A JOYFUL CAPTAIN WALKS THE RED CARPET

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 8:05 PM

Supporting actor nominee Barkhad Abdi says the way he wraps his head around his new celebrity is simple:

"I don't think about it," he told AP Live on the Oscars red carpet. "I'm just enjoying the day."

Abdi plays the chief Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips," opposite Tom Hanks. It's his first acting role — and, obviously, his first Oscar nomination.

"I'm feeling great to be here," he said. "It's been a long road. We're supporting 'Captain Phillips' and everybody who put in hard work on the movie."

— Jocelyn Noveck — Twitter http://twitter.com/JocelynNoveckAP

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