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Posts for February 4th 2013
Australian actress Jacki Weaver is up for best supporting actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, and at today's Oscars Luncheon, she talked about all the good things she's heard about the film. Weaver spoke about not only the movie's reception from psychological professionals, but also how average people on the street have approached her to talk about it.
On what she's learned about mental illness from doing the film: "Like most people, I have acquaintances and friends who have problems with psychological ailments. I did a lot of research, and I've got a couple of girlfriends who are clinical psychologists, and I also know a couple of psychiatrists myself. One of the things about the film coming out is that they've always responded so positively, saying that it is the best depiction and most authentic portrayal of mental illness that they've ever seen, and they're professionals."
On the public reaction of the film: "I've had people walking up to me on the street, and apparently the website is filled with messages from people saying how it resonated with them. David O. Russell has gone on record saying he made the film partly so that his son would not feel that he was on his own, and I think this is proven by the response it's had."
On her award recognition in the US: "I'm amazed. I still can't believe it's happened to me."
On being recognized by the AARP: "I'm 65 and very happy about it, I have to say. That's very nice! It's even more fun when schoolboys in the street recognize me."
Best actress nominee Helen Hunt stopped by the press room at today's Oscars Luncheon, and she chatted warmly about her film The Sessions, as well as the woman she portrays, Cheryl Cohen-Greene. She shared what it is she likes about the real-life woman so much and the sweet compliment she got from her after shooting the movie.
On the reaction to her film The Sessions: "I find that this movie makes for interesting conversation, and not for all the obvious naked reasons. Once people have seen it, they go up to me and go like this [puts her hands on heart]."
On what she likes about Cheryl Cohen-Greene: "Other than my daughter, who is 8 and radiating that kind of positivity, I've never met someone [like her]. . . . It's the lack of weirdness and the pure enthusiasm that she had. I feel like I got some of it. I wish I had even gone further."
On Cohen-Greene's reaction to Hunt playing her: "She wrote me a note when the movie was done, saying, 'Thank you for understanding my intentions with Mark.'"
Flight star Denzel Washington was celebrating his sixth Academy Award nomination at today's Oscars Luncheon, and the actor graciously answered a couple questions for the press. The best part of Washington's interview, though, was when he shared his favorite Oscar memory from years past, revealing how supportive his daughter is, even when she was too little to get his opponents' names correct.
On whether any real-life pilots have had any strong reactions to his portrayal: "Nothing negative . . . or too positive. I talked to a couple of pilots I fly with pretty regularly. They know it's acting."
On his fondest memory of being nominated for an Oscar: "My daughter drew a picture of Oscar, and it said, "You're my Oscar anyway. Plus, I don't like Kevin Space."
On fellow nominee Quvenzhané Wallis: "Was she here? I gotta meet her! Maybe if I'm nice to her, she'll put me in one of her movies."
Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman came to today's Oscars Luncheon, and he couldn't have been more effusive about the film he's nominated for, Les Misérables. He complimented director Tom Hooper and the way he shot the film, and he also divulged how nervous it made him to play Jean Valjean.
On feeling the pressure of playing such a memorable character: "I was so stalkerish about getting the role. I literally hunted Tom [Hooper] down. Way before he even signed on for it, I auditioned. When I got the call about getting the part, that's when it hit me. It's one of those things of 'be careful what you wish for' because all that history. . . . Of course I downloaded every film, all the French films, the Perkins film, every film that had ever been made, and then I proceeded to watch none of them. Either I was part terrified, or part I just realized I had to make it my own. Even though it is the Hamlet of roles, for an actor, I had to just make it my own. Then I went into 'ignorance is bliss.' With Tom, who is an incredible director."
On the process of filming a movie musical: "Every day was like an opening in the theater, and a closing all at once."
On admiring his director Tom Hooper: "I think what Tom did was take risks. He found a way to find what people loved from the stage show, but [was] brave enough to turn it into film, and give people a reason to love the film. His choice to sing it live, his choice to sing it through, were really bold at the time. And also, like with Anne Hathaway, to not cut on a close-up for three minutes. Ultimately, he made it very theatrical. He made it very theatrical, but gave people a seat they could never get in the theater. He brought the best of theater and the best of film, and then went back to the book to fill in any gaps."
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts made time to talk to the press at today's Oscars Luncheon, and the star of The Impossible spent a lot of time celebrating others, particularly her director and the other Australian nominees. Watts also hinted that the experience of being the only actor to get an Oscar nomination for the film is a bit bittersweet.
On The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona: "I absolutely loved working with him. It was clear to me in our first meeting that he's just full of passion, with this his story in particular. He did a huge amount of preparation. . . . His research was extensive. He and his producer showed me so much material, and the way they spoke about it, more importantly, I could feel how deeply connected they were with it, and with Maria, the woman who I play, and how important it was to tell her story with the utmost truth and never deviating from it. Basically everything you saw on the screen was blow-by-blow what happened to her and her family. Despite the fact that he came from genre film, while he honors that a little bit, he's still staying very close to the truth and not creating things for shock or entertainment value. He's one of the most exciting directors I've worked with, and I see incredible things coming from him."
On her fellow Australian nominees this year: "It's a great year for Australia! Very exciting. I've only seen Jacki [Weaver] once, but I've seen quite a bit of Hugh [Jackman], and it really does become exciting when you see fellow actors achieving this kind of recognition and you just sort of pinch each other and say, 'Look at this — is this really happening?'"
On whether she's been preparing for the Oscars: "No on the Oscar preparation! In fact, I just arrived here and saw those gold statues and thought, 'Oh, wow. This is really a flashback.' It's the first time it hit home that it's actually happened."
On being the only person from The Impossible to receive an Oscar nomination: "A lot of people went unrecognized. I don't know why that happened. Maybe not enough people have seen the film."
Several of Silver Linings Playbook's stars have been nominated for their work at this year's Oscars, and they each made time to stop by today's Oscars Luncheon press room to chat. Best supporting actor nominee Robert De Niro talked about why he wanted to work with director David O. Russell so much and whether he, as a veteran actor, gives advice to his colleagues.
On the fun of working on Silver Linings Playbook: "David [O. Russell] is terrific, and I wanted to work with him for a while. This came along — we had other projects that maybe happened but then didn't. So this one, as soon as he wanted to do it, I said, 'I'm in.' He did a rewrite, and I didn't care what the rewrite was. I knew whatever he did would be good, just based on what I've seen. It was that simple."
On working with his Silver Linings costars: "The actors were great. I like to work with everybody, and young actors, of course. If they ever ask me for advice — I never volunteer it — but if they ask me, I'm always very happy to give it."
On whether another Oscar nomination is still exciting: "It's still a big deal. Yeah."
This year, Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz is up for his second Oscar nomination — for the second Quentin Tarantino film he's appeared in. When the actor talked to the press at the Oscars Luncheon this afternoon, he copped to feeling indebted to the director, and also admitted just how nervous he is about Oscar night.
On how he has celebrated his Oscar nomination: "Nervous anticipation. So I don't really consider nervous anticipation a reason to celebrate. We don't talk much about it at home, and we all know it. That's fine for now."
On whether he had any idea he would be so rewarded for his roles when he met Tarantino: "If I start to think about nominations and awards before I even start the work, [that's] literally putting the cart before the horse."
On whether he feels like he owes Tarantino for his success: "I owe Quentin more than I would like to admit."
Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis isn't just one of this year's most distinctive Oscar nominees because she's the youngest actress to be nominated for best actress. She also has what's probably the most difficult name to pronounce. When the 9-year-old came to the Oscars Luncheon today, she was asked to address her name, and she helpfully instructed the room on how to pronounce it ("Qua-ven-jan-ay"), along with how she feels about the honor.
On what her friends call her for short: "Quee-O."
On being aware that she's making history as the youngest best actress Oscar nominee: "Yes. I'm happy and excited, but like, it's something you never think will happen at your age."
On bringing her iPhone to take pictures with the star-studded room of nominees: "My mom has it."
The Master star Amy Adams was one of the nominees to talk to the press today about her honor at the Oscars Luncheon, and the actress seemed extremely comfortable and upbeat. It's probably because this isn't her first time being nominated, and she talked about how that's been one of the reasons she's been able to enjoy award season so much. She also talked about what she's thinking of wearing down the red carpet and the other A-listers she had been flirting with that afternoon.
On what she was doing before talking to press: "Sorry, you just interrupted my flirting with Bradley Cooper and Christoph Waltz."
On her award season so far: "I'm always saying, 'Oh, this year I want to have fun.' This year, I am having fun. It's not a matter of 'I want to have fun' — it's just a matter of, I don't know if I'm ever going to be back. God willing, we'll see. But four times is awesome, and I just really want to enjoy it. I'm enjoying it. It's not like I [just] want to enjoy it — I am actually experiencing it."
On what she wants to wear on Oscar night: "I think it's different every year. It kind of depends on my mood. This year I'm kind of going with the idea that I'm having fun and just sort of fulfilling a fantasy of going to the Oscars."