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Matt Damon: The Academy Gets It Wrong

Matt Damon: The Academy Gets It Wrong

Matt Damon tells Parade that he doesn’t think the Academy necessarily gets it right when it comes down to honoring actors and films.

The 38-year-old actor shares, “I think that the best way to judge movies is, like, 10 years after they’re released. I think they should actually do the awards that way. I think they should have done the Academy Awards this year for movies from 1998. I think it’s better to look at a movie and then step back and look at it again. I don’t think – that the awards necessarily get it right. I think they get it wrong more often than they get it right.”

DO YOU THINK The Academy got it wrong with any of the this year’s winners?

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72 Responses to “Matt Damon: The Academy Gets It Wrong”

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  1. 1
    Vera Says:

    Boy…did they get it wrong this yr especially!
    Ben Button should of been Best Pic. it was a
    masterpiece & it will be proven in time.

    No Country for Old Men? wtf?
    violent, hated that film..not a Best Pic honor

    etc. etc. Oscars are rigged I think..the respect is gone
    this year w/that Anistin spectacle & acting like a tabloid tv show..
    it just turned me off to the Oascars.
    wtf was Anistin sitting down for? a PRESENTER????

  2. 2
    Tyler Says:

    Matt Damon, you’re correct.

    Brad Pitt’s nomination over Leonardo Dicaprio this year was seriously a joke. The Academy nominated a three hour Forest Gump rip off. I was so happy it walked away with only THREE awards. Then, there’s Sally Hawkins and Kristin Scott Thomas who missed out.

    The idiots had to nominate the woman who’s currently filming ANOTHER action movie. I WANT MY SOONNN BACK!


  3. 3
    Susan Says:

    He’s right. It’s only with time that you can properly evaluate a movie.

  4. 4
    tweety Says:

    he’s just bitter

  5. 5
    athena Says:

    well, maybe not in ten years, but at least in two to five years later. Although, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to wait at all, being that some movies are influenced by current events and are right on time. Then again, the further away the movie is, the actor may have less passion for it than when he finished filming after that 10 year wait. Maybe an award should be given in 10 years for the highest ranking movie of that year in the 10 year span some how…and be given to the actor and supporting roles. I dunno, just throwing my thoughts around.

  6. 6
    Imsosickofher Says:

    You got it wrong too. It’s academy not acamedy.

  7. 7
    Ricketts Says:

    Tyler! haha you’re right ! that boring performace Brad gave over Leo?

    They didn’t get it right with that one!

  8. 8
    sruti Says:

    First! However, my comment is not so much about Matt Damon but about the heading to this post. Jared, don’t you or your intern do any editing before posting ? That “acamedy” is such a glaring typo. For a while I thought this is a newly coined word having to do with comedy ;-)

  9. 9
    sruti Says:

    First! However, my comment is not so much about Matt Damon but about the heading to this post. Jared, don’t you or your intern do any editing before posting ? That “acamedy” is such a glaring typo. For a while I thought this is a newly coined word having to do with comedy ;-)

  10. 10
    uhhuh Says:

    he has a good point actually.

  11. 11
    Janey Says:

    Matt’s right. Did you ever watch an old Oscar-winning movie from the ’70s or ’80s or ’90s and say, “Huh? What were they thinking?”

    A lot of great classics from the ’40s and ’50s are still being shown today but never got any awards when they first came out.

  12. 12
    tweetybird Says:

    He is so right, for instance Penelope Cruz did not deserve an award for Christina Barcelona, but she deserved one for Traffic. There aren’t that many good actors out there, Hollywood has become a joke with people like Justin Timberlake and Beyonce getting roles. It’s like the quality is no longer there. My questions is where are all the good actors???” you can count them proably on one hand. Actors are picked for rol;es on the basis of popularity not on how skilled they are- For instance this summer I saw a really good documentary about Cadillac Records…it could have been a really good movie had Beyonce not crapped all over it. And Juno last year, for the life of me I don’t get why that piece of crap won so many awards. Benjamin Buttons was such a long boring movie, people either loved it or hated it..I think more hated it, didn’t deserve any awards, or maybe yes for making brad pitty boy look creepy.

  13. 13
    bobbi Says:

    Agree w. Matt wholeheartedly.

  14. 14
    Elle Says:

    Funny he said 1998. Because if they did look at ’98 today, there’s no way they wouldn’t choose Saving Private Ryan over Shakespeare in Love haha.
    but I agree. A big part of how great a film is is its longevity.

  15. 15
    Tyler Says:

    Tweetybird, You’re right about Benjamin Buttons.

    What were they thinking with that film?!

  16. 16
    H Says:

    #12 Penelope wasn’t in Traffic that was Catherine Zeta Jones. I agree with #2 and #7 – I love Brad and his work but he did not deserve that nomination over Leo. Leonardo, Christian Bale, and Joaquin Phoenix keep getting snubbed time after time. Especially Leo and Joaquin. Benjamin also didn’t deserve that many nomination it WAS like another Forrest Gump. #1 jump off the AJ and BP bandwagon for once. Angelina also didn’t deserve her nomination – she was a great actress in the past but in Changeling she overacted too much.

  17. 17
    Patty Says:

    Agree that they get it wrong as often as right. And I’m not even talking about who wins out of the nominees but who gets nominated in the first place. But ten years is ridiculous. No would care anymore except a few navel gazers. Two years is the most one could get away with, and even then they’d probably still get it wrong, so what the hey. The answer is not to worship the Oscars. If I hear one more time that so-and-so is an “Oscar winning” whatever… It seems to putty over a lot of misjudgements and mediocre performances.

  18. 18
    Lurker Says:

    I agree with Matt somewhat but I don’t think it should take 10 years to judge a movie. The academy certainly gets it wrong more often than they get it right. There are too many undeserving recipients for me to mention but I honestly think Benjamin Button was robbed this year. In a few years, no one will remember SDM but every movie will pattern the new technology used in BB.

  19. 19
    Raphael Says:

    Penelope Cruz wasn’t in Traffic, #12.

  20. 20
    share Says:

    Hi is absolutely wrong, the film is perceived in the context of time, it is differently interpreted 10 years later, but intend of the film makers to make it for that year’s release. Another words, if you want to judge the film in 10 years, than release it in 10 years. Films are entertainment, not lessons in history and should be judged when they are released. If you think your film is better in 10 years, than make it in 10 years.

  21. 21
    360 Says:

    I agree. Some of Martin Scorseses’ finest work was overlooked by the Academy in the past. He was only recently honored with an Oscar for The Departed when he actually did a better job with films like Casino, Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and Raging Bull. Even Al Pacinos’ Scarface was not recognized or appreciated back then.

  22. 22
    xuxx Says:

    I think the awards should be judged on what people go to see, and the takings at the box office. The one film that did not get a lookin for what it was, entertaining from begining to the end was The Forbidden Kingdom. I know a lot of poeple saw this as a Karatie Kid type picture but you have got admit it was action from start to finish. I looked at Michael Angarano who I had not heard of who played Jason in this film, and saw he had done some great acting parts before, Black Irish for one. Why this had never been entered into the oscars at the time, I have no idea. It’s a great fim. There is another called “The Bondage” which after four years now has neve been release he did. It’s reported has being a briliant film. Only a few poeple have seen this.

  23. 23
    RealityCheck Says:

    I’m with Matt on this totally. I still remember 1994 (or was it 1995?) when Mel Gibson’s Braveheart won over The Shawshenk Redemption. Just why did that shallow medieval action movie took the award away from one of the best and deepest dramas I have ever seen is beyond me. The academy are first-class morons.

  24. 24
    tom Says:

    Matt should stick his foot into his mouth. He’s always saying things in public with such arrogance, like his opinion should be the final authority. He’s even made political statements which show his lack of intelligence and knowledge on issues.

  25. 25
    360 Says:

    Lets not forget when Helen Hunt won the Oscar in 1997 for As Good As It Gets over Kate Winslets’ performance in Titanic.

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