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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

Well, it's that time of year again. More and more speculative lists of awards nominees are coming out by the day and Viggo's name is popping up everywhere on them for that Holy Grail of acting, the Best Actor Oscar. Yep we've been here before. In 2008 we even made the Red Carpet. Do we care? Well... um... we know it's a 'crapshoot' (Viggo's description) but, yes we do. As Viggo said to El Argentino in 2009 'if it happens, it happens. And if not, it doesn't... Win or lose with dignity. And that's it.'

...a career best turn by Viggo Mortensen... I really can't say enough about the work of Viggo Mortensen. He's able to give this character so much life that you're under his spell; whether you agree or disagree with Ben's view of the world and outlook on raising his children. We see the best and worst of him, with Mortensen showcasing that brilliantly. In a perfect world, he would be in the Best Actor conversation for the Oscars.

Joey Magidson
7 July 2016

'For me, awards are a lottery; if it's your turn, it's your turn. I don't remember who told me, but it's like Churchill's medals: "You shouldn't go in search of them, but must accept them and never wear them."'

Viggo Mortensen
Alatriste, The Modern Hero
By Robert Andres Gomez - translated by Margarita
El Universal
25 March 2007

" … goals aren't the same goals that other people have that are perfectly justifiable on their own terms: wanting to be famous, wanting to make lots of money, wanting to win Oscars or something. It's not my main reason for doing it. My main reason for doing it is because I am drawn to it."

Viggo Mortensen
Things are getting 'Good' for Mortensen
By John Clark
SF Gate-San Francisco Chronicle
23 January 2009

You watch [the Oscars] and you realize that good work is maybe rewarded half the time and the other half of the time it's sort of a crapshoot, a popularity contest, and it's become more so. It's not gonna change my opinion about it having been a job well done, a good effort, and that's gonna last.

Viggo Mortensen on the ROTK Oscars
'King' Star Returns To The Screen, Riding High
by Todd Camp
Star Telegram, 6 March 2004

''I'm not gonna be rude about it. I'll show up for the ceremony. But I didn't participate in the everyday ... I dunno what they do, cocktail parties, keeping in people's minds, trying to convince people to vote for them. It's like, 'ugh, I'd rather just let the work speak', you know.

Viggo on the Oscars
Viggo Mortensen on his new film Good
Neala Johnson
Herald Sun
8 April 2009

"…It was nice to see Tommy Lee Jones in there. He hadn't been in so much of the mix and when I saw his name come up and there was only one name left to go, I thought, `Naah, well, there's no way (I'll be nominated).' So to be honest, I was quite surprised."

Viggo on hearing his Oscar Nomination for Eastern Promises
Associated Press Release
22 January 2008

Viggo Mortensen scrubbed up for the big night. The best-actor nominee (Eastern Promises) prepped by taking "my annual bath. It was an arduous process of refilling the tub many times."

Viggo on Oscar night
Donna Freydkin and William Keck
USA Today
25 February 2008

Fresh from the set of the post-apocalyptic film "The Road," Viggo Mortensen sized up the path to the Kodak Theatre entrance and smiled a grim smile. "This road is more daunting than the road in the movie I'm making -- and that one has cannibals."

Viggo at the Oscars
The Envelope
By Geoff Boucher and Chris Lee
February 24, 2008

"It's always a bit bewildering when people are taking pictures and asking questions before the ceremony. I'm not very good at giving quick answers, and that's what they want. So I end up saying half a sentence, and then they go, 'OK, thank you!' and I'm thinking, 'WHAT did I just say?'"

Viggo on awards ceremonies
'My mother is very happy about it'
By Harriet Lane
The Guardian
February 22, 2008

"I feel probably like Eli Manning felt at the Super Bowl. Glad to be in the show, ready for anything."

Viggo at the Oscars
Associated Press
24 February 2008

"I'm realistic," Mortensen says. "I know I'm the odds-on favourite to remain seated throughout the ceremony."

Viggo on the 2008 Oscars
'My mother is very happy about it'
By Harriet Lane
The Guardian
February 22, 2008

"Most People don't win, you know? So on the way out of the big auditorium, the Kodak, I went over to these people and said, 'Hey, let's do a loser's dance.' I started jumping, and they were just horrified at this loss they just suffered, you know? There were these filmmakers from Canada who lost and actually agreed. And I think Michael Moore did the losers dance. But I would say 99% of the losers didn't want to do the losers dance. They all just sort of ran from me like I was shitfaced drunk or something."

Viggo celebrating losing his Oscar
A History of Defiance
Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

"I would rather see San Lorenzo win the tournament than get an Oscar, definitely."

Viggo Mortensen
By Juan Cruz Sanchez Marino - translated by Graciela
26 December 2008

Have you ever thought what you would say if you won an Oscar?

Thank you.

El Mundo Webchat With Viggo Mortensen
By - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Mundo
21 November 2011

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Reuters.

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Empire Magazine Scans

Source: Bauer Media.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie, here are scans from the January 2017 issue of Empire Magazine.

Click to enlarge

© Bauer Media.

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"Maltin on Movies" interviews Viggo

Source: Leonard Maltin.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for the find.


He'll always be Aragorn to some loyalists, but Viggo Mortensen is a versatile actor who won well-deserved praise for this year's sleeper Captain Fantastic. He's also an artist, musician, publisher and moviegoer, as Jessie and Leonard learn in a wide-ranging and amusing conversation.

Listen to it HERE

© Leonard Maltin. Images © Leonard Maltin.

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Viggo Nominated: Critics’ Choice Awards 2017

Source: EW.
Found By: MysticLady

Thanks to MysticLady for the find.


Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence
Viggo MortensenCaptain Fantastic
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

© EW.

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Viggo-Works Christmas/Advent Calendar 2016

Found By: Chrissie & Techadmin
Categories: Calendar: Viggo
Thanks to Chrissie and Techadmin for once again giving us a great Advent calendar.

Our annual Christmas calendar is open and we encourage all of you to check it out each day for a lovely Viggo image. A great Holiday gift to yourself!

Click each day for a new photo.

You can find it HERE!

© Images © Bleecker Street.

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