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June Squibb at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon

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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.

JUNE SQUIBB

Nominated for:
Best Supporting Actress
(“Nebraska”)

Why do you think so many actors want to work with Alexander Payne, who directed “Nebraska”?

He makes good films, but I also think he’s a director how an actor works. And that’s a joy for an actor. He’ll give you time, and he really knows where you’re going and where you have to go to get what he wants.

Your role in “Nebraska” is you first Oscar nomination. How does t feel to be at this Oscar nominees luncheon for the first time?

It’s very exciting. I feel like I’m part of a community. Those of us who are lucky enough to be nominated are gathering here to celebrate together. I saw Lupita [Nyong'o] upstairs and other people that I’ve known, so it’s great. It’s great fun.

You had some memorable lines in the graveyard scene in “Nebraska.” Was all of that written in the script or did you improvise any of those lines?

That was all written. It was in the script. The first time I read the script, that scene was there as we shot it.

For more info: Academy Awards website

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