Yes, yesterday’s Oscar nomination roll-out brought a fair amount of anger-inducing surprises. But it also delivered — predictably, soothingly — what we can always expect: a slew of statements from the lucky nominees and those connected to their films. As usual, their comments ranged from the funny and self-deprecating to the bland and self-serious. Read on for the highlights, the low lights, and the OMG-we’re-so-over-awards-season-lights.
>>”I’m about to go to class.” — James Franco, showing where his priorities are following his nomination for “127 Hours.”
>>”Ten seems like an awful lot. We don’t want to take anyone else’s.” — Joel and Ethan Coen, on the 10 nods for “True Grit.”
>>”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 carful 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, being utterly endearing about his “Kids Are All Right” nom.
>>”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 on being recognized for “The King’s Speech.”
>>”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, not being nearly as entertaining as she was at the Golden Globes.
>>”We’ve said all we’re going to say about the movie and the books … We’ve moved on from this discussion, and we think others have, too.” — A spokesman for Facebook, trying to take the high road on “The Social Network.”