When her manager, Amy Zvi, called her to inform the comedienne-turned-actress about her very first SAG nomination, Sarah Silverman could not believe the news. In fact, she says, she thought this phone call was going to take a very grave turn right from the start.
Indeed, she told People magazine, “I answered the phone and she was sobbing. I thought somebody died.” Of course, that was not the case at all, as Zvi was calling to let Silverman know that she just got thenod for her impressive dramatic undertaking in “I Smile Back.”
Silverman goes on to say that she had not even known the nominations were going to be announced that day. As a matter of fact, the only reason she was awake to answer the phone was her commitment to attend the Women in Entertainment Breakfast hosted by The Hollywood Reporter.
In her trademark sarcasm she quipped, “I feel like I’m kind of slumming it being in the company of, like Dame Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett and all those hacks,” referring, of course, to the other “Female Actor in a Leading Role” nominees, this year. “But yeah, I’m totally in shock,” she attests.
So, of course, you would think this is the kind of news that one would want to blab about to every last person under the sun; but not Silverman, apparently. She says, “I didn’t tell anybody. You learn early in Hollywood not to share your wares or brag. My mom died in August, but I email her good news, so I emailed her. On my birthday I wrote her a really long email and today, I found a picture of the list of names, the five names [of the nominated actresses] and I sent her the picture and I said, ‘I got nominated! And I miss you;’ it’s so corny.”