2 videos of a very happy, cute, beautiful Maggie talking about her Tuesday morning when she got the news of her Oscar nomination.
Maggie Gyllenhaal was drunk the first time she met Jeff Bridges.
The actress – who has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in ‘Crazy Heart’ alongside the actor – admitted she was not in the best state when she met him.
She said: “I met him at the premiere for ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ where I was, like, a baby.
“I went up to him, I’d had a few glasses of champagne, and felt, ‘This is my premiere, I can talk to whoever I want.’
“He told me, ‘We’re going to work together one day.’ And it made my entire week but then it happened. And I’m glad it was many years later when I had a better sense of myself as an artist.”
The 32-year-old star also revealed she saw similarities in herself and ‘Crazy Heart’ character Jean Craddock – a mother.
She revealed to Stylist magazine: “Jean is really going through a similar thing to me, where she needs to be herself again and not just a mum.
“I think that’s a line every mother walks – balancing what you need and what you have to sacrifice for your kids.”
No one was surprised when Jeff Bridges was nominated for a best actor Academy Award Tuesday for his performance as a down-and-out country singer in “Crazy Heart,” the film based on the book by Rhode Island College English Prof. Thomas Cobb.
Bridges has already won the best actor awards from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Award given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
It wasn’t much of a surprise, either, when the song “The Weary Kind,” written for the film by T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham, got a best-song nomination. It had already won the best song award at the Golden Globes.
But there were two major surprises surrounding “Crazy Heart” when the Oscar nominations were announced in Beverly Hills Tuesday. Maggie Gyllenhaal was nominated for best supporting actress in the film in which she plays a newspaper reporter who comes to interview the singer Bad Blake, but soon becomes an integral part of his life. Gyllenhaal was a long shot who was almost never mentioned among potential nominees.
Cobb, reached shortly after the nominations were announced, said, “I expected Jeff and ‘The Weary Kind’ to be nominated, but I was really really pleased Maggie got it because I thought she was incredibly affecting. I thought she brought a genuine quality to the role.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal is in Los Angeles, and it’s been a whirlwind so far for the supporting actress nominee, up for playing a single mother in Crazy Heart. She never saw this coming.
“Because I didn’t get any other nominations, I was so surprised,” she says. “I was completely shocked and so excited. I love the movie and I feel so proud of it. I’m excited about celebrating it and getting dressed up. I haven’t done work I’m more proud of.”
One of the first calls this morning came from her on-screen love and best actor favorite, Jeff Bridges. “Jeff called me this morning. He was barely even making words. He was kind of singing and moaning. He was so excited. I feel thrilled,” says Gyllenhaal.
Her day, thus far, has been all about family.
There’s a sense of excitement at home, because her husband Peter Sarsgaard’s film, An Education, is also up for best picture.
“We woke up at 5:30,” says Gyllenhaal. “I’ve been up forever already. I just got up really early and had coffee with my brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) and my daughter woke up. I haven’t had a second to breathe.”
She might have a mimosa to celebrate, but her night is wide open. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” says the actress.
The Australian based movie magazine Filmink will be featuring a piece with Maggie Gyllenhaal and the movie Crazy Heart in their next issue.
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Maggie finally got her very first Academy Awards nomination! Maggie is nominated in the category “Actress in a Supporting Role” for her fantastic performance in Crazy Heart.
Other than Maggie’s long due nomination is Jeff Bridges who’s earned himself a nomination in the category “Actor in a Leading Role” and Crazy Heart in the category “Music (Original Song)”
Maggie Gyllenhaal has acted in the biggest of big movies – “The Dark Knight” (2008), anybody? – but she’s most at home in the smallest of the small, the quirky likes of “Donnie Darko” (2001), “Secretary” (2002), “Sherrybaby” (2005), “Away We Go” (2009) and her latest film, “Crazy Heart.”
“I am more comfortable in the indie films,” Gyllenhaal said. “I feel like it’s how I learned how to work. It’s how I learned best, shooting quickly, at least a scene in the day. I’m better with two scenes a day. Sure, maybe we’ll shoot five scenes a day – that is a little bit too fast, but I like that. I like having to incorporate all the things that get thrown at you, which you have to do less of when you work on a big movie. I do better work, I think, so far anyway, in this kind of intense, fast way.
“But I have done a lot of studio movies,” she added. “‘Stranger Than Fiction’ (2006) was pretty big. ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ (2003) was pretty big. The thing that was cool about ‘Batman,’ that was really, really notable, was that everybody in every department was an expert, which is not usually the case on a tiny movie. Whether you like the style of the movie or not, the people who are doing sound have done a million movies, down to every department. They’re probably not going to make a silly mistake. “When you work on a small movie, people sometimes do make silly mistakes. And you have to be forgiving. You have to kind of go, ‘Right, you’re learning. Me too. We all are. It’s OK.’ And what’s funny about that is that usually, in a small movie, a little silly mistake can set you back massively.” Now in limited release, “Crazy Heart” brings together two lonely people desperate for a human connection. Jeff Bridges stars as Bad Blake, a has-been country singer reduced to playing bowling alleys. He drinks too much, smokes too much and is one chili dog away from a heart attack, but he still can sing. Gyllenhaal plays Jean, a much-younger journalist and single mom. Bad and Jean begin a bittersweet romance, one that’s fueled by mutual attraction, alcohol, bad judgment and the promise of redemption. Gyllenhaal, who lives in New York with her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, and their 3-year-old daughter, Ramona, recently made the trek to a hotel in midtown Manhattan to discuss “Crazy Heart” with a small contingent of journalists. She describes the film, written and directed by Scott Cooper, as a love story about real people. “I think it happens in the way that real love stories happen,” the actress said. “Someone said to me, ‘Oh, it’s so fast the way they get together.’ Well, that’s the fantasy, I think, especially when it’s maybe a little bit of a mistake or you’re not sure, and ‘Was that OK? Was that not OK?’ It happens like that. “Also, how many people have you been with in your life where it’s a little bit right and a little bit not right?,” she added. “I think that’s every relationship. I feel like that’s very true in this – and compassionate, too, because they are people who are not doing so well. The movie is very compassionate toward them. “I love that about movies, where they can find some compassion for people who are struggling. If you watch a movie about that, you can practice having compassion for people who are much more closely connected to you (in real life), where it could be a little more difficult to have compassion for them.” Gyllenhaal’s oversized eyes brighten when she discusses Bridges. She admits that it was nearly impossible for her to separate the actor from his charismatic character. “You can’t,” she said. “He’s very appealing. I think she was starving for something, something for her. I don’t think it could have been anybody. I think she’s open when she goes into it. I don’t think she’s open to sleeping with him, but I think she’s just desperate for something that feels good to her. “And also, why does anyone fall in love with anyone?,” Gyllenhaal continued. “The circumstances of this movie are that, unless these two people really fall in love and you believe the depth of their love for each other, then who cares about the movie? So I knew that and Jeff knew that, and so we had to play people who fell in love. I don’t know why exactly.”