Quotes / Award Snub


"Welcome to the Academy Awards (or as it's known in my house, Passover)."
Bob Hope, hosting the 1968 Oscars

"I'm up here with mixed feelings. I've been critical of the Academy, and for reason....I refuse to believe that I "beat" Jack Lemmon, that I "beat" Al Pacino, that I "beat" Peter Sellers. I refuse to believe that Robert Duvall "lost"."
Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor Award speech, 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980)

"Someday, Steven Spielberg will win his Oscar. This year he was rebuked and snubbed, and so Hollywood will provide the happy ending and give him an Oscar two or three years from now, and people will explain that it is 'really' for The Color Purple. That's the way the Oscar game has always been played."

"For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars. Three 6 Mafia, one."note 
Jon Stewart, while hosting the 2006 Academy Awards

"In any correctly balanced world, (Kirsten) Dunst would stride away with the Oscar while throwing up her arms like a Maury guest in a "Whut? Whut? Ya’ll know I’m all that…" but Streep did Thatcher, so that’s probably not happening."
Stuart Millard on Melancholia

"Julianne is apparently the frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar for Still Alice, but I’m not about to get my hopes up. Julianne should’ve won for Safe and I screamed 'ROBBED!' when she wasn’t even nominated. Julianne should’ve won for Boogie Nights and I screamed 'ROBBED!' when she didn’t win. Julianne should’ve won for Magnolia and I still have scars on my tonsils from the sores I got while screaming 'ROBBED! ROBBED! CALL THE POLICE!'"
Michael K. on "Ginger Goddess Julianne Moore"

"If you're relying on the Oscars to be an accurate barometer of progress—hell, if you're just hoping they dish out awards to movies that aren't fucking terrible—you better be ready for a lot of disappointment in life."
Drew Magary, "Oscar Nominations Won't Solve a Fucking Thing"

Live-action TV

Lou: You aren't getting a Teddy Award. I'm sorry, you're weren't nominated, but there will be other years.

"...And remember, people, it's not whether you win or lose — because we are all going to lose in every possible category."
NewsRadio, "Awards Show"

Lucci: I truly never believed that this would happen.

Casey: Now, is it your belief that Elvis Costello isn't cool?
Dan: No, it's my belief that Grammy voters aren't cool.

"It was crazy. We saw our audience get bigger and bigger, and then come the SAG awards, the Emmy Awards, the Golden Globes—nothing. We were like, 'Well, what the fuck is going on?' And David Simon, he was so cool. He was like 'Fuck the awards, I’m not about that. I’m about telling a good story.' He was on interviews, like, 'We don’t need that.' And some of us, in the back of our heads, were like, 'Yo, stop sayin’ we!'"
Andre Royo on the Emmy snubs inflicted on The Wire


"And the winner is...me. I have never received nuthin'. Y'all ain't never given me no Grammy. And I have been singin' for years! I am the architect of rock n' roll, you ain't never given me nuthin'! And I am the originator, and I still say WOOOOOO!!"
(receives standing ovation)
"And the winner is...still me."
Little Richard presents the 1988 Grammy for Best New Artist

"1989 Grammy award LOSERS."
— The packaging of some pressings of ...And Justice for All

"We'd like to thank Jethro Tull for not putting out an album this year."
Lars Ulrich, accepting an actual Grammy in 1990.

"So, the Grammys are a joke. They've always been a joke. Me being so obvious as to point out that the Grammys are joke makes me kind of a joke. No one on earth sees a Grammy as any indicator of quality... And nowhere does the Grammys seem to get it wrong more often than the 'Best New Artist' Grammy, which all too often seems to go to flameouts, flash-in-the-pans, and all-around footnotes in music history. It's the Madden Curse of music."
Todd in the Shadows on Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis"

"The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an iconic symbol of entertainment history. Of course, like any other hall of fame, it's also a total sham...would you believe the Backstreet Boys have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Sure you would; they sold a shit-ton of records and had a huge impact on the direction of popular radio in their day. You know who doesn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? That's right, *NSYNC. That's like only giving Pepsi a star on the soda walk of fame."

"Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! OF ALL TIIIIIIME!"
Kanye West, 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

“I felt like it was her time to win. My view is what the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year? … Obviously the visual is very new and the Grammys are very traditional, but I thought this would be the year they went with the tides.”
Adele, after beating Beyoncé for Album of the Year at the 2017 Grammys

"Beyoncé and Lemonade are great, important works of art. It feels like we might look back on this time as the beginning of Beyoncé’s classic period, something very few artists have. The unfair, fucked-up part of it all, however, is that it’s actually going to take Beyonce making an album as earth-shattering as Innervisions or Songs in the Key of Life to beat the next collection of Taylor Swift songs about road trips for the Album of the Year Grammy. In order to be celebrated as the artist that made the best album in one year, black artists have to make an album that stands up for 30 years."

Print Media

"Once upon a time, the highest American distinction that could befall fifty-two men and women in a given year was to have one's face on the cover of Time magazine. Even Auden was thrilled when he heard that he was the subject of a cover story, and deeply hurt when it was cancelled because the managing editor, nodding beneath his flat rock, had been told that Auden was a fag and no fag could ever be so honored. This changed in time, but too late for Auden."
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest

Professional Wrestling

"Drew Carey is the worst, and most offensive WWE Hall of Fame inductee. All the criticism of the Hall is summed up in Drew Carey. His inclusion sullies the institution. Drew Carey is in the WWE Hall of Fame. Macho Man Randy Savage and Ravishing Rick Rude are not. That alone is a travesty."


"No one votes for Wicked."
Forbidden Broadway, to the tune of "No One Mourns The Wicked"

Video Games

"Remember when Operation Flashpoint won "Game of the Year" back in 2001? And when you look at the gameplay, it's easy to understand how it beat out Final Fantasy X, Paper Mario, Twisted Metal Black, Pikmin, Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2, Rogue Squadron 2, Smash Bros Melee, Halo: Combat Evolved.."

Western Animation

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?
We do, we do!
Who robs cavefish of their sight?
Who rigs every Oscar night?
We do, we do!

Bette Midler: This was a great show, Krusty. You deserve an Emmy for this!
Krusty the Klown: Forget it. The Academy hates me. I don’t know why. Bunch of old, know-nothing fossils wouldn’t know entertainment if it bit’em in the—Hey hey!