Jamie Lee Curtis celebrates his first Oscar nomination after decades in the business.
The 64-year-old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress on Tuesday for her role in Everything everywhere all at once and her reaction, captured by a friend as she watched the ad, captured the priceless moment perfectly.
“This is what the surprise looks like,” Jamie Lee wrote on Instagram with the series of photos showing her shock at the news, then celebrating the moment with a hug with her husband, Christopher Guest.
Jamie Lee said the photos weren’t planned, but “one of my oldest best friends,” Oscar-winning director Debbie Oppenheimer, texted her that morning and asked her to watch with her.
“I didn’t even realize she was taking pictures,” Jamie Lee said, noting that the show showed her reaction to hearing her name and co-star Stephanie Hsu being nominated in the same category. “No filters. No fakes. Just the truth of a moment of joy captured by a friend.”
In another post, Jamie Lee, best known for the Halloween movies as well as Trading places, real lies and A fish called Wandasaid “it wasn’t even in my wildest dream box” to be nominated for an Oscar.
“I have always felt like an outsider looking within and yet always so grateful for all the opportunities I have had,” the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh wrote. She called it a “highlight of my professional life” and praised the adventure/sci-fi film’s “talented and motley crew of artists”, which received 11 nominations in total.
She continued, “As this is a film about an immigrant family and their struggles in life, I immediately think of my parents, children of immigrants from Hungary and Denmark, whose families came here and sacrificed themselves to make their children’s dreams come true. I can only imagine what it would be like for them and their parents to learn that their daughter/granddaughter was nominated for an Oscar this morning. (Her parents deceased, pictured next to another of the cast, were both Oscar nominees.)
She concluded, “I’m amazed, humbled and excited for our little film that could and has done and based on today’s nominations, continues to do and do and do.”
The independent hit film is also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh) and Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan).
The Oscars telecast will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, March 12.
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