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Seth Rogen Jokes “Hollywood Hates Jews”

The “Knocked Up” star explains why comedies rarely win awards

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: October 24th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Seth Rogen Jokes “Hollywood Hates Jews”

Awards season has officially begun with perhaps the most absurd awards ceremony of them all, The Hollywood Film Awards.

The Hollywood Film Awards introduces the industry to the films that will most likely be nominated for both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and hands out statues to some of Hollywood’s best, but the problem is that most of the movies being celebrated actually haven’t been released yet… so at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, Quentin Tarantino won for ‘Django Unchained’ (unreleased and unfinished), Bradley Cooper won for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (unreleased, except for a few festivals), and Judd Apatow was honored with the Hollywood Comedy Award (much deserved).

Seth Rogen introduced Judd Apatow at the awards ceremony, but first pointed out some truths about the Hollywood system, and why comedies are rarely recognized during awards season.

“This is the first stop of the awards season. Or if you work in comedy, it’s known as the last stop of the awards season. This is it. This is all. We’ll lose to a musical at the Golden Globes. We all know that will happen. Les Mis just f—ed us all. The funniest movie of all time could come out and Les Mis will still win. It doesn’t matter. This is it. So you better enjoy it. People in comedy do wonder why we don’t get more awards recognition for our work. We think maybe it’s because we make it look so easy. It could be our gross overuse of the word scrotum. That could have something to do with it. But I think everyone knows the truth. It’s ugly and hard to admit but I’m going to say it — Hollywood hates Jewish people.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this award show tonight is that none of these movies have come out yet. I think Quentin is still shooting Django if I’m not mistaken. I’ve never even heard of some of these movies yet. That’s how far out they are. They don’t even have trailers. What’s Rust and Bone? I don’t know what Rust and Bone is but apparently it’s amazing. That Chris Pine animated movie is still being animated. Katzenberg just rewrote the whole ending I heard.

Which brings me to my next question. Who voted for these things? I was told someone named Carlos or something like that. I picture Carlos the Jackal because all I know is his name is Carlos. It’s nice because it kind of feels like these are the new Golden Globes. Right? No one knows what it is. I don’t even get how they’re giving out these comedy awards. Zach Galifianakis won last year. He and Judd don’t even have the same job. Literally, they don’t do the same thing. All you need to do to win is have an amazing beard. That’s what I’ve learned.

But in all seriousness, it’s great that Judd is getting some recognition. He’s an incredible director. He’s not as good as Ben Affleck. I’m just going to say that. Ben Affleck is way better. [If Judd had] directed Argo, it would have been very unsuspenseful and I would have been in it. So let’s all take a walk down memory lane or into the future. I don’t know — they might show stuff from his new movie. Don’t get caught doping or they will strip you of this award in the future.”

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