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The Five: Awards Season

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3. Confessions of a First-Time Contender
Nebraska’s Will Forte, National Board of Review winner for Best Supporting Actor, on how he’s coping with awards season.


“Oh, man. I got to give a speech tonight, and I’m terrified. Terrified. I don’t have notes. I know I’m going to get so nervous and forget everything I wanted to say. I had a hard time sleeping last night, and I’m so honored to get this award, but just terrified at the same time. In my head, I’m like, What if it’s the worst speech anybody’s ever heard? What if I say somebody’s name wrong? Just so many stupid things that I worry about. I go to the things that they ask me to go to. It’s so exciting, but I get kind of anxious. There is a woman, Ilaria Urbinati, who helps me with the clothes. If she didn’t, I would be wearing ratty jeans and a flannel shirt, so thank God that’s not something I have to worry about. I just get anxious. Like I’m anxious right now. Maybe I overthink stuff.”


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