SAG Awards: Jonah Hill is ‘doing well as dramatic actor’

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It was his serious turn in “Moneyball” that earned Jonah Hill his first-ever SAG Award nod Wednesday, but hours after receiving the news, the actor couldn’t stop laughing in astonishment over the nomination.

“This has been the most overwhelming day of my life,” the 27-year-old gushed. “To be nominated for this award is so mind-blowingly pleasing on so many levels. I can’t believe I’m actually nominated. I can’t believe I’m having this conversation right now. I’m so honored that they recognized me. It doesn’t seem real.”


Hill, best known for his roles in raunchy comedies such as “Superbad” and “Get Him to the Greek,” showed he had serious acting chops opposite Brad Pitt in the fall baseball drama “Moneyball.” The actor said his phone had been ringing off the hook as he exchanged calls and e-mails with Pitt, director Bennett Miller, producer Scott Rudin and actress Catherine Keener, who suggested him for the “Moneyball” role. His relatives had also reached out, hoping to score a date invite to the telecast.

And the congratulations didn’t stop there. The actor is currently on set filming “Neighborhood Watch” in New Orleans, where his costar Ben Stiller made sure everyone knew about Hill’s nomination. “He made an announcement saying ‘Everyone say congrats to Jonah on his SAG award nomination,’ and I was embarrassed,” he said.

The actor seemed genuinely floored over scoring a nod and said he felt it served as proof that he has what it takes to be more than just a funny guy on the big screen.

‘It’s totally validating, because in comedy, the money is usually the validation,” he said, referring to box-office ticket sales. ‘Generally comedies aren’t recognized with awards. That being said, I feel so prideful in ‘Moneyball.’ I’m getting to make a shift to an actor who does both comedies and dramas. And this is definitely a sign that I’m doing well as a dramatic actor.”


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-- Amy Kaufman