“It wasn’t like I drove over to the Beverly Hills Hotel and had champagne,” quipped Hunt, who plays a sex surrogate in “The Sessions.”
That, however, was pretty much exactly what
Fighting jet lag and "the tiniest bit of anticipation," the 30-year-old actress barely got any sleep before the nominations were unveiled. And when she heard she received a nod for playing Fantine in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the classic Broadway musical, she started to lose it.
"I just started gulping air," she recalled. "I was a little nervous I was going to pass out. Hyperventilating gave way to crying -- it was a full-on display of emotions."
Also celebrating on Thursday?
Weaver, 65, was in a Los Angeles hotel Thursday morning, and said she shouted out an “unprintable expletive” upon hearing the news. She said she is already looking forward to Vanity Fair's post-Oscars party, which was a highlight during her first trip on the award circuit.
“This is going to sound silly, but one of the big thrills was meeting [Vanity Fair editor-in-chief] Graydon Carter, whose editorial every month I wait with baited breath for.”
Other Oscar perks are less exciting. Like those fancy gowns.
“It’s cold! It’s February, and you’re wearing a bikini with a skirt sewn onto it,” said Hunt, 49. “I wish it was about who wore the best cashmere scarf instead of being half-naked and freezing.”
You also get really hungry, says Hathaway. During her stint as Oscar host in 2011, the actress taped energy bars on all of the nominees’ seats to give them a boost during the often three-hour-long ceremony.
“I thought it might help them,” said Hathaway, who was nominated for best actress for her role in the 2008 drug addiction drama “
Field, meanwhile, says she isn’t worried about being in the shadow of one of the most iconic moments in Oscar history. Yes, we’re talking about “You like me! You really like me!” -- the line she uttered after winning a prize for her starring role in 1984’s “Places in the Heart.”
So what would she say to top that if she wins this time around?
“Nothing,” she said bluntly.