Woah, I love when people criticize American institutions like The Oscars…especially people who are FAMOUS!
Before Midnight star Ethan Hawke recently expressed his distaste for the way movies are evaluated in America, and called box office gross reports and movie award shows “asinine” and “destructive!” Says the actor:
“People want to turn everything in this country into a competition… [so] 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.”
Well said, Ethan! I completely agree. So much money goes into these ceremonies which really don’t have a huge bearing on a film’s merit or quality. We’re glad Hawke has the guts to say something!
How do YOU feel about the Oscars? Do you agree with Hawke?