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Seth Rogen dishes on “50/50,” the Indie Spirit Awards and the one aspect he felt was overlooked – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “It will be nice to go to an awards show where I’m not afraid green goo is going to fall on me.”

Seth Rogen’s reflecting on – and joking about – the three Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations earned by Jonathan Levin’s “50/50,” which starred the funnyman as a supportive friend helping Joseph Gordon-Levitt through an unexpected bout with cancer. The film took a successful lap around the fall film festival circuit (our review can be found here), and is now in the thick of the discussion surrounding awards season.

“50/50” will compete for Best Feature against “Beginners,” “Drive,” Take Shelter,” “The Artist” and “The Descendants” when the ceremony is held in Santa Monica on Feb. 25, 2012.

“Just the fact that we’re even being talked about in the same breath as these other movies, to me, is incredibly complimenting and gratifying,” Rogen continued. “Those are amazing filmmakers that we’re being lumped in there with, and it’s really nice.”

Here’s the incredibly humble Seth Rogen on “50/50” :

HollywoodNews.com: Have you started writing your acceptance speech yet?

Seth Rogen: [Laughs] No, no way. That movie “The Artist” is going to win every award it’s nominated for. I haven’t even seen it yet. It just seems like that’s going to happen.

HollywoodNews.com: See, that was another question I was going to ask. Do you go and scope out your competition?

[Laughs] I would never have thought of it like that. I mean, they are all movies that I’d like to see, but haven’t yet.

HollywoodNews.com: Let’s see, it would be “Beginners,” “Drive,” “Take Shelter” …

Right. I literally have not seen any of those movies. And I want to see all of them. If I’m not in it, or it’s not on an airplane, there’s very little chance that I get to watch it.

HollywoodNews.com: In all honesty, what does the recognition from groups like the Independent Spirit Awards or potentially the Academy Awards mean to you, and to the film? When you found out yesterday about the nominations, what were your thoughts?

I was honestly very happy. It’s nice anytime people recognize that what you’ve done is creatively valid, you know? I think in the past, with some of our movies, they may have been financially successful, but creatively, people don’t necessarily hold them in the highest regard. [Laughs] It’s nice when people look at what you do creatively and are judging it positively. It’s just nice to be nominated for any award! I’ve never been nominated for anything that doesn’t have the letter M-T-V in front of it!

HollywoodNews.com: Right. You won’t get a surfboard with this one.

[Laughs] Yeah, exactly. It will be nice to go to an awards show where I’m not afraid green goo is going to fall on me.

HollywoodNews.com: Will Reiser and I recently spoke at length about Anjelica Huston’s performance, which for whatever reason was overlooked during the film’s publicity push. I’m thrilled to see her getting a nomination from the Indie Spirit Awards.

Most definitely. At the time, she was busy while we were promoting it, and I think that kind of lent itself, with her not being present, to being overlooked. But while we were making the movie, that was one of the things that we were all talking about constantly was her performance and how amazing it was. And the fact that she’s even in the movie at all is just crazy to me. [Laughs] So it’s great that she’s getting that recognition, because we really think it’s an incredible performance and we hadn’t heard people talking about it to the degree that we had hoped. We just really thought that she deserved it.

HollywoodNews.com: Speaking of deserving, your co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt earned the Hollywood Breakthrough Actor Award at our recent Hollywood Film Awards for his work on “50/50.” Do you think, maybe sometime down the road, there’s hope for you to maybe win our breakthrough performance of the year?

[Laughs] Am I still eligible for that? Maybe, I don’t know. It’s just nice for me to think in the back of my mind that I haven’t broken through yet. I’m going to start saying that to all of my friends. “Wait until I break through!”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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