O'Toole was blunt about his frustrations with the awards process. "No, it’s not," he told The New York Times in 2011 when asked whether simply being nominated was enough of an honor. "It’s a bore. I'm fed up. Second prize is no prize, thank you very much indeed."
The actor did earn an honorary Oscar in 2003, but O'Toole wasn't backing down. "Yeah. Honorary. Yeah. I don’t want to be honorary anything. I don’t mind earning something," he told the Times. "Come on, it’s a joke. It’s the biggest joke. Eight times? It’s impossible."
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