Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke has been nominated for two Oscars in the past, one for his supporting role in the movie Training Day in 2001 and the other for co-writing the screenplay for the movie Before Sunset in 2004. Now Ethan has hit out at the Academy Awards, claiming that too many mediocre stars and forgettable movies have won Oscars in the past.
Hawke explained to Gotham, "People want to turn everything in this country into a competition. 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.'"
He added, "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."
Despite Ethan Hawke's criticisms, the Oscars remain the highlight of Awards season, with everyone involved hoping to take home the top prize. The 85th Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, February 24.