Lucas Hedges, who has been getting raves for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, didn’t want to get his hopes up for an Oscar nomination on Tuesday morning. So tried to sleep through the announcement.
“I think I would have literally exploded in the moments leading up [to the nominations] in anticipation otherwise,” he says. But then he got a call with the news that he’s been nominated for Best Supporting Actor. “I ran downstairs and told my parents and freaked out,” Hedges says, laughing.
Manchester by the Sea garnered six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan, Best Actor for Casey Affleck, and Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams. (See a full list of nominees here.)
“It’s so awesome that the three of us got nominated,” Hedges says, adding he had yet to talk to any of his costars or his director. “That doesn’t surprise me much, though — they’re not the most public people. They’re far more likely to call after they see your play.” (Speaking of plays, Hedges doesn’t have much time to celebrate on Tuesday — he was heading straight to rehearsal for the Off-Broadway play, Yen, which soon opens in previews.)
Hedges grew up hearing about what it’s like at an Oscar ceremony — his father, Peter Hedges, was nominated in 2003 for writing the screenplay for About a Boy.
“It’s so wild that now I get to go,” he says. As for who he might take as his date, Hedges laughs. “I think I know who I’m going to ask,” he says. “But I think I should wait to confirm that.”