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SAG Awards: A wake-up call for 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer

December 14, 2011 | 10:28 am

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Armie Hammer is the first to admit he didn't spend a lot of time tossing and turning over the possibility of receiving a SAG Award nomination Wednesday morning. The 25-year-old actor, who was recognized for his supporting role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," was fast asleep when the nominees were announced.

"My wife woke me up and said, 'Baby, baby! … You got nominated for a SAG Award!' And I went, 'Oh, that's so great!' And then I just rolled over and went back to sleep."

Hammer, who plays J. Edgar Hoover's close confidante Clyde Tolson, eventually came to again and gathered his thoughts. "I'm definitely more and more excited as I'm waking up and as the day is getting going," he said. "It's a huge honor."

He added, "We worked really hard on this, we all did: Leo, Clint. I'm so excited that Leo got nominated as well [for best actor]. He could not deserve it more. So to see it appreciated by our peers is very nice."

This is Hammer's second SAG nomination; he appeared in "The Social Network" last year, which was up for the ensemble award that eventually went to "The King's Speech."

Hammer will turn up next on the big screen as Prince Alcott in the Snow White film "Mirror Mirror," opening March 16. He will begin filming "The Lone Ranger," a film based on the Old West hero, in a few weeks.

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— Oliver Gettell

Photo: Armie Hammer and Leo DiCaprio in "J. Edgar." Credit: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.


 
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