Woody Allen: 'Winning an Oscar holds very little meaning'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 May 2020
Woody Allen

Woody Allen

Woody Allen says winning an Academy Award means nothing to him and he claims he has never made a great movie

Winning an Oscar means nothing to Woody Allen.

The 84-year-old filmmaker claims to be an outsider in Hollywood, despite winning a number of Academy Awards, and he says that box office numbers and glitzy prizes hold "very little meaning" for him.

Speaking to The Mail On Sunday's Event magazine, Woody said: "I have never been part of the club in Hollywood. I don't go to parties. I don't care about the box office or awards. Winning an Oscar for me has very little meaning beyond the practical.

"The first film I wrote, 'What's New Pussycat?', was incredibly successful but it was a pile of junk and an embarrassment to me.

Woody also claimed he has never made a great film but he hopes that when the Covid-19 pandemic is over, he will get the chance.

He explained: "I still don't feel I've made a great movie like Federico Fellini or Ingmar Bergman, nothing like 'The Seventh Seal' or 'The Bicycle Thief'."

"I won't stop trying because although I've been reasonably successful I have never satisfied myself artistically.

"You don't make a movie to win an award. Mozart never composed a symphony thinking about a trophy.

"If I get a chance and the virus abates, maybe before I die there is always the chance I will make a great film. But I haven't done that yet."