Though groggy, Michelle Williams was still excited Wednesday morning over her SAG Award nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role. She spent the previous evening working late into the night on the Detroit set of Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful", and woke up early to have breakfast with her daughter, Matilda.
While she'd already dropped Matilda off at school, she admitted she was still in pajamas.
"Sorry, I'm still waking up. It was a really long night. I'm so out of it. Whoa," the “My Week with Marilyn” star said, trying to shake off her fog and find the appropriate words to describe her gratitude.
Williams has been nominated for SAG Awards before -– once in 2006 for her supporting role in "Brokeback Mountain," whose ensemble scored a nod, and as part of the cast of 2003's "The Station Agent." But the 31-year-old acknowledged she has found it difficult to enjoy the honors in previous years.
"I just recently started to try to enjoy it. Before, I would have been embarrassed or not really said anything when good things happened," she said. "I don't know, I guess I don't like attention -– or I embarrass easily."
Because she spent so much time preparing to play Marilyn Monroe in director Simon Curtis' film, this nomination felt especially gratifying, Williams said.
"I guess all my roles feel at the time like the most important and strenuous thing you've done to date -– and they probably are, because they grow and feed off of each other," said the actress, who's scheduled to wrap up Sam Raimi's "Oz" on Dec. 23. "'Marilyn' has a relationship to 'Blue Valentine' -– but now, 'Marilyn' feels like the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done. I don't favor it over the others, but yeah, sure, it's another mini-relief in a long series for 'Marilyn.'"
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn" Credit: Laurence Cendrowicz / The Weinstein Company