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Oscar Nominees: Our First Impressions Pt. 2

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Earlier this month The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held its annual luncheon for the Oscar nominees at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. LAist was there in the interview room while nominees such as Penelope Cruz. Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet fielded questions from the press.

In our first round of interviews, we heard from Richard Jenkins, Kate Winslet, Frank Langella, Robert Downey Jr. and Taraji P Henson.

Today we feature interviews with Melissa Leo, Josh Brolin, Marisa Tomei, Penelope Cruz and Mickey Rourke.

Melissa Leo (Frozen River)

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Melissa Leo showed up looking every part the trained stage actress in a cool retro skirt. She is pleased that a small film like this is getting recognized, but never even dared to dream this dream.

Your co-star told me that this movie was so low budget that if you wanted to get warm you actually had to get into the car you were driving across the frozen river.

Well, that's pretty right we didn't have to get in the car -- we were usually already were in the car. But yeah there were no trailers except for the trailer you see Ray and Lila living in. We did use The Mighty Spirit as we liked to call her as the holding area ..changed in garage offices and kind people's bedrooms and all that kind of thing. It is a part of what makes Frozen River the quality that it is. It is a truly independent film. When you're making things with duct tape and wire hangers there's a lot of creativity that can come out of that. It is very much a part of what the magic of Frozen River is.

So from that to this.

(Laughs) Like falling off a log. I'm an actor. It's what I do. I haven't often been asked to play the part of many roles like this one, as a movie star, but I'm delighted to be here.