Oscars 2013: The nominees react!

The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were officially announced this morning, officially beginning the final and most manic stage of the awards season. Check out a full list of the nominees here; below, a series of official announcements from the people who will have to spend the next six weeks campaigning, knowing full well that 80% of them will go home emptyhanded. (This page will be updated throughout the day.)

Hugh Jackman, Best Actor nominee for Les Miserables
“I hadn’t planned to listen live to the announcements, but when I got into the car this morning to go to work, the driver had the nominations streaming as they were being broadcast. To be honest, it’s very exciting but all a bit surreal, and it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. This is a brilliant awards year that has been defined by an eclectic list of stories that have been told by incredibly talented and courageous filmmakers, and it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees in the Best Actor category. Having hosted the show, I have seen so many different sides of the Oscars, but to be an actual nominee is something I never would have dreamed possible.”

Denzel Washington, Best Actor nominee for Flight
“I just returned home late last night from a family vacation, sick as a dog, when I got the call from my publicist early this morning telling me the good news about being nominated for Flight.  I got up, went to the bathroom and threw up, and went back to sleep. Flight was one of the most challenging roles I’ve had to date, but feeling better seems a bit more daunting at this moment in time.”

Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor Nominee for Silver Linings Playbook
“I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of “Silver Linings Playbook”

Jacki Weaver, Best Supporting Actress Nominee, Silver Linings Playbook
” I am completely over the moon by this morning’s news. To be nominated twice now is incredible, and to be a part of this wonderful film and amazing cast makes things even sweeter. I am so happy for David O. Russell and could not be more thrilled”.

Benh Zeitlin, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild
“I feel like my house just crashed on the yellow brick road and everything just turned color. So proud Quvenzhane and Lucy and of my whole ragtag band of warriors. I got to especially thank the members of the Academy for coming out for a movie made about as far from Hollywood as you can get. I think it’s a beautiful thing for independent filmmaking and for creative freedom everywhere.”

Quvenzhané Wallis, Best Actress nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild
“Everyone who made Beasts happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad. I am so happy for Benh and Lucy and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!”

Sam Fell and Chris Butler, co-directors of the Best Animated Feature nominee ParaNorman
“We are overjoyed that our movie has been Oscar-nominated! We made it with the unending support of brilliant producers and an amazing crew at LAIKA, a unique and cutting-edge studio. On behalf of all of them, we are so proud that the enduring craft of stop-motion has been acknowledged by the Academy — and that the individuality of Norman himself is being celebrated.”

Mark Andrews, director of the Best Animated Feature nominee Brave
“We are incredibly honored by today’s Academy Award nomination. Brave has been an adventure from the beginning – starting with our research trips to Scotland, the crew embarked upon a journey that inspired us all and forever changed our fates. Thanks to the Academy from all of us here at Pixar.”

Tim Burton, director of the Best Animated Feature nominee Frankenweenie
“Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me.  The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years.  Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I’ve always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality.  I’ve worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time.  I’m so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees.”

Wylie Stateman, Best Sound Editing nominee for Django Unchained
“It’s easy to be proud of our battle-hardened post-production team, a familiar talented group of faces assembled by Quentin over a number of years. On their shoulders I stand. Django Unchained is a compilation of emotions, mixed and driven by Quentin’s unique historical perspective.”

Denzel Washington, Best Actor nominee for Flight (follow-up statement)
Flight was one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever had in my career, and it was an honor to be directed by Robert Zemeckis. It’s always nice to be asked back to the show, and it will be fun to share the evening with our nominated screenwriter John Gatins.

Sally Field, Best Actress nominee for Lincoln
“I’m spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels.  To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself.  But now for us all  to receive so much recognition from the Academy I’m deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can’t believe I got the role.”

Tony Kushner, Best Adapted Screenplay nominee for Lincoln
“I’m tremendously honored to be a nominee in the company of so many writers and filmmakers whose work I admire. I’m very grateful to Steven and Kathy, to Daniel, Sally, Tommy Lee and the whole cast, to Rick, Joanna, Janusz, Mike and John and everyone who made Lincoln happen. I’m overwhelmed by the Academy’s response to the film.  I heard that I’d been nominated while waiting to take off on a plane from JFK to LAX. James Gandolfini, who’s sitting in front of me, gave me a hug and a kiss, so I’m about as happy as can be. ”

Emmanuelle Riva, Best Actress nominee for Amour
“I am truly happy, touched, and honored to receive, today in New York, a nomination for the role of Anne in Amour by Michael Haneke. For me, it is an immense gift, at this stage of my life, to be chosen by my sisters and brothers, for what I do as an actress. I never thought, while working throughout the years in Europe and France, that one day, I would cross the Atlantic Ocean, come to the United States, and be nominated. It is quite surreal for me.  Shooting Amour with Michael Haneke was a complete joy for me, as I felt an absolute trust in him and we were in complete synch. Michael is the very music of his own film.”

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