Contenders rarely talk about their prospects, but they do welcome the fun of the Oscars and the attention they bring to the films.
‘‘I mean, you get to go in a tuxedo and stuff. Blah blah. And you know, if your mother’s around, you can take your mother or something,’’ said Bill Murray, a potential best-actor nominee as Franklin Roosevelt in ‘‘Hyde Park on the Hudson.’’ ‘'But the cool thing is that people always say there’s Oscar buzz, but Oscar buzz only means people are talking about your movie. Which means more people go see your movie. That’s all I care about. I just want people to see it.’’