To be a poet
and not know the trade,
To be a lover
and repel all women;
by which great saint
s are made,
The agonising pincer-jaws of heaven
During the BAFTA
awards in February 2002
, Russell Crowe
won an award for Best Actor for his role in A Beautiful Mind
. During his acceptance speech, he read this poem. He was furious when he discovered that the poem, as well as a minute and a half of his speech, including parts where he thanked John Nash
and his wife Alicia, were cut. Lenghty speeches by recipients are a perrenial problem for award shows, but Crowe says, prior to the cuts, his speech was less than two minutes long.
Backstage, Crowe pinned producer Malcolm Gerrie
against the wall and verbally berated him, to the delight of gossip
columnists worldwide. Crowe defended his anger but he did call Gerrie and apologize to him. The speech was left intact for international airings of the awards show, but ironically not in the version shown in Australia
, where Crowe gathered with friends on his New South Wales
farm to watch it.
Many suspect that this incident and his overall tempermental reputation contributed to the Academy's decision to award the best actor oscar to Denzel Washington
instead of Crowe.
Sources: BBC News, The Guardian