A super huge congratulations to Naomi, who has today been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in The Impossible!! I am so proud of her and happy for her, and this is a very deserved nomination. Well done, Naomi! She has some stiff competition, making this a very interesting category:
Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Jennifer Lawrence – ‘Silver Linings Playbook’Information
Emmanuelle Riva – ‘Amour’
Quvenzhané Wallis – ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
Naomi Watts – ‘The Impossible’
You can see the full list of nominees at the official Oscar website, and you can (re-)watch the televised announcement below:
This is Naomi’s 2nd Oscar nomination, following her first for 21 Grams back in 2004. Feel free to leave your messages of congratulation for her here.
The Academy Awards will be held on February 24th.
EDIT: Naomi spoke to the media to give her reaction to her Oscar nomination earlier today:
Naomi Watts: “I am so thrilled and humbled with this morning’s wonderful news. The journey of telling Maria Belon’s miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful for this acknowledgement of our film. I am truly honored.”
Naomi Watts was wary when she was first approached for “The Impossible.” She had no interest in being part of an exploitative disaster pic about the tsunami that devastated the coast of Thailand in 2004. But she was convinced after reading the script and learning that Juan Antonio Bayona (“a proper filmmaker”) was helming.
“When I came into close contact with Maria, the woman I play, I came to understand the emotional drama of the story much better,” Watts said. “I feel in love with the character and story of people who were there on their Christmas holiday, in paradise who had no preparation for something like this. So many of those people didn’t even know what a tsunami was.”
As she embarks on the last leg of kudos season, Watts is a free agent as far as new projects are concerned. “I have lots of things simmering that I have to decide upon,” she said.
Naomi Watts joined local Los Angeles station KTLA this morning to react to her Oscar Nomination for Best Actress for her role in the movie “The Impossible.”