Oscar nominee Terrence Howard enjoys reliving the morning he discovered he was up for an Academy Award - because the magical moment gave his mother a little light relief. The Best Actor hopeful's mum is currently struggling with cancer, and Howard admits he missed hearing joy in her voice. That joy returned when he called her seconds after hearing he had been nominated for his portrayal of a pimp with a heart in HUSTLE + FLOW. He says, "She's going through chemotherapy right now but for the first time I heard in her voice - in two years - that person who was just happy and excited about life."