As it turns out, there’s some else besides Joaquin Phoenix who doesn’t want to win an Oscar. Johnny Depp, the star with his transformative schtick, portrays real-life gangster Whitey Bulger in the film Black Mass, which some critics are musing could be an early Oscar contender. However, Depp recently spoke at the film’s London Film Festival premiere on Sunday, and he made his true feelings known about the statuette.
Here are his comments to the BBC on why he doesn’t want to win an Oscar,
I don’t want to win one of those things ever, you know...I don’t want to have to talk...The idea of winning means that you’re in competition with someone and I’m not in competition with anybody...They gave me one of those things, like a nomination, two or three times. A nomination is plenty.
As Vanity Fair pointed out, the last time Depp made a grand speech at an awards show, he was torn apart. It was at the Hollywood Film Awards in November of 2014. What initially was supposed to be Depp introducing Shep Gordon, talent manager and subject of Mike Myers’ Supermensch documentary, turned into a cuss-filled speech. Many Twitter users suggested Depp was intoxicated while on stage. Based on that instance alone, it’s no surprise that Depp doesn’t want to give an awards acceptance speech. Though, he can always pull an Alfred Hitchcock.
Meanwhile, his second reason for not wanting the statuette — the whole "competition" notion — could be taken as an ego stroke, but at the same time he’s sort of right. He’s the male equivalent of Helena Bonham Carter, someone who comes alive when covered in elaborate makeup and costumes. There aren’t too many actors who fit in this category.
His comments are generally tame and non-combative — unlike Mr. Phoenix. Though, as we learned from him, you only have to ask to never receive an Oscar and the Academy will shut you out. A few years ago, the actor famously bashed the awards when asked about the Oscar campaign for The Master.
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…Pitting people against each other…It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again.
Johnny Depp brought up similar points — the discomfort of the campaign and the competition aspect — but he said it a much lighter way. So, perhaps, even though he doesn’t want one, he could still have a chance for an Oscar.