Jonah Hill‘s 28th birthday is less than a week away and he got an early gift Wednesday morning from the Screen Actors Guild which nominated him for “Moneyball.” He’s cited for playing Peter Brand, a staticitian whose ability to assess baseball players’ value helps the Oakland Athletics set the American League record for most consecutive wins. Co-star Brad Pitt, as the team’s general manager Billy Beane, also hit a homerun in the lead actor race.
Hill told Gold Derby editor Adam Waldowski that Pitt was an inspiration throughout production: “He chooses often to play these tougher characters, these things that are outside the box. That’s, to me, what I want to do in my career. He’s one of the producers of the film. Without his support, I wouldn’t have been able to be allowed to play the part… He helped spearhead to make this movie about a book that people said was unfilmable.”
Both humbled and excited at being part of the awards discussion, Hill explained, “The interviews I’m doing for this awards season, it’s all so surreal and dreamlike … It’s some sort of sign that my work in that drama is appreciated and, to me, that’s all I could ask for and it’s such a beautiful feeling.” He would be the second-youngest Supporting Actor champ in history after Timothy Hutton who was 20 when he won for “Ordinary People” in 1980.
What’s next for Hill besides waiting to hear the Oscar nominations read? “I’m looking for my next drama,” he says. “I’m looking to expand even more into that territory and stretch those muscles as an actor.”
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