Last month Joaquin Phoenix slammed awards season, telling Interview magazine he considers it “utter bullshit”. Now Anthony Hopkins, whose film Hitchcock is getting Oscar buzz, seems to be joining the anti-Oscar campaign. Hopkins tells the Huffington Post he’s not interested. “Having to be nice to people and to be charming and flirting with them … oh, come on! People go out of their way to flatter the nominating body and I think it’s kind of disgusting. That’s always been against my nature”, said Hopkins, who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1991 for Silence Of The Lambs. He tells Huffpo he agrees with other actors who want the work to speak for itself. “You know, kissing the backside of the authorities that can make or break it; I can’t stand all that. I find it nauseating to watch and I think it’s disgusting to behold. People groveling around and kissing the backsides of famous producers and all that. It makes me want to throw up, it really does”.
Is this a trend? If so, who will be next to make awards consultants pull their hair out?
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