Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
4

Movies News

'Hitchcock' star Anthony Hopkins on Oscar buzz: 'It's disgusting'

By
Sir Anthony Hopkins has admitted that he finds the Academy Awards process "disgusting".

The Welsh actor has had a prestigious career, which has seen him win an Oscar for Silence of the Lambs as well as three BAFTAs.

Anthony Hopkins, Alfred Hitchock

© Fox / Fox Searchlight



Hopkins has recently been tipped as an Oscar contender for his new film Hitchcock, but he played down those expectations in a chat with The Huffington Post.

"I've been around - I've got the Oscar myself for Silence of the Lambs - and having to be nice to people and to be charming and flirting with them... oh, come on," he declared.

The star continued: "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."

Hopkins went to suggested that the Oscar is far more of a popularity contest than a legitimate award for actors.

"You know, kissing the backside of the authorities that can make or break it; I can't stand all that," the actor said. "I find it nauseating to watch and I think it's disgusting to behold. People grovelling around and kissing the backsides of famous producers and all that.

"It makes me want to throw up, it really does. It's sick-making. I've seen it so many times. I saw it fairly recently, last year. Some great producer-mogul and everyone kisses this guy's backside. I think, 'What are they doing? Don't they have any self respect?' I wanted to say, 'F**k off'."

Anthony Hopkins in 'Hitchcock'


Joaquin Phoenix made similar comments in October amid buzz that he might be nominated for an Oscar again for The Master.

"I think it's bulls**t," Phoenix declared. "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."

Hitchcock sees Hopkins play the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock in the run-up to Psycho's release in 1960.

The film opens in limited release in the US on Friday (November 23) and in the UK on February 8, 2013.

Watch a Hitchcock trailer below:

You May Like

Comments

Loading...