The best and brightest of our celebs woke up in high spirits on Thursday, after they heard about their 2013 Oscar nominations. The Academy awards 2013 are going to be hosted by Seth McFarlane, who along with Emma Stone announced the contenders for Hollywood’s top accolades.
Here's what Hollywood’s top contenders had to say about their Academy Award nominations:
Steven Spielberg - Best Director
“It’s been an absolutely thrilling morning. I was awoken by [my publicist] telling me about our multiple nominations. It’s the best wakeup call I’ve had in 14 years! I’m always surprised by recognition. I’m deeply grateful, and we are so honored by our 12 nominations, especially being in the great company of such amazing films. It’s a great list of nine movies and I’ve seen all of them. I’m looking forward to meeting [Beasts director] Benh Zeitlin and [Amour director] Michael Haneke. Their films and the rest all show such a diversity; such a wide range of risky opportunities. And today their risks have been rewarded.”
Ang Lee- Best Director, Life Of Pi
"I am deeply honoredand 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."
Hugh Jackman - Best Actor
“I hadn’t planned to listenlive 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 pleasedthat the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of Silver Linings Playbook."
Bradley Cooper - Best Actor
“I get up crazy early anyway, and I told myself, ‘Ok, I’ll take my dog to the beach, and just see what happens. Whatever goes down.’ What I forgot is that it’s pitch-black at 5 am! So I watched with my mom and my dog. These things are once in a lifetime. To see Jacki, Jennifer, Robert all recognized…and thank God, David, too. It’s so exciting, it couldn’t have gone better.”
David O. Russell -Best Director, Silver Linings Playbook
"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 (De Niro) and Jacki Weaver were nominated is amazing." via The Hollywood Reporter
Naomi Watts - 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.”
Sally Field - Best Supporting Actress
“I’m spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels. To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself. But now for us all to receive so much recognition from the Academy I’m deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can’t believe I got the role.”
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!"
Helen Hunt - 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.”
The 85th Academy awards would be held on February 24th 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.