Aaron Taylor-Johnson Talks Oscar Snub With Vulture

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Who needs an Oscar nomination when you look like that? Call me superficial but I’d rather have that smoking body than some hardware 😉 Anyone else with me?

Just weeks before the Academy announced their nominations, Aaron Taylor-Johnson won a Golden Globe for his supporting role in Nocturnal Animals. The 26-year-old actor recently sat down with Vulture to discuss his Oscar snub. His co-star Michael Shannon, instead, will compete against Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali, Hell or High Water‘s Jeff Bridges, Manchester by the Sea‘s Lucas Hedges and Lion‘s Dev Patel for Oscar glory.

On Oscar Snub

“There was relief when my wife told me that I hadn’t been nominated,” he said. “Coming home from the Globes with an award was brilliant, but I’ve been promoting Nocturnal for six months. As an actor, you prefer to put that kind of energy into something creative. It was good to finally step off the train. You do kind of go, I’m losing my mind.”

Aaron also opened up to the publication about all the media attention he received about the age difference between his wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson. It’s a 23-year gap, in case you were wondering.

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On Media Attention About Age Difference With His Wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson

“The attention was intrusive,” he says. “But having to deal with that early in my career probably got me to a place where I can more quickly just go, ‘Oh, fuck it’ instead of wanting to rip someone’s head off for asking questions I don’t like.” Still, “I’ll never be Jennifer Lawrence or Tom Cruise,” he admits, “someone who can hold a movie and then be charming and charismatic doing promotion. I haven’t got what they’ve got. But at least I’m now comfortable just being myself.”

For more of the interview, head over to Vulture.