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Oscar react: David Fincher, Mark Wahlberg and other nominees weigh in

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesAs Hollywood woke up this morning to the news of Oscar’s selections, several newly-christened nominees shared their thoughts:

“Of course I am thrilled to receive an Oscar nomination. As my 3-year-old daughter said ‘Yay!’ I couldn’t put it any better myself.” – Helena Bonham Carter, Best Supporting Actress nominee, 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!” – Jackie Weaver, Best Supporting Actress nominee, Animal Kingdom

“My recommendation to anyone who wants to be nominated for an Academy Award is work with David Fincher. I’m thrilled to be nominated by the Academy and I’m especially pleased for everyone who worked so hard on the film – it is a triumph of teamwork. I’m honored to have our film nominated in such an incredible year for movies.” – Aaron Sorkin, Best Adapted Screenplay nominee, The Social Network

“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’m pretty beside myself. I’m doing all these things to keep myself really centered. I might shovel in front of the building. I just want to keep real centered, real grounded. … [The nominations] emboldens you to keep trying, to look for more stories. It gets you all revved up. You want to deliver again. Audiences become your muse. And you want to come back to them with something worth their time. As an underdog, it gives you fuel to want to do good work and bring it back.” – Debra Granik, director, Winter’s Bone

“The nomination is wonderful because working on Alice in Wonderland was one of the best creative experiences of my entire career. Tim Burton trusted us with his vision, and the work on the screen is the result of an amazing collaboration with hundreds of brilliant artists, including my fellow nominees and a great team on set. You hope to have an experience like this at least once in career and I am so happy that our peers recognized the extraordinary complexity, detail and accomplishment that the visual effects in Alice in Wonderland represent.” – Ken Ralston, Best Visual Effects nominee, Alice on Wonderland

“It has been such an incredible journey with The Fighter and one that I am grateful to share with David O. Russell, Christian, Melissa, Amy, my fellow producers and the Ward and Eklund families, who are the heart and soul of the film. Thank you to the Academy for this tremendous honor.” – Mark Wahlberg, producer/actor, The Fighter

“I thought the movie was going to be a gem because Lisa [Cholodenko] is such a talent. I think the first moment I knew the movie had huge potential was when I saw the first director’s cut. The performances just worked in Lisa’s first cut. She told the story so beautifully. I did not imagine that we’d be going to the Oscars. It’s a happy surprise. I’m at Sundance [right now] – we closed the deal for the Focus sale just a year ago here for this movie. It’s a real feeling of being full circle.” – Celine Rattray, producer, The Kids are All Right

“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’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 ground-breaking 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 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

“I had a really hard time sleeping last night – for several reasons, but knowing this thing was happening in the morning is really nervewracking. You never can tell. I certainly knew it was a flashy role. It was electric on the page. But there’s so many things that can go wrong when making a film, who knows what it will turn out to be. And it certainly pulled together a fantastic film and I’m happy to be a part of it.” – Jeremy Renner, Best Supporting Actor nominee, The Town

“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

“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

“As an Australian, I’m as excited to be recognized and honored 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 honored by your industry peers is even better.” – Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actor nominee, The King’s Speech

“I’m thrilled to bits.” – Mike Leigh, Best Original Screenplay nominee, Another Year

“I am thrilled to be nominated. Alice was a labor of love for all of us, and to be recognized for the work is really the frosting on the cake.” – Colleen Atwood, Best Costume Design nominee, Alice in Wonderland

“It’s an incredible honor to be nominated by the Academy. When we began making the first Toy Story, nearly 16 years ago, we never could have imagined the journey on which these films, and these characters, would take us. For Toy Story 3 to be recognized by the Academy as not only one of the best animated films of the year, but also as one of the ten best pictures of the year, is both humbling and overwhelming. I’m speechless; I feel like I’ve been blasted to infinity and beyond.” – Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3

“I’ve spent my whole life being inspired and moved by the work of the screenwriters of the Academy, so to be recognized by the Writers Branch this morning is deeply gratifying and profoundly humbling. While I wish I could hog all the credit for myself, I would have gone nowhere and done nothing without the collective brilliance of the entire creative community at Pixar, who have always maintained that ‘story comes first’ and who are crazy enough to actually believe it.” – Michael Arndt, Best Adapted Screenplay nominee, Toy Story 3

“It is a great honor to have my work noticed again by the Academy and I am very grateful. Thank you. Writing the music for The King’s Speech has been a delight and I thank our brilliant director, Tom Hooper, for offering us and the audience such an inspiring and beautiful film. I also wish to congratulate all the other talents nominates for our movie”  – Alexandre Desplat, Best Score nominee, The King’s Speech

“I thank the Academy for this extraordinary recognition. Creating Day & Night with the high quality team of artists and technicians within Pixar was truly a non-stop sensation of positive energy for me. I was constantly amazed by the crew’s fortitude to push through challenges and inspire each other with their ingenuity. On behalf of the team that helped bring Day & Night to life, it is an honor to be nominated.” – Teddy Newton, Best Animated Short nominee, Day & Night

“Try as I could to act cool and not care, as soon as I heard our names called, I started crying like a little kid. Pardon the cliché, but this truly is a dream come true. I want to thank the Academy for this most phenomenal honor.” – Stuart Blumberg, Best Original Screenplay nominee, The Kids Are All Right

“We are overjoyed that the Academy gave our film four nominations – what a journey, from years getting the movie together to Sundance last year to the Kodak Theatre next month! We made the film because we had something to say about the power of love, and I want to thank the Academy members from the bottom of my heart for showing us their love!” – Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, producer, The Kids Are All Right

“It took us seven years, 13 financiers, and a 23-day shoot to make our film a reality. By recognizing Kids, the Academy has not only honored us but has given us hope and inspiration to the independent film community.” – Celine Rattray, producer, The Kids Are All Right

“[The nomination] is just wonderful. It was a labor of love for all of us. It was a wonderful film to be involved with. It broke all the rules … We’re very happy with being the underdogs. We’ll have a much better evening, actually. We’ll have a lot of fun. With Slumdog, there was a lot of pressure on us to win. And this time, we’re not the frontrunner, and we’re incredibly happy participants in the race, and we’ll watch everyone else get very tense.” – Simon Beaufoy, Best Adapted Screenplay nominee, 127 Hours

“It’s a complete thrill. It’s really the highest honor that you can be accorded in this business that we’re in. Particularly having such a great run a few years ago with Slumdog. You go through that and think, look, this could be the only time in your life that this happens. It’s an incredible honor and really thrilling to be [here] again this year with this film, which we’re equally proud of.” – Christian Colson, producer, 127 Hours

“Four nominations and four kids. I am damn proud!” Annette Bening, Best Actress nominee, The Kids Are All Right

“We felt this film was an important movie for our time because it describes our time. And in so many ways this is kind of timeless. And what an incredible pairing of a director and a journalist and a writer, in Aaron Sorkin. And what an incredible thing for Sony Pictures to have stepped up and produced this film and believed in it and gotten it out there.” – Kevin Spacey, executive producer, The Social Network

“I am honored 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

“We are thrilled by the news of our nomination this morning. Troy Verges, Hillary Lindsey, and I met with director Shana Feste in the early script stages of Country Strong and she really gave us an inside look into the motivation behind the arc of the characters in the film. We instantly fell in love with the story and were taken with how respectful the filmmakers were of Nashville and country music. This entire process has been quite a creative ride, and the nomination is a real honor.” – Tom Douglas, Best Song nominee for “Coming Home,” Country Strong

“I am very excited and honored to be invited back by the Academy for the third time. I am also very proud to represent Algeria along with France, Belgium, and Tunisia at the Oscars with this politically engaged film that represents the Anti-Colonialist wars. It’s a humble attempt at change compared to great models such as The Grapes of Wrath, but I hope that Outside the Law will open some new doors between Algeria and France.”  – Rachid Bouchareb, director of Best Foreign Language Film nominee, Hors La Loi (Outside the Law)

“It feels great to be nominated and it is such an honor to be in the company of my fellow nominees. I’m especially proud of Danny Boyle and the whole team behind 127 Hours for their recognition by the Academy. Danny is such a wonderful entertainer and collaborator and to see the film nominated for Best Picture, Score, Screenplay, Song and Editing is thrilling.” – James Franco, Best Actor nominee, 127 Hours

“I’m very honored and humbled to be recognized by the Academy with this nomination. Working with Danny Boyle is such a remarkable experience, and I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with him again. I’m immensely grateful to Fox Searchlight for their efforts on this incredible film based on the courageous story of Aron Ralston.” – AR Rahman, Best Score nominee, 127 Hours

“To go from a little movie just struggling to make the schedule, cutting on my laptop, sometimes in a car, to this? I don’t think we ever could have imagined this kind of reception or recognition! It speaks to Darren [Aronofsky]’s ability to bring out the best from his collaborators and I’m so glad that people have enjoyed the film as much as we enjoyed making it.” – Andrew Weisblum, Best Editing nominee, Black Swan

“The Academy Award nominations this year for the Best Animated Film category are all the more prestigious due to the fact there were only going to be three of them. I am obviously thrilled and proud that The Illusionist is among those nominated and can be considered alongside the best of the big budget studio films. It’s a testament to the skill and the dedication devoted to this film by a very talented team of artists. And of course I sincerely hope that Jacques Tati would be proud of what we have achieved with his marvellous story.” – Sylvain Chomet, Best Animated Film nominee, The Illusionist

“I am so thrilled about this nomination! It means so much for the film and for Denmark! I love what I do and this is an incredible affirmation!” – Susanne Bier, Best Foreign-Language Film nominee, In a Better World

“I am, of course, very honored and totally delighted that Inside Job has been nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary feature. It was an amazing experience to make the film, to work with such amazingly gifted and committed people, and to see the film’s reception by the world. I hope that the nomination will enable the issues raised by the film to receive wider discussion, all the more so because the effects of the financial crisis are still with us, and I also hope that the great people who worked on the film are able to make more movies.” – Charles Ferguson, Best Documentary nominee, Inside Job

“My recommendation to anyone who wants to be nominated for an Academy Award is work with David Fincher. I’m thrilled to be nominated by the Academy and I’m especially pleased for everyone who worked so hard on the film – it is a triumph of teamwork.  I’m honored to have our film nominated in such an incredible year for movies.” – Aaron Sorkin, Best Adapted Screenplay nominee, The Social Network

“I’m gobsmacked! What a wonderful journey it has been, from filming in the freezing London winter to being nominated today. Thank you to the Academy for this recognition and congratulations to all of my King’s Speech colleagues. It’s something very special.” – Danny Cohen, Best Cinematography nominee, The King’s Speech

“I am so honored and grateful to the Academy for this recognition. It is a wonderful culmination of the ten-year journey with [director] Darren [Aronofsky] to make this film. Making Black Swan is already 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 honor with the entire cast and crew of the film, especially Darren Aronofsky.” – Natalie Portman, Best Actress nominee, Black Swan

“Wow! I am so honored, grateful and humbled to have our film recognized by the Academy. This is really something I have dreamed of since I began watching movies as a kid – even before I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker. Having collaborated with Darren [Aronofsky] on four films, I’ve watched him push the creative boundaries each time. It is thrilling to see my longtime friend receive this well-deserved consideration alongside Natalie [Portman]. Her hard work and dedication speaks for itself in her breathtaking performance.  It took a tremendous team to put this film together and I am thrilled for the recognition of my colleagues Matty and Andrew, who helped bring this film and its characters to life.” – Scott Franklin, producer, Black Swan

More Oscars 2011 reaction:
Trent Reznor reacts to Best Score nomination for ‘The Social Network’
Darren Aronofsky reacts to Best Director Oscar nomination for ‘Black Swan’
Jeremy Renner reacts to Oscar nomination for ‘The Town’

Jennifer Lawrence reacts to Oscar nod for ‘Winter’s Bone’

Mark Ruffalo reacts to his Oscar nod for ‘The Kids are All Right’

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