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In honor of the 2014 Academy Awards: Celeb Stoners

In honor of the 2014 Academy Awards: Celeb Stoners

After last night’s ceremonies, we’ve got the Academy Awards on the brain. Matthew McConaughey stole the show with his moving speech, and it reminded us of that time before his big comeback (you know, before True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike, and all the other non rom-coms) when he was found dancing around naked and playing bongo drums in his Austin, Texas home. He was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and resisting transportation. Oh, Matthew. We’re glad you’ve learned to handle your weed since then.

We’re sure there are plenty of Oscar-nominated celebs who enjoy toking every now and then. Who might they be?

1. Natalie Portman

Natalie took home an Oscar for Black Swan in 2011 and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Closer in 2005. Little known fact – Natalie went to Harvard, and she raps. Not only that, but she definitely smoked weed in college, although she’s since given up the habit. “I wish I was that cool,” she said, “but I’m like an old lady now.” Whatever, Natalie, you’re the coolest chick ever.

2. Morgan Freeman

You know the badass Morgan Freeman loves his ganja. He has enjoyed a number of Oscar nominations and a win for Million Dollar Baby in 2005. Thankfully, his days of hard drug and alcohol abuse are over, and now his drug of choice is the green kind. He’ll “never give up the ganja,” he says, calling it “God’s own weed.” We like THAT.

3. Susan Sarandon

This talented nominee won her Best Actress Academy Award in 1996 for Dead Man Walking. This one shows up stoned to every awards event except for the Oscars. Get it, girl.

4. Woody Harrelson

Oh, Woody. You know, he’s only been nominated for two Oscars, but we’re keeping an eye on him. With True Detective doing so well, it may just be a matter of time for him to clinch a winning role. Either way, he’s doing good work as a member of the NORML advisory board.

5. James Franco

This one is kind of obvious, seeing as he was nominated for a Golden Globe in Pineapple Express, which is one amazing strand of ganja. What may surprise you is that James Franco was a stoner but gave it up, maybe because he’s pursuing his Ph.D. in English at Yale (or maybe he’s just lying). Before the release of Pineapple Express, he said, “I used to smoke weed, but I haven’t done it in a long time. Everybody, even now, thinks, ‘That guy is stoned.’ It’s just the way I talk, because I don’t smoke weed. Somehow, there’s something about me, the way I talk, that implies that I’m on drugs.”

6. Frances McDormand

The lovely Frances McDormand, who we always associate with Wes Anderson or the Coen Brothers for her brilliant characters in their quirky films, is a self-proclaimed recreational pot-smoker. She was featured on the cover of High Times in May 2003, where she states, “There has never been enough of a distinction between marijuana and other drugs. It’s a human rights issue, a censorship issue, and a choice issue.”

We’d also like to mention two award-winning celebrities who are bound to be nominated for an Academy Award eventually, but haven’t just yet. Kirsten Dunst admits that she smokes, and says “If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt admits that he smokes pot, telling High Times that alcohol and pot are two very different things. “Drinking can be fun sometimes, but…I certainly do [weed] more often…I go through phases sometimes where it’s every day, it’s not every day these days.”


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