Oscar nominees react with gratitude, pride and honour

(From left) Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Yalitza Aparicio and Willem Dafoe.
(From left) Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Yalitza Aparicio and Willem Dafoe.PHOTOS: AFP, EPA-EFE

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Actors, directors and producers were "flabbergasted", "honoured" and "over the moon" to be nominated for the Academy Awards, which will be presented on Feb 24 in Hollywood.

The following are some reactions - through statements, telephone calls and social media - to the Oscar nominations announced on Tuesday (Jan 22) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Glenn Close, best actress nominee for The Wife

"Everything to do with this movie has been a total joy. Bjorn Runge is a great director! Jonathan Pryce is an inspired partner. I'm so proud to be in a little film that has such great resonance with so many people. I'm especially proud to have shared the creation of this character with my beloved daughter Annie. So grateful!"

Bradley Cooper, best actor nominee for A Star Is Born

"Everyone who worked on this film truly risked putting themselves out there - in the hope that in doing so people will connect and feel something deep and personal - the way films have made me feel since I was a kid. When I got this opportunity, I knew I had to risk it all because I may never get another chance - so to be here today in a place where people who have seen the film are talking about how it makes them feel, something deep - that simple human thing - that we need each other - and the Academy to recognise that this morning, I just am so grateful."

Yalitza Aparicio, best actress nominee for Roma

"From the very first casting call to this morning, my Roma journey has been extraordinary. As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen... I am so humbled and honoured. Thank You."

Willem Dafoe, best actor nominee for Eternity's Gate

"I'm over the moon with this nomination. Playing Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate was a gift. The making was so transforming and my working with Julian was so complete and close that sometimes it felt like we were the same person. I share this honour with him."

Amy Adams, best supporting actress nominee for Vice

"Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. It is an honour to be nominated for a film that I loved making. I am grateful to Adam (McKay) for writing such rich material and for creating such a wonderful work environment."

Richard E. Grant, best supporting actor nominee for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

"For a boy growing up in Swaziland, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere, becoming an actor seemed an impossible dream, let alone being nominated for an Oscar. Am literally levitating!!"

Sam Rockwell, best supporting actor nominee for Vice

"Hot damn! I am so truly honoured to be recognised by the Academy again this year. Vice is such a special and important film to be a part of and I'm thrilled for Adam (McKay), Christian (Bale), Amy (Adams) and Hank (Corwin), as well as all of the cast and crew."

Adam McKay, best director, producer and writer nominee for Vice

"My sincere thanks to the Academy for recognising our incredible cast and crew, who worked so tirelessly on this movie that spans five decades. I'm just thrilled, flabbergasted and excited."

Pawel Pawlikowski, best director nominee for Cold War

"It is an incredible honour to be included amid this group of filmmakers, and I'm so grateful to the Academy. Sharing this very personal film with the world over the last year has been an unforgettable journey."

Graham King, producer of best picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody

"A heartfelt thank you to the Academy for recognising a film that has been a true collaboration from a team with a specific vision and determination to honour Freddie Mercury and Queen. I'm extraordinarily proud of all of the nominations and the entire Bohemian Rhapsody team.

Ludwig Goransson, nominee for best original score for Black Panther

"It is an overwhelming privilege to be nominated by the Academy for my work on Black Panther. I share this honour with the brilliant musicians across the globe who performed on the score. My deepest thanks go to Ryan Coogler, a true visionary and great friend, who created one of the most unique and important films of our time."