Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who each received acting nominations from the Motion Picture Academy early Thursday morning, were both on hand at the Gaumont Marignan in Paris to attend the French premiere of Brad‘s movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (for which he was nominated) later in the day. Brangelina both expressed their excitement at the news of their matching noms, tho you wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at them on the red carpet last night:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may want to dust off the mantle and make room for matching his and her Oscar trophies after picking up Best Actor and Best Actress nominations Thursday. Pitt, whose film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button collected 13 Oscar nods, including Best Picture, called the nominations “a great honor for the movie,” while giving props to his director. “I’m especially happy for David Fincher, for without him there would be no Ben Button,” said Pitt, who was last nominated for a supporting role in Twelve Monkeys in 1996. Oscars aside, Changeling star Jolie also had words of gratitude for her director: Working with Clint Eastwood “was a reward in itself that will last me a lifetime,” she said. Yet, the actress is still humbled about her nomination for her role as a mother whose son goes missing in Changeling. “To receive a nomination from the Academy on top of that is a privilege beyond any expectation,” she said Thursday. “It has been an exceptional year for acting, and I am honored to be in the company of these talented actors whose performances all deserve this recognition.”
Personally, neither Ange nor Brad are my picks for their categories — I’d have to go with Meryl Streep in Doubt and either Sean Penn in Milk or Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler — but I’m sure they are both very happy to each be nominated for the highest acting award in Hollywood. They’ve attended a few big Award Shows together this season already but have, thus far, gone home empty handed. I fear that they may leave the Oscars empty handed as well (except for those sweet ass nominee gift bags, those have to get some lurve). I do not believe that Benjamin Button will be completely shut out and I wouldn’t be shocked if Clint Eastwood took home the directing prize but I don’t really think these movies will be the big winners of the night. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out … the Academy Awards air just under a month from now on February 22. Place your bets now, who do YOU think will walk away with little golden statues next month?