“I am stoked,” the best director nominee told the Hollywood Reporter. “I haven’t moved. I’m in bed feeling like a stuffed pig, I’m just so overwhelmed with joy and so full with excitement.”
The filmmaker is looking forward to extending the camaraderie he formed with the other directors he has been sharing panels with through awards season.
“[“Up in the Air” director] Jason Reitman texted me last night, ‘Are you going to sleep OK?’ ” Daniels said. “I’m like, ‘Yes, shut up, dude. I’m trying to sleep.'”
Daniels becomes the second black filmmaker to earn a directing Oscar nom after John Singleton broke the racial barrier in 1992 with “Boyz N the Hood.”
“It doesn’t even register,” Daniels said. “When it’s down to a black person, it’s always a first of something. Like, Jiminy Crickets! How many firsts are there?”
“What it does is it makes me think that it’s not just for little black kids hoping to dream, but for all kids hoping to dream because what happens is they all see that anything is possible — everything is possible,” Daniels said.
As reported earlier, “Precious” also received Academy Award nominations for best picture, best actress (Gaborey Sidibe), best supporting actress (Mo’Nique), adapted screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher) and editing (Joe Klotz).