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Oscar Nominees React to Their Nominations

Posted by Derrick Deane on January 24, 2012


Oscar morning is a special and career-defining moment in Hollywood. For those who receive nominations, they will always be referred in future movie trailers as Academy Award nominee so-and-so. Below is a collection of quotes from actors, directors and various members of the film community, along with Albert Brooks' tongue-in-cheek response to being snubbed for best supporting actor in Drive.

“It’s one thing to get excited, but you can’t get your hopes up. I’m trying to stay reserved. Every department had to roll their sleeves up and figure out how to do it. It took a group effort. I’m still trying to figure out how it got nine nominations for BAFTA but not a best picture but here it did. One never knows."-- Martin Scorsese, HugoPeter Straughan, Best Adapted Screenplay, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

“I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for The Help and War Horse. It is the first time that I have experienced two Best Picture nominations in the same year. One is a high honor. Two is humbling but very exciting. It is a tribute to all those who joined with Stacey Snider and our DreamWorks Studios team to develop and make these two films with stories that we passionately felt we had to make.” -- Steven Spielberg, War Horse, The Help

"It is an incredible honor to be nominated this morning.  We set out to do something different with Rango, and this distinction is a testament to everyone who tirelessly dedicated themselves to creating our neurotic lizard." -- Gore Verbinski, Producer/Director of Rango

"Today's nomination is a huge boost of encouragement for the hundreds of dedicated cast and crew that have created such a beautiful film.  I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together and honored by the Academy with this recognition." -- Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director of Kung Fu Panda 2

"I woke up to a text and thought, 'Am I still dreaming?' What an absolute honor to be nominated. Thank you to the Academy on behalf of the entire cast, crew, our swashbuckling cat and his boots! This is beyond a thrill...and I'm pretty sure I'm awake." -- Chris Miller, Director of Puss in Boots

“I'm stunned and thrilled to hear about the nomination. I wish more than anything in the world that my wife Bridget O'Connor - who did the lion's share of the adaptation - could be here to enjoy this moment. She would be so happy and so proud. I'm going to go and meet my daughter now and tell her how clever her mother was!” --

“I'm absolutely thrilled and delighted to be nominated for my work on Jane Eyre.” -- Michael O’Connor

“This afternoon in Berlin I have learned that I was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor. You may have heard this before, but it has never been truer than it is for me today, it is extremely humbling, gratifying, and delightful to have your work recognized by the Academy, and to join the celebrated ranks of previous nominees and colleagues. Amazing.” -- Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

“It’s a shot in the arm for a young kid of 82 to receive an Academy Award nomination this morning.  My gratitude to writer/director Michael Mills, the Academy, and to everyone involved with Beginners.” -- Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Max Von Sydow, best supporting actor nominee for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close sent a hand-written message, posted via Bleeding Cool:

"My sincere thanks to my colleague at the Academy. It is wonderful. I don't know what to say. I am dumbfounded."

"This second nomination will affect my career even more than the first one. Honestly, I can't wait to get back to doing what I love: acting. On Feb. 27, when this is all over, I will get back to my life. I love the awards I've won, I'm so proud and happy to have received them, but I don't take them to bed with me. All I am at the end of the day is an actor." -- Viola Davis, The Help

“I was sleeping and my phone started going crazy. I knew there was a small chance but I wasn’t expecting it. I don’t know about the politics of (awards) but it came late in the game and it seems to me that a lot of the movies that got the awards came out early. I feel really honored and humbled to be on the list." -- Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

"This is amazing. We watched the nominations live on TV at 2:30 p.m. Paris time. Mine was the first name called. I felt like, whoa! You see your face, your picture, and your name on the screen. In France, I think there are not so many French actresses to ever have been nominated for Oscars. Only 3 have won. And only one French film has ever been nominated for Best Picture, as opposed to best foreign film. So we are doing something very special for the French! People say this will change my career, but we'll see. I can't really compete with American actresses, I have an accent. We'll see what can happen with me. I am going to work on my American accent. And – I'll be in L.A. for the next two weeks if someone needs to meet with me!" -- -Berenice Bejo, The Artist

"We screamed at every nomination, and for people like Melissa McCarthy, and for everyone we knew. I’m glad the surprise was still there. I did not want to assume anything." -- Octavia Spencer, The Help

“I started to have this awful feeling that it might not happen." -- Chris Columbus, The Help

"I got ROBBED. I don't mean the Oscars, I mean literally. My pants and shoes have been stolen. And to the Academy: "You don't like me. You really don't like me." -- Albert Brooks, Drive

Patton Oswalt chimed in to comfort Brooks in a string of tweets:

 

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