The star has criticized the commercial aspect of these events
Actor Andrew Garfield appreciates award shows as much as any other celebrity. However, he admitted to be bothered by the “commercial” element these events bring about. As a result, the star has called these a “gratitude ritual.”
The 33-year-old star, who received a BAFTA nomination for his work on Hacksaw Ridge, explained: “I get to offer gratitude and celebrate the people that I’ve worked with, and not only that, but to celebrate the other work that’s going on.
And not only that, but there are people that I have a true connection with in those rooms, friends that I love and I get to celebrate their work. At best, those things are gratitude rituals.
A very wise man said that to me – a mythologist called Michael Meade who I look up to very much – he watched the Oscars one year and he said, ‘You know what?”
And Andrew acknowledges that these events enable professionals to get together and express their gratitude for doing what they love.
He explained: “What I saw was the possibility for a gratitude ritual. What a beautiful thing that you get to go and give thanks sincerely to all those people and forces in the world that allow you to do what you love.’ So I’m feeling pretty good about it.”
However, he also reflected on the dark side to such ceremonies, adding to Vulture: “There is the other side of it, and commerce is always going to be present, and you just have to dance with it and keep all that as light as possible.
You have to keep the focus on the meaning, and we need meaning more than ever – that is for sure. The world is crying out for it, so I’m very happy to attempt to live my own version of that life.”