Oscar Reactions From The Nominees

by | February 2, 2010 at 1:31 PM | The Movies

Here’s a gathering of some of the reactions to the Academy Awards nominations, which were announced this morning. More to be added as they come in.

“It’s a huge, huge compliment to the entire cast and crew. It was a very difficult shoot of heat and sun and windstorms and sandstorms and they had to unite crew from Lebanon and Israel. I hope someday we can lose the modifier and that becomes a moot point whether the person is male or female and they’re just filmmakers making statements that they believe in.” – Kathryn Bigelow, the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Directing Oscar, The Hurt Locker

“I thought I was managing my expectations, but on hearing the news I discovered new and unfamiliar vocal tones. Perhaps I should do another musical.” – Colin Firth, Best Actor Nominee, A Single Man

“I am completely surprised and elated. Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy.” – Penelope Cruz, Best Supporting Actress Nominee, Nine

“I am stoked. I haven’t moved. I’m in bed feeling like a stuffed pig, I’m just so overwhelmed with joy and so full with excitement. After 82 years, it’s the first film nominated for best picture directed by an African-American. Isn’t that great? It’s so exciting.” – Lee Daniels, Best Director Nominee, Precious

“It was like a really good, friendly punch in the stomach. It’s a good feeling, but it’s like a jolt. You can be in as many top-five lists and have as many people say things to you on red carpets as you like, and it doesn’t for a single second make you honestly think that you’re going to get nominated.” – Carey Mulligan, Best Actress Nominee, An Education

“This is my fifth nomination and I’m more proud of that than all the rest of it I think. I think it’s a good call, a good call, some good pictures. We didn’t get a best picture nomination? Well that’s a big letdown. Well there you go. That’s my problem, I thought we should get a best picture nomination. But it’s OK.” – Morgan Freeman, Best Actor Nominee, Invictus

“Quentin continues to be a trailblazer and I am honored to be on this journey with him. This nomination is a thrill not only for me but everyone who has worked so hard to make Inglourious Basterds a success. Thank you to The Weinstein Company and Universal for all of their support.” – Lawrence Bender, producer of Best Picture Nominee Inglourious Basterds

“I’d always assumed that the road to Oscar was planned. I thought people chose projects that were considered ‘Oscar-worthy.’ No one wanted to make this film. I didn’t want to make this film for the better part of the year. Everyone is as blindsided — can I say that? — as I am. John Lee Hancock spent two years of his life on something that no one else saw. And now he’s been recognized! I love that there’s 10 nominees. It doesn’t matter if they win, but I think it’s great that everyone gets their moment in the sun. No one cares about the end result or the statue. You laugh at the absurdity of it all and how they pit women up against each other. We go, ‘Why are they making us out to be fighting when we’re just happy to share this moment?’ The women I’ve met and gotten to know along the way have made me so happy for this business that didn’t really support women for a long time. It’s been really sweet. I feel really lucky to be working at this time.” – Sandra Bullock, Best Actress Nominee, The Blind Side

[After hearing the list of nominees he's up against] “I’ve gotta break some serious legs! What’s wrong with that picture, you know? It’s crazy. It’s pretty amazing. It’s awesome. Really, really awesome.” – Jeremy Renner, Best Actor Nominee, The Hurt Locker

“We did well. I was upset [co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal] hadn’t been recognized in some of these other awards because her work was so remarkable and splendid. She melted into that character, and then to have her peers acknowledge her performance like this is really wonderful. I was hoping that with the 10 nominations, that Crazy Heart would be up there. But bitch bitch bitch, right? I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. The recognition we got was wonderful. But [director] Scott [Cooper] was the guy who made it all happen. None of the awards would have happened without Scott.” – Jeff Bridges, Best Actor Nominee, Crazy Heart

“It’s quite baffling. What I’m really over the moon about is that Inglourious Basterds got eight nominations. Quentin (Tarantino) got everything he deserved: screenplay, cinematography, editing, director, best picture. For me, just finishing this film a year ago was the highlight. I don’t imagine space travel could be any more exciting. I never take anything for granted and I never try to anticipate. If I had expected to win in Cannes I would never have had that feeling of lightness and joy when they called my name. I’ve been trying to put (winning) out of my mind and so far, I think I’m doing pretty well.” – Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor Nominee, Inglourious Basterds

“I am proud and grateful to stand with these women who have given such a range of beautiful, indelible performances this year!” – Meryl Streep, Best Actress Nominee, Julie & Julia

“My body clock is messed up. I was on a plane for 20 hours in one week! Sadly, that’s normal for some people. I guess now it’s normal for me. I called my mom, then I called my friend. And I’ve been getting texts ever since. I’m trying to con my two roommates to take me out to dinner. They’re cheap!” – Gabourey Sidibe, Best Actress Nominee, Precious

“I’ve just stepped into the best moment, which is when you’re nominated and before you’ve lost — which is a nice place to be.” – Helen Mirren, Best Actress Nominee, The Last Station