After receiving an Oscar nomination for her supporting turn in "Birdman," Emma Stone was unable to jump on the phone Thursday morning because she's on vocal rest. But the doesn't mean the 26-year-old -- currently on Broadway in "Cabaret" -- had a muted reaction to the news.
"Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out. Thank you to the academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of 'Birdman' and can't believe it came to this," she said, before moving on to more colorful language.
Stone was the youngest of five women to be nominated in the supporting actress category this year. The other nominees are Keira Knightley, 29, in "The Imitation Game"; Patricia Arquette, 46, in "Boyhood"; perennial Oscar favorite Meryl Streep, 65, in "Into the Woods"; and Laura Dern, 47, in "Wild."
Stone and Dern are "new friends," as the "Wild" star says, and exchanged text messages after the nominations were announced.
"[Emma] texted me this morning and was just so loving and congratulatory," Dern said from her home in Los Angeles, where she was about to drive her children to school. The actress said she'd also traded phone calls with her parents, including father Bruce Dern, whom she accompanied to last year's ceremony when he was nominated for his performance in "Nebraska."
"My mother is so excited and my dad acted like, 'I knew you were getting nominated .... The academy always honors work that should be appreciated,' " Dern said. "Last year was really special with my dad. We were sitting there and he said, 'How about this, kid? These guys threw a dinner party and invited me to their table.' And that’s what it should be. Just the joy of being acknowledged. And wearing a pretty dress."
Dern recalled how her mother, "Wild at Heart" star Diane Ladd, organized a dinner with her fellow supporting actress nominees -- including Whoopi Goldberg -- in 1991. She'd like to do the same with her colleagues before the February telecast.
"You want it to a shared experience," she said. "And ['Wild' costar] Reese [Witherspoon] has become family. I owe everything to her. She found the material. ['Wild' author] Cheryl Strayed is super excited, too."
In Strayed's memoir, she recounts how she hiked 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail by herself at age 26. Dern, who plays the author's mother in the film, said she, Strayed and Witherspoon were planning to hike a portion of the trail this year.
"We want it to become a ritual," she said.
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