Jamie Lee Curtis talks getting same Academy nomination as her mom: ‘A beautiful link’


Jamie Lee Curtis and her late mother have a lot more in common than meets the eye.

While talking to people in an interview on Saturday, the actress revealed what it’s like to be nominated for this year’s Academy Awards in the same category her late mother, Janet Leigh, once was.

“You know, I didn’t think of that,” Curtis, 64, told the outlet at the Independent Spirit Awards.

“I mean, I knew it, I was aware of it. I never thought that would happen. Like my parents and their fame and their fame was so legendary that I never felt like I was going anywhere near the level. It’s a nice clutch. It is a lineage link.”

This year, Curtis was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’.

If she wins, it will be her first Oscar.

In 1961, her mother was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Marion Crane in the famous Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Psycho’. She eventually lost the title to Shirley Jones for her role in the movie ‘Elmer Gantry’.

After being nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, the “Halloween” actress admitted that she never thought she’d be here, as she reminisced about once selling probiotic yogurt, Activia, in commercials.

Curtis has been nominated this year for “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
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“I am 64 years old. I’ve been an actor since I was 19,” she said AP Entertainment last month. “I’ve made horror movies and sold yogurt that makes you choke. I never thought I would hear my name at the Oscars.”

But even if Curtis doesn’t win the Oscar next week, she won an award in a similar category at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, for “Female Actor in a Supporting Role,” a performance that reminded her of her mother. and father, actor Tony Curtis, she told People.

“Especially at the SAG Awards, I thought of my parents,” said the “Freaky Friday” actress. “There they were. I wore the ring my father gave my mother. I found it in a drawer and I thought, “I’m going to wear my parents’ wedding band to the SAG Awards.” They were SAG members. It was amazing.”

Leigh died in 2004 at age 77, after a battle with vasculitis, which is an “inflammation of the blood vessels,” according to The Mayo Clinic. Her father passed away just a few years later in 2010 after suffering cardiac arrest at the age of 85.

Curtis called it a coincidence "nice link."
Curtis called the coincidence a “nice link.”
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Curtis' father was Tony Cutis, also a famous actor.
Curtis’ father was Tony Cutis, also a famous actor.
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During her monologue at this year’s SAG Awards 2023, she joked about being a “fake baby,” a new term used to describe big payers in the entertainment industry who may have had an advantage because their families are in the same field of work.

The actress poked fun at having a SAG card when she was 19 years old and starred in a series on ABC TV called ‘Operation Petticoat’ which was based on a movie her father starred in.

Curtis isn’t the only ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ cast member to pick up an Oscar this weekend.

In total, the film has been nominated for 11 nominations in various categories, including star Michelle Yeoh, who is now the first-ever Asian nominee to be considered for Best Actress in the Academy’s history.

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