Oscar Nominees React! Eddie Redmayne, Emma Stone, Common & More

Common attends the Paramount Pictures Golden Globes Post Party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 11, 2015 (Photo: Brandon Clark/ABImages); Sent to Reel Life With Jane by and used with permission of Allied Integrated Media
Common attends the Paramount Pictures Golden Globes Post Party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California on Sunday, January 11, 2015; (Photo: Brandon Clark/ABImages); Sent to Reel Life With Jane by and used with permission of Allied Integrated Media

The Oscar nominations were revealed yesterday – see the full list here — and despite the web blowing up over Oscar’s lily-white world dominated by men, we can’t forget that the folks who earned those Oscar nominations delivered great performances and great films this year.

Here are a few reactions from the nominees that came through my inbox:

“I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of ‘The Theory of Everything.’ This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking.” – Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

“Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of ‘Birdman’ and can’t believe it came to this. I am so f***ing excited. Are you allowed to say f*** when you’re making a statement for the Oscars? I’m just really f***ing excited.” – Emma Stone, “Birdman”

“Mostly I’m just grateful. Grateful to Megan Ellison and everyone who trusted and gave themselves to this film. It’s the film I wanted to make. I’m proud of it and everyone involved, and I’m deeply grateful to be recognized by the Academy. – Bennett Miller, director of “Foxcatcher”

“I feel incredibly blessed to receive this honor from the Academy. When I first started in hip hop, I never imagined that a day like this would come. ‘Selma’ is a movement, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Thanks to Ava for inspiring us to write ‘Glory’ and congrats to ‘Selma’ on our Best Picture Nomination! John, you’re the best!” – Common, “Selma”

“We are deeply honored that the Academy has chosen to nominate ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’ for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the Academy. I thank everyone who has contributed to the film’s success in U.S., as well as those who saw the film and gave it high recognition. I also thank the many people who worked on this film.” – Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of Best Animated Feature nominee “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

“I was snoozing when Danielle (Brisebois, “Lost Stars” co-writer) woke me up with a phone call. I could tell she was surprised and excited because her voice was two octaves higher saying, ‘You’re not going to believe it – we’re nominated for best song!’ We’re very grateful and very happy. It was an amazing first journey making music for a film, especially a film that has so much to say about the changes in the music and cultural landscape we’ve all witnessed. We are thankful to director John Carney for bringing us on to write songs for the film, as well as Keira Knightley and Adam Levine, who both gave amazing performances. ‘Lost Stars’ is a song about all of us … everyone’s relationships and mortality … where we and they stand in the universe. We hope that message continues to resonate.” – Gregg Alexander, Achievement in Music Written for Mmotion Pictures (Original song); “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

“What an incredible honor to be recognized this year by the Academy for two of my scores! Wes for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ and Morten for ‘The Imitation Game,’ offered me wildly different great fields of inspiration, allowing me to do what I love the most: write music for films. Champagne! Twice!” – Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“What an exciting morning! I’m so honoured and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented and inspiring actresses. Thank you to the Academy for this recognition and also for honouring so many of the film’s storytellers. I would like to think the many recognitions the Academy has given our movie is a celebration of Alan Turing’s legacy.” – Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

“I’m honored and thrilled beyond my wildest dreams to be recognized today alongside four other filmmakers whom I respect immeasurably. Being a part of ‘The Imitation Game’ and paying homage to the exquisite genius, Alan Turing, has been quite simply the experience of a lifetime. My immense gratitude goes to the Academy and my congratulations to the rest of the team on this film, who to me is second to none.” – Morten Tyldum, Director of “The Imitation Game”

“I am so proud of our whole ‘Imitation Game’ family this morning. To receive a response like this from the Academy is the most thrilling professional honor of my life, and getting to be involved in telling Alan Turing’s story on screen has been the most fulfilling personal honor imaginable. This was Alan’s life; I’m so proud to have gotten to help make a film about it.” – Graham Moore, Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Imitation Game”

“I am thrilled and delighted by this tremendous honour. Filmmaking is such a collaboration and to have so many of my colleagues on this film also recognized is especially satisfying.” – Maria Djurkovic, Achievement in Production Design, “The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald

“Much gratitude to the Academy for recognizing ‘The Imitation Game’ in eight categories. Telling Alan Turing’s story was the experience of a lifetime and we never thought it would lead us here. On behalf of everyone who worked on this film, in any capacity, we say thank you.” – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers of “The Imitation Game”

“I am knocked for six by this. So excited and honoured to receive this recognition. It’s wonderful to be included by the Academy in this exceptional year of performances. To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life.” – Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

“I’m thrilled and humbled that my work on ‘The Imitation Game’ was recognized by the Academy this morning. We were all passionate about bringing Alan Turing’s story to the screen, and I’m honored to be part of the creative team.” – William Goldenberg, “The Imitation Game”


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