Johnny Depp on his Oscar buzz: ‘I don’t want to win one of those things ever’


This is my new favorite photo of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Right?

Anyway, Johnny Depp has gotten a lot of “Oscar buzz” for his role in Black Mass. I think part of the buzz is simply the fact that it’s a straight dramatic role for Depp (which is somewhat rare these days), plus it has an excellent and awards-baity cast, plus it’s been making the film festival rounds. All of that adds up to the studio spending some money on a campaign, likely just for Depp as Best Actor. But like Michael Fassbender, Joaquin Phoenix and countless others before him, Depp wants everyone to know that he’s not into the whole Oscar thing. Some highlights from Depp’s BBC interview:

Whether he wants an Oscar: “I don’t want to win one of those things ever, you know. I don’t want to have to talk. They gave me one of those things, like a nomination, two or three times. nomination is plenty.”

Whether Black Mass is his comeback role: “What did I come back from? The dead? I haven’t done anything different in this than I have in any other film.”

He doesn’t want to compete for an Oscar, man: “The idea of winning means that you’re in competition with someone and I’m not in competition with anybody. I just stick to my guns and do what I want to do. Sometimes people don’t like it but that’s alright.”

[From BBC]

Somewhere in Malibu, Leonardo DiCaprio is polishing his reclaimed bamboo trophy shelf and giggling with delight. Honestly though, while I’m no Depp Defender, I don’t think these statements are absolutely terrible. He’s not saying “the Oscars are bulls—t.” He’s saying “I’d be happy with a nomination.” And I kind of think he’s serious… maybe. Like, he would be legitimately happy with a nomination. But do you really believe he doesn’t want to win an Oscar at some point? Come on. Of course he does.


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  1. Sayrah says:

    Oh no, the second picture is way better!

  2. Lana says:

    I hope he wins one day.

    • Theodore says:

      He can’t stay sober long enough to do a campaign tour.

      • OhHellNo! says:

        He doesn’t want one because they don’t come covered in accessories, no scarves, no necklaces, no pocket watches or earrings! It just wouldn’t be a scarf monster’s dream award without ALL of these, and they certainly don’t come with shoes let alone with LIFTS!!

    • evermoreOriginalhere says:

      He will, They’ll probably give it to him now. LOL

      I think Amber is stunning and Johnny is Gorgeous even now.

    • LA Juice says:

      I think he genuinely does not care. Have no problem believing that. If yo live her long enough, and you hold the life perspective Johnny Depp has always maintained, why would you care? You’d see the awards are rigged, and fixed and don’t necessarily reflect anything other than the amount of money the weinsteins threw at that year’s campaign.

  3. j. eyre says:

    Cool, so if they give you one of those things, the actual statue, can I have it?

  4. Lilacflowers says:

    Johnny would be happy to win if he could just wave from his seat or just play his guitar in acceptance instead of having to speak. He clearly suffers stage fright. But he has showed up for all his prior nominations. He’ll play the game and be respectful of it to that extent.

    • jinni says:

      Ha! Dying at the thought of him just busting out a small guitar solo as his speech.But yeah, he suffers from anxiety and doesn’t like having to talk in front of people. I’m sure he’ll play the game if the movie makes it that far into the competition, but I feel he’d do that only because he sees that as a part of his job/what he signed up for when he took the role. I’m just happy he isn’t pulling a Joaquin Phoenix and acting like he’s just too cool for the whole thing, but than shows up for award shows and looking like a big hypocrite.

    • evermoreOriginalhere says:

      LilaFlowers, I LOVE that, it’s soooo Johnny Depp.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I don’t mind what he said. Maybe he really doesn’t want to have to get up and talk. I sort of believe it.

    • jinni says:

      Same. Throughout his career, he hasn’t play roles or made movies that are typically Oscar bait.

      • FingerBinger says:

        What’s eating Gilbert grape ,The Libertine ,Black Mass ,Chocolat ,Donnie Brasco. He does oscar bait films more than you think.

    • mia girl says:

      I joke about him the way you joke about an ex who broke your heart. Yes, Depp and his mid-life fu*kery broke my forever in love with Gilbert Grape Depp heart.

      But anyway, I agree. Don’t see anything wrong with what he said and I also kinda believe him.

      Except then I think about those lifts he’s been sporting and realize, he cares at least a little.

    • Bettyrose says:

      You know, I was all prepared to be like STFU scarf man, but I totally get his point. The Oscar culture pits actors against each other.

    • tracking says:

      Yeah, I do think he’s shy when it comes to public speaking. Maybe Amber can deliver his acceptance speech?

    • epiphany says:

      Yes, when I read the headline, my first thought was, ‘wow, what an ingrate’, but after I read the entire piece, I now think he’s terrified to get up in front of a crowd and speak off the cuff. Maybe that’s why he’s such a good actor – he can take the words of others and craft them into something special, but on his own, he’s over his head.

    • carol says:

      Yeah I get it too

  6. lisa2 says:

    I actually think he means it. The thing is for many the Oscar win is some times a let down. Many of the past winners disappear or the work that follows is less. It is head scratching to me that Depp, Brad and Leo have not won an Oscar. They all have been in the business for over 20+ years and have given some of the most iconic performance. Yet they haven’t taken home the Oscar. And you see so many people that have won and after they are doing nothing; and you don’t even remember them or the performances; Performances in movies that people still talk about and reference. Some times not winning keeps you upping your game. Keeps you trying new things. I think that is why these men are still in the game.

    People can say whatever they want about them but they are STARs in a time when we don’t have those. I’m a huge Brad fan.. but I do respect Leo and Johnny’s past work and can appreciate how staying relevant all these years is an amazing feat.

    • Joaneu says:

      There is a definite stigma with winning the award. Poor F. Murray Abraham has the curse forever attached to his name. There are loads of great people that never won the award or that were awarded for lesser roles to make-up for a past snub. It seems a glittzy honour at the time but yes, it is not a definition of achievement by a long shot.
      I think Depp has gotten personally a bit zany as he’s gotten older but the guy has talent. He always delivers a solid performance.

    • jinni says:

      Sometimes I wonder if the reason why they haven’t gotten Oscars is because their fanbases are thought to be mainly female. They all got really popular during the 90′s when the look for American actors became more prettyboy-ish than previous generations. So maybe the Academy, that are made up of mainly older male voters, didn’t take them seriously as actors because they seem to mainly appeal to girls and women , who are not considered the premium movie audience ( that would be males from age 18-35, at least they were considered the most important audience to appeal to for the longest time). Just a thought.

      • lisa2 says:

        I don’t think that is true.. again I follow Brad more. And he has a HUGE male following too. Guys like Brad. I don’t know about Leo and Johnny; as I said I don’t read everything about them. I don’t know how guys feel about them as actors or men.. But I know that Brad does have a strong male following.

      • jinni says:

        lisa2: True Brad has a large male following, but I think he still fall under the stigma of being a pretty boy/ mainly for the ladies partly because of the first impression he made in movies. Sidney Poitier told Denzel to be careful of the first roles you choose because they will define your image for the majority of your career. In Brad’s case his first breakthrough role that got people noticing was playing the eye candy in Thelma and Louise. That role pretty much solidified him as being a hunk and gained him a lot of attention for his looks. So even though he eventually gained a large male fanbase since the part that made the public aware of him was basically a gender reversal on the typical hot chick/ T and A role, I think that hurt his credibility to be taken seriously for a longtime with some of the ole boys club Academy members.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      He has been nominated three times and lost to Sean Penn, who was considered way overdue at the time; Jamie Foxx; and Daniel Day Lewis. Pretty respectable.

  7. chloe says:

    I feel Johnny is being honest, do I think he would graciously accept and be honored by a Oscar, yes, but I feel he’s been involved in the Oscar circus to many times to get his hopes up. I seriously doubt Amber feels the same though, she’s probably got her oops I mean his Oscar campaign planned out, that girl has serious game.

  8. Anname says:

    I think we know too much about the process now. The money, the studio campaign, the dog and pony show the nominee needs to conduct, the personal intimate interviews and way too many appearances… It takes a lot more than a great performance now. The nominee has to want it and work for it, and have the studio’s financial backing to succeed. I read last year it can cost up to $20 million per campaign? What does an award really mean when it costs that much to win it? An actor can’t even get a nomination if the studio isn’t willing to spend millions getting the movie into the voting members hands.
    I am sure there are exceptions here and there, but it doesn’t seem to reward performance as much as it does the best campaigner .

  9. Original T.C. says:

    He is not going going to be nominated so he has no worries, he lost respect amongst his peers a long time ago. Depp only cares about studios pulling up with truckloads of money to further stuff his already overfilled bank account. He is a whore for hire not a serious actor who cares about his craft.

    • Jules says:

      Don’t be sure about that. He is looking like a strong contender right now. His performance in Black Mass is really Oscar worthy.

      How did he lose respect amongst his peers? Nobody ever says anything but nice things about him. He is very respected by his peers because they know he is a great guy who is wonderful to work with.

      Funny that you say he is not a serious actor who cares about his craft when Black Mass just proved that he is.

  10. Don't kill me I'm French says:

    I know Depp is a strong contender now but I don’t buy that the buzz lasts enough long time and Depp campaigns

  11. Madly says:

    I don’t believe him. He wants one, it is just not cool to look eager for one. See Benedict cumberbatch for an example.

  12. Debutante says:

    I really believe that he doesn’t care about an Oscar and would be perfectly happy with another nomination. But how happy would SHE be if Johnny won an Oscar ??

  13. Elsa says:

    I believe him. I remember that he said something similar years ago like he doesn’t care about the awards so much. Have you seen the guy talk on stage? It’s a nightmare for him and I feel for him everytime he has to talk in front of people.He has some kind of social anxiety and no one should be making fun of him.The only time Johnny is relaxed in front of people is when he’s playing guitar so if he plays a solo instead of giving a speech it would be awesome. But I think he truly doesn’t want an Oscar.

  14. EscapedConvent says:

    I believe him. I think he enjoys his work but not the silly tomfoolery that goes with it. When he has to speak to people at an event or present something, he seems to get very uncomfortable. I think he does have anxiety and it would be rather painful for him to give an Oscar acceptance speech. There are some shy actors; not all of them are dying for attention. I like him just the way he is.

  15. meme says:

    he doesn’t have to worry; he isn’t getting an Oscar in the near future.

  16. boredblond says:

    Again, an Oscar nom is never forced on anyone…you have to submit it for consideration..and usually the producers/studio handle it but ALWAYS with the person’s knowledge..and usually their insistence…such phonies

  17. AmyB says:

    Sadly, the Oscars really have become more political and campaign driven, and it truly is not always the best performance that wins each category. Many times (see Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Tommy Lee Jones) the recipients are given the award like a life-time achievement accolade rather than for the best performance in the category. I’m sorry, but Al Pacino winning for Scent of a Woman and not for Michael Corleone of The Godfather is the perfect example of this. When Monique won for Precious, she said exactly that in her speech…something like thanking the Academy for awarding her for the performance and not the politics. I am sure every actor wants one (if they are being completely honest) but perhaps Depp just doesn’t want to play the game and I certainly cannot fault him for that. IMO he was amazing and glorious in Black Mass and he would totally deserve a nomination; he was truly frightening as Whitney Bulger.

  18. Belle says:

    I remember watching his “Inside the Actor’s Studio” interview and he really comes across as not wanting the celebrity part of being an actor. He was quite down to earth and serious about acting, but very, very uncomfortable with the public and publicity end of things. I’m sure he’d be a gracious winner, but I think he’s telling the truth about not wanting to win.

    I think if he could be completely out of the public eye and simply act in films and then disappear again, he’d be quite content.

  19. QQ says:

    LOL we know Johnny, with all these crappy cosplay roles of his, no one is giving out Oscars for Guylining with a full bloat, unless he is doing Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Later Years

  20. phlyfiremama says:

    Oh good grief. Don’t worry, Johnny~with the movies you have been making that will NEVER be an issue. You are perfectly safe from winning an Oscar.

    • Tacos and TV says:

      Hahahahaha! Nice.

    • Sarah01 says:

      My sentiments exactly! His best work was in his earlier years where he was edgy and unconventional after the pirate series and that Jolie movie it’s been all downhill – sadly

    • Jules says:

      His past few movie choices are not relevant, he is getting Oscar buzz for his latest movie, which is very well-made. His performance got raves, a nomination/win is possible.

  21. Tacos and TV says:

    He totally wants to win. It is dripping from his pores!

    I think Amber Heard is so pretty. I really do. I don’t know much about her but she always looks nice on the red carpet.

  22. @ says:

    He has some sort of panic to public speech. Just look how nervous he looks in every interview and how terrible his last attempt to present an award was.
    I guess he would be fine with winning an Oscar if he doesn’t have to do an speech
    He won the SAG Award and Golden Globes and none of those times, he was present to receive the awards and never do the acceptance speech

  23. Lucy says:

    Nothing wrong with this statement imo.

  24. Pondering thoughts says:

    My comment is gone.