Best actor Oscar nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards (L-R) Christian Bale, Rami Malek, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and Willem Dafoe are seen in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Staff/File Photos
Best actor Oscar nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards (L-R) Christian Bale, Rami Malek, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and Willem Dafoe are seen in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Staff/File Photos

Oscar nominees react with gratitude, pride and honor

Tue, Jan. 22, 2019

22 January 2019: Actors, directors and producers were "flabbergasted," "honored" and "over the moon' to be nominated for the Academy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 24 in Hollywood.

The following are some reactions - through statements, telephone calls and social media - to the Oscar nominations announced on Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Glenn Close, best actress nominee for "The Wife"

"Everything to do with this movie has been a total joy. Bjorn Runge is a great director! Jonathan Pryce is an inspired partner. I’m so proud to be in a little film that has such great resonance with so many people."

Bradley Cooper, best actor nominee for "A Star is Born"

“Everyone who worked on this film truly risked putting themselves out there — in the hope that in doing so people will connect and feel something deep and personal — the way films have made me feel since I was a kid. When I got this opportunity, I knew I had to risk it all because I may never get another chance — so to be here today in a place where people who have seen the film are talking about how it makes them feel, something deep — that simple human thing — that we need each other — and the Academy to recognize that this morning, I just am so grateful.”

Yalitza Aparicio, best actress nominee for "Roma"

“From the very first casting call to this morning, my 'Roma' journey has been extraordinary. As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen. ... I am so humbled and honored. Thank You.”

Alfonso Cuaron, best director nominee "Roma"

“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing 'Roma' across these categories. Human experience is one in the same, and it’s so gratifying that a black and white film about life in Mexico is being celebrated around the world. We are living a great moment in cinema where diversity is embraced by audiences."

Willem Dafoe, best actor nominee for "At Eternity's Gate"

"I’m over the moon with this nomination. Playing Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s 'At Eternity’s Gate' was a gift. The making was so transforming and my working with Julian was so complete and close that sometimes it felt like we were the same person. I share this honor with him."

Amy Adams, best supporting actress nominee for "Vice"

“Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. It is an honor to be nominated for a film that I loved making. I am grateful to Adam (McKay) for writing such rich material and for creating such a wonderful work environment."

Emma Stone, best supporting actress nominee for "The Favourite"

“Working on 'The Favourite' alongside my brilliant friends Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and the whole cast was nothing short of incredible. I was grateful every day and am honored by this nomination."

Yorgos Lanthimos, best director nominee for "The Favourite"

"I would like to thank The Academy for honoring 'The Favourite' so generously today. Having felt a bit like an outsider looking in, I am truly humbled about this morning's nominations."

Richard E. Grant, best supporting actor nominee for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

"For a boy growing up in Swaziland, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, becoming an actor seemed an impossible dream, let alone being nominated for an Oscar. Am literally levitating!!”

Sam Rockwell, best supporting actor nominee for "Vice"

“Hot damn! I am so truly honored to be recognized by the Academy again this year. 'Vice' is such a special and important film to be a part of and I’m thrilled for Adam (McKay), Christian (Bale), Amy (Adams) and Hank (Corwin), as well as all of the cast and crew.”

Mahershala Ali, best supporting actor nominee for "Green Book"

"I'd like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work along with the extraordinary performances of my fellow nominees... Through Dr. Donald Shirley, I had the gift of navigating circumstances as a profound, gifted, complicated genius. A man who had experiences and a combination of qualities that I had yet to see on film."

Adam McKay, best director, producer and writer nominee for "Vice"

"My sincere thanks to the Academy for recognizing our incredible cast and crew, who worked so tirelessly on this movie that spans five decades. I'm just thrilled, flabbergasted and excited"

Pawel Pawlikowski, best director nominee for "Cold War"

“It is an incredible honor to be included amid this group of filmmakers, and I’m so grateful to the Academy. Sharing this very personal film with the world over the last year has been an unforgettable journey."
 
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