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Oscar Lunch Nominees Q & A: Chastain, Lawrence, Hathaway, Adams, Washington, Jackman, Cooper and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2013 at 5:40PM

Among the nominated stars stopping by the interview room on their way to the Oscar Nominees Luncheon were Ben Affleck, Tim Burton, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Quvenzhane Wallis, Robert De Niro, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Anne Hathaway and Jacki Weaver. Absent were Daniel Day Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, Emmanuelle Riva, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Arkin and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Check out highlights of what each had to say below.
Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables"
Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables"

Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor - "Silver Linings Playbook"

After all these years he says being nominated is still a big deal. He says he trusted Russell since everything he does is great. He says he'll never volunteer advice but is always very happy to give it if people ask.

Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor - "Django Unchained"

Though he never imagined he'd receive another nomination for a Quentin Tarantino film, he says, "I owe Quentin more than I'd like to admit."

Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress - "The Master"

Adams had the most entertaining time a the podium. She arrived says, "Sorry, you just interrupted my flirting with Bradley cooper and Christoph's going to be a good lunch for me." Music started playing while she spoke and she handled it brilliantly, saying she always likes having a soundtrack. This is her fourth nomination and she says she's just enjoying it because she doesn't know if she'll ever be back here. "This year I'm having fun, I am actually experiencing it."

Sally Field, Best Supporting Actress - "Lincoln"

Asked about her process for playing the highly emotional being that was Mary Todd Lincoln, she says "I just did my work."

Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress - "Les Miserables"

Hathaway says the best part of the Awards season has been "Seeing Deb Hayward's face at the Golden Globes" when they won Best Comedy or Musical, noting that is was her dream to make it and her first film as producer.  Hathaway was asked if there are still casting rooms she can't get into, and she says that she's been "hanging out with Steven Spielberg lately," so doesn't think she needs to worry about it anymore. But she admits one always has to fight for what they want and show people what you have to offer.

Helen Hunt, Best Supporting Actress - "The Sessions"

Hunt spoke of the real life woman she plays in the film, and says: "There's no one like her I've ever met…Except my daughter who is eight and radiates that positive energy." She spoke to her "lack of weirdness" and calls her "a shining light." Hunt says she received a note from her saying "Thank you for understanding my intentions with Mark."

Jacki Weaver, Best Supporting Actress - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Weaver says that like most people she has friends and family with psychological ailments, and also knows mental health professionals; "one of the things about the film coming out is that they all say it's the best depiction of mental illness they've seen." She says a big part of why Russell made the film was so that "his son wouldn't feel alone." Weaver, who was nominated for "Animal Kingdom" in 2011, says she "never imagined she would be so warmly embraced by this community and country," and still can't believe the career she's had after a "contended fifty year career."  She's 65 and very happy about it, and as for her fame she says, "It's even more fun when schoolboys in the street recognize me."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.