By now you've probably already noticed that this year's Oscar nominees have been announced, meaning that all over Hollywood there were people pretending to be woken up and surprised by the news (my guess is none of them were able to sleep out of anxiety). While you might have to stop Viola Davis outside a Walgreen's to get her true, unvarnished reaction to being nominated for Best Actress, we have been sent a handful of "official" reactions from various nominees, including Davis, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and a handful of the other lucky few chosen.
Check out the reactions below, and we'll be updating them as we get sent more. Happy Oscar Day, everybody!
Steven Spielberg, Director of Best Picture nominee War Horse
“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.”
Martin Scorsese, Best Director nominee for Best Picture nominee Hugo
"I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one - where I was working with 3D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time - was no exception. It's a wonderful feeling to know that you've been recognized by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It's an impressive list, and I'm in excellent company."
Kathleen Kennedy, producer of Best Picture nominee War Horse
"We are thrilled for the nominations War Horse has received and most of all thankful to have been working under the leadership of Steven Spielberg whose moral clarity, vision and sensitive handling of the Great War might serve in some small way to raise awareness of war's pointlessness."
Gary Oldman, Best Actor nominee for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
“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.”
Viola Davis, Best Actress nominee for The Help
"It's an honor to be nominated a second time, it is a personal accomplishment and triumph for women and women of color. I'm so glad the film has been recognized, it was a labor of love from the moment it was conceived and it is rewarding to see the impact it is having."
Christopher Plummer, Best Supporting Actor nominee for Beginners
“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.”
Peter Straughan, Best Adapted Screenplay nominee for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
“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!”
Howard Shore, Best Original Score nominee for Hugo
"It's always a thrill to work with Marty and Thelma and collaborating with them was a labor of love. It was inspiring to compose within the world of Hugo. It's a great honor to be nominated by the Academy."
Gore Verbinski, producer/director of Best Animated Feature nominee Rango
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. Rango was looking for an audience who shared his love of cinema and I’m humbled that he found one. It has been a remarkable journey, and one that I am grateful to share with our entire creative team, Paramount, and all of the virtuosos at Industrial, Light and Magic.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Director of Best Animated Feature nominee Kung Fu Panda 2
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."
Chris Miller, Director of Best Animated Feature nominee Puss in Boots
"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."