Maggie Gyllenhaal. Up for Best Supporting for “Crazy Heart.” She said she’d call 4:30 p.m. She called exactly 4:30 p.m. The wind was whistling through her cell phone.
“Sorry for the crackling sounds,” she said. “I’m picking up my daughter at school.”
Through the howling winds, she laughingly recalled how she heard she was nominated.
“I was at my brother’s house in LA not watching it on TV. When the phone first rang, I vaguely thought maybe it was some small small chance that maybe this had to do with Oscar because my name was getting mentioned around the Golden Globes. At that time, my agent called to tell me I didn’t get it. So I thought, ‘Why wake me the f – - – up to tell me I didn’t get it?’ so this time I got an e-mail from my agent.
“What followed was a flurry of calls. It’s a pretty select group you hear from 5:30 in the morning. I was there with my husband and daughter and I didn’t want to keep my daughter up. Finally the phones stopped, and I said to my brother: ‘Maybe I should go to sleep.’ ”
“It’s really exciting and, you know, suddenly everybody wants to talk to you. And I was proud of my work but . . . well . . . I’ve been through the awards route before. When I was first nominated in ’99 I didn’t even know what the National Board of Review was. My next was a Golden Globe nomination for ‘SherryBaby,’ but my baby was tiny, and I was really only focusing on this infant.
“I’ve gone to the Academy Awards before. Once I presented the technical awards. And of course I was there when my brother was nominated. Last year I was doing the play ‘Uncle Vanya,’ and I made a huge bowl of cereal and sat up in bed, still with my period corset on, watching.
“This time I’m really even more into it. I’m thinking, well, maybe, these things really do mean something. But I did let go of the attachment because this time I seemed not to be getting any of the pre-Oscar nominations. I know I do want to go to the parties. I’m working with a couple of designers, and I’m still looking at dresses.”