What Oscar nominees Winslet, Hathaway and Jolie really think of their nods
It was a day of bubbling excitement yesterday as a handful of privileged actors found out they’d been nominated for a prestigious Academy Award.
So just how excited are they about their nominations? Kate Winslet – who recently picked up two Golden Globes – was overlooked for Revolutionary Road, but received a nod for Best Actress for her role as a Nazi prison guard in The Reader. She gushed: ‘I’m extremely happy to have been nominated. And very fortunate.
‘Playing Hanna Schmitz will always remain one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever been blessed with. I’m genuinely thrilled not just for myself but for the wonderful Stephen Daldry and David Hare. These nominations are a testament to their unwavering commitment to this film.’
Anne Hathaway – nominated in the Best Actress category – has cemented her reputation as an actress to be taken seriously in her turn as a drug addict in Rachel Getting Married. ‘I was with my parents and my dog when I got the news and we were all overjoyed – although I’m not sure my dog knew what was going on,’ she laughs, adding: ‘It is such a thrill to be recognised in this category with these remarkably talented women.’
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, meanwhile, better clear the clutter off their mantelpiece, as they could be crowned King and Queen of the ceremony. Angelina is nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, and Brad Pitt could pick up Best Actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which received 13 nominations in total.
How do they feel about it? Unsurprisingly, pretty good. But Pitt’s praise went to the movie’s director. ‘I’m especially happy for David Fincher, for without him there would be no Ben Button.’
Angelina was equally humble, saying that working with Clint ‘was a reward in itself that will last me a lifetime.’
She added: ‘To receive a nomination from the Academy on top of that is a privilege beyond any expectation. It has been an exceptional year for acting, and I am honoured to be in the company of these talented actors whose performances all deserve this recognition.’
Josh Brolin, meanwhile, thought he’d missed out on Best Supporting Actor for Milk – because he was in a different time zone.
‘I found out when I was in bed. I woke up too early. I screwed up the whole timing thing because I’m in Utah so it’s an hour later,’ he laughed.
‘I woke up at 5:55 and I was thinking, “Okay, it didn’t happen. That’s okay.”
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‘I felt a little bummed, but then I thought, “I hope nobody else got snubbed,” and waited for the calls about Sean [Penn] and about the movie and was just waiting.
‘And no calls were happening! And then finally about 20 minutes later the time difference dawned on me and I thought, “Okay! We’re still in the game!”
‘[My wife, Diane Lane] called me. It’s her birthday and she said, “It’s the best present I could have gotten“. She sung me a happy nomination birthday song.’