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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Oscar day: The nominees react

If it weren’t far too early in the day for a drinking game (really, shouldn’t it be happy hour by now?), I’d suggest one in which everybody takes a swig after a famous nominee claims to have been “woken up” by the news of an Academy Award nomination. Yes, I know that 5:30 a.m. is pretty early for those on the west coast . . . but, if you thought you had a good shot at being nominated, wouldn’t you set that alarm? Among those who, so far, claim to have slept through the announcements: Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence, Ang Lee, Helen Hunt. I don’t believe any of them. Bradley Cooper endearingly admits that he got up early to watch “with my mom and my dog”; Amy Adams said she was awakened before the announcements by her two-year-old. (Adams, by the way, notched her fourth supporting actress nomination in seven years; only the eighth woman to get four nominations in that category. Oscar trivia can really eat you up sometimes.) Most of the nominees have issued fairly standard it’s-an-honor-to-be-nominated statements which I’m not about to reproduce here, except to say that the cutest is, not surprisingly, from 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (nominated as best actress for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”):

“Everyone who made Beasts happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad. I am so happy for Benh and Lucy and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!”

Awww.

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