On Monday, Richard attended the posh lunch at the Beverly Hilton in LA and proceeded to get starstruck at every turn.
And what does every fanboy or girl do when presented with such a pinch-me moment? Take a shed load of selfies of course…
Sharing his snaps on Twitter, the Withnail And I star admitted he was “living the dream”.
“This is now getting beyond ‘pinch yourself’ – more like ‘punch yourself’ SwaziGuy!!!! Living the dream,” he wrote.
At the lunch, the nominees were told by Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey that if they did bag a statuette on 24 February, they only had 90 seconds to get to the stage and make their speech.
The 91st Academy Awards will be the first ceremony in 30 years not to have a host after Kevin Hart pulled out amid controversy over old homophobic tweets.
Instead, a string of big name stars will present, including Daniel Craig, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Awkwafina.