"I think it's bullshit," Phoenix told Interview magazine about the Academy Award buzz surrounding his performance. "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."
Phoenix, 37, has previously been nominated for Oscars for his work in the films "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line," but in recent years he has been known more for his erratic behavior and reluctance to take acting jobs.