In an interview with Gotham magazine, which has emerged online just days before Sunday's Oscars ceremony, Ethan Hawke says, "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...
"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."
So says the tool who has never and will never be nominated.
I think he's right. You'd have to be really gullible to think that the Oscar winners (and, in music, the Grammy winners) are the ones worth your time, money, and thought.
I couldn't agree with him more. Why *does* everything have to be a competition in America? I got rid of cable because of the way the Food Network self-immolated with their stupid competition programs. They were the last straw.
I think he was nominated once for best supporting actor for the movie "Training Day".
a lot of good movies aren't even nominated
Winning is everything. Finishing second is the same as finishing last.
This sort of idiocy is drummed into Americans from cradle to grave.
Truly competitive people kill their girlfriends over - whatever it was
[quote] Finishing second is the same as finishing last.
Didn't hurt me.
R1, Hawke has two Oscar nominations, one for Supporting Actor for TRAINING DAY and one for the screenplay of BEFORE SUNSET (shared with Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Kim Krizan).
He is absolutely right, but this has been the case since the first Oscar ceremony in 1929.
The Oscars are nothing more than 1). a marketing device to generate boxoffice revenue and, once TV got into the act, advertising revenue; and 2). an ego trip and potential future negotiating tool for the winners and the people who campaign successfully for the awards (e.g. Weinstein).
What's comical is that on some level many of the best in the business know it's all BS (I'm thinking of people like Streep, Day-Lewis, Spielberg), but they still have that craving for collecting the status symbols.
As for the whole competition thing, I'm afraid this is ingrained in our culture, but it has become more and more pronounced in the last decade, no doubt due to what is certainly an overall decline in American culture in general.
Well, much has been made of the fact that everyone in the entertainment industry is painfully insecure. They need constant validation. Oscars are just one manifestation of that need/craving for approval. If you have one on your fireplace, maybe it helps you sleep a little better at night when the sharks are swarming.
The sheer number of awards shows, critics' awards, parties, the whole gifting suite racket, has really turned the whole thing into a circus sideshow.
Right R11, which is why people watch these the same way that sports fans watch a playoff game. It's just one more competition - you get all heated up for a short while, but in the end it doesn't mean much.
Asked to comment, the Oscars replied by calling Ethan Hawke "Dirty" and "Over".
I agree with him. Look at people feeling the need to give their own taste in music, movies, TV shows, artists, etc. more value by adding how successful and high ranked their taste is.
For Hollywood it's just a seal of approval kind of event where they pretend to have artistic intergrity or credibility.
R8, Nor me.
I don't even care for Hawke, but I thought he was better and more interesting in Assault on Precinct 13 than Denzel was in Training Day.
It's refreshing that someone is going against the norm. The oscars in recent years have become blatantly campaign driven by irritating PR firms and hungry stars looking for a career boost. It's become obnoxious and a major turn off.
I don't get why many of the nominees even bother showing up anymore. You pretty much know who is going to get it by the time of the SAG awards. Why bother?
I miss when it was such a casual event. Where people showed up dressed in whatever the fuck they wanted to wear. And when it wasn't such a big deal to miss it, as many stars did.
My, someone seems bitter they didn't receive a nomination for SINISTER.
I stopped watching Oscars the year of Kate Winslet. Ms. Winslet while a brilliant actor, is also a fake bitch. Her marketing campaign disgusted me to my core.
I am quite interested to see the how the ratings are, because the drumbeat has been intensely relentless this year - just about every ABC show (The Chew, ABC's Wednesday night comedies, every news program, etc.), plus many other network news show.
If the ratings drop this year it will be quite entertaining to see how they explain it.
There are too many awards shows.
Nobody cares anymore.
R13, Mr. Hawke doesn't give a fuck what the Oscars think of him, and even if he is 'dirty' and 'over', it doesn't make his statements any less accurate.
Nice try, though. Really inspired stuff there.
It's not brave to say it when you're washed up. Joaquin Phoenix saying it as possibly the runner up this year was ballsy. George D Scott was ballsy and had the integrity to just not show up. Ditto Brando.
I'm not saying he's brave for saying it at this point in his career. I'm just saying what he said is true. I'm not an Ethan Hawke fanatic (I met him once and he seemed really nice, but whatever...). I just agree with him about the bullshit Oscars.
It's brilliant he said it. There is no "cool" Hollywood anymore - we need a shit load more of this kind of attitude.
I agree with Ethan that awards ceremonies are generally stupid, but I am not so sure they are destructive.
At least they are light years better than the silly Super Bowl. And we probably won't have to see Beyonce's horrible, pointless pornographic gyrations during the Oscars.
I actually think that the whole award season is good for Hollywood, otherwise there would be nothing but comic book adaptations. So no, definitely not destructive.
The way some actors campaign is disgusting, of course.