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Nomination: Reaction

“I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom anytime, anywhere. Jake and Aaron and Karl made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak.” – Michael Shannon

 

“I was just lying in bed when I found out. I jumped out of bed screaming, ‘Mom, Dad I was nominated!’ ”  – Lucas Hedges

“My dad hopped out of the shower and put some clothes on soaking wet and just started crying. He was nominated for an Academy Award about 10 years ago, too, so I’m the second generation. It’s awesome.” – Lucas Hedges

 

“We talked a lot about the political climate and I thought the release was a little bit of gamble but felt it worked. Even though it was relevant to what happened several years ago, it still felt fresh now. As for the Jeff, we always saw this as him even when his schedule might get in way, we needed him. From the first day, I felt that he delivered another memorable performance.” – Julia Yorn

 

“This is beyond exciting and I am so happy to have been honored with this nomination.  A Man Called Ove is a simple story that contains the basic human elements of love, community and a certain level of decency.  Elements that feel very relevant these days.  There is a surprising love affair in the film and now I think we can also speak of a budding love affair between the film and the american audience. I am looking forward to introducing a man named Ove to a man named Oscar!” – Hannes Holm

 

“I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom Ford anytime, anywhere. Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karl Glusman made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak.” Michael Shannon

 

“I continue to feel proud of the world wide team of artists and coders that made PEARL a reality.  Thanks especially to the pirates of Google ATAP for rallying behind our little labor of love and thanks to the Academy for this morning’s recognition!” – Patrick Osborne, “Pearl”

 

“I’m excited to go to the Oscars. I’m the kid who used to tape the Oscars and memorize Billy Crystal’s musical monologues. And you know, the Jack Palance running jokes… I used to tape them every year, so I’m thrilled to get to go to the party. And I’m really just so excited for the entire Moana team. I mean, I worked on the movie for the past three years. They’ve been working on it for five years. It’s a wonderful sort of congratulations from many, many years of hard work, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

“Just beside myself, I was just told that no African-American women has ever come back to be nominated so very grateful. I think this film is timely because these women are getting their time to shine. Young girls of all ethnicities should see this film becase it really reflects the American Dream for girls of races. The moment that got me was with Taraji and Kevin when she figures out the numbers and runs it all the way back to him in the finale and has John Glenn’s life in her hands. He almost doesn’t get on that rocket and his put his life in her hands and it really validated the movie in that moment.”  – Octavia Spencer

 

“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.”- Viggo Mortensen

 

“It’s been quite the ride, it feels like I’m full circle. Yesterday was the day the film premiered at Sundance, it really is full circle. I always wanted to make movies that people connected with that encouraged and inspired people. To see it do so well and have people come to me and say how they connected is truly overwhelming. After I read the script and met Kenny, I was all in, and after seeing the first cut of the I knew it was something special. It’s been a marathon working this film but it’s been a good one. ” – Kimberly Steward

 

“We want to thank the Academy for honoring the hard work and passion that each and every artist put into Zootopia – the film, and its message of unity in a complex world, has been recognized in ways we couldn’t have possibly imagined.”  – Directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Producer Clark Spencer, Zootopia

 

“Ok, so I just received a call to say that I’ve been nominated for an Academy Award…To be totally honest, the news hasn’t made it’s way into my brain yet, but I’m looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me… Faces of the ones I love. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I’m in India right now. This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo’s journey was born. This film would be nothing without Garth Davis. Without his love, commitment and vision this ‘Lion’ wouldn’t have been able to roar. To that extent I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Iain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team.  ‘Lion’ reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the color of your skin, not by race, gender, sexuality, social status, or origin. It is a message I am proud to be spreading during these uncertain times. This will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.” – Dev Patel

 

Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. 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.” – Michelle Williams

 

“I was watching my kids grow, learn and take brave steps in the journey of growing up when the idea for ‘Piper’ came to me. Since bringing it out into the world, I have realized ‘Piper’ is very much like a child to me, and I’ve watched with awe as it has been embraced by audiences worldwide. Now, to be recognized with a nomination is truly humbling. To the Academy, and all those that have helped shepherd Piper along her way, I am truly thankful.” – Alan Barillaro

 

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Barry, I am really grateful to have expierence to work with him and Naomi. We were all there for the right reasons and I think these nominations show that. Barry has an infectious optimism and is very clear what he wants that day while also doing an incredible job of empowering you. That makes for a more confident actor and a more confident cast.” – Mahershala Ali

 

“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.” – Ryan Gosling

 

“I’m so happy but I’m also disappointed for Amy [Adams] because she’s the heart and soul of the movie, if you’d asked me yesterday what were we going to be nominated for, I would have said 100% that she’d be nominated.” – Denis Villaneuve

 

“What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I’m so happy to share this feeling with my ‘La La Land’ family. 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.” – Emma Stone

 

“Thanx to @TheAcademy for amplifying injustices of mass criminalization in @13THFilm. Love to our fellow nominees. xo” – Ava DuVernay

 

“Woke up this morning in beautiful Solano Beach after playing a cool gig at the Belly Up with my band the Abiders to find out I’ve been nominated for my performance in “Hell or High Water”.  What a thrill, especially for a movie that is so close to my heart. I really dug playing with Gil, Chris and Ben and being directed by the talented David Mackenzie. And such a GREAT script from Taylor. Woo Hoo! Thanks Academy.” – Jeff Bridges

 

“I haven’t taken it in yet, I said to myself no matter what it’s been a great year, and I was watching with my mom and I said turn it off when they started, but then my brother called to tell me.” – Naomie Harris

 

“What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor.  I’m especially happy for Andrew Garfield, our producers Bill Mechanic and David Permut, our editor John Gilbert and our incredible sound teams.  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, including Desmond Doss.” – Mel Gibson

 

“I’m over the moon!  An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift.  Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for.  Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this.  But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life.  They inspired me to dream.  That’s the kind of film our team at Laika sought to make with ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.’  A film is a slice of a hundred souls.  In this case many more.  An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story.  I’m so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we’ve done together.  I’m profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film.  It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them.” – Travis Knight, “Kubo and the Two Strings”

 

“It’s amazing, the thing that makes me the happiest of all is the people I made the movie with got nominated as well, this was a team effort and I’m just beaming with pride. It sure makes it that much more rewarding but also that much more shocking that it got made let alone get nominated. It just makes it more surreal and amazing that it’s getting recognized. The benefit of it taking so long to get made is we ended up making it with all the right people in the end.” – Damien Chazelle

 

“When I wrote the Lion screenplay, I set out to move people – to shift their emotional center. I wasn’t entirely certain if, or how much, I might succeed. But I hoped. So it was deeply gratifying and humbling to learn at our screenings – one person, one comment at a time – that I’d had some success in the matter. But the pleasantly surreal news of an Oscar nomination that I woke to this morning added a sweet note of delight: the thought that Lion might have moved peers and colleagues who had done such great work they had earned a place in the Academy. It is a terrific boost to be thought of in such a positive light by a group of people you look up to and admire.I think of the film as an anthem to the persistence of love. I didn’t consciously set out to write a film that would spark wider conversations about the ethics of adoption or the worldwide scourge of child sex trafficking. But I am so very grateful it seems to be doing that, too.” – Luke Davies

 

“Thank you to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—thank you so much for this honor.  I spent a good chunk of my childhood memorizing Billy Crystal’s musical Oscar monologues, so this is insane. Seeing The Little Mermaid changed my life at 9-years-old, so to work with its directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana has been a dream come true.  I share this humbling honor with them, my Moana songwriting partners Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, and the entire Disney family. Congratulations to all this morning’s incredible nominees. And future congratulations to the kids watching the telecast this year, singing along with their favorite songs, performing epic private concerts for the mirror with a comb or a toothbrush microphone. You’re next.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

“As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O’Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We’re thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor.” – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean & Brad Schiff,  “Kubo and the Two Strings”

Kubo Trivia:  The first time an animated film has been nominated in the visual effects category since The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1994

 

“Whenever I showed up at a Q&A it felt that it was timely, I’m not that plugged in but that seemed to be the real sense. I was so close to it I wasn’t aware of what we had until we were at Telluride at that first screening, it was one of those mystical things that it started to come together at those early screenings. On set, I’m just working so hard that I didn’t really take the time to realize what was coming together.” – Barry Jenkins

 

“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. And thanks to Garth Davis for putting his heart and soul into all of us. Woo Hoo!” – Nicole Kidman

 

“I think I knew I had something special when the cast came together and then I guess that first screening I understood that people related to the film like this. To me it’s one of the greatest performances, Matt’s also a great actor too but Casey really nailed it. Me and Casey just tried to focus on what is happening with that character and what he’s trying to do and what is getting in his way. It sounds kind of simple cause you do that with every character but this character dealing with a terrible loss while also trying to figure out to function and I think Casey is so good and narrowing those waters and always asked the right questions about the character. I didn’t really need to say that much, he liked to explore and I liked to explore, which made the experience that much more enjoyable.” – Kenneth Lonergan

 

“I was willing for these three women to be known, and now they finally are, and the friendship and camaraderie that develops between them is for me the most inspirational part of the film.” – Allison Shroeder

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas