“I’m just saying that I think it’s bullshit. I think it’s total, utter bullshit, 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. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other …it’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.” — Joaquin Phoenix speaking to Elvis Mitchell in a just-released discussion in Interview magazine.

“The ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons…[they’re] offensive, barbarous and innately corrupt.” — George C. Scott speaking in early 1971 after he was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Patton.