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Spirit Awards: Aaron Eckhart's 'Rabbit Hole' director says, 'We're having a blast' [Video]

February 26, 2011 |  6:00 pm

When it comes to the Oscar for actress in a lead role, many have predicted the race will come down to Natalie Portman and Annette Bening. Even John Cameron Mitchell, who directed Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole," admitted he doesn't think the actress has a good shot at winning.

Nicole Kidman at the Spirit Awards "I think we're all kind of like, 'Don't worry about it,' " he said at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. "We're having a blast because we're not preparing any speeches."

A good time indeed: Cameron Mitchell said he'd been spending the weekend partying his cares away.

"I'm partying all weekend. You're never really hung over if you had a good time," he joked. "Tonight, I'm going to a soul dance party. I'm having a blast." (Click the pic of Kidman, right, for more photos from the red carpet.)

Presumably quite a change from the tone on set during production of "Rabbit Hole," which stars Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple grieving the loss of their young son.

"It's tough material, you know, and we all understand that we're actors and we're trying to do something special," Eckhart said, "but there's always time for laughter and friendliness and cavorting, so we had a good time making the movie."

Despite the odds, will he still be rooting for his costar, also a Spirit Awards presenter and nominee?

"Absolutely," he said. "Number one."


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--Amy Kaufman

Photo: Presenter and "Rabbit Hole" nominee Nicole Kidman arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 26, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images