Judd Apatow Says Oscars Auction 'Corny and Lame'

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Director says money would be better used elsewhere.

The Academy wasn't the only big name unhappy with Tuesday night's Oscar auction.

The event, which took in $3 million for early-era statuettes, was criticized by Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow on Twitter on late Tuesday night.

"Buying other people's Oscars is so corny and lame. 4 millions. I guess charity is boring. For rusty old trophy. That $$ could help someone," he tweeted.

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"Oscars should be won, not purchased," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement last week. However, they could not legally stop the auction, which was hosted by the Nate D. Sanders house, because they only put up for bid trophies awarded before a 1950 moratorium on selling the prizes was put in place.

Herman Mankiewicz's best screenplay Oscar for Citizen Kane, the only award the film earned at the 1942 ceremony, took in $588,455.

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