And the first one out of the gate . . . Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), who was on the phone to the Today show this morning and charmingly claimed to have just woken up “six and a half minutes ago.” Expect a steady stream of nominees this morning, pretending they were asleep when the nominations were read and were woken up by their agent’s phone call. I suspect they’re all lying through their teeth; if you were possibly going to be nominated for an Academy Award, wouldn’t you wake up early?
Campaigning can backfire; witness Jennifer Aniston, who tirelessly attended screenings and gave interviews and all but said PLEASE GIVE ME AN OSCAR for “Cake,” but who went nomination-less (though, likely, awake) this morning. But, now the slate’s wiped clean. It’ll be interesting to see who’s front and center for the next six weeks. Oscar night, in case you need a reminder (I’m sure Eddie doesn’t) is Feb. 22.