Joseph Cedar, the director of the Oscar-nominated film Footnote,
said he was surprised by the nomination he received for Best Foreign Film by the Academy Awards on Tuesday.
"With all the expectations, pessimism is a way to survive. So I become really pessimistic. And when it turns out it wasn't justified, it's such a relief," Cedar said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post shortly after the announcement.
But when it was pointed out to the pessimistic director that he has been nominated for Oscars twice in five years, he remained philosophical.
"There's a lot of luck involved, and finding that luck twice is wonderful."
Cedar said he would be traveling to Los Angeles next week. "It's hard to work with all this going on. I'll take a break for a month and enjoy it all.״