Over the last year, Indiewire spoke to many of the filmmakers and actors who heard their names announced today at 5:30am Pacific Time. Here's a collection of the interviews we did before they were 2012 Academy Award nominees.
Best Director Nominee: Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
"The happy ending is a matter of politeness. I asked people to watch this, so I couldn't do something other than a happy ending; it's a way of saying thank you to the audience, because they went to see something that's not so easy to go see."
Best Director Nominee: Alexander Payne ("The Descendants")
"I'm always grateful for the interest in my work. I'm super-grateful for having an audience and having that communication with them. I'm not ungrateful on any level. It just depends on who's asking."
Best Actress Nominee: Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs")
"Albert is a survivor and I think she chose an invisible job. An invisible person chose an invisible job. In 19th-century Victorian times, the servants weren't supposed to look anybody in the eye. They don't see you, they don't talk to you, you don't talk to them."
Best Actor Nominee: Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy")
"One of my career ambitions was fulfilled working with John. I’ve loved John Hurt’s work long before I ever had the idea of being an actor, so I was nervous to meet him. I was like a fanboy around him. I was like that annoying character from Saturday Night Live. I’m sitting there, ‘Do you remember when you were in ‘Midnight Express?’ Remember that scene you were in?’ And he doesn’t disappoint."
Best Supporting Actress Nominee: Janet McTeer ("Albert Nobbs")
"There were a lot of people who lived like this. One thing you have to remember in England that is different from over here is that sodomy, if you're a guy, it's illegal. You'd be kicked out of the country. There was nothing against lesbianism because Queen Victoria didn't believe it existed."
Best Supporting Actor Nominee: Nick Nolte ("Warrior")
"I put up boundaries at the beginning with Gavin. I said, “I don’t think I should associate with the actors, with the boys. I should stay away from them.” There’s a kind of familiarity that happens if you’re out drinking with the boys and that kind of thing. It makes the work a little more difficult."
Best Screenplay / Foreign Film Nominee: Asghar Farhadi ("A Separation")
"My only aim was to make a film which is in the true sense of the word, cinematic. I tried to make the film in such a way that the viewer was able to become involved with the film on the basis of their own preoccupations."
Best Documentary Nominee: Danfung Dennis ("Hell and Back Again")
"I’d mostly been working in conflict zones. I thought it was going to be some kind of big picture piece on where the war was at. But as the experience unfolded with my own experience of coming home, I realized that war isn’t simply about what happens on the battlefield, it’s also about what happens on the home front."
Best Documentary Nominee: Wim Wenders ("PINA")
"Pina was never a perfectionist. Pina was a perfectionist in a different way. Her perfection was honesty. She wanted each dancer to be completely himself or herself. She didn’t want them to play any parts. The pieces, they develop them together. So Pina always sensed if someone was starting to fake it. That was an amazing process to see. To see them do it, not fake it."
Best Documentary Nominee: Marshall Curry ("If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front")
"I think that everything has a point of view, whether it’s The New York Times or CNN. This movie has a point of view. It’s complex. It reflects the way our team really sees this story. It is complex not because I have some slavish obedience to ‘he said, she said’ journalism."