In an interview with the London Evening Standard, the actor, who has received four Oscar nominations but never has won, said one of his “acting ambitions is to beat Peter O’Toole, who got eight [Academy Award] nominations and never won [apart from an honorary Oscar],” said Hawke.
Discussing his near miss in the supporting actor category this year, added Hawke: “So much mediocrity is strung up the flagpole. I’d rather not win.”
In addition to his nomination for Boyhood, Hawke received a best supporting actor nomination in 2002 for Training Day. The multihyphenate also has been nominated twice in the best writing, adapted screenplay category: for both Before Sunset in 2005 and Before Midnight in 2014.
“I started doing this when I was 12, and I wouldn’t still be doing it if I gave a shit what they think,” Hawke told the Standard. “At first, it causes you pain; then, over time, you realize that most people don’t know what they’re talking about anyway — and that’s including myself,” he said. “I’ve fought all my wars with caring too much about criticism, made my peace with it. I felt like Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Oscars: ‘Strike me now, and I’ll be even stronger.’ “