Sir Anthony Hopkins Slams Oscar Season Sycophants

At this rate, AMPAS might soon want to add a new sideline, online category to go along with the annual Academy Awards ceremonies – Best Insult.

First came Joaquin Phoenix’s masterful summation of the inanity of film awards season in Interview magazine. Now, courtesy of Huffington Post Entertainment editor Christopher Rosen, it’s Sir Anthony Hopkins’ turn. The star of Hitchcock ended his recent via-telephone-from-London conversation with Rosen at the New York press junket for that film with some choice observations about the worst aspect of film awards season:

“People go out of their way to flatter the [Oscar] nominating body and I think it’s kind of disgusting… You know, kissing the backside of the authorities that can make or break it; I can’t stand all that. I find it nauseating to watch and I think it’s disgusting to behold. People groveling 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.”

Consider this and the rest of his comments on the matter a sort of literal “BS” follow-up to Hitch’s infamous “actors are cattle” observation.

Phoenix later went on to try and soften his Interview comments. Will Hopkins? To rank as a master of (awards season) suspense, FishbowlLA recommends he wait, if so, until the beginning of January 2013.

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