The 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon took place Feb. 10 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 86th annual Oscar ceremony takes place March 2, 2014, 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.
How has the process been for deciding what to wear at the Oscars?
Sometimes I feel like I’m dressing in costume on the red carpet. And this year, I want to feel like myself. So I guarantee that when I’m on the red carpet this year, you can know that’s a dress that I would wear. It’s not a character’s dress.
Your character in “American Hustle” is very complex. She’s a con artist but she also shows a lot of love and passion. Can you talk about that?
It was such a great opportunity to play all these elements to her humanity. But really, the actors I got to work with, that was my favorite part. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. I hope she’s here today, although she’s so busy with “Hunger Games.” But it was such a great opportunity to get to play off of them.
What was it like working with filmmaker David O. Russell, who directed you in “The Fighter” and “American Hustle”?
David has created tow wonderfully diverse, different roles for me. I’m very grateful for that. David has a way of challenging an actor past what they think they’re capable of. It’s almost in a way that he sort of keeps on you until you give him what he saw in you when he wrote the role.
It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing and challenging and complicated, but at the end of the day, you get to create these characters that hadn’t existed in your repertoire before, so I’m really grateful.
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