Oscars 2013: What the Nominees Are Saying
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables, best supporting actress:
"It's a wonderful morning," the Les Miserables actress said from her bedroom floor in L.A., her dog beside her. "I'm still jet-lagged on Europe time because I spent the holidays there, so I've been up for a few hours already unsuccessfully trying to fall back asleep. It's such an honor to be a part of a piece of work that has spread so much love throughout the world. I worked with a fearless cast and was so inspired by them every day. I sent Hugh[Jackman] an email. It's also a bittersweet morning for all of us because [Tom Hooper]'s our captain, and there's no way I'm on the phone with you right now without his influence in my life. He's really happy for us, which is a great feeling." - Brandon Kirby
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, best actress:
"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 Lawrence tells THR.
"I went into this because of David [O. Russell]. I've seen everything he's ever done. And I was so blown away by Bradley [Cooper] and the rest of the cast."
This marks Lawrence's second best actress nomination; she received her first two years ago for Winter's Bone, an indie drama that marked her breakout role.
"I plan on enjoying myself this time. Last time, I was just so nervous. I was 20 and new the industry," she says. "I don't want to make the same mistake this time." - Pamela McClintock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible, 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." - Stacey Wilson
David O. Russell, director, Silver Linings Playbook, best picture, achievement in directing:
"I'm beyond grateful, since I didn't know what to expect. I'm especially over the moon for my actors. The fact that Bob (Robert De Niro) and Jacki Weaver were nominated is amazing," David O. Russell tells THR.
"This morning was just a stunner." - Pamela McClintock
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook, 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, The Sessions, 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." - Stacey Wilson
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook, 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." - Stacey Wilson
Ang Lee, director, Life of Pi, best picture, achievement in directing:
"I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday for tonight's Critics' Choice Awards. I was sleeping when my assistant David called with the good news," Lee tells THR. "Here's the thing -- everything about this movie was an uphill battle. And it was a very difficult movie to make, so I didn't really get to celebrate when we finished. I felt more like Pi, lost and exhausted. Just recently, I started to feel rewarded. This week alone has been amazing, between the DGA, BAFTA and Oscar nominations. I feel like I'm being showered with goodwill and encouragement." - Pamela McClintock
Michael Haneke, director, Amour, best picture, best foreign film, achievement in directing:
“I am very happy and gratified by the Oscar nominations that Amour has received today, and that the voting members of the Academy have taken the film so strongly to their hearts. It is fulfilling to discover that a film has found the audience and critical acclaim thatAmour has garnered. I have been very fortunate on both those fronts, but it is especially rewarding to discover that a film has found favor among one’s industry peers who know, in particular, the effort that goes into getting a film – any film – made. I am also especially happy for all the people who made Amour with me. It is a joyous occasion for us all. Many thanks.”
Tim Burton, director, Frankenweenie, best animated feature:
"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."
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., distributor of Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, best picture:
“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 film makers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized.“
Seth MacFarlane, Oscars host and director of Ted, nominated for best song:
"First an Oscar nomination, then I find a basically brand-new queen mattress on my drive home. This is an incredible day."
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, 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.”
Mark Andrews, director, Brave, best animated feature:
"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."
Kathy Kennedy, producer, Lincoln, best picture:
"It’s pretty exciting, though I didn’t wake up in time to turn on TV! [Husband] Frank called me and read me the list. There isn’t anything more gratifying than seeing everyone - the actors, producers, director and writer -- recognized for this film. You get to the point with this campaign process, you try to pace yourself with this long journey... we are just fortunate to have this kind of recognition. Stephen is absolutely thrilled. It’s very much like his directing style- he has enthusiasm for everything. As for choosing a dress, now that I’m going back and forth to San Francisco for my new job, I've literally had one day to think about it. My bedroom is currently full of dresses for the Globes, but I’m not seeing any I really like yet! There’s no question, women have it harder. It becomes a part time job; a high class problem, so we can’t really talk about it. But it’s daunting!" - Stacey Wilson
John Kars, director, Paperman, best animated short:
"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 More, director, Wreck-It Ralph, best animated feature:
"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."
Lucy Alibar, writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild, best adapted screenplay:
"I was really shocked and stunned in the best way. Especially for Benh [Zeitlin], he's my best friend. I just genuinely wasn't expecting any of this. I was doing yoga waiting for my laundry to dry, and my boyfriend turned the TV on even though I really didn't want him to. I just wanted to steer clear. I haven't even thought about what the Oscars will be like." - Brandon Kirby