WHAT THE NOMINEES SAID (IN 2011)…


“I am so honoured and grateful to the Academy for this recognition. It is a wonderful culmination of the ten year journey with Darren to make this film. Making Black Swan is all ready the most meaningful experience of my career and the passion shown for the film has completed the process of communication between artists and audience. I am so thankful for the support we have received and I share this honour with the entire cast and crew of the film, especially Darren Aronofsky.” — NATALIE PORTMAN, BEST ACTRESS nominee for BLACK SWAN

“It’s very insane. It’s beyond all our expectations. You don’t go in with expectations, especially when you are making a film that’s scary and psychological and not common. I’m really happy that the Academy is recognizing this kind of movie. It’s very exciting.” — DARREN ARONOFSKY, BEST DIRECTOR nominee, BLACK SWAN

“I’m very grateful and humbled by the nominations for The Social Network . I’m incredibly proud of the work of my wildly talented collaborators in front of and behind the camera — all of whom gave the best of themselves and their talents in service to a film about a groundbreaking American innovation. This directing nomination represents the sum of the work of all of us and I want to acknowledge the vast contributions to this film of all of my good friends and creative partners. The success of our movie belongs to many people and this nomination is theirs to share.” — DAVID FINCHER, BEST DIRECTOR nominee, THE SOCIAL NETWORK

“I am honoured to receive this nomination. Making Blue Valentine was unlike any experience I’ve ever had before, or may ever have again. I share this recognition with Ryan [Gosling] and [director] Derek [Cianfrance] who always brought out the best in me. Thank you to the Academy and to The Weinstein Company for their support of this film.” — MICHELLE WILLIAMS, BEST ACTRESS nominee, BLUE VALENTINE

“When you make a tiny movie like [Winter’s Bone] on a shoestring budget in the freezing cold, this has surpassed any expectation I could’ve had. And that’s why it just feels so good. We all made it without this in mind. We all made it because we loved and believed in the movie. And to see this happen to it and to us, there’s no feeling like it.” — JENNIFER LAWRENCE, BEST ACTRESS nominee, WINTER’S BONE

“I had no idea they were announcing today. I swear! I was totally taken by surprise. I just dropped the kids off at carpool. I was about five minutes from the school with a car full of kids. With so many kids, I didn’t even realize it was today. I’m glad I forgot about it. It’s made it all the more — I don’t know, just sweet and poignant and unexpected, you know?” — MARK RUFFALO, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR nominee for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

“What an extraordinary journey this film has taken me on! Rabbit Hole has been a labour of love…and I’m so thankful to John Cameron Mitchell, David Lindsay Abaire and the brilliant cast. This nomination reflects all of the heart and soul that these people have put into it and I can’t thank them enough.” — NICOLE KIDMAN, BEST ACTRESS nominee for RABBIT HOLE

“I’m currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy or this much champagne at this hour.” — COLIN FIRTH, BEST ACTOR nominee for THE KING’S SPEECH

“It’s so fantastic. I was up most of the night but nodded off and missed my actual announcement. But I got a call right away and lots of text messages from my ex husband and my family and friends. I knew we were doing good work all along, but I had no idea it would get this kind of affection. The ball started rolling a year ago when it won the World Jury Prize at Sundance — that’s what made Sony Classics buy it and that’s what got it the attention. I got several text messages from David [Michod, the writer/director] and finally we spoke and he was very excited. He was over the moon!” — JACKI WEAVER, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS nominee, ANIMAL KINGDOM

“Four nominations and four kids. I am damn proud!” — BEST ACTRESS nominee ANNETTE BENING on THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT’S quadruplicity of OSCAR nods

“I’m celebrating with the people who helped get me there – you and your colleagues in the various forms of press and media that have long witnessed my work and long written and spoken beautiful things about it and really, truly helped me get to this day. Everyone asks about celebrations and glasses of champagne. That I get the opportunity to talk to all of you and say: ‘We did it! This is awesome! Look at us now!'” — MELISSA LEO, nominated for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS for THE FIGHTER

“I think what resonated is that it is a timeless story, one with themes as old as storytelling itself: of friendship and loyalty, of betrayal, power, class, jealousy. These are things that Aeschylus would have written about or Shakespeare would have written about. And it’s just lucky for me that neither of those guys were available so I got to write about it.” — AARON SORKIN, nominated for BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY for THE SOCIAL NETWORK

“I’m feeling relieved proud, vindicated, celebrated — everything…Stuart [Blumberg, co screenwriter] and I worked incredibly hard on the script and one of our objectives was to take this subject and really transcend the politicking and the polemics around it. We just wanted to make a great human story and kind of move this subject along and make it a non subject. And having the Globe win and this nomination really validates our work…The ease of working with these actors, seeing what they did as I let them do what they are going to do…how much fun it was to work with them, how many moments of pleasure seeing things hit the mark, it was a real indication. I felt incredibly confident when I wrapped the film that I got great stuff.” — LISA CHOLODENKO, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY nominee, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

“I am absolutely overwhelmed by the 12 Oscar nominations for The King’s Speech. I am so grateful to the Academy. I am incredibly proud of my extraordinary cast and crew. This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.” TOM HOOPER, BEST DIRECTOR nominee, THE KING’S SPEECH

“As an Australian, I’m as excited to be recognized and honoured by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King Of England happened to pop by one day. This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with audiences of all ages, which is very exciting — to have your work honoured by your industry peers is even better.” — GEOFFREY RUSH, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR nominee, THE KING’S SPEECH

“It’s always very nice, a nice thing. It always does make me feel better but only for a few hours.” — RANDY NEWMAN, who has been nominated for more than a dozen OSCARS, this year for the song WE BELONG TOGETHER from TOY STORY 3

“I tried to act all cool and sleep through it and my dreams woke me up four times and finally I just accepted the fact that I really cared and I got up and watched it on line.” — STUART BLUMBERG, nominated for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

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