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Anthony Hopkins slams Oscar race as "disgusting"

 Critics predict Sir Anthony Hopkins will be nominated for an Oscar this year, but the legendary actor could care less about the academy. (Getty Images) With the Oscar race now underway, Hollywood types are working hard to secure their own Academy Award nominations, invitations, and maybe even a statue come February.

But not Sir Anthony Hopkins.

"People go out of their way to flatter the nominating body and I think it's kind of disgusting," said the legendary actor in a recent interview with Christopher Rosen for the Huffington Post.

Hopkins won an Academy Award for Best Actor for Silence of the Lambs in 1991, and this year critics are predicting he'll be nominated in the same category for playing Sir Alfred Hitchcock in Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, set to be released this month.

When asked for his thoughts on the film's Oscar buzz, Hopkins told Rosen he wasn't aware of any and went on to decry the process of Oscar campaigning - the organized efforts of studios, publicists, and stars themselves to influence Academy members each year.

"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. I've seen it so many times. I saw it fairly recently, last year. Some great producer-mogul and everyone kisses this guy's backside. I think, 'What are they doing? Don't they have any self respect?' I wanted to say, "F*** off."

And Hopkins isn't alone.

Earlier this year, Joaquin Phoenix expressed similar feelings in a Q&A with Interview Magazine. The actor is widely considered to be another contender in the Best Actor category for his role in The Master.

"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," he said.

There has been much debate in recent years over the relevancy of award shows like the Academy Awards.

What are your thoughts? Are Oscars still relevant? And if so, is it appropriate for studios and actors to try and sway judges' decisions? Let us know in the comments below.

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