His last film, “Stronger,” about Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, was nominated for a best feature statue at the 80th annual Academy Awards. “I knew I had to go home and tell my fiancee, this incredible woman, our daughter, Mandy, this was for her,” Jake Gyllenhaal said in a press conference call with reporters. “And, you know, I am proud of myself, but it’s for everyone who worked on the film and loved Jeff and enjoyed the film.”
Mr. Gyllenhaal received his Tony nomination on Thursday for “Corsica,” a revival of Neil LaBute’s play. He is appearing in a co-production with the Almeida Theatre in London, the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and Lincoln Center Theater. Mr. Gyllenhaal is the star of the show in New York, and will be performing 12 performances during the Tony Awards festivities.
“I know when people see it, they’re going to see a true joy on stage,” he said of the show. “I see theater as a huge part of my education and my upbringing and my interests, and so for me it’s the only medium that I’ve found that I can really get from the ether what I would like people to take away from it.”