Watch: Margo Martindale to her award rivals: ‘Eat the fish, bitch!’

Margo Martindale is a strong contender to receive an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in “August: Osage County” alongside category rival Julia Roberts. If she and Roberts are both nominated, she would be “totally delighted” by the competition, she says in our video chat, but is she willing to put on the boxing gloves and take down Roberts and other contenders? “Eat the fish, bitch!” Martindale joked, referencing a key moment from the film.

She went on to say, “It’s great to even be talked about, that’s the truth. I love being a piece of this puzzle, this movie. It couldn’t be what it is without all of the pieces working, so it’s great to be one of those pieces.” (Vote below for the Best Supporting Actress race in our easy drag-and-drop menu.)

And what about her move to the popular CBS freshman comedy “The Millers“? Working with legendary comedy director James Burrows, Martindale admits, “He knows how to do it and I listen to every single word he says, because I’m just learning. He’s a master. It’s like being in a master class for sitcoms for multi-camera comedy. It’s not the easiest job I’ve ever had, let me just say that, but I’m beginning to really, really enjoy it. I love the people.”

After winning an Emmy for Drama Supporting Actress in 2011 for “Justified,” Martindale received another nomination this year as Drama Guest Actress for “The Americans,” but lost to Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife“). “It’s so awesome and fresh and insane and crazy,” Martindale gushed about the awards circuit she’s come accustomed to over the past few years. “And hard. And exhausting.”

Martindale just returned from New York where she filmed scenes for the second season of “The Americans,” but she’s tight-lipped about what she can reveal, including how many episodes she will be in. “You’re not gonna get any [spoilers], Marcus! You’re getting none!”

During our chat, Martindale fondly remembers her scenes with the late Paul Walker in his 2007 movie “The Death and Life of Bobby Z.”

“He was such a beautiful young man. He was awfully sweet and a really wonderful actor,” she says. “That was incredibly, horribly sad.”

See the complete chat below.

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