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Interviews With Vera Farmiga, Carey Mulligan, Christoph Waltz, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth from the 2010 Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Best of the Rest: The 2010 Oscars Luncheon

I've been going through all of the highlights and funny one-liners from this week's Oscar Nominees Luncheon, but there are a few more quotables I've yet to share. Here's a roundup of everything else that went down in the press room, from Vera Farmiga's frequent flier advice to Woody Harrelson's Oscar night prediction.

  • Carey Mulligan's words of advice: Don't drink at award ceremonies. I did that at the Independent Film Awards in London, and I was hammered when I stood up there and I didn't think I was gonna win. I got up there and it was lucky I kept it very short and got off the stage, but since then I've been very well-behaved.
  • Jeff Bridges on earning so many nominations over the years: You'd think as long as I'd be doing this, I'd be more prepared for this. But every time I walk down that red carpet, and those lights, it seems to get more and more crazy. I'm not prepared for any of it, really. Play it as it lays!
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal's advice from her brother, Jake: The one thing he did say to me before the nominations is "There isn't actually anything at the end of the rainbow. It's a lot of fun, and enjoy it in that spirit. And if you make it mean too much more than that, you'll probably go astray."
  • Christoph Waltz on playing a villain: It's in Quentin's writing. He wrote this character. It's all on the page. It's all in the poetry. And that's really where the poetry is coming from. Quentin is not writing film scripts, he's writing dramatic poetry.

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  • Vera Farmiga on breezing through airport security: Shoes are a big one for me. Shoes, shoes, shoes. Slip-ons, not lace-ups. I'm the person you don't want to get behind at the moment. I have baby carriage and full of baby regalia. You should look out for families with babies.
  • Woody Harrelson on nerves: I suppose there'd be jitters if I thought I was going to win, but seeing as how I'm certain that I won't. . . Somebody's gonna have an accent when they accept, but it ain't gonna be a Southern accent. I'm just treating it as I should, which is that it's gonna be a good party.
  • Colin Firth's advice to aspiring actors: I don't think anyone should ever ask actors' advice on anything. Look at the way they conduct their lives. I don't really think we're a paradigm for a good lifestyle.
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