Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses Her First Oscar Nomination and Her “Total Shock”

Jamie Lee Curtis recently received her very first Oscar nomination, and she is still in shock.

Despite having been in the industry for more than 50 years, the actress has only recently been nominated for an Academy Award for her work in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Curtis recently opened out in a new interview with Vanity Fair about the moment she learned she was a contender, and it sounds like the shock hasn’t yet subsided.

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“… it’s like discovering a secret room in the house you’ve lived in your whole life that you never knew was there—or if you did, you had papered over it or plastered over it and just forgotten about it. Having my name called that morning was a total shock,” she described when she learned of the nomination. “I know people would say, ‘Oh, come on Jamie, you knew.'” But Curtis says she avoided reading prediction lists and asked her friends not to send them to her. She knew the movie—and her colleagues—would be nominated, but she says her nomination was like “discovering a secret room and going, ‘Oh, my God.'”

She continued, sharing, “I am giddy with excitement about it. The smile has not left my face. I’m kinda curmudgeonly. I’m cautious because I’ve been an actress since I was 19; I’m 64, and I’ve tried not to get my heart broken by the industry. I have felt like an outsider…My secret garden is blooming, and I am both weepy and giddy.”

Curtis claims that she discovered her parents behind that locked door.

“It felt like they knew that would happen, even though I didn’t. I have followed—nepo baby!—in my parent’s footsteps. In my mother’s case, I followed her. Yet their fame and success were always—to me, their stardom at the time was so ginormous that even though I’ve had fantastic success, I never thought I would reach their level.”

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