Since the cancellation of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the one-time queen of daytime has vowed that she will get out of the studio and meet and talk with people out in the world. So she sat down with first-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill at a restaurant, where they shared a casual meal and he shared his feelings about his nomination for his work in "Moneyball."
Hill, who got his start as a comedic actor, certainly never expected his name to ever be anywhere near the Academy Awards, but he said it became more and more impossible to not to think about it. "Then it starts to happen," he said. "Like the SAG Awards get announced, and then the Golden Globes get announced and then you start to really go like, 'Okay."
He said that first and foremost, getting an award is not the reason that an actor takes on a role, nor is it an inspiration for how they manage their performance. And then there's just the emotional roller coaster an actor can put themselves through thinking about the highest honor the industry can bestow upon him or her.
"You don't really think about it, because you don't want to get your head in that space of being disappointed or happy if it does or doesn't work out," he said. For now, he was all smiles as he paid for Oprah Winfrey's meal. He even went so far as to declare that experience "most exciting moment of my life."
See if a new moment takes that coveted sport when "The 2012 Academy Awards" airs Sunday February 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC.
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