updated 02/08/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/09/2011 AT 8:20 AM ET
Hollywood award season sure takes Jesse Eisenberg back.
“I feel like when I was 13 and I had to go to bar mitzvahs every weekend. This is the same feeling. You have to put on a suit every weekend to go meet with a bunch of Jews,” the actor, 27, nominated as Best Actor for The Social Network, joked at the annual Oscar nominees’ luncheon on Monday in Beverly Hills.
It’s all a little nerve-wracking – not that he’s complaining. “It’s been nice, and I think the alternative would be if nobody liked your movie, so this is better,” he says. “It’s been an honor to be part of this long, overwhelming experience.”