The 2016 Oscar Nominees Luncheon took place Feb. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nominees gathered to have lunch, pose for photos, receive their official Academy Award nomination certificate, and do interviews. (The 88th annual Oscar ceremony takes place Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC has the live U.S. telecast of the show at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.) Here is what this Oscar nominee said when doing a brief press conference interview in the Oscar Nominees Luncheon’s press room.
Best Supporting Actress
(“The Danish Girl”)
You’ve been part of this awards season for the last few months. What does it feel like to be here as an Oscar nominee?
I met Alex Garland [writer/director “Ex-Machina”] on the way here, and we looked at each other and couldn’t really say anything. It was like, “What are we doing here?” But that’s what you really feel. It’s not only the last few months but it’s actually the journey of the films you’ve done.
We [Alex Garland and I] met almost three years ago and started that film almost three years ago. And then to meet Eddie [Redmayne] and to be reminded of the journey we did on “The Danish Girl” together, and to be reunited, and to be here, and to have our work recognized is just incredible, really?
How has this awards process changed you?
I still think I’m trying to get used to it. I don’t think I’d ever done much interviews at all up until this year. Just promoting the films at the beginning of last year was totally new to me. And with all these events, it’s suddenly wonderful to be introduced in rooms to actors and filmmakers and people I’ve looked up to my entire life. It all comes down to I’m so proud of the films and the people I’ve been able to work with. It’s wonderful to get to hang out with them and talk about our films.
Your “Danish Girl” co-star Eddie Redmayne has been through awards season before, since he won several awards last year for “The Theory of Everything.” What advice has he given you?
I saw a little bit of it when we were shooting [“The Danish Girl”] last year. He was in the mix of doing all this. I think I wondered, “How do you keep your head straight when you have to fly out each weekend to L.A. and do certain things and do interviews?”
I think I kind of learned by watching him, because he was so much about doing that. He said, “Try to enjoy it, because it is pretty wonderful.” And that’s actually what I’m trying to do.
I’ve also been shooting [another movie] at the same time over the last four months. And then to be to enjoy this, and then go back and do the proper work, and be able to balance both of them, I guess.
Have you gotten more offers as a result of all the awards you’ve been getting?
Right now, I’m about to go back to London and wrap up the “Bourne” movie, which has been really exciting to be on. I’ve been in Vegas for a month, which has been quite surreal.
And now, I’m doing something very different, which is always something you long for. I’m going to do a Wim Wenders film. It’s almost like a two-hander, in France and Spain. That’s going to be very different. When it comes to work, suddenly when I move on to something else, it’s like having tunnel vision. So I think I put all my heart and soul into that first.
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