Thursday 19 April 2018

Voight: Too many awards events

Jon Voight says the numerous awards shows can be tiring
Jon Voight says the numerous awards shows can be tiring

Jon Voight has claimed there are too many awards ceremonies.

The Oscar-winning actor, who scooped a prize in 1978 for Coming Home, admitted that attending all the various events within a few months can be "quite a drain".

"The guilds all want their own show. It becomes quite a drain over the season," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We're at the end now, but they've run the gauntlet, and they've had a lot of fun and gotten to know each other along the way. It's a certain kind of rite of passage.

"Then you finally get to the Oscars and it is the last hurrah. Then you are grateful for having been through it. That's a happy time," added the 75-year-old actor.

Michael Lerner, who received an Oscar nod in 1991 for his work in the Coen brothers' movie Barton Fink, said there are now "way too many awards shows."

"Actors should not be competing against other actors. Actors are individuals," he said.

"How do you compare me to Jack Palance? [Palance pipped Lerner to the best supporting actor gong in 1991.] How do you compare Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey? How do you compare Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett? You can't."

Sally Kirkland, who got an Oscar nomination for 1986 film Anna, added: "There are too many at this point. It's a little too self-congratulatory for me.

The 72-year-old actress continued: "The major award shows are a good thing but there's too much minor stuff. It seems like every time you turn around there is another awards show. It takes away from the preciousness of the Oscars, Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the New York and LA Critics Awards."

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