Jamie Lee Curtis to miss Oscar Nominee Dinner: Mommy goes to bed early

Typical Hollywood, always eyeing the next thing. At the Independent Spirit Awards where Everything Everywhere All at Once cleaned up, all folks on the Red Carpet wanted to talk about was… the Oscars. Sheesh – learn to live in the moment, people! But one The Hollywood Reporter interviewer wanted to know Jamie Lee Curtis’ Oscar week plans, now that the Academy has finally gotten around to adding ‘Nominee’ to Jamie’s hyphens. And Jamie said she’s staying in. During a Red Carpet/TikTok exclusive, Jamie spilled some secrets her publicist Heidi Schaeffer was trying to keep the lid on (according to Jamie). By virtue of being a nominee, Jamie scored an exclusive invite to the vaunted Nominees Dinner that takes place the Thursday night before the Oscars. But Jamie said she’s already declined the invitation because the dinner begins at 7:30, and she goes to bed early. Here’s what she told THR:

I’m going to tell you a secret right now. Heidi’s gonna be mad that I’m telling you this. There’s an Academy Awards Nominee dinner, on Thursday night at 7:30 and I have declined. Now you might say, ‘Jamie, you’re nominated for an Academy Award. You’re gonna be in the room with only nominees for the Academy Award,’ and I have declined.


Because mommy goes to bed early. ‘Cause 7:30 is gonna be 9 before we get food, and you know what? There’s nothing good happening with me after 9 o’clock. Nothing. Zero!

[From The Hollywood Reporter via DListed]

I could not love Jamie more for this. This is exactly why I would decline the invitation as well, btw. I’m starting to see restaurant reservations after 6:45 as just too late (you have to factor in the drive home). And Jamie’s been to enough of these things to know what she’s talking about. A 7:30 start time means moving and schmoozing for the first 90 minutes and then a plate of overworked, rich food that will wipe you out as you sit through speeches and people congratulating themselves more than the nominees. Emily over at DListed was curious what happens to Jamie after 9pm, but I think I know what she’s talking about. Once I make the post-bedtime switch over, I become completely unfiltered. Whatever I’m doing had better be far more interesting than sleep. Because if it’s not, everyone is hearing about it.

But the true beauty in Jamie’s comments is how flawlessly she shows her royal status once again. These nominee-only things are a chance to rub elbows with the crème de la crème. There are no underlings, no influencers or Kardashians. These are the nominees, people who, allegedly, earned their place at the table. The people that those in Hollywood want to be around either because they idolize them or go way back with them. And Jamie knows she’s the ‘them’ people want to be around. There isn’t a room she can’t get in. She doesn’t have to stay up past her bedtime just to chat with Colin Farrell. If she wanted to talk to him, she’d let it be known he should make time for her. And he’d come running.

@hollywoodreporter #jamieleecurtis explains why she’s skipping the #oscars nominees dinner at the #spiritawards #filmindependentspiritawards #everythingeverywhereallatonce ♬ original sound – The Hollywood Reporter

Here’s Jamie suggesting rock bands perform matinees so she can be in bed by 7:30:

@hollywoodreporter Replying to @auntieru_60 #jamieleecurtis has a pitch for #u2, #coldplay and #brucespringsteen ♬ original sound – The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Ginny says:

    I’m only 36 but I feel this deep in my soul 😀

  2. OriginalLala says:

    I’m 38 and I feel seen lol

  3. Traci says:

    39 here. She’s a goddess.

  4. TwinFalls says:

    I love her. Also team in bed by nine.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I too adore her!! JLC is a Goddess!!

      As for me, I have always been a night owl. I wish I could be asleep by 9 or 10, but I am cursed. My husband and daughter are super early bed buggers.

  5. marrymejane says:

    Jamie is also sober — like long, long term sober, meetings and all. I imagine sitting in a room of people drinking for hours when you are tired and hungry is asking for a peak HALT stress. And it doesn’t seem like a critical meeting or event that you just have to work through. It makes sense she’d pass on putting herself in a situation that makes her feel like hell. As a sober person, it makes complete sense me to, fwiw.

  6. Jennifer Smith says:

    Petty police! True story: once I got into it with a woman I didn’t know well about JLC and whether it was appropriate that she posed in her (undies?) without shapewear to show what women her age really looked like. The convo became very heated bc the woman wasn’t supportive while I was alllll about it. This was 14 years ago… and every time Queen Curtis does just about anything, I think “nailed it again” and throw a retroactive “take that” into that conversation.

    Same thing about my disagreement with a friend in HS about whether Bruce Springsteen or Huey Lewis was better.

    Hee hee.

    And for fans—check out Family Secrets podcast for an episode during the pandemic where the host interviewed Queen C—it wasn’t about secrets, just how she was dealing with lockdown…amazing. I remember crying when I was listening because it was just so…true.

  7. Lightpurple says:

    Wasn’t this a lunch in past years? When did they change it to a dinner? Lunch is more relaxed

  8. Emmi says:

    I rarely even do dinners anymore, no matter what time. I’m almost 39, what’s wrong with a nice long lunch? It’ll be a weekend anyway so daydrinking is fine. 1-2 glasses wine max (if at all) and it won’t affect my sleep either. The only dinner I do these days is a 6:30 on a Friday to close out the work week nicely. Otherwise … no.

    • Ciotog says:

      I’ve made lunch my big meal in recent years and I much prefer it. I typically don’t eat after 4:30 or so and I’m in bed early. I’ve got a work dinner tonight at seven and that feels so late to me now.

  9. Mle428 says:

    I recently went to a dinner for my industry. It was really important to go and listen to this particular lecturer. I got home after 10pm and because of one iced tea, slept horribly. I feel what JLC is saying deep in my bones. Lol

  10. Margot says:

    Yes!! Protect that sleep! The prime window for sleep is between 10pm-12am and if you miss it, you can’t make it up.

    As an aside, I’m listening to a podcast about women’s hormones and how they affect how we feel and how this fluxuates throughout the month. (Feel Better Live More, episode #342) It’s so good that I feel the need to recommend it — so much crucial info for women’s health.

  11. tealily says:

    Love that for her. I can’t imagine doing to a dinner the night before the Oscars!

  12. Totally agree 😻