Oscar nominees discuss awards season perils

Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:15pm EST
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The Academy Awards take place on Sunday (February 28) and they mark the end of what is commonly described as awards season.

This season traditionally starts with the Golden Globe nominations in early December and then continues with other nomination announcements before awards start being handed out.

The new year kicks off with the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which recognizes the talent they believe will be the winners during awards season and that is swiftly followed by the Golden Globes.  From there, the nominees spend their weekends attending glitzy red carpet events like the Screen Actors Guild awards (SAGs), the Directors Guild Awards (DGAs) and the Critics Choice Awards.

Best supporting actress nominee Alicia Vikander had her first experience at awards season after appearing in the Danish nominated film 'A Royal Affair.'

Speaking after winning a SAG Award, the Swedish actress, who is nominated for 'The Danish Girl' said "I heard the word 'awards season' and I thought that was a joke.  I thought it was the Oscars and that was it because that's what I saw on television and then it's this whole weeks and months."

Actor Bryan Cranston has experience being nominated for television projects during the season, but the 'Trumbo' star, who is up for the best actor award, is now experiencing the film side of events.

"It's a very very busy, fun time in my life," he exclaimed.  "Yes, I'm excited. It's glorious and exhausting at the same time.  You don't realize how much energy you're putting out enjoying yourself but I sleep really well.  I hit the sack.  My head hits the pillow and I'm out."

Twenty six year-old Brie Larson has been in the media spotlight since being nominated and subsequently picking up awards for her role in 'Room'.  Luckily, she has friends in high places to give her advice on keeping her feet on the ground.

Speaking on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the best actress nominee said "I didn't know what to expect because I'd never been here before so I spoke with my dear friend Emma Stone and was like 'What do I do?' and she said 'You're going to love it. You're inside the TV' and so going in here with that perspective that like 'I'm inside the TV right now' makes it so silly and funny that I'm having a blast."   Continued...

Oscar nominees are shown in this combination of file photos.  From top to bottom (L-R) are best actor nominees Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, and Leonardo DiCaprio; best actress Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett; best supporting actor Mark Rylance, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo; best supporting actress Alicia Vikander, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Jason Leigh. REUTERS/Staff/Files