liberal idiots. and yes there are stupid films but that is because of pussies in hollywood like zach galifankis, etc.
Mar 5, 2013 10:33PM

What would Ethan Hawke know about "stupid movies" and "mediocre performers"?


Oh, wait...

Feb 26, 2013 7:44AM
The Life of Pi looked like a combination video game/screensaver.
Feb 22, 2013 3:31PM
There's little question, at least in my mind, about the films and performances that end up in the finals at the Oscars.  The question is: what  should break  the proverbial tape. That the winner has usually been the crowd pleaser or less edgy film(Around The World in 80 Days, Shakespeare In Love) is pretty much established. 
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