Three Big Names Think Oscar Campaigning Is B.S.


It’s perfectly understandable that many actors and auteurs feel uncomfortable being urged to schmooze and booze it up to get awards consideration.

Wasn’t it enough that they already gave a great performance? Do they have to give another one at some embarrassing promotional luncheon?

Wonderfully enough, an editorial on by Daniel Montgomery puts all the celebrity distaste for gold-groveling together for you. Give him an award!

As the piece tells us, Joaquin Phoenix says, “It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk The Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again.”

Anthony Hopkins goes so far as to call the campaigning process “disgusting” and explains, “having to be nice to people and to be charming and flirting with them…That’s always been against my nature.”

And director David Cronenberg says of the campaign trail: “It is all bullshit, it is all annoying, and it is all very problematical.”

Well, all three of those people are generally predicted to not be nominated this year, which might leave them to wonder, “Was it because I didn’t campaign much–or are there other reasons?”