Lucas Hedges is still having trouble finding the words to express his excitement

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated January 24, 2017 10:54 AM
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Lucas Hedges doesn’t mind getting an early morning wake-up call when it’s to get news of his very first Oscar nomination.

“I was just lying in bed when I found out,” he tells PEOPLE. “I jumped out of bed screaming, ‘Mom, Dad I was nominated!’ ”

The 20-year-old scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance as a teen who loses his father in Manchester By the Sea — the youngest acting nominee among this year’s hopefuls.

Hedges is the son of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape writer Peter Hedges, so getting to tell his father the good news was an extra special moment for the young actor.

“My dad hopped out of the shower and put some clothes on soaking wet and just started crying,” he says. “He was nominated for an Academy Award about 10 years ago, too, so I’m the second generation. It’s awesome.”

Manchester By the Sea nabbed an impressive six nominations, including one for Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams for their performances, along with a Best Picture nod.

Hedges, who is also up for a Screen Actors Guild Award, says he is still having trouble finding the words to express his excitement.

“It’s been probably the craziest morning of my life,” he says. “The Oscars are the Holy Grail and for whatever crazy reason I can’t explain I got nominated — I don’t know how to explain it.”

The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.