Tommy Lee Jones avoids Oscar hysteria

Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:09am EST
 
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By Randee Dawn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Though his role as the taciturn sheriff in "No Country for Old Men" garnered him a wider audience, Tommy Lee Jones' other 2007 role -- as a concerned parent in the Iraq war-themed drama "In the Valley of Elah" -- landed him his third Oscar nomination.

An Oscar winner for his supporting role in "The Fugitive," Jones will be at the Academy Awards on Sunday, albeit a little begrudgingly.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: YOU'VE BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE OSCAR NOMINATION BEFORE, WITH ONE WIN AND ONE LOSS. HOW HEAVILY INVESTED DO YOU GET IN THE WHOLE POST-NOMINATION PROCESS?

Tommy Lee Jones: Very slightly. I don't live in Southern California, and I spend most of my time in places where people are only vaguely aware of the process. It doesn't weigh on my mind a great much. It doesn't do you any good to worry about these things or even think about them very much; they are gonna go the way they go. If I were to assess my chances of winning, I would say they are quite slim.

THR: DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD A DIFFERENT CHANCE IF YOUR NOMINATION HAD BEEN FOR THE ALREADY AWARDS-HEAVY "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN?"

Jones: I don't know. The way the indicators are going, or what some entertainment journalists claim are indicators, the winners are a kind of foregone conclusion.

THR: SO WILL YOU ATTEND?

Jones: I think I am contractually obligated to show up.   Continued...

 
<p>Tommy Lee Jones presents an award during the National Board Of Review of Motion Pictures award gala in New York January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>