Academy Awards 2019: Richard E. Grant, Spike Lee, Glenn Close React To Noms
The 91st Academy Award nominations are out and the nominees are laughing, crying, and eating celebratory pancakes.
Richard E. Grant said he and his daughter simultaneously "burst into tears" when they heard that he'd been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Grant was sitting at one of his favourite restaurants in London, watching the nominations announcement live stream on an iPhone.
"I think people at the tables around us thought we had some tragic news," he told EW of their emotional outburst. "We got free lunch and drinks, so I’m grateful," he added.
It's the first Academy Awards nomination for the 61-year-old actor, who starred in 1987's Withnail & I.
Grant -- who was born in Swaziland -- posted an ecstatic video to Twitter, reflecting on how far he's come in his nearly 40-year career.
"I'm absolutely overwhelmed," said Grant, standing outside the bedsit he first rented for thirty pounds a week in 1983. "And I cannot believe that 36-years later, as an almost 62-year-old man having an Oscar nomination," he exclaimed, throwing his head back in utter joy.
Glenn Close -- who has now received seven Oscar noms in her career -- had a much more ~chill~ reaction to her nomination for Best Actress for her performance in The Wife.
Close -- who is up against actresses including Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) and Olivia Colman (The Favourite) -- said she felt like she was "getting a cold" the evening before the nominations were announced and decided she'd turn her phone off to get a good night's sleep.
"I was woken up by my brother who had come across town -- he was at the truck stop with his buddies -- and got a key from my sister next door and walked into my bedroom and woke me up," Close told the LA Times.
"I couldn't believe it! Oh my God, it was so funny. But it was kind of a perfect way to find out, I have to say," she said, adding that she went out for celebratory pancakes with her brother after hearing the news.
Spike Lee has also reacted in absolute joy, along with his family, after learning that he's finally been nominated for Best Director -- as well as Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay -- for BlacKkKlansman.
The critically acclaimed auteur has been historically snubbed by the Academy -- he last received nominations in 1998 (Best Documentary Feature for 4 Little Girls) and 1990 (Best Original Screenplay for Do The Right Thing).
Lee posted a video to Instagram of his family watching the nominations in a bedroom together -- with everyone erupting in cheers when BlacKkKlansman was announced.
"Da Happy Lee’s This Morning. FINALLY," he wrote.
The 91st Academy Awards take place on February 25 Australian time.
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