Jeremy Renner's Oscar Date: Mom!

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    Janathan Olley
    In The Hurt Locker, Staff Sergeant William James (played by Jeremy Renner) fears nothing as the leader of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit stationed in Iraq. Translation? He keeps bombs from blowing up. Constantly seeking the thrill of the dismantlement, James is a renegade who puts his unit in danger just as often as he saves lives.

    Jeremy Renner earned his first Oscar nomination this year, and he's going to share his big night with someone special – his mom.

    "I'm taking my mom," "The Hurt Locker" star, who's nominated for Best Actor at Sunday's Academy Awards, told Access Hollywood at The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural "Nominees' Night" in LA on Thursday.

    And he's not just taking her to the Oscars – Jeremy's mother joined him for the lunch event, too.

    As for his hopes for Sunday night, the actor said he wouldn't prepare a speech.

    "That means I expect to win, and I don't," he told Access. "I've already won, you know what I mean?"

    While his competitors, which include Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth and Morgan Freeman, are Hollywood household names, Jeremy's nominated performance as SSG William James has been his breakthrough role.

    "It makes me feel like I've arrived," he said of the Oscar nod. "It's pretty spectacular."

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