Viggo Mortensen’s Golden Boot Award

A kick in the awards nostalgia pants

What’s left to say about the 89th Annual Academy Awards at this point that has not already been tweeted, podcast, written about, commented on or TV blurbed? Absolutely nothing. Which is why we are focusing instead on a less celebrated aspect of Best Actor nominee Viggo Mortensen’s kudo career–the Golden Boot he collected in the summer of 2007 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

From 1983 to that final year, 2007, the Golden Boots honored the cream of the Western movies crop. We don’t know about you, but any awards celebration where the red carpet chatter involves real horses rather than clotheshorses is a winner in our book.

In the clip above, fellow actor (and stuntman) Branscombe Richmond quizzes Mortensen about T.J., the horse the actor rode in 2004’s Hidalgo. The Captain Fantastic nominee was also, at the time, about to appear on-screen in the Ed Harris-helmed Appaloosa.

Towards the end of the conversation with Richmond, Mortensen answers the question, “If you had the chance to change anything in this world, what would you change?” His reply was resplendently 10 years ahead of these Trump times.

P.S. A namesake Golden Boot Awards reared up in 2014 to honor a different category of performer. Last year’s winner: Keith Urban.