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It's rare to get this many major noms for one film, but you've now done it two years in a row. Does it validate a decision to rush this movie out this year?
The making of this film on the heels of [Silver Linings Playbook] was meant to happen. People ask me if I would do it again and I say 'I would do it again if it presents itself.' This movie just unfolded itself through every actor, through all of us being together. It was a fountain that just came down on all of us.
Could you push it that way again?
It has to have a momentum all its own; it has to present itself. So many things came together with the cast and Megan, and everything happened in a very combustible, propulsive way. Can it happen again? I don't think you can fabricate it. It's either meant to happen or it's not meant to happen.
You've made these three movies about redemption. Would you stay with that theme in your next phase?
The movie will tell me what it wants. That's the battle I have with the muses. Maybe I've said what I have to say about reinvention. But then, next year or two years we could be talking about it again.
On whether noms -- it has pic, director, screenplay and all four actors -- feel old hat after a similarly large cache last year:
You always have to be ready not to get it. You go to bed and you tell your cast and you tell your crew and you tell you craft services people you may not get it. And then you feel a great rush of exuberance when you see your name pop up on the screen. There's always that feeling of excitement, a great rush of exuberance.