How are you? Good. Very good, in fact. My son and I watched the nominations together at my house in Sherman Oaks. When he heard he was so dear, he got up and came over and held me — and we were both almost crying and it was lovely. He's doing all of the events with me. He's a filmmaker himself so there are a lot of directors that he admires and respects tremendously and likes to see at events. Have you ever been to the Oscars before? I've just watched it on the television. What do you think it will be like? I have no idea, other than the fact that the red carpets are pretty much all the same. I'll probably be talking to a lot of the same people. Now what's nice is I've met some of them two or three times or more. The TV people you sort of know now. What does it feel like to be getting this much recognition at this stage in your career? I've worked my whole life -- years on stage -- and a lot of wonderful things have happened, but it's fun to have it in film. I've been doing it since the early '90s, and it's really kind of fun to do. What performances have you enjoyed this year? I haven't been able to see all that much. I did see Matthew McConaughey's "Mud," and I don't think he's up for that, but I think he's doing such great work now. I did see "August: Osage County" and my God, there's some wonderful people in that. I'm friends with Margo Martindale. We were neighbors in New York for 30 years.
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