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Robert Redford dusts off Oscar snub, but wishes distributors had done more

Robert Redford appeared before the press Thursday to discuss the Sundance Film Festival, but it was impossible to ignore the news that he’d been snubbed by the Academy, which overlooked his acting performance in All is Lost. Speaking at the festival’s Day 1 press conference, Redford insisted he wasn’t disturbed or upset by the slight, but he expressed regret that the film’s distributors, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, did not do more to champion the film’s award prospects. “When these films go before to be voted on, usually they’re heavily dependent on campaigns that the distributors provide,” he said. “There’s a lot of campaigning that goes on and it can get very political, but that’s okay. Because it is a business. In our case, I think we suffered from little to no distribution. So as a result, our distributors either — I don’t know why — they didn’t want to spend the money, they were afraid, or they just were incapable. But whatever, we had no campaign to help us cross over into the mainstream. So I suspect that had something to do with it.” READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Pharrell reacts to his nomination for 'Despicable Me 2' song

Music renaissance man Pharrell was preparing to give a speech for his record label, Columbia, early this morning when his Oscar nomination for the song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 was announced by the Academy. But that speech might be a little tougher to prep for, given his reaction to the news. “Since I got the call, I’ve just been speechless,” Pharrell tells EW.

Pharrell is having a huge year — first his work on Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines,” and now an Oscar nod for “Happy.” So can he share the secret of making songs go viral?

“I didn’t know. You never know, you just know what feels good. Anyone that tells you that they know, then they’re either just super excited about it or they just have that instinct,” he says. “I typically don’t do that. I just stick with the feeling. I can confirm that it does feel really good to me, other than that you just don’t know. Sometimes the stars just have to align.”

Pharrell says it helps that his son, who is 5, is also a fan of the movie and the song. “It was really emotional for me to see my boy react the way he has to it, so the countless children that react the way that they do, it’s been great.”

Oscars 2014: 'Nebraska' actress June Squibb talks nomination -- 'We hugged and kissed and cried'

If there is a more touching Oscar nominations day story than that of veteran thespian June Squibb — who has been given the nod in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in Nebraska — we’re not sure our hearts, or our tear ducts, can take it.

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Oscars 2014: Barkhad Abdi reacts to his Best Supporting Actor nomination

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There are several first-time Oscar nominees in the acting categories this year, but Barkhad Abdi is the ultimate rookie phenom: Before being cast as the Somali pirate leader Muse in Captain Phillips, Abdi had never acted at all, period. So it’s understandable that he’s having a little trouble wrapping his head around his Best Supporting Actor nomination for Captain Phillips. “I’m in a state of shock,” Abdi says. “I couldn’t sleep much last night and I watched [the nominations] on TV. My little sister called first, and then after that the phone just started ringing so much the battery died on me. I’m just trying to comprehend everything that’s going on.”

Abdi, who was born in Somalia and emigrated with his family to Minneapolis at age 14, was working as a cab driver when director Paul Greengrass cast him in Captain Phillips. “I wasn’t sure of myself,” he says. “I wasn’t a complete actor. I was just auditioning with no previous experience. Paul Greengrass gets all the credit, honestly. He’s the one that believed in me and pushed me and, any time that I messed up, he was the one that would find a way to make me understand it so I could be that character.”

It’s been a head-spinning few months for the 28-year-old Abdi, who plans to move to L.A. soon to pursue more roles. “It’s been a really wild ride,” he says. “Every time it gets bigger and bigger and bigger and now it’s an Oscar nomination. It’s just a little too big to comprehend. But that’s life. I’m just looking forward to the next adventure.”

Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen is 'exhilarated, ecstatic' over nine noms

Waking up to nine Oscar nominations is a good way to start your day, even if you are thousands of miles away from your family. Such was the case for Steve McQueen on Thursday morning when his harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave earned nine Academy Award nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, and acting recognition for his three leads: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“I am exhilarated, ecstatic,” he told EW via phone. “Getting all those nominations, I’m so very happy.”

While the British director admits that he finds the promotional duties that accompany a movie of this subject matter and pedigree grueling, he has been energized by the quality of the discussions that have followed the screenings he’s attended.

“The subject matter conjures up such an interesting debate with the audience that every Q&A has been like a town hall meeting in a way,” McQueen said. “Everyone is talking about the past, present, and future. It’s become much more social and much more passionate in a way. We made a film that was based in 1851, but it’s actually talking about what’s happening today, so it’s been immensely stimulating.”
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Oscars 2014: Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey on being the last name called

If your wife has set a pre-dawn alarm and the two of you are awake in bed with your youngest son to watch the Oscar nominations announcement, it really would be a bummer not to hear your name called. And yet as one name after another was ticked off, Dallas Buyers Club‘s Matthew McConaughey says he had a brief moment of anxiety. “They went through all four names and I said ‘there’s only 5,'” the first-time nominee tells EW. “Then I think I saw the shot of me as Ron Woodruff before I heard my name. Yeahhh, it was nice.”

His other two kids with Camile Alves had since woken and McConaughey was eager to get off the phone to share the news with them. “I’ve got to explain it and have the conversation,” he says. “‘Remember when Papai was doing that show in New Orleans, the one where he was really skinny? Well today they’re saying ‘Hey we want to nominate you along with these four other really talented people for being one of the best performances of the year.’ I mean, there’s a lot of good stuff.”

Dallas Buyers Club was recognized with nominations not just for Best Actor, but also Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto. “Jared’s was the last name called too!” he says with a laugh. “There was definitely a point where I was like ‘ooh, ooh, ooh’ and then we heard his name and were like ‘Yes!!’

Oscars 2014: 'Nebraska' star Bruce Dern on his Best Actor nomination

The way Bruce Dern tells it, the moment he learned he had been nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Nebraska sounds remarkably like a scene from the film itself, which stars Dern as a befuddled alcoholic named Woody who mistakenly believes he has won a fortune. “I have to sleep with a mask on sometimes,” says the actor, who was previously nominated 35 years ago in the Best Supporting Actor category for the drama Coming Home. “So, the Lone Ranger mask was still on. I was stumbling down the hall to go to the latrine. And when I got there, somebody said, ‘No, don’t go in there! Come out here, come out here!’ And there was Laura (Dern, his daughter), and my wife, and my business partner Wendy and I was absolutely thrilled. And a little bit stunned to tell you the truth.”

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Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' directors, composers, and Idina Menzel react to their nominations

Disney’s record-breaking musical behemoth Frozen scored two Oscar nominations this morning — one for Best Animated Feature, and another for the film’s musical showstopper “Let It Go.” Both weren’t much of a surprise, given the huge popularity of the movie and its continued dominance both at the box office and on the Billboard charts. EW hopped on the phone with Frozen‘s happy directors and composers, as well as Tony winner Idina Menzel (who sang “Let It Go”), to chat about their blizzard of a morning. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Why Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock won't tell her son Louis about her Oscar nod

Talk to Sandra Bullock on the morning of her Best Actress Oscar nomination for Gravity and the first thing you hear is “Brush your teeth….now are you really going to brush your teeth?” That’s the 49-year-old Oscar winner encouraging her four-year-old son Louis through the paces of their morning routine. “You got to brush your teeth!” she tells EW with a laugh. “I don’t care who’s been nominated. Even the President has to brush his teeth.” Bullock is one of the few actors who wasn’t woken by a publicist or the television but rather her young son. “Yep,” she says happily. “It’s allergy season out in LA so we have big bouts of coughing and the inhaler at the crack of dawn.” READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Jared Leto reacts -- 'Yesterday I was doing jury duty, today I got an Academy Award nomination'

Jared Leto is having an amazing morning — but when he first woke up he thought maybe an Oscar nomination wasn’t going to happen. “I woke up about an hour ago [5:37 am] and thought, ‘Oh I must not have gotten the nomination because no one woke me up yet. I was having a philosophical debate in my head about gratitude versus disappointment so you know I just won the Golden Globe and I’ve won 25 or so awards this season for the film already so there’s a lot to be grateful for. The nomination obviously is a huge one and it’s a great thing to get it.”

But a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Dallas Buyers Club isn’t the only thing on Leto’s mind this morning. He’s also got jury duty to contend with. (Oscar nominees! They’re just like us!) “It’s great: yesterday I was doing jury duty, today I got an Academy Award nomination…. only in America,” Leto said. “We probably shouldn’t talk about the case anymore (laughs).” READ FULL STORY

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