For Gabourey Sidibe, it’s not Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosting the Oscars. It’s Navin R. Johnson and Jack Donaghy.
Being new to the movie business, Sidibe, 26, a Best Actress nominee for Precious, knows most actors through their movie and TV characters – and is especially excited to see Martin, having been a big fan of the 1979 vehicle that launched his movie career, The Jerk.
“My mom has a crush on Steve Martin, and we used to watch The Jerk pretty much every day. And so I’m really excited that this show will be hosted by Jack Donaghy [Baldwin’s 30 Rock character] and the Jerk,” Sidibe said Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A.
That excitement is tinged with apprehension, though, as March 7 approaches – a big night for all the nominees, but especially for Sidibe, who’s being honored for her very first movie role.
Sidibe has settled on her date – that’ll be her mom – but is procrastinating on the dress. “I’m a little scared,” she admitted. “I haven’t even started looking at color or anything like that. I’ve got a bunch of sketches through e-mails, and I said that I looked through them, but I lied.”
But she wouldn’t trade it for anything. And now, she’s looking forward to broadening the scope of her acting.
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“It sounds so sad to say it’s given purpose to my life, like I had no purpose before,” she said. “I did, but I have a different purpose now I want to do every kind of film. I want to do comedies. I want to do dramas. Romantic films. Period pieces. I want to do everything.”
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, and televised live on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET