Jonah Hill should be boasting and celebrating his two major nominations — one from the Screen Actors Guild and the other a Golden Globe — for his role opposite Brad Pitt in Moneyball, but even though he calls the nods “fantastic,” he says he’s trying not to fall into the hype of it all.
“I have been trying not to get wrapped up in all of this, in everything.”
“Any expectation of getting a SAG nomination or an Oscar nomination are sort of absurd expectations to put on yourself,” he says. “So the fact that I actually got this nomination was so overwhelmingly moving and thrilling and surreal. I am really just kind of shocked.”
“The phone calls and emails I have gotten today are unlike any I have ever experienced. I feel like I got married or had a kid or something. I have never had anything like this happen to me before. My parents were actually crying.”
The 27-year-old is up against Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn for the Golden Globe, along with Albert Brooks in Drive, Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method and Christopher Plummer in Beginners. In the SAG category, he’s joined by Branagh and Plummer, as well as Armie Hammer in J. Edgar and Nick Nolte in Warrior.
“I am so in shock and awe right now that I can not even begin to conceptualize the fact that I am up there with them.”
“It is not too often you get the second lead opposite Brad Pitt [also SAG and Globe nominated] in a film,” said Hill. “It did feel like a momentous occasion in my life when I got the part, and it was.”