Joaquin Phoenix Calls Bulls**t on 'Bulls**t' Remark

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Here's a fact: Joaquin Phoenix's performance as a disturbed WWII vet in "The Master" is one for the books, a truly startling, revelatory thing of beauty, and it deserves an Oscar. It has to be, otherwise people wouldn't be getting their panties in a bunch over his quote in Interview Magazine last month when he said the Academy Awards were "total, utter bulls**t, and I don't want to be a part of it."

One person in particular is starting to wake up to this fact, and that is Phoenix himself, who, in a new interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, has done a complete 180 (okay, maybe like a 112-degree turn) where he says that he and Oscars might be cool after all.

"I wouldn't have the career that I have if it weren't for the Oscars," repented two-time nominee Phoenix. "I haven't been in a lot of movies that have made a lot of money … And getting nominated for a movie has probably helped my career tremendously. But in some ways it's the antithesis of what you want to be as an actor. You're always trying to free yourself of the artifice, which is really difficult. Especially when you suck, like me.''

Okay then. That may sound like he's still a bit ambivalent about the whole thing, but it's a far cry from calling the annual movie awards pageant "the worst-tasting carrot I've ever tasted in my whole life" and "the stupidest thing in the whole world."

Whatever kind of meditation he's done or colonic he's gotten to get his head screwed on straight again, it remains to be seen if he would actually be brave enough to show his face at the ceremony should he get nominated, and he most likely will.

''It's not like I f***ing hate the Oscars," he insists. "It doesn't occupy my time to where I can build up hate. What I was reacting to was sometimes the reverence that we have about these things. I don't want to revere it.''

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