Florence Pugh on 'the Coolest Thing About Being Nominated' for an Oscar

Florence Pugh is opening up about her first Oscar nomination.

For her performance as Amy March in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women — based on the classic novel by author Louisa May Alcott — the 24-year-old received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Ahead, learn what the English actress says is “the coolest thing about being nominated.” 

Pugh shared her reaction on Instagram

On Jan. 13, 2020, when Oscar nominations were announced, Pugh found herself listed among the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. Following the big news, the actress who will play Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) sister in the Marvel superhero’s first standalone film due out May 2020, shared “before the moment” and “the exact moment” pictures with her Instagram followers. 

“Before the moment.. the exact moment,” Pugh captioned the post alongside two pictures of herself sitting in bed while on the phone waiting to find out if she received an Oscar nomination and another when she learned she had, in fact, been nominated. 

She will ‘never be sick of hearing’ she’s an Oscar nominee

During a conversation with Entertainment Tonight’s Lauren Zima following her nomination, Fugh reflected on the honor.

“It hasn’t really sunk in, so I just keep on talking about it,” Pugh said in the hours following her nomination. “I will, at some point this afternoon, just sit and make sure that it has fully resonated. But it’s crazy.”

In the same interview, Pugh revealed what she feels to be “the coolest thing” about getting an Oscar nod. And it’s not what one might expect. It’s not getting to attend the Academy Awards or being recognized for her work, it’s being forevermore known as an Oscar nominee. 

Pugh said she’ll “never be sick of hearing” herself called an Academy Award-nominated actress. “That’s the coolest thing about being nominated. It’s there now, for the rest of my life,” she said of the distinction. Win or lose at the Academy Awards on Feb. 9, 2020, Pugh will leave the ceremony known as an Oscar nominee.

Who else is nominated for Best Supporting Actress? 

Pugh is up against some tough competition in the Supporting Actress category. According to the Oscars’ website, the Best Supporting Actress nominees (minus Pugh) are as follows: 

-Kathy Bates in Richard Jewell

-Laura Dern in Marriage Story

-Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit

-Margot Robbie in Bombshell

Only Pugh and her Black Widow co-star Johansson are first-time nominees. Johansson is also nominated in the Best Actress category for her performance in Netflix’s original film, Marriage Story. Dern, Robbie, and Bates have all been nominated previously with Bates being the only to have earned an Oscar statue — she won for Misery in 1991 — ahead of the 2020 Academy Awards. 

See if Pugh goes from being referred to as an Oscar-nominated actress to an Oscar-winning actress — and if she shows up with her boyfriend and fellow actor Zach Braff — when the Academy Awards take place Feb. 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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