Just when the world was this close to forgetting all about his little too-cool-for-film-school "I'm Still Here" play, courtesy of one stellar performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," Joaquin Phoenix has gone and done it again.
The two-time Academy Award nominee (for "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line") has given his proverbial middle finger to Oscar and declared in advance that he's not interested in what was sure to be a locked nomination for supporting actor in this year's race, thank you very much.
Phoenix unleashed his wild opinions of the awards season hooplah in a new interview by Elvis Mitchell for Interview Magazine.
"I think it's bulls**t," he said of his potential candidacy for the big award. "I think it's total, utter bulls**t, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it. It's a carrot, but it's the worst-tasting carrot I've ever tasted in my whole life. I don't want this carrot. It's totally subjective. Pitting people against each other ... It's the stupidest thing in the whole world."
Phoenix's last experience as an Oscar nominee, he explained, is what really turned him off.
"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," said Joaquin Phoenix. "I never want to have that experience again. I don't know how to explain it—and it's not like I'm in this place where I think I'm just above it—but I just don't ever want to get comfortable with that part of things."
Supposing he does get a nomination and wins, would he go so far as to pull a Marlon Brando?
Surely director P.T. Anderson (five-time nominee) and co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman (Oscar winner and three-time nominee) are now hoping Phoenix's haughty snub doesn't hurt their own chances at some well-deserved recognition right about now.