Emily Blunt received her first Oscar nomination this year for her performance in Oppenheimer, but interestingly, she didn’t discover her nomination in the typical Hollywood fashion.
During a discussion with Josh Horowitz at 92NY on Tuesday, Blunt shared that being labeled as an Academy Award nominee still doesn’t feel quite natural, despite the extensive buzz and anticipation for her Oscar recognition over the past few months.
“It’s all quite scary, the anticipation of it, and I think you just try not to listen to buzz because buzz can be built on sand sometimes. And so when it did happen, and when it happened in such a far-reaching way for all of us in the movie and every crew member, it was magical,” Blunt expressed regarding the numerous nominations for Oppenheimer. Reflecting on her own nomination, she added, “I did have a brief cry in the middle of Brooklyn, brief weep directly after picking up my dog’s poop.”
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“I did pick up her poop and then I heard that I got nominated so it was perfect,” she continued. Blunt shared that her husband, John Krasinski “had a really good cry as well, after helping me with the poop. I think he went and put it in the trash and then we both cried.”
Blunt has earned a nomination for her portrayal of Kitty Oppenheimer, the wife of Cillian Murphy’s titular character. Throughout their marriage and J. Robert Oppenheimer’s involvement in the Manhattan Project, Kitty gradually loses control over her own life.
“I think there was so much about her that I empathize with — the idea of that extraordinary brain wasted and decaying at the ironing board and the anger and the simmering rage that would follow,” the star shared about her real-life character. “She kind of raged against the machine as best she could but there’s only so much I think she could do, and then she married this icon and clearly worshiped him, loved him, supported him, was there, a hugely stabilizing force in his life and yet she was so unstable. I think she bled for him, but I think to her own detriment.”
In the film, Blunt has numerous scenes depicting a drunk character, yet she revealed that throughout her career, she has only indulged in a few drinks before filming a drunken scene on one occasion.
“I’ve done it once and it was a disaster. I was so paranoid and messy — it was way back in the day, I’m not even going to tell you what it was for. No, I prefer to be stone-cold sober,” Blunt revealed, playfully teasing, “I mean I seem to have done this a couple of times, I’m like the go-to for ugly drunks.”
At one juncture, Horowitz inquired about her past meeting with Christopher Nolan for a role in 2008’s The Dark Knight, which ultimately went to Katie Holmes. “I don’t think I was right… the best girl wins, it’s alright,” Blunt replied. When it came to the role of Kitty, she humorously remarked, “Nothing says raging drunk like Emily Blunt, and Chris knows that.”
During the hour-long conversation, Blunt also shared her thoughts on potential (or improbable) continuations of some of her most iconic films. Regarding The Devil Wears Prada, she expressed, “Sometimes things should be cherished and preserved in this bubble and it’s OK. We’re all good with it.” On the topic of Sicario 3, she stated, “I hear rumblings but there’s nothing firm. I think it’s hearsay.” When discussing Edge of Tomorrow, she noted, “I think that’s a more real conversation…. I think when we were first talking about the sequel, it was right before I was about to do Mary Poppins, so it was quite a while. And then I think if we’re going to do one, we would have to reimagine what the sequel will look like.”
With Krasinski finding success in transitioning to directing, Blunt commented on the possibility of taking that path herself, stating, “Maybe one day. I don’t know quite yet if I want to, but I’m becoming increasingly interested and yeah, maybe one day.”
The complete conversation will be accessible on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz, scheduled for release on February 12th.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter