“The release of this movie was tied completely to the awards season,” Maggie Gyllenhaal told indieWIRE regarding Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart,” for which she has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. “And I could feel it so strongly. For example, when Jeff Bridges won the Golden Globe, all of a sudden ten people a day would stop me on the street and tell me they’d seen the movie. It had such a huge effect. You know, I’d been through the awards stuff before [receiving Golden Globe nominations for both “Secretary” and “Sherrybaby”], at least going on the road and doing some of it… But I’ve never felt so concretely the effect that it can have on a tiny movie. Though at the same time, as all this was happening with “Crazy Heart,” I wasn’t nominated for anything. Not anything at all. So of course I was surprised when I got the Oscar nomination. I’d – in a way – already kind of let go of it. Like I said, I’d kind of been down the road before and I’d had different relationships to the awards stuff before and this time I really got to the place of you know, ‘they’re just awards… it’s alright… I love my movie.’ And then to be nominated for an Oscar, it’s kind of a mind trip!”
Gyllenhaal wasn’t kidding when she says her nomination came out of nowhere. While there was certainly significant buzz around her work in “Heart,” she didn’t receive a single mention from the dozens and dozens of Oscar precursors, even the Independent Spirit Awards, for which she had received two nominations in the past (and where “Crazy Heart” got three nominations). But on Oscar nomination morning, her name was deservedly read, giving the actress her first trip to the Kodak Theater as a nominee.