Never too late

June Squibb on her first Os­car nom­i­na­tion at age 84.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By Amy KAuf­mAN

JuNE Squibb earned her first Os­car nom­i­na­tion at age 84. If she were to win in the best sup­port­ing ac­tress cat­e­gory for her role in Ne­braska, she would make Academy Award his­tory by be­com­ing the old­est win­ner in any of the act­ing cat­e­gories. The Times reached Squibb at home for her re­ac­tion to the nom­i­na­tion.

How are you?

Good. Very good, in fact. My son and I watched the nom­i­na­tions to­gether at my house in Sher­man Oaks. When he heard, he was so dear. He got up and came over and held me – and we were both al­most cry­ing and it was lovely. He’s do­ing all of the events with me. He’s a film­maker him­self so there are a lot of di­rec­tors that he ad­mires and re­spects tremen­dously and likes to see at events.

How have the events been?

I thought the Golden Globes were a lot of fun. My dress for one – I loved it. I was just so com­fort­able in it. I just felt re­ally good.

Have you ever been to the Os­cars be­fore?

I’ve just watched it on the tele­vi­sion.

What do you think it will be like?

I have no idea, other than the fact that the red car­pets are pretty much all the same. I’ll prob­a­bly be talk­ing to a lot of the same people. Now what’s nice is I’ve met some of them two or three times or more. The TV

people you sort of know now.

Have you been get­ting lots of calls from people ea­ger to work with you?

Yes, I have got­ten a few ... I think some­thing is hap­pen­ing now ... I don’t even know the par­tic­u­lars – it’s a tele­vi­sion show. I had also shot three shows af­ter Cannes – The Millers, Get­ting On and Girls. What does it feel like to be get­ting this much recog­ni­tion at this stage of your ca­reer?

I’ve worked my whole life – years on stage – and a lot of won­der­ful things have hap­pened, but it’s fun to have it in film. I’ve been do­ing it since the early 90s, and it’s re­ally kind of fun to do.

What per­for­mances have you en­joyed this year?

I haven’t been able to see all that much. I did see Matthew McConaughey’s Mud, and I don’t think he’s up for that, but I think he’s do­ing such great work now. I did see Au­gust: Osage County, and there’s some won­der­ful people in that. I’m friends with Margo Martin­dale. We were neigh­bours in New York for 30 years.

Why do you think it was such a strong year for film?

I think it’s prob­a­bly one of the rich­est years we’ve had in film. There were just ex­tra­or­di­nary films this year and we sim­ply don’t have that kind of thing ev­ery year. I feel blessed be­cause there’s so many women who could have been put in my cat­e­gory, and I think we all feel that way a lit­tle bit this year.

Did you have a backup ca­reer if act­ing didn’t work out?

My backup ca­reer was sort of modelling. I did a lot of the print modelling and what they used to call in­dus­trial modelling at the big con­ven­tions. I was the Ortho girl for bug spray for gar­den­ing and Santa Claus’ helper. Luck­ily, I didn’t have to do it very of­ten.

Is there an­other movie role you would have liked to have had this year?

Of course, things like Philom­ena – I’m sure that’s a won­der­ful film, and she’s such a won­der­ful ac­tress (Judi Dench). Some years, there are roles for older women and some years, there aren’t. I was never a leading lady or an in­genue. I was al­ways a char­ac­ter ac­tress. I think you’re bet­ter off in that re­spect as you get older. I’ve had won­der­ful roles. I’ve done leading roles, but never the idea of a straight role that isn’t some­how a char­ac­ter role. – Los Angeles Times/McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Lady in red: be­fore be­com­ing an ac­tress, June Squibb started out as a model.

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