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Jennifer Lawrence
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"I didn't really feel anything at first and then when I was looking at the TV and I heard my name and saw my face on the television screen, I just kind of snapped," says first-time acting nominee, Jennifer Lawrence.

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Jennifer Lawrence, best actress, Winter's Bone: "I had already done my screaming and jumping because John Hawkes had been nominated and he got announced before, so I was just kind of still out of breath, heart still beating from that," Lawrence tells THR of listening for her own name to be announced after her Winter's Bone co-star's nom. "I didn't really feel anything at first and then when I was looking at the TV and I heard my name and saw my face on the television screen, I just kind of snapped. All my friends and family started jumping up around me and started screaming so I followed suit and started screaming." The nomination comes a week after the young actress' appeared on THR's cover. "It's one of the only magazines that I've bought that I was in," says Lawrence. "I can't remember the last time, but I really loved that picture."

Javier Bardem, best actor, Biutiful: 'I am truly honored for this nomination. And deeply thankful to the Academy members for their trust and support. Also to all of those who showed their support to my work in Biutiful I express my heartfelt gratitude. I am very happy for Alejandro (González Iñárritu) and everyone who has made possible the special movie we made together. It's really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain and mine I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and a recognition in this nomination for the movie Biutiful."

Jesse Eisenberg, best actor, The Social Network: Eisenberg didn't have to be woken up to hear about his best actor nomination, The Social Network star has been having trouble sleeping. "I pretended not to think about it, but my heart was racing," he tells THR of Tuesday morning's announcement. Getting the only acting nom for the much-lauded film came as quite a surprise. "This is such an ensemble movie," says the actor, who was quick to share the accolade. "My acknowledgement is a testament to the entire ensemble, most notably Andrew Garfield."

Eisenberg who's currently in the midst of rehearsing for his Jan. 29 Saturday Night Live hosting gig, adds that though Network has received awards buzz from day one, the recognition still doesn't feel real. "It's very nice to be included and involved, on the other hand I feel like I'll never be in any of these rooms again, so you feel a little bit like you crashed the party," he says, joking, "I'm just trying to eat as much food as I can until they find me."

Amy Adams, best supporting actress, The Fighter: Though she's nominated for best supporting actress beside her Fighter co-star Melissa Leo again, Adams insists Leo's Golden Globe win hasn't ignited a rivalry, "There's no one I'm happier to duke it out with than Melissa. She's amazing and awesome and I'm super happy for her too."

This is Adams' third Oscar nomination (she was previously recognized for Doubt and Junebug), but the actress says she still feels the same sense of surprise, "I couldn't have ever dreamed to be there once, so to get to be there three times, I'm really excited and so flattered." 

David Fincher, best director, The Social Network: "I'm very grateful and humbled by the nominations for The Social Network. I'm incredibly proud of the work of my wildly talented collaborators in front of and behind the camera -- all of whom gave the best of themselves and their talents in service to a film about a ground-breaking American innovation. This directing nomination represents the sum of the work of all of us, and I want to acknowledge the vast contributions to this film of all of my good friends and creative partners. The success of our movie belongs to many people, and this nomination is theirs to share."

Mark Wahlberg (producer), best picture, The Fighter: "It has been such an incredible journey with The Fighter and one that I am grateful to share with David O. Russell, Christian (Bale), Melissa (Leo), Amy (Adams), my fellow producers and the Ward and Eklund families, who are the heart and soul of the film. Thank you to the Academy for this tremendous honor."

Nicole Kidman, best actress, Rabbit Hole: "What an extraordinary journey this film has taken me on! Rabbit Hole has been a labor of love and I'm so thankful to John Cameron Mitchell, David Lindsay-Abaire and the brilliant cast. This nomination reflects all of the heart and soul that these people have put into it and I can't thank them enough."

Jeremy Renner, best supporting actor, The Town: Tonight Jeremy Renner will be "raising a glass to lightening striking twice" in celebration of being nominated by the Academy two years in a row (his first nom was for last year's best picture winner, The Hurt Locker). But, this morning, the best supporting actor nominee for his role in The Town (the film's only nomination) had just one plan: "I'm gonna have a pot of coffee and some eggs," he told THR.

Renner, who is currently filming Mission: Impossible in Vancouver -- a film he calls "intense in a different way"--says it was director (and star) Ben Affleck's support that helped him create his authentic Bostonian tough-guy character. "He let me loose to fail and succeed. He trusted me." Not to mention the city itself. "Spending time and shooting in Boston was certainly the biggest reason why I could have even done the accent or understand the character." And while his phone and email began going off first thing this morning, Renner hadn't had time to pick it up. "My sister called immediately," he said, joking, "It's nice to see that they were up this morning, but I'll get to the family later." First things first: coffee and eggs.

Jeff Bridges, best actor, True Grit: "YEE HAW!"

Jacki Weaver, best supporting actress, Animal Kingdom: Weaver has two reasons to celebrate this morning. In addition to her best supporting actress nom for Sony's Animal Kingdom, the Aussie actress is also celebrating Australia Day (the country's national holiday). "It's so nice to have received this lovely present today," Weaver said. "I've been so worried that everyone at home would be disappointed, but now I think they're probably thrilled for me!" Weaver – who received news this morning about the nom from her ex-husband – hopes to represent her homeland by hitting the Oscar red carpet in a Australian-designed gown: "As a little girl, I always watched the Oscars from 12,000 miles away. To find out that I'm a part of it is beyond imagination."

Tom Hooper, director, The King's Speech: "I am absolutely overwhelmed by the twelve Oscar nominations for The King's Speech. I am so grateful to the Academy. I am incredibly proud of my extraordinary cast and crew. This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life." 

Lee Unkrich (director), best picture and best animated feature, Toy Story 3: The film achieved two rare feats this morning: It is only the third animated movie to earn a best picture nomination and it is also in the unusual position of being a nominated sequel.

"My head is spinning. We had a '3' in the title. We made a decision very early on that we wanted to make a sequel that was worthy of sitting beside the first two Toy Story films. We wanted it to resonate.

"I hope to see more animated films in the best picture category," he added when asked about the top category. "The move to 10 certainly didn't hurt, though I suppose we'll never know (if Toy Story would have received a nomination if five were in the category). Animation is as vital to cinema as anything else being made out there. This was a meaningful nomination for us."

Is the time approaching that an animated movie could claim a best picture prize? "You never know--it took us many decades before Beauty and the Beast got the first nomination. Now we're two in a row (Up was nominated a year ago). It could happen; I'd love to see it happen."

Michael DeLuca (producer), The Social Network: "I'm deeply grateful to the Academy for recognizing The Social Network with eight nominations. It's a recognition for every single one of the many many people who had a hand in bringing this film to life - both in front of and behind the cameras. I'm so incredibly proud to be a producer on this film. The mirror it holds up in terms of underscoring the universal, timeless human need for love, friendship and acceptance is a testament to Aaron Sorkin's brilliant script and David Fincher's masterful direction. Every producer in his career wants to be a part of a film like this one. Making the film, and being a part of it continues to be an incredible gift."

David Hoberman (producer), best picture, The Fighter: "On behalf of everyone associated with The Fighter, we are deeply honored by the Academy's recognition of our film. This has been a labor of love for us and an incredible, rewarding journey that continues with this nomination."

Todd Lieberman (producer), best picture, The Fighter: Lieberman actually teared up when he watched The Fighter, which he produced along with David Hoberman and Mark Wahlberg, snag seven nominations.

"It's so hard to get a movie made, and then you strive to get the best version of that movie made, and then when the movie you make exceeds any version of what you thought it could have been, and you're watching the Academy Awards nominations, and you hear your movie, I don't knows not to sound cheesy, but you get a tear swelling in your eye. It's an emotional thing."

Lieberman does wish, however, that Wahlberg received some notice for the acting skills he displayed in the movie. "The hardest thing to play is that understated role so that everyone around you can play a character. And I think that sometimes those roles get overlooked because they are not as flashy. His performance, in my mind, should be recognized. I think he deserves to be nominated as an actor, I'm thrilled he's nominated with us as a producer."

Lieberman will now go from Oscar mode to Disney mode, and join fellow Oscar-nominee Amy Adams on the Universal backlot where he and Hoberman are shooting Disney's new Muppets movie.

Stuart Blumberg, original screenplay, The Kids Are All Right: "Try as I could to act cool and not care, as soon as I heard our names called, I started crying like a little kid. Pardon the cliche, but this truly is a dream come true. I want to thank the Academy for this most phenomenal honor."

Colleen Atwood, achievement in costume design, Alice in Wonderland, “I am thrilled to be nominated. Alice was a labor of love for all of us, and to be recognized for the work is really the frosting on the cake.”

Ken Ralston, achievement in visual effects, Alice in Wonderland: "The nomination is wonderful because working on Alice in Wonderland was one of the best creative experiences of my entire career. Tim Burton trusted us with his vision and the work on the screen is the result of an amazing collaboration with hundreds of brilliant artists, including my fellow nominees and a great team on set. You hope to have an experience like this at least once in career and I am so happy that our peers recognized the extraordinary complexity, detail and accomplishment that the visual effects in Alice in Wonderland represent."

Alan Menken, original song, "I See the Light" from Tangled (music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater): “I’m happy with the success of the movie. I take the recognition of the song as recognition of the work everyone did the on the picture and I share it with the directors and the team. A nomination is always a credit to the entire picture.”

Kevin Spacey (producer), best picture, The Social Network: "It's a fantastic morning," Spacey tells THR of Social Network's eight nominations. "I'm enormously proud of the film and incredibly delighted that we were able to be so luck to get Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher to pair up, and for Sony to have stepped up and said, 'Yes, we'll produce a movie that doesn't have any explosions or car crashes or gunfights, or any real sex."

Having gone through the awards circuit 13 years ago with American Beauty (for which he won his second Oscar, Spacey notes one big change. "Thirteen years ago, Dana (Brunetti) started working for me as my assistant and now he's going to the Academy Awards as a nominated producer," he says, adding, "It's an amazing story." And, true to form, the actor is planning to take to his Twitter page later today. "Tweeting will happen after coffee."

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (producer), best picture, The Kids Are All Right: "We are overjoyed that the Academy gave our film four nominations -- what a journey, from years getting the movie together to Sundance last year to the Kodak Theatre next month! We made the film because we had something to say about the power of love, and I want to thank the Academy members from the bottom of my heart for showing us their love!"

Mike Leigh, best original screenplay, Another Year: "I'm thrilled to bits."

Darla K. Anderson (producer), best picture and best animated feature, Toy Story 3: Anderson, who works at Pixar, said it was a surreal experience listening to the nominations being announced,"My heart was pounding. When you hear your name being called off with the other nominees, you feel completely honored. We don't take anything for granted."

Michael Arndt, adapted screenplay, Toy Story 3: "I've spent my whole life being inspired and moved by the work of the screenwriters of the Academy, so to be recognized by the writers branch this morning is deeply gratifying and profoundly humbling. While I wish I could hog all the credit for myself, I would have gone nowhere and done nothing without the collective brilliance of the entire creative community at Pixar, who have always maintained that 'story comes first' and who are crazy enough to actually believe it."

Susanne Bier (director), best foreign-language film, In a Better World, "I am so thrilled about this nomination! It means so much for the film and for Denmark! I love what I do and this is an incredible affirmation!"

Teddy Newton (director), best animated short film, Day & Night: Where and how Newton learned of his film's Oscar nomination is unusual to say the least, "I was in the hospital when I found out. I just had a baby with my wife. Actually it was the baby that woke me up, more than the producer. So, I was already awake when I found out."  He continues, "I was actually even more excited that so many people from Pixar were also nominated, because that means we all go together which makes it more fun I think."

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