Dustin Hoffman has already won two Academy Awards, but that doesn’t make attending this year’s show any less special. The Quartet director may have had an awkward encounter with superfan Joseph Gordon-Levitt (just wait until the opening number, JGL! He’ll surely send you a fruit basket) but he was eager to gush about Ben Affleck, the son of his old pal Timothy and another actor-turned-director who has received lots of love this award season. “What do I make of him? How much time do you have?” Hoffman asked VH1′s very own Janell Snowden and MTV’s Josh Horowitz moments ago on the red carpet. “Affleck is the real thing as a director.” So he’s a Ben lover… just like us!
A seven-time Oscar nominee, Hoffman has had plenty of experience at these things and knows how to work a press line. “Is this live?” he asked before launching into a slightly NSFW plan he’s clearly been itching to share with folks at home for some time. ”They always put the camera on you–you know, for the nominees–and when you don’t win you’re supposed to smile. So [one year when I was nominated] what I said to my wife was, ‘I want to write ‘sh-t’ across it,’” he explained, pointing to his suit jacket, an otherwise empty canvas perfect for telegraphing personal opinion. In other news: Dustin Hoffman is the best.
Don’t forget to tune in for our Oscars red carpet live stream Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on VH1.com.
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