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January 22, 2009

Richard Jenkins, humbled

See, we told you he was gracious. Here's the reaction from newly minted first-time Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, who's been in the business for 40-some years:

"This nomination is such an unexpected honor, and I am grateful to the Academy for the recognition. I've been awed by the work of my fellow nominees this year and am truly humbled to be in their company"

"Having been an actor for many years now, I am moved by the fact that something like this can happen at this point in my career, particularly for a film that has meant so much to me."

Go here for Jenkins' sit-down with Gold Rush, in which he hogged a plate of fries (no, he shared), didn't overplay his musical hand and thrilled a couple of teen-age tourists who went nuts for him in "Step Brothers."

And check out The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive video interview with Jenkins and Hugh Jackman from our actor's roundtable.

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