Oscar nominees' moms to tweet, appear on pre-show

Jeremy Renner, James Franco
Jeremy Renner, left, presents James Franco with the best male lead award for "127 Hours" at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Santa Monica, Calif. Chris Pizzello / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

What would your mother say if you were nominated for an Academy Award?

The moms of James Franco, Jeremy Renner, Mark Wahlberg, Mark Ruffalo and other Oscar nominees are sharing their proud reactions to their kids' nominations through Twitter and on the official Oscar pre-show Sunday. Producers are calling them "mominees."

"It's motherly insight into what their child was like growing up and where they ended up and their reaction to where they are today," said Charlie Haykel, co-producer of ABC's Oscar pre-show. "We're trying to make the whole Oscars more relatable... "Everybody's got a mom and they always embarrass us."

So far the mominees' revelations haven't been too painful.

"James was very curious about everything from the time he was born — had an amazing attention span," Franco's mother, Betsy Franco, posted on Twitter.

"I am proud of Matt couldn't stop talking about it. Shared the news with my friend & co-workers," wrote Georgina Libatique, mother of Matthew Libatique, nominated for cinematography for "Black Swan."

The official Oscar pre-show will also take viewers into the Governors Ball, the director's truck, and the green room, where stars relax before taking the stage.

"It's the most glamorous night of the year in the world, and we're allowing people into the inner sanctum," Haykel said. "The Kodak Theatre is the most exclusive place in the world on that night, and the green room is the most exclusive room inside the most exclusive place."