Strong words about the Academy Awards -- Glenda Jackson, George C. Scott, Shirley Knight, and others take issue with the ceremony that honors Hollywood's best

Burl Ives, who won Best Supporting Actor in 1958, called Oscar ”the sweetest baby in the world.” Other luminaries would beg to differ:

”The Academy Awards are the biggest farce that’s ever happened to this industry.”
-Director Richard Donner, 1992

”The ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons.”
-George C. Scott, 1971

”The Academy Awards are obscene, dirty…no better than a beauty contest.”
-Dustin Hoffman, 1975

”It should be fun to go to — not agony. There’s something barbaric about it.”
-Paul Newman, 1969

”Watching it on television…I felt disgusted — as though I were attending a public hanging….No one should have a chance to see so much desire, so much need for a prize, and so much pain when it was not given.”
-Glenda Jackson, 1979

”The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences…has failed in every single function it has assumed. The sooner it is destroyed and forgotten, the better for the industry.”
-A 1935 Screen Directors Guild newsletter

”Nothing would disgust me more morally than receiving an Oscar. Nothing in the world would make me go accept it. I wouldn’t have it in my home.”
-Luis Buñuel, 1971

”Hollywood — that’s where they give Academy Awards to Charlton Heston for acting.”
-Shirley Knight, 1963

”I know I am not equipped to vote on the niceties and details governing the prize in set decoration or film editing, and conversely, I am not prepared to put too much credence on Sylvester Stallone’s opinion on composition.”
-André Previn, 1991