By Erin Strecker
February 22, 2013 at 09:03 PM EST
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There was some controversy this morning when the New York Post excerpted quotes from a Gotham magazine interview with Ethan Hawke where he appeared to bash the Oscars. But in a statement to EW, Hawke says that nothing could be further from the truth. “I think the Oscars do a very good job in representing much of the great work in a given year. Inevitably though, many great films and performances are not recognized and can be overlooked due to the mass marketing and PR machines that march through the awards season. I don’t mean to take anything away from the genuine and deserved excitement that every nominee should feel.”

The full interview with Gotham magazine isn’t yet available, but the New York Post reports that in the story Hawke said, “People want to turn everything in this country into a competition . . . [so] it’s clear who the winner is and who the loser is” as well as “It’s why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it’s a way of saying, ‘This one is No. 1.’ It’s so asinine . . . if you look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace. Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive.” (A call from EW to Gotham magazine’s office to confirm these are accurate quotes was not returned.)

The story of two-time nominee Hawke seemingly bashing the Oscars quickly took off on the web this morning, but Hawke’s publicist further clarified that the quotes from the Post‘s report were “part of a dialogue with a fellow artist (Zoe Kazan) about how an artist protects one’s craft.”

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