Anna Kendrick is basking in the glow 

Anna Kendrick doesn’t expect to win an Oscar for her ferociously perky supporting turn as a corporate terminator in Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air.” That, she says, is an honor earmarked for another actress, though she coyly declines to reveal the mystery winner’s identity.

Even if Kendrick, 24, is right, it would take nothing away from her remarkable work opposite George Clooney in Reitman’s meditation on the value of human contact in an age of digital communication. Nor would it diminish the impact of her scene-stealing performance as a vapid teen in the box-office blockbuster “New Moon.”

 Kendrick doesn’t pretend to understand the hysteria surrounding the “Twilight” franchise — she is, by her admission, a “Harry Potter geek” — but she has fond memories of the playful rivalry that developed between those on the sets of her two movies.

 “The ‘Twilight’ franchise is so huge that there’s bound to be backlash from the cast of a movie like ‘Up in the Air,’ which is so much smaller and more intimate,” she says. “Basically, George needed something to make fun of me for, because he does that with everyone. He gave me an autographed picture to give, with love, to Robert Pattinson.”

 Along with Kendrick — who at 12 became the second-youngest Tony Award nominee in history for her role in 1998’s Broadway revival of “High Society” — Clooney and fellow “Up in the Air” co-star Vera Farmiga will be vying for Oscars on March 7 at the Kodak Theatre.

Does Kendrick mind being in such close competition with her good friend Farmiga?

 “As far as Vera and I go, I was floored simply by the idea of getting to work with her,” Kendrick says. “The idea that I’d be nominated for any award in the same category is amazing to me.”

Though she doesn’t anticipate returning to the “Twilight” franchise — her character, Jessica, plays an increasingly marginal role series — she will soon star in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” a new comedy from “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright.  In the meantime, she’ll bask in the Oscar glow, while it lasts.

 “I think of something Helen Mirren said at the Palm Springs Film Festival,” she says. “You’re only in the nomination bubble for a short time, and if you lose, the bubble bursts that night. If you win, it bursts 24 hours later. Either way, you go home, live your life and wake up the next day looking for work. That’s how I look at it.”

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