Naomi Watts: ‘I’m doing very good but I’ve had no sleep’
Oscar-nominated star of ‘The Impossible’ says her category was “anyone’s guess.”
Naomi Watts is in Los Angeles, where her partner Liev Schreiber is starting the Showtime series Ray Donovan. She promised herself that she wouldn’t wake up to watch the nominations announced live. But she did.
Wednesday night, after the People’s Choice Awards, “I went home early and went to bed by 10 but I had three different wakeups from the kids and couldn’t go back to sleep. I swore to myself I wouldn’t turn on the TV, because I was pretty sure it was not going to go that way. I was lying here, I turned it on.
“I feel like it was tough category. A couple of other women were excluded that I thought for sure would get in. It was anyone’s guess, as far as I was concerned,” she says. “I’m doing very good but I’ve had no sleep.”
The biggest surprise? “Me!” laughs Watts, up for playing a distraught mother in the tsunami drama The Impossible.
In fact, Marion Cotillard, considered a shoo-in for Rust and Bone, didn’t get nominated for best actress. But Watts is focusing on the positive. “It was great that Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) got in, although I wish Nicole (Kidman, for The Paperboy) had got in as well. I wish the movie had more love there,” she says.
Now, she can start focusing on what to wear to the Oscars. “The weird thing is, it’s hard to relax during this period, everyone is offering you clothes and jewelry. Hang on a second. It’s not happening yet. I’m very superstitious. I don’t like to jinx things. I’m not going to have that conversation until it’s a reality but now that it is, I need to start thinking about it,” she says.
As for today? “I’m going to get the kids to school and do some interviews. And we have Critics’ Choice tonight. This week is ridiculous. My mum is coming in today as well. She’ll have good news when she lands,” says Watts.