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Some actors attract Oscars like honey attracts bees. Then there are the other performers who continually deliver phenomenal performances, but have never achieved the accolades that adequately reflect their talent. In that regard, Woody Harrelson is arguably the latter, securing two Oscar nominations but no wins. I recently had the chance to ask him how he feels about the growing Oscar buzz for his work on Destin Daniel Cretton's The Glass Castle -- as well as possibly sharing that stage with War for the Planet of the Apes co-star Andy Serkis. Alas, Harrelson revealed that he doesn't really think about Oscars that much anymore, saying:
Hey, from your lips to God's ears. No, I never think about that kind of thing. I just refuse to think about it. Of course, everybody would like to, but it doesn't pay to think about it or put any stock in it.
It doesn't matter if it's a nomination for himself, or for someone that he worked with on a previous film; Woody Harrelson doesn't like to think about the Academy Awards when he's working. If anything, his answer seems to suggest that it feels more like a distraction than anything else. That said, he clearly understands the weight of the prize, and he appears to appreciate the possibility of The Glass Castle being the film to finally bring that sweet Oscar gold home for him.
To date, Woody Harrelson has received nominations for two Academy Awards. He received his first nomination in 1997 for his work on The People vs. Larry Flynt, and his second came to him in 2010 for his work on The Messenger. Both times, he walked away empty handed, leading many to wonder when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science would finally acknowledge his extensive resume of stellar work. It's obviously still somewhat early to be talking about Oscar buzz, but based on his work as Rex Walls in The Glass Castle, now really does seem like the time to start taking the prospect of his third nomination seriously.
Check out my chat with Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson below to hear what else the actor had to say about the possibility of an Oscar nomination this fall.
It's clear to see that there are people out there who would love to see Woody Harrelson win an Oscar for his work on The Glass Castle -- even if he doesn't think about it all that much. Even Brie Larson's reaction to the question was one of unabashed enthusiasm, and it's obvious that the Captain Marvel actress (who won an Oscar in 2016 for her work in Room) sees it as a distinct possibility. With that much support in his corner, we feel pretty good about his chances as we dive into Oscar season.