On most days, a phone call at 5 a.m. is an unpleasant, rude awakening but not on Oscar nomination day! Now that the 2013 Academy Award nominees have been announced and the lucky Oscar hopefuls have woken up with the good news, we’re happy to see and share their joyful reactions.
“I’m so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses,” Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence said in a statement. ” This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film.”
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington was happy to express his thanks for the recognition of his work in “Flight,” Washington said in a statement. “It’s always nice to be asked back to the show, and it will be fun to share the evening with our nominated screenwriter John Gatins.”
One-time host and now a Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman admitted that he wasn’t even planning on listening to the announcements but fate intervened.
“I hadn’t planned to listen live to the announcements, but when I got into the car this morning to go to work, the driver had the nominations streaming as they were being broadcast,” he said in a statement. “To be honest, it’s very exciting but all a bit surreal, and it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. This is a brilliant awards year that has been defined by an eclectic list of stories that have been told by incredibly talented and courageous filmmakers, and it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees in the Best Actor category.
“I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of ’Silver Linings Playbook,’ ” Best Supporting Actor nominee Robert De Niro stated.
The Academy’s youngest nominee to date, 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was so excited about her nomination, you could almost hear her jumping for joy through her reaction.
“Everyone who made ’Beasts’ happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad,” Wallis said. I am so happy for Benh and Lucy and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!”
Wallis’ fellow Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts was equally enthusiastic with her response: “I am so thrilled and humbled with this morning’s wonderful news,” she said of her work in “The Impossible” being recognized. “The journey of telling Maria Belon’s miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience and I am so grateful for this acknowledgement of our film. I am truly honored.”
“Life of Pi” director Ang Lee was especially over the moon with his film receiving 11 nominations total, including Best Picture and Best Director. “I am deeply honored and frankly a little overwhelmed by all of the nominations that “Life of Pi” has received this morning.
Another director feeling grateful for the Academy’s recognition is Tim Burton, whose pet project “Frankenweenie” received a nod for Best Animated Feature.
“Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature-length version was in the back of my mind for many years,” Burton said in a statement. “Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I’ve always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality.