“I was sleeping so it was just this incredible news to wake up to,” the actress, 53, told PEOPLE about her Best Supporting Actress nod for The Hateful Eight Thursday morning. “I woke up and … there were just all these texts and missed calls.”
Leigh’s 5-year-old son, Rohmer, is also excited about the good news. “He likes all the fancy stuff,” she explained. “He’s got a real point of view and he does like the fancy clothes, and so do my nieces, so my nieces and Romer will definitely weigh in.”
This is Leigh’s first Oscar nomination. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the western.
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“I’ve never had such a great time as I did on this movie,” she previously told PEOPLE. “I think that’s fair to say of all the actors on this film. I’ve never seen so many grown men weep as the day they said, ‘That’s a wrap!’ Samuel Jackson, Walter Goggins, Kurt Russell.”
Outside of Leigh’s nomination, The Hateful Eight was largely snubbed at the Oscars, receiving only two other nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Score. Quentin Tarantino was not nominated for Best Director or Best Original Screenplay.