Celebrities React to Oscar Nominations 2013!
Early this morning (January 10), the 2013 Oscar nominations were revealed!
“I thought I would wake up, but I didn’t. My parents spent the night at my house, and they came in and kissed me on the forehead and told me about all the nominations for Silver Linings,” Jennifer told THR about her nomination. “I went into this because of David [O. Russell]. I’ve seen everything he’s ever done. And I was so blow away by Bradley [Cooper] and the rest of the cast.”
Click inside to read the reactions of other stars including Bradley, Naomi Watts, Hugh, Steven, and more!
Steven, best director: “It’s been an absolutely thrilling morning. I was awoken by [my publicist] telling me about our multiple nominations. It’s the best wakeup call I’ve had in 14 years! I’m always surprised by recognition. I’m deeply grateful, and we are so honored by our 12 nominations, especially being in the great company of such amazing films. It’s a great list of nine movies and I’ve seen all of them. I’m looking forward to meeting [Beasts director] Benh Zeitlin and [Amour director] Michael Haneke. Their films and the rest all show such a diversity; such a wide range of risky opportunities. And today their risks have been rewarded.”
Hugh, best actor: “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. 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. Having hosted the show, I have seen so many different sides of the Oscars, but to be an actual nominee is something I never would have dreamed possible.”
Bradley, best actor: “I get up crazy early anyway, and I told myself, ‘Ok, I’ll take my dog to the beach, and just see what happens. Whatever goes down.’ What I forgot is that it’s pitch-black at 5 am! So I watched with my mom and my dog. These things are once in a lifetime. To see Jacki, Jennifer, Robert all recognized…and thank God, David, too. It’s so exciting, it couldn’t have gone better.”
Naomi, best actress: “This was a complete surprise. For the other announcements this season I was in NYC, no problem… I had a proper full night of sleep. There’s something about this one, being in L.A., that creates a lot of angst! I had interruptions of sleep all night because of the kids, as if I wasn’t restless enough, and each time I woke up I kept thinking, “It’s not going to happen.’ BAFTA didn’t give us love this week, and I thought they were making the Oscar announcements at 5 am so at ten after, I thought, ‘They would have called by now right?’ But my publicist texted and said, ‘They haven’t made the announcements yet!’ I was super lucky too that my name was mentioned first. Usually I’m at the end of lists. Overall, it’s very thrilling, especially in a year with so many incredible performances.”
Sally Field, best supporting actress: “I’m spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels. To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself. But now for us all to receive so much recognition from the Academy I’m deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can’t believe I got the role.”
Alan Arkin, best supporting actor: “I got about six emails this morning that said stuff like, ‘Yippee!’ and ‘Hurray!’ I didn’t know what they were talking about. No, it’s thrilling. Argo is a brilliant film in every way; brilliantly directed. It’s really the work of an old master, rather than a young director. It’s about important things; solving an international crisis with creativity, without a single shot fired in the process. I haven’t done much to celebrate yet, though I did just have a rice cake with two fried eggs. Yeah, it’s crazy over here, but I think I can handle it.”
Robert De Niro, best actor: “I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of Silver Linings Playbook.”
Helen Hunt, best supporting actress: “I was deeply deeply asleep when the news came in this morning and the dog was the first one to get celebratory love from me and my boyfriend! I’m really really happy and feel this is a good sign that people like the spirit this character embodies. This film is definitely counter-programming to a lot of the pain and harshness in the world. It’s too bad that John [Hawkes] wasn’t recognized, but that doesn’t take away from the brilliance of his performance one bit.”
Jacki Weaver, best supporting actress: “I arrived here from Australia just yesterday and this was the last thing I expected. I turned on TV this morning – I couldn’t sleep from being jet-lagged – and couldn’t believe it and said something very unprintable to myself! I think the film is very identifiable even if you don’t have those exact problems. We know people, we are related people as neighbors who have them. There are issues we can all identify with — broken hearts, mental illness, sports as religion. I was recently interviewed by a British journalist, and he wanted to talk about the mental illness in the movie and. I wondered to him, ‘This film is very American. Do you think Brits and Australians are going to get it?’ He said, ‘Oh my God, yes. The themes are universal.’ I’m so proud of this movie.”
Tom Hooper, director: “What a wonderful year for movies when nine films with this kind of diversity get acknowledged for the industry’s highest honor. I am so proud that Les Miserables joins them and that the Academy noted the magnificent work from Hugh, Annie, our legendary song writers and the superlative crafts experts whose work made our film what it was.”
Emmanuelle Riva, best actress: “I am truly happy, touched, and honored to receive, today in New York, a nomination for the role of Anne in Amour by Michael Haneke. For me, it is an immense gift, at this stage of my life, to be chosen by my sisters and brothers, for what I do as an actress. I never thought, while working throughout the years in Europe and France, that one day, i would cross the Atlantic Ocean, come to the United States, and be nominated. It is quite surreal for me. Shooting Amour with Michael Haneke was a complete joy for me, as I felt an absolute trust in him and we were in complete synch. Michael is the very music of his own film.”