Dustin Hoffman

Hoffman was very vocal about his distaste for the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005" title="Academy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/academy-awards-EVHST000005.topic">Academy Awards</a> when he was nominated for best actor for “Lenny” (1974). Hoffman even went on an L.A. talk show and announced that “the Academy Awards are obscene, dirty and no better than a beauty contest.” He gave his tickets to his parents. His attitude didn’t sit well with Oscar host <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002429" title="Bob Hope" href="/topic/entertainment/bob-hope-PECLB002429.topic">Bob Hope</a>, who quipped in his opening monologue: “If <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002407" title="Dustin Hoffman" href="/topic/entertainment/dustin-hoffman-PECLB002407.topic">Dustin Hoffman</a> wins, he’s going to have a friend pick it up — <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003647" title="George C. Scott" href="/topic/entertainment/george-c.-scott-PECLB003647.topic">George C. Scott</a>.”<br>
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Hoffman, though, did show up to accept his two best actor Oscars, for 1979’s “Kramer Vs. Kramer” and 1988’s “Rain Man.”

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Hoffman was very vocal about his distaste for the Academy Awards when he was nominated for best actor for “Lenny” (1974). Hoffman even went on an L.A. talk show and announced that “the Academy Awards are obscene, dirty and no better than a beauty contest.” He gave his tickets to his parents. His attitude didn’t sit well with Oscar host Bob Hope, who quipped in his opening monologue: “If Dustin Hoffman wins, he’s going to have a friend pick it up — George C. Scott

Hoffman, though, did show up to accept his two best actor Oscars, for 1979’s “Kramer Vs. Kramer” and 1988’s “Rain Man.”

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