A few years ago, Jonah Hill played everyone’s go-to sidekick in comedies like “Get Him to the Greek” and “Superbad,” but from Tuesday, he is forever known as an Oscar nominee.
“I feel like I’m in a dream still,” Jonah told Access Hollywood on Tuesday, just a short while after learning he had picked up a Best Supporting Actor nod for his work opposite Brad Pitt in “Moneyball.” “I didn’t sleep all night and then I watched it on TV and I’ve just been on the phone ever since… I’m really, really overwhelmed, I can’t believe that this is my life right now.”
Jonah made the successful leap from comedy to drama with baseball film and he’s pleased that Oscar voters recognized his performance.
“To me, it’s really amazing, because I think there’s very few actors — you know, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams — I mean two of the most legendary ones to successfully transition from comedy to drama, being able to do both, and you know the fact that it is my second drama,” an excited Jonah said. “And to get nominated for an Academy Award for it just gives me encouragement to keep making more dramas.”
Brad reached out to Jonah on Tuesday morning, congratulating his fellow nominee.
“He just said he’s really proud and excited and I felt the same way, you know,” Jonah recounted, referring to Brad’s Best Actor nomination. “And I loved ‘[The] Tree of Life,’ his other film that got him nominated for Best Picture.
“Excuse me,” Jonah added, pausing. “I’m very overwhelmed.”