Actor Colin Firth, who is nominated for "A Single Man," has a long list of credits, but even he was surprised to see how it all plays out.
"I am still trying to process it all. I am in my 50th year now and nothing on the scale has really happened to me," said Firth. "So it doesn't hit you immediately. I think there are moments where you have to keep pinching yourself."
Firth was among several stars who say they've been given the same advice on how to best handle these big events.
"The advice I get from everybody, whether they have been through it or not, is enjoy it no matter what," said Firth.
"Everybody has given me advice, and it has been valuable advice," said Oscar nominee, Christoph Waltz." "Interestingly enough everybody has also given me the same advice -- enjoy yourself."
"Enjoy every second. Don't worry about tomorrow, you'll lose the moment of today," said Oscar nominee, Mo'Nique.
Mo'Nique's "Precious" co- star, Gabourey Sidibe, is also a first time nominee and her best advice came from a two-time Oscar winner.
"Once Tom Hanks told me that it's just a big stupid party," said Sidibe. "It's just a series of stupid parties, so wear comfortable shoes."
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday, March 7. Watch ABC7 for the awards show and all of the red carpet and backstage action.