Award show season is officially underway, and were announced on Tuesday morning. One of 2018's most celebrated films, A Star Is Born, raked in eight nominations across a variety of categories including best picture, ("Shallow"), best actress (Lady Gaga), and best actor (Bradley Cooper). Hollywood heartthrob Sam Elliott was also included in the impressive lineup of nominations for the movie, earning his first-ever Academy Award nod for his supporting role alongside Bradley.
caught up with him after the news was announced and Sam had the most perfect reaction to being acknowledged for his impressive work.
"I think the thing off the top of my head might be, 'It's about f***ing time,'" he joked. "Beyond that, it's really about the work; it's just about the creative process. It's great to be recognized for that, that's really all it's about."
The longtime actor began his career in 1969 with an appearance in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and has gone on to become one of the most famous Western actors of the last half-century. His charming appearance (have you seen that mustache?!) and gravelly drawl, paired with his undeniable talent, make it all the more surprising that this is his first-ever Oscar nomination. While it took a while to get here, Sam doesn't seem to mind.
"I think my biggest takeaway is just how fortunate I am. Number one, to still be in the game, but to have an opportunity to work with two people like Bradley and [Lady Gaga], it’s just extraordinary," he said. "Fifty years into the game and all of a sudden to have anything to do with this, to be connected with a film like this, it’s just a wonderful gift.”