Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”; Dale Robinette/Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) — Here are some of the reactions from this year’s Oscar nominees, following the nominations announcement Tuesday morning:
Emma Stone, Best Actress nominee, La La Land: “What a morning…The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I’m also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it’s hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can’t wait to celebrate together.”
Ryan Gosling, Best Actor nominee, La La Land: “I’m very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else’s wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special.”
Damien Chazell, Best Director nominee, La La Land: “…I am thrilled that the Academy is celebrating the work of Emma and Ryan, who brought these characters to life with such humanity and depth, and also the work of my college roommate Justin [Hurwitz] who created the beautiful music. As a filmmaker, you are only as strong as the team around you and so to share this moment and recognition with my brilliant team…the people that worked so hard and tirelessly and collaborated so creatively, is more than I could ask for.”
Viola Davis, Best Actress nominee, Fences: “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!” said Davis, as per EW.
Nicole Kidman, Best Supporting Actress nominee, Lion: “I want to thank the Academy for all of the acknowledgements you have given this heartfelt film. But, most importantly, I want to thank the Brierley family for putting themselves in such a vulnerable place and sharing their story with the world…Woo Hoo!” Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierly, an Indian man who searches for his family decades after becoming separated from them and subsequently being adopted by an Australian family. In the film, Kidman plays Saroo’s adoptive mother.
Dev Patel, Best Supporting Actor nominee, Lion: “I just talked to my mum in London and she is screaming and crying and people are looking into her office to see what’s wrong,” Patel tells the Hollywood Reporter. “These nominations only mean we will get more butts in the seats for a movie that talks about something that is very important — those lost children on the streets of India.”
Michelle Williams, Best Actress nominee, Manchester By the Sea: As per EW, the actress said, “…Making this film was incredibly rewarding and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey, Lucas and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category.”
Jeff Bridges, Best Supporting Actor Nominee, Hell or High Water: According to EW, the actor said, “…What a thrill, especially for a movie that is so close to my heart…Woo Hoo! Thanks Academy.”
Viggo Mortensen, Best Actor nominee, Captain Fantastic: “I was hoping our movie would get lucky and I’m really proud to be able to represent Captain Fantastic. It was the little movie that could. It was one of the finest I’ve ever been part of … For a small movie like ours, it means the world to us,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America.
Mel Gibson, Best Director nominee, Hacksaw Ridge: “What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor,” said Gibson about his first Oscar nod since Braveheart, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The Academy’s recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Best Original Song nominee, “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana: “I’m beyond, beyond beyond thrilled,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America. “The directors of this film changed my life when I was 9 years old and they directed The Little Mermaid… I think this movie is about an amazing young woman who changed the world.”
Michael Shannon, Best Supporting Actor nominee, Nocturnal Animals: “Obviously it’s kind of a dark movie, very emotional, but it seems to be striking a chord with some people,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America.
Kenneth Lonergan, writer and director, Best Picture nominee Manchester By the Sea: “I’m really overwhelmed…It’s such an honor to be counted alongside our fellow nominees and all the really extraordinary movies that came out this year. We tried to make a movie about people standing by each other no matter what; thank you to everyone who let us try, and to everyone out there trying to tell the truth about what it is to be a human being.”
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