Joaquin Phoenix will not be campaigning for an Oscar for 'The Master'

joaquin-phoenix-no-oscars-gi.jpg Joaquin Phoenix is a two-time Oscar nominee. Based on his comments in a recent interview, he'd just as soon not become a three-time nominee.

Speaking with Interview magazine about his performance in "The Master" -- which has earned him tons of critical praise -- Phoenix is not shy about offering up his thoughts on the Hollywood awards circuit.

"I'm just saying that I think it's bulls***. I think it's total, utter bulls***, 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."

Phoenix says the Oscar campaign for his movie "Walk the Line" -- he was nominated for best actor for the Johnny Cash biopic -- "was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life."

"I never want to have that experience again," he says. "I don't know how to explain it -- and it's not like I'm in this place where I think I'm just above it -- but I just don't ever want to get comfortable with that part of things."

The full interview is online at Interview.
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