But none of that acclaim makes the morning of Oscar nominations any easier, as Daniels told MTV News just hours after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made its 2010 selections.
"I woke up at 8:10, and then your heart goes, boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, for like 20 minutes," he explained. "And then I go, 'Why am I doing this? Just please come on TV, give the answers so the knife can cut your head off or not.' "
Eventually, Daniels flipped on the television and watched with joy as two of his stars, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique, were recognized in the acting categories. Then it was time for the directing category. Daniels said he was waiting to hear his name called in alphabetical order, as all the acting categories had been announced in that fashion. Edging toward the screen, he heard Kathryn Bigelow's and James Cameron's names called.
"Then they cut to Quentin Tarantino, and I was like, 'Ah, well, that's that.' And then they go, 'And Lee Daniels.' I go, 'Whoa, wait a minute!' "
Turns out the Academy announced the directors according to their film titles, not their last names. Daniels had made the cut, and he couldn't have been more excited.
"It was crazy — off-the-hook, insane, out-of-body crazy," he said. "It was crazy."
"Precious" received four nods, including one in the newly expanded Best Picture category.
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