Patricia Arquette is still wrapping her head around her Oscar nomination.
“It was so surreal I really felt like I was in a weird dream,” the Boyhood actress, who’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress, told reporters at the Oscars Nominees luncheon on Monday. “I don’t know how I’m going to feel [at the Oscars]. I hope I don’t faint!”
Two days after learning she was nominated, Arquette and her boyfriend Eric White were at a restaurant when the full realization of her nomination hit her.
“My boyfriend went to the bathroom and I seem to have woken up while he left,” she said, laughing. “I grabbed this kid next to me and was like, ‘I got nominated! For an Academy Award!’ He looked at me and was like, ‘No, you didn’t?’ And I was like ‘I know! Can you believe it? Google it, let’s check it.’ ”
White returned from the bathroom to Arquette and her fellow diner “jumping and screaming” after Google confirmed her story, recalled the actress. “It’s just amazing.”
While she “never imagined” attending the Academy Awards as a nominee, at 46, “it’s really a beautiful, incredible thing,” she said. “I feel like I can appreciate all the beauty of what’s really meaningful and moving about it.”
And to be nominated for a film that took 12 years to make is a “beautiful send-off for us all to have,” she added. “We were all putting in that work and just believing in it it was so painful to finish that movie and not be working on it any more.”