While the entire world continues to hyperventilate over how incredibly life-changing and inspirational La La Land proved to be, it's been practically impossible to hear what anyone else has had to say about their own Academy Award recognition.
Just the other day, Andrew Garfield somehow managed to rise like a fiery phoenix out of the mad musical mania surrounding Hollywood right now — and let's be real, probably out of his stoner den — to tell us how he felt about being singled out for his incredible performance in the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge.
As of last week, the feature had done well to pick up six Oscar nominations with British actor Andrew Garfield landing one of the most coveted spots for Best Actor thanks to his portrayal of Second World War medic Desmond Doss:
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about what it was like to have been nominated by Academy gods, Garfield said:
"It's lovely and so cool. And I'm sure there's been some mistake."
Then, talking about his character Desmond, the actor said:
"Desmond wasn't a soldier for any specific country, actually, because he treated both enemy soldiers and his own. I think people are resonating with that and with the virtues Desmond embodied: compassion, love, empathy and humility - really true, sincere humility."
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And while Andrew Garfield was sprouting some legitimate thoughts about a film protagonist that actually matters and one can connect with, his ex-girlfriend Emma Stone was similarly reeling from her Academy Award nomination for #LaLaLand. Reacting on the morning that the Oscar noms came out, she said:
"What a morning. I am so grateful for this honour and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my 'La La Land' family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait to celebrate together."
Indeed, it was also beyond any of my wildest imaginings that a movie like La La Land could ever come close to scooping up all those nominations, but there we go.
Best of luck to both Stone and Garfield!
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)