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Ethan Hawke: 'Oscars competition is asinine'

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Ethan Hawke has described the prestige surrounding the Academy Awards as "asinine".

The Before Midnight actor opened up to Gotham magazine about his belief that actors and actresses should not be competing for awards.

Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight, Berlin Film Festival 2013

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"People want to turn everything in this country into a competition... [so] it's clear who the winner is and who the loser is," Hawke complained. "It's why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it's a way of saying, 'This one is No.1'."

Hawke went on to say: "[The whole thing is] 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."

Hawke's comments come a few months after three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix described awards season as "bulls**t".

Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

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Joaquin Phoenix with Amy Adams



"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," The Master star Phoenix explained.

"I don't want this carrot. It's totally subjective. Pitting people against each other... It's the stupidest thing in the whole world."

The 85th annual Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

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