Columbia Pictures; DreamWorks; Weinstein
Columbia Pictures; DreamWorks; Weinstein
The Oscar crème de la crème have been chosen, and the reactions are rolling in.
On the heels of the Golden Globe Awards this Sunday, the 2013 Academy Award nominations have officially been announced, and the stars are graciously thanking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their nominations.
Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations this morning, followed by Life of Pi which came in a close second with 11 nods.
And although Bradley Cooper couldn't help but sound off on pal Ben Affleck's Best Director snub, he was also more than grateful for his own nom for Best Actor in Silver Linings Playbook, sharing his awestruck reaction on the Today show this morning.
So, let's take a look at what the top stars are saying as we officially begin the countdown to movies' biggest night:
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook: "I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver who are all nothing short of amazing. This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film."
Hugh Jackman, Best Actor, Les Misérables: "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."
Robert De Niro, Best Supporting Actor, Silver Linings Playbook: "I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of Silver Linings Playbook.
Jacki Weaver, Best Supporting Actress, Silver Linings Playbook: " I am completely over the moon by this morning's news. To be nominated twice now is incredible, and to be a part of this wonderful film and amazing cast makes things even sweeter. I am so happy for David O. Russell and could not be more thrilled."
Alan Arkin, Best Supporting Actor, Argo: "I am of course very excited about the nomination this morning. Ben Affleck is an amazing director, and I am so happy that Argo was recognized in seven categories!"
Quvenzhané Wallis Best Actress, Beasts of the Southern Wild: "Everyone who made Beasts happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad. I am so happy for Benh [Zeitlin] and [screenwriter] Lucy [Alibar] and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!"
Benh Zeitlin, Achievement in Directing, Beasts of the Southern Wild: "I feel like my house just crashed on the yellow brick road and everything just turned color. So proud Quvenzhane and Lucy and of my whole ragtag band of warriors. I got to especially thank the members of the Academy for coming out for a movie made about as far from Hollywood as you can get. I think it's a beautiful thing for independent filmmaking and for creative freedom everywhere."
Bradley Cooper, Best Actor, Silver Linings Playbook: "Seeing David O. get that nom…man I kinda lost it," the actor gushed on the Today show, before sharing how he discovered the news." It's like 4:30 in the morning and I'm puttering around the house, and I got my mom up and then my dog, and then we were watching it. So it was pretty by the book, waiting with bated breath."
Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress, The Master: "It is such an honor to receive this recognition from the Academy. Working with Paul Thomas Anderson was a unique and wonderful opportunity that I am so grateful for. I'd also like to send congratulations to the other nominees and to my costars Philip [Seymour Hoffman] and Joaquin [Phoenix]."
Harvey Weinstein: "I am blown away! I can't say thank you enough to the Academy for their support of our films. We have a tremendous group of actors and filmmakers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized."
Ang Lee, Achievement in Directing, Life of Pi: "I am deeply honored and frankly a little overwhelmed by all of the nominations that Life of Pi has received this morning. So many talented people gave everything they had to this film, both in front of and behind the camera, and to see all of them receive this kind of recognition is something I am incredibly grateful for."
Seth MacFarlane, Best Original Song, Ted: "First an Oscar nomination, then I find a basically brand-new queen mattress on my drive home. This is an incredible day."
Tim Burton, Best Animated Feature Film, Frankenweenie: "Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature-length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I've always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I've worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I'm so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees."
Sam Fell & Chris Butler, Best Animated Feature Film, ParaNorman: "We are overjoyed that our movie has been Oscar-nominated! We made it with the unending support of brilliant producers and an amazing crew at LAIKA, a unique and cutting-edge studio. On behalf of all of them, we are so proud that the enduring craft of stop-motion has been acknowledged by the Academy -- and that the individuality of Norman himself is being celebrated."
Jacqueline Durran, Achievement in Costume Design, Anna Karenina: "I'm very excited! I'm also very pleased that other members of the Anna Karenina gang were nominated since this film was a collaboration."
Seamus McGarvey, Achievement in Cinematography, Anna Karenina: "The director of the film I'm currently working on just texted me. We had a $100 bet that I wouldn't get nominated, but he texted me that he's $100 richer! I'm over the moon!"
Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer, Best Production Design, Anna Karenina: "Realizing our director Joe Wright's bold and unique vision for Anna Karenina was a challenge, and ultimately a thrill. To have our work recognized by the AMPAS members is an honor, and a joy. We are proud to accept this nomination on behalf of what was a tremendous crew."
Dario Marianelli, Best Original Score, Anna Karenina: "I am delighted to be nominated, and humbled by being in the company of composers whose work I have admired for so long. For the fourth time, director Joe Wright has inspired me and made sure that I would not miss any of the opportunities that his movie opened up for the music. I feel very grateful towards him."
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Best Original Screenplay, Moonrise Kingdom: "I was in the car with my family when we heard the news—everyone was so excited! It's a wonderful honor to be nominated among many great films and storytellers—Wes and I are thrilled."
Kim Nguyen, Best Foreign Language Film, War Witch: "This movie has been a truly amazing 10-year journey and we are honored to be included in such an outstanding list of filmmakers from around the world. I will always remember when Rachel Mwanza, after being the first African woman to ever win the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale, returned home to the Congolese streets of Kinshasa and was greeted by passionate chants and overwhelming pride. So, in the case of War Witch, these recognitions do make a difference. They bring back pride to a nation that greatly needs it. I dearly thank the Academy Members for supporting this film, it is a great privilege and an honor."
John Kahrs, Best Animated Short Film, Paperman: "It's beyond an honor to have Paperman nominated for an Oscar. I can't thank everyone on the team enough for their passion and hard work in making this dream project a reality."
Rich Moore, Best Animated Feature Film, Wreck-It Ralph: "To have the Wreck-It Ralph team's passion and years of hard work acknowledged by the Academy is an honor like no other. We are so proud, so grateful - I can't wait to congratulate everyone in-person."
Mark Andrew, Best Animated Feature Film, Brave: "We are incredibly honored by today's Academy Award nomination. Brave has been an adventure from the beginning—starting with our research trips to Scotland, the crew embarked upon a journey that inspired us all and forever changed our fates. Thanks to the Academy from all of us here at Pixar."
David Magee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Life of Pi: "I'm honored that the Academy included me in this year's nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay for Life of Pi. 2012 has, to my mind, one of the strongest years for films in recent memory and I couldn't be happier to be part of this incredible list of writers and screenplays."
Malik Bendjelloul, Best Documentary, Searching for Sugar Man: "It is a true and surrealistic honor to realize Searching for Sugar Man has been nominated for an Oscar. Being from Sweden, the Oscars were like a far-fetched fantasy you heard about growing up as a kid – something only one could dream of. The story of Rodriguez is unlike any I have ever known and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to share his incredible journey with audiences worldwide. Thank you to the Academy, to Sony Pictures Classics, and to all those whose efforts and passions made this possible."
Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boublil, Best Original Song, Les Misérables: "30 years in the making and 3 days in the writing - this is how "Suddenly" came to life 30 years after the original show was created. We wrote this song for the film on a suggestion from Tom Hooper, after he asked us to revisit a specific chapter of Victor Hugo's novel. In this chapter Jean Valjean discovers an overwhelming feeling of love for the little girl Cosette, whom he rescues as promised to her mother - and this happened to him ... "Suddenly."
Paco Delgado, Achievement in Costume Design, Les Misérables: "I am very proud to be a part of this special film, and am especially happy for all of the recognition it has received. I was supported by a great wardrobe team who worked with such passion. It is amazing to get a nomination for a film we all worked so hard on. Thank you very much."
(Originally published on Jan. 10, 2012, at 9:40 a.m. PT)