Crowe: 'Cinderella Man' deserved more

Oct. 25, 2006 at 1:54 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Australian actor Russell Crowe says seeing his film "Cinderella Man" overlooked at the Oscars in March made him re-think the value of the U.S. film awards.

"When I see some of the decisions that are made, you do ask yourself, 'How can you take it seriously?'" the actor said in New York.

"Paul Giamatti not winning best supporting actor for that performance (in 'Cinderella Man')?" he said. "I think we got three nominations at the end of the day for a film that I believe deserved a lot more."

The actor, who will soon be seen in the comedy, "A Good Year," said he is constantly approached by fans who "put their hand over their heart and start to cry," telling him how much they love "Cinderella Man."

"I'll be having those conversations 10 years from now," he predicted.

Asked if he thinks his behavior off-set impacted the opinions of Oscar voters, Crowe replied: "I don't care.

"It's not what I base my life on. It's not even in the top 100 of my priority list of life."

Crowe has made headlines in the past for fighting and pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor assault after throwing a telephone at a hotel worker in New York.

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