Oscars: The Nominees React

7:21 AM 1/23/2018

by THR Staff

The nominees share their thoughts on the Tuesday morning announcement.

The nominees were announced Tuesday morning for the 90th annual Academy Awards, with The Shape of Water leading the race with 13 mentions. 

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars, which will take place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. ABC will broadcast the ceremony live on Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. 

Read what the nominees had to say below.

  • Sally Hawkins

    Best actress nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    “This nomination is for every single one of us who brought our hearts to this film. I am here, because of the greatness of others. I stand on the shoulders of giants.  Guillermo handed me a gift with this role, this film. I am so delighted for us all. To be honored by the acknowledgement of my colleagues of fellow actors, filmmakers, writers, crew members is truly humbling. It is a privilege to tell such stories and to be able to make films that show there is a life beyond the life that people know — one that is not always seen. To be considered in this category alongside these exceptional women is a real honor and gift in itself. Thank you with eternal gratitude dear Academy!”

  • Meryl Streep

    Best actress nominee for 'The Post'

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    “I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history- Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart.”

  • Laurie Metcalf

    Best supporting actress nominee for 'Lady Bird'

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    Today is a day of firsts for Laurie Metcalf. She received her first Oscar nom for her role in Lady Bird and today is the first day of rehearsal for a new play. “I just got to New York last night,” said Metcalf. “I can’t believe it. Two really great things happening on the first day of rehearsals.” Metcalf has already texted her Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and co-star Saoirse Ronan, both of whom picked up nominations of their own. “It’s so wonderful to have that kind of recognition for a project that you fell in love with and watched everyone pour their heart and soul into making it,” she said. As for Oscars night, her new play will be in previews so the first time nominee says she will likely have to have a quick turn around. “I’ll have to do a show and fly in on a red eye or something and then fly right back out. But, you know, champagne problems.”

     

  • Gary Oldman

    Best actor nominee for 'Darkest Hour'

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    “Firstly, I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, both in the acting categories and across the board. To be in such company is deeply, genuinely, humbling.  To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career, was the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so happy that my colleagues and partners on this wonderful film have also been honored with nominations. I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!”

  • Timothée Chalamet

    Best actor nominee for 'Call Me By Your Name'

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    “Wow, what an incredible morning. I’m a bit in shock. The feeling of gratitude I have at the moment has less to do with individual achievement and more with the appreciation for the artists past honored in this category and all of the nominees of this year.  I am in awe of the pedigree of the Academy. I am truly honored. I’ve been traveling with Armie Hammer the last twelve hours. We land in two hours and we will be back in Italy together for the first time in a year and a half. Tonight, we’re getting dinner with Luca Guadagnino. Without Luca’s true mastery and vision, and without Armie’s trust and guidance, without the public arts funding that made my high school education at LaGuardia possible, I wouldn’t be in this position. Thank you to those that made this possible, and the Academy, for this recognition.” 

  • Willem Dafoe

    Best supporting actor nominee for 'The Florida Project'

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    “It’s dreadful weather, but it’s a good morning!” said Dafoe, who learned of his third Oscar nomination after a patchy night’s sleep and some yoga practice in New York. “Each time it’s very different because it’s colored by the movie and, for lack of a better word, campaigning, which has developed so much from the first time I was nominated. It’s become so sophisticated — much more commentary and analysis, but that’s alright. I’m very happy because it’s a movie I’m very proud of.” Dafoe plays the owner of a Disney World-adjacent hotel housing impoverished tenants. “He’s a simple man with a good heart. That’s something we all relate to — we’re all haunted by our limitations, but that impulse to do a little to make things better for others seems to resonate — especially this year, but that goes without saying!” Dafoe, speaking from his office while preparing for two upcoming projects, spoke to director Sean Baker shortly after the nominations announcement. “I’m sorry he or the film didn’t get some more play. But he’s someone I intend to work with again.”

  • Mary J. Blige

    Best supporting actress nominee for 'Mudbound' and co-writer of best original song nominee "Mighty River" from 'Mudbound'

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    Mary J. Blige, who began collecting acclaim for her performance in Mudbound at Sundance last year, woke up this morning to learn that she’s a double Oscar nominee — the first ever in her two categories simultaneously. “I’m almost speechless — I’m so moved and so grateful that I’m being recognized for the work I’ve done as a singer and an actress,” she says, holding back tears. “I’m trying not to cry! Thank you Oscars for your love.”

    In addition to her performance, Blige is nominated in the best original song category — which means she’ll probably be performing “Mighty River” at the televised ceremony. “I’m so game,” she says. “That song is powerful and something I believe needs to be heard.”

    Mudbound also made history with its first nomination of a female cinematographer, Rachel Morrison. “I love her! And to see her and Dee Rees every day, and all of the women on this set, it was beautiful.” And of the nominations of fellow actors Denzel Washington, Octavia Spencer and Daniel Kaluuya — meaning the Academy narrowly avoids an #OscarsSoWhite shutout — Blige says, “It’s a great progression. It’s moving forward.”

     

     

  • Richard Jenkins

    Best supporting actor nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

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    Richard Jenkins watched the Oscar nominations announcement live, ready to support the film’s director, cast and crew. “I thought, ‘Well, I probably won’t be nominated,’ but surprise, surprise!” says the actor from his home in Rhode Island. “I’m humbled. It’s other worldly to me. I’ve been in some great films with a lot of recognition, but 13 Academy Award nominations — no way! I’m so happy for everybody.”

    Jenkins nabbed his second Oscar nomination as a gay illustrator who assists in the quest to rescue a mysterious creature. After the announcement, he and the cast exchanged emails with each other and director Guillermo del Toro. “He’s just a beautiful man — so funny, smart and aware,” says Jenkins. “The room changes when he comes in the room, and it becomes Guillermo’s room. He doesn’t do anything, it’s effortless. For me to get a chance to work with this artist is a thrill.”

    Jenkins will celebrate his nomination later this week, by having dinner with friends and seeing a play at Trinity Repertory Company, where he previously served as its artistic director. Until then, things are relatively normal: “Someone is coming over later to fix our vacuum cleaner.”

     

  • Sam Rockwell

    Best supporting actor nominee for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

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    “I slept through it,” says Rockwell of the nominations announcement. “I was still very tired from SAG stuff so I took the phone off the hook.” The actor was recognized for his role as a racist cop in Martin Mcdonagh’s Three Billboards, a role that has already earned him a Golden Globe and SAG award. Rockwell is excited for was for his fellow Three Billboard nominees, but was also excited for first time nominee Greta Gerwig, as well as Jordan Peele for Get Out (“It’s so bad ass.”) Looking forward to Oscars night, the nominee has a few people he is looking forward to seeing. “Fran, Martin and I always have a really good time, but there are a lot of nice people that go there that I really dig. I would like to shake hands with Daniel Day,” Rockwell said of his Oscar night hopes. He added: “It’s a free party.”

     

  • Christopher Plummer

    Best supporting actor nominee for 'All the Money in the World'

    "I am absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination by the Academy. It was quite unexpected, but incredibly gratifying. Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned, but excited by it all." 

  • Greta Gerwig

    Director of best picture nominee 'Lady Bird'

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    Gerwig was ecstatic about her nominations (which include best original screenplay and best director). “I’m between laughter and tears,” she told THR. “It’s the most exciting honor and I’m so grateful to the Academy for recognizing this and every person for working on this movie.”

    Gerwig woke up over two hours before the nominees were announced, but forced herself to go back to sleep. “I slept until 7 a.m. and then I forced myself to shower and get coffee before looking. The first thing I saw was a video [best actress nominee] Saoirse [Ronan] sent me of her crying. I’m running out of words to explain what it felt like. My friends were all angry when I wasn’t up yet because they were all in New York.”

    Gerwig made history as only the fifth woman nominated for best director. “I remember watching Oscars when Katheryn Bigelow won and how much it meant to me. I was having a party and I was crying and so moved. It’s deeply meaningful, I’m very moved by all of it,” she said.

     

  • Guillermo del Toro

    Director of best picture nominee 'The Shape of Water'

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    “I was drinking a large almond milk cappuccino with friends and my team with great suspense,” the director said of watching the morning’s nominations. “I’d like to remain very zen about it but when the last few seconds come, you just can’t.”

    Though he earned two individual nominations (best director and best original screenplay), del Toro was particularly excited for his crew and cast earning noms. “To see your crew all get recognized, that is fantastic. To see your cast — frankly the most intimate and burdened of your collaborators because they are going to go to risky places — get recognized, that’s a joy. What you learn over a quarter of a century of doing this is that it’s a team sport,” del Toro told THR. What makes the movie resonate, del Toro, said is “the emotional need that contradicts that the other must be feared rather than embraced or love. This idea of love in so many forms, it has no shape. Love has no shape.”

     

  • Jordan Peele

    Best director and adapted screenplay nominee for 'Get Out'

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    Jordan Peele made history to become just the third first-time director in history score noms for best picture, director and adapted screenplay. His leading man, Daniel Kaluuya, also earned a best actor nomination, of which Peele says, "you feel like a family member is succeeding." 

    "Part of the reason it took me so long to direct is I did not see very many people look like me getting the opportunity to direct and getting this kind of acknowledgement," Peele said. "Thinking about young people who are doubting that their voices have a place in the industry and the world being inspired or possibly being inspired by this recognition, it really means a lot. And it teaches me a lot about my internalized doubt and what it took for me to overcome it."

     

  • Christopher Nolan

    Best director nominee for 'Dunkirk'

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    The boundary-pushing filmmaker at long last scored a nomination for his directing work, calling it "a tremendous honor" to get singled out in the category. "It' something I haven't had before. It's really thrilling. It's really gratifying that people would recognize my work in that way," he said.  It's been a long journey making the film, which tells the story of the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, and one that’s been a passion of his for some time. "It's a very powerful story and it shows the unique power of an extraordinary true story," Nolan added.

  • Aaron Sorkin

    Best adapted screenplay nominee for 'Molly's Game'

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    “This nomination represents the great work of hundreds of people—from STX and our producers to Jessica Chastain and the entire cast and crew. I couldn’t ask for a greater gang of people with whom to share this incredible honor.”

  • Martin McDonagh

    Best Original Screenplay nominee for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

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    “It’s work work work,” said McDonagh of his plans today, after receiving Oscar nominations for Three Billboards; he is currently in New York in rehearsal for his new play that is set to open in about a week. “I am thrilled that Woody [Harrelson] has been recognized for his performance,” he said of Three Billboards star who earned a supporting nom after not being recognized at other awards shows. McDonagh name-checked other nominees Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand, along with the entire cast and crew for the film’s big best picture nom. What is he most looking forward to on Oscars night? “We were all at the SAG awards a couple of nights ago and had a fantastic time-- a fantastic drunken time. So, that is the plan for the Oscar, too. Get completely wasted.”  

     

     

     

     

  • Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

    Best original screenplay nominees for 'The Big Sick'

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    Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon didn’t set an alarm to watch the Oscar nominations announcement this morning, but tuned in anyway. “One of us just woke up before it started and then woke up the other one,” laughs Gordon while driving to Santa Monica for errands. “This entire year has been overwhelming and beautiful and amazing. This just feels like a sugary treat.” Nanjiani echoed, “I got to write a movie with the person I love most in the world, and we just got nominated for an Oscar. I don’t know where we go from here!”

    The married screenwriters, who wrote the romantic dramedy based on their unlikely but real-life courtship, won’t necessarily be celebrating today: Nanjiani is filming on Silicon Valley “until approximately 11 p.m.” and Gordon is on deadline for a new project, which has yet to be unveiled but can now wear the “Oscar-nominated screenwriter” moniker: “Wow, I’m so glad we waited on that [to announce it]!”

    Though this nominations narrowly avoided another #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it’s still light on diversity overall. However, Nanjiani is hopeful: “There’s a long way to go, but I definitely felt like it’s been a step in the right direction — a small step, but a step. We’ll always have those types of Oscar movies we always have each year, but with Lady Bird, Get Out, Mudbound and our movie, we had a lot of movies from new perspectives and that’s exciting.”

     

  • Peter Spears

    Producer of best picture nominee 'Call Me by Your Name'

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    “I had woken up to watch and realized that we didn’t have network television for the first time so I had to figure out how to live stream,” Sears told THR. “Growing up, you always imagine and fantasize about a moment like that, then all of a sudden, it’s happening. I had to go back to make sure I heard it right." Spears believes the film has resonated because of the “realization and universality of the magic and mystery of love. That experience of first love is so recognizable and I think it was just a movie that built bridges.”

     

     

  • Miles Dale

    Producer of best picture nominee 'The Shape of Water'

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    "People may go in and think it's a monster movie and that's the misconception — and that's where the movie sneaks up on you," Miles Dale told THR of director Guillermo del Toro's love story between a monster and a woman. "It's not only a cold war thriller, and an ode to cinema — it's really a love story, that the purity of the love between those two characters that don't speak a word, they communicate better than anyone else in the movie."

    He says he never allowed himself to dream Shape of Water would lead the pack in nominations. "We are really happy for the recognition. We have great actors, and it's amazing to see them recognized," he said. "We have incredible artists. Our department heads, our craft guys who have worked years and years and years."  And obviously for Guillermo, who is working at the top of his game, I feel like this is a crowning achievement for him to have this recognition.”

     

  • Jason Blum

    Producer of best picture nominee 'Get Out'

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    The Blumhouse founder was going about his morning routine when he heard the news of Get Out’s nominations. “I make lemon juice every morning and I was drinking it when I got the call,” he told THR. “It felt great that a genre movie was recognized and I think the message and power of the movie is only growing. Every so often you hit on a film that gets stronger as time goes by. I think it’s resonating because of the climate caused by the Trump administration. Generally, the country has gone in the right way in terms of racism and sexism, even if in the last 12 months we’ve gone the wrong way. I think it’s incredibly timely, sadly.”

     

     

  • Virgil Williams

    Best adapted screenplay nominee for 'Mudbound'

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    First-time nominee Virgil Williams woke up bright and early with his daughters to watch the nominations role in. 

    "At 5:15, I had a six-year-old and an 11-year-old jumping in my bed," he told THR with a laugh. "My mom lives in China, so we Skyped her. We watched it live." It turned out to be an emotional moment for the entire family, with all of them breaking down in tears after Williams' name was called along with director Dee Rees. Fortunately, Williams wife captured the special moment on video. "This whole ride has been incredibly humbling," said Williams of the reaction to MudBound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan's novel. "The world sort of needs this story. Especially this country. Our kids need this story need this."

     

  • Eric Fellner

    Producer of best picture nominee 'Darkest Hour'

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    The producer, who was lunching with friends in London when he heard the news, had a lot to celebrate, as Darkest Hour earned six nominations and two of his other films, Baby Driver and Victoria & Abdul, also received noms. “We’re incredibly lucky, we’ve had an amazing 25 years and our films being recognized. We tend to focus on keep on going. We try to keep our heads down and focus on the work at hand. Everything else is beyond your control, but when it comes it is fantastic,” Fellner told THR. As to why the Winston Churchill biopicis particularly impactful in the current climate, Fellner said, “In the two years since it was released we seem to have reached a zeitgeist where people want to see a strong leader.”

     

     

     

  • Luca Guadagnino

    Director of best picture nominee 'Call Me by Your Name'

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

    The director was in the midst of editing his upcoming film, Suspiria, when he saw the announcements of his film’s nominations on a live stream video. “The one that really made me slip was the best song nomination [for Sufjan Stevens’ “The Mystery of Love], because I think the emotional core of the movie lies in his great, great songs. Of course, best picture is the dream of any filmmakers that you don’t even dare to think of.”

    Guadagnino believes the film resonates with audiences because, “it’s a movie all about empathy, acceptance and equality in relationships. In a way, it’s an affirmation of the possibility of becoming better people in the comfort of other people instead of trying to crush other people. I think it resonates because of this need to be following the mysteries of love.”

     

  • Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson

    Best animated feature nominees for 'Coco'

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     “It feels great. I’m so happy for this film and what it means to our team that made this and the [Latino, and particularly those from Mexico, where the film is based] community," said producer Anderson. “I’m so happy Darla is being recognized along with the film,” director Unkrich added, pointing out that producers were not on the ballot when their previously collaboration, Toy Story 3, won its Oscar. In a joint statemet, the pair expressed their excitement over their nomination. "We are incredibly honored and grateful to the Academy for this nomination. What began as research trips to Mexico to learn more about the celebration of Día de Muertos, became our film's story about family, traditions, and honoring our ancestors. The warmth and beauty of Mexico’s people and culture made Coco possible, and showed us the benefits of building bridges rather than walls. We were also reminded to keep our loved ones in our minds and in our hearts - something we hope everyone remembers to do.  Thank you to the Academy from all of us at Pixar.” 

     

  • Common

    Best original song nominee for 'Stand Up for Something' from 'Marshall'

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    Common was on his way back to L.A. from Sundance when the nominations were announced. “As soon as I landed, somebody on my team was sitting next to me and they started getting a lot of text messages. I didn’t even turn my phone on. I was sitting there having positive thoughts and keeping the faith,” a jubilant Common said. Though he won previously for “Glory” from Selma, he said this feels like the first time, in part from the gratifying process of working with co-writer Diane Warren. “We come from two unique places: me a hip hop artist and mc and writer, a black dude from the south side of Chicago, who would connect with this Jewish sister from Los Angeles and who’s written all these big songs and it just really felt organic." 

     

     

  • Diane Warren

    Best original song nominee for "Stand Up for Something" from 'Marshall'

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    Scoring her ninth Oscar nominated has Warren as excited as she was the first time she got nominated in 1988. “Of any song I’ve written, it’s if not my most important song, it’s one of my most important songs, especially right now and how timely it is with what’s going on. It’s like a call to action,” she said, noting that she hosted a “slumberless slumber party” last night with her closest friends and they pulled an all-nighter waiting for the nominations. Warren, who has yet to win, chased the opportunity to write the uplifting theme, which also includes a rap by Common.  “My friend told me her cousin had written a movie about Thurgood Marshall and Reggie Hudlin was directing it. I was like, ‘Oh my god. I know Reggie and I know it’s going to be a great movie.’ I texted him and said, ‘Do you need a song for the film and he said, ‘Yeah, I would love that’ and sent me the script. I read it and the first thing I scribbled down was ‘Stand up for Something.’” 

     

  • Raphael Saadiq

    Best original song nominee for "Mighty River" from Mudbound

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    Saadiq and Taura Stinson co-wrote the song with Mary J. Blige, who also was nominated for best supporting actress in Mudbound today. When Blige first connected with  Saadiq and Stinson, Saadiq, who found out about his nomination via text, said she almost seemed to channel her character. “She said, ‘I did this movie, I’ve been gone for a month, it’s called Mudbound,’ and all I remember is Mary being so serious and I think she jumped back into her character when she was talking to us because I hadn’t seen the movie at that point. I just know it was a Mary I’d never seen before or heard talk like that before. I just remember us coming up with something and her saying, that’s it.” Saadiq said the song’s gospel overtones were a given to reflect Blige’s personal background and her character’s, as well as the state of the world today. “It felt like it needed to be like that,” he said. “It was necessary to feel very epic.”  

  • Alexandre Desplat

    Best original score nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

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    “This is fantastic news! I am grateful to the music branch of the Academy for voting for me as well as all the magnificent musicians who performed on the score.  I am also thrilled for Miles Dale, for the cast and for the crew with so many nominations. I am so thankful to Guillermo for his humanity and his artistic passion; he truly inspired all of us." Desplat, who previously won for scoring The Grand Budapest Hotel, had to surreptitiously find out about his nomination. “I was in a meeting and I couldn’t put my ringer on, so I kept checking my messages,” he told THR, calling from the train from Luxembourg to Paris. “My daughter sent me a text, I was pretty over the moon to be nominated for the film. It’s fantastic.” Desplat and the film’s director have texted, but haven’t spoken since the nominations were announced. 

     

     

  • Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

    Best original song nominees for "This Is Me" from 'The Greatest Showman'

    Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    “Thank you so much to The Academy for recognizing “This is Me” with a nomination! We are honored to be included in such great company with our fellow nominees. We share this nomination with the amazingly talented creative team behind this movie. A special thanks goes to the singularly talented Keala Settle whose performance of this song elevates it in a way that we could only dream of. And to Hugh Jackman and Michael Gracey, thank you for taking a chance on us four years ago, before we had a film credit to our name, to help you bring your vision to life.”

  • Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan

    Producers of best picture nominee 'Dunkirk'

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    The married producing team and parents to four children have a busy morning routine getting their kids ready for school. Thomas admitted to "being a little superstitious," so she would never wake up at 5 a.m. to watch the nominations live, but she learned the news their World War II film had netted eight nominations, including best picture and best director for Nolan, when her "phone started blowing up."  She woke up her husband to share the news.  "We didn't have a lot of time to process it in between school runs and stuff, but it's great news first thing in the morning," said Nolan. 

    In particular, Thomas is "beyond thrilled" that her husband was nominated for directing for the first time. "It's kind of crazy to me that he hadn't been nominated before. When I look at the films he's made, I personally can make the argument for him having been nominated for any of them. When I look at Dunkirk, there is truly no one else who could have made that film the way he did," she said, pointing to "the complexity of the structure, and the fact that he almost by force of will managed to do so much of it with real planes and real boats."

     

  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

    Best original song nominees for "Remember Me" from 'Coco'

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    “Our kids are so invested in us going to the Oscars because they weren’t old enough when we won for Frozen, but they’re old enough now that we told them if we were fortunate enough to get nominated, they’d be our dates,” said Anderson-Lopez. “Our seventh grader had to go to school, but our second grader was snuggled between us on the couch as we were watching [the nominations]  on this raining morning in New York. It was very cozy.”  Lopez broke in to remind his wife that their 8-year old is actually in third grade, before adding with a laugh, “How are we supposed to remember that? We just got nominated for an Oscar!”  The song’s message of enduring love between a father and the daughter he has to leave resonated strongly with the pair, “because we, as artists who have to travel some times, know that feeling so well and that’s what we poured into the song,” Lopez said.

  • Carter Burwell

    Best original score nominee for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

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    For Burwell, going about his normal day was the best course of action “I dropped off my kids at school and I was doing something completely boring, like balancing my checkbook, and [my publicist] called and let me know I’d been nominated I didn’t really want to be watching the nominations and not hearing my name so I thought better I should just be doing something else,” he said. The most gratifying part of working on the film was that it reunited Burwell with some of his favorite colleagues. “A lot of the people who worked on the film are people I’ve worked with my whole professional career, like Fran [McDormand]. Her first film was my first film, the Coen Bros. first film, Blood Simple. I’ve scored all of [director] Martin [McDonagh’s] feature films, so it was getting together with wonderful people and working very hard and when it seems to touch a nerve, as this film does, it’s a big thrill.” 

     

  • James Mangold

    Best adapted screenplay nominee for 'Logan'

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    The writer-director woke up around 5 a.m. to the sound of one of his pets squawking, so he decided to stay up and turn on the Oscars telecast. He admits he was "startled" to hear his name called — along with fellow Logan screenwriters Scott Frank and Michael Green — as he sipped coffee.

    "I didn’t really imagine we were going to get a nomination, given several things," said Mangold, whose X-Men spinoff earned $616 million worldwide. "One was that we premiered a year ago. And then you add to that the mix that we are a comic book adaptation, and it dawns on you what a thrill it is to get nominated and to be among the incredible nominees."

    Mangold has directed Oscar-winning performances before, such as Reese Witherspoon's turn in Walk the Line, but this is his first personal nomination.  "I feel so happy. In a way, it's easier to process when it's your compatriots" he said. "I'm still a little dazed how to process it now. And as the day is going on and my coffee is waking me up, it's kind of sinking in."

    As for what's next, Mangold was for a time set to direct a Patty Hearst film for Fox, which is no longer moving forward. He is currently at work on several scripts, and said he "hopefully will have a film to announce really shortly."

  • Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

    Best adapted screenplay nominees for 'The Disaster Artist'

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    The screenwriters, both first time nominees, took after the subjects of their film. "We were inspired by the story of two friends who went after their dreams. Now the Academy has made our wildest dream come true,” the nominees told THR. “We are grateful to everyone who made The Disaster Artist and thankful to those who supported us along the way."

  • Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane

    Nominees for best animated short 'Dear Basketball'

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    "What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination," Bryant said of the nomination. " It was always expected of me to be in the basketball finals, but never this. It means so much that the Academy deemed Dear Basketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of Glen Keane and John Williams for taking my poem to this level. What an honor to be on this team." Keane shared the same excitement over their nomination."I’m extraordinarily grateful that I get to do what I love - animate - for a living.  Every film I’ve worked on over the last 40 years has touched me in its own unique way, but this project and its message holds a special place in my heart.  To be nominated for my first Oscar alongside such an incredibly talented group of filmmakers, is an honor of a lifetime," said the animated short's director. 

  • Paul Lambert

    Best visual effects nominee for 'Blade Runner 2049'

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    “I'm incredibly honored by this news but I couldn't have done it without the truly passionate group of artists who I share this nomination with. This moment is easily the highlight of my career,” said Lambert, VFX supervisor at VFX Double Negative. “Getting to work with Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins was a truly inspiring experience. If I'm being honest there was an evening that we [the VFX nominees] stood on the Chain Bridge while shooting in Budapest and joked about the possibility of this. So this is all a bit surreal.” Lambert is currently working on Damien Chazelle’s First Man, on location in Atlanta.

  • Joe Letteri

    Best visual effects nominee for 'War For The Planet Of The Apes'

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    This is four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri’s tenth nomination in VFX, but he was thrilled. “It’s pretty exciting. You never know,” he said. “We were all fans of the original Planet of the Apes, and it said something about our society. We weren’t sure if we could tell it in the modern day. We wanted to do that in a way that you didn’t have to suspend your disbelief. We took the theme and made it a very personal story about Caesar.” He adds that it was also “pretty great” to see Caesar himself—actor Andy Serkis—read the nominations.

  • Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

    Directors of best documentary feature nominee 'Icarus'

    Netflix

    "We are grateful that Icarus has helped to bring out the truth about Russia’s decades-long state-sponsored doping system,” said the pair in a statement. “But the true credit for the impact of this documentary goes to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who risked so much to tell the truth, and to his lawyers Jim Walden and Avni Patel, who have been steadfast in bringing his evidence to the world and holding Russia to account for its actions."

  • Ruben Östlund

    Director of best foreign language film nominee 'The Square' (Sweden)

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    The first-time nominee was in his hotel room in Park City, Utah with his wife filming himself in case he got the nomination. Within thirty seconds his agents from WME were knocking on the door cheering and he had over fifty text messages from his native Sweden. He thinks the film has resonated because it is “highlighting a certain kind of topic in our time - inequality - but also how people feel powerlessness.” He adds his goal was to make “a humanistic film that is fun but is dealing with important topics. As for how he’s celebrating, Östlund, who is at the Sundance Film Festival, says, “I’m going skiing with my wife and then I’m going to watch two films in the international drama competition.”

     

     

  • Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito

    Director and producer of best animated feature nominee 'The Boss Baby'

    DreamWorks

    "It is truly such a thrill to be honored in a group of such diverse films. This nomination celebrates how much we all loved making The Boss Bbay and the love we have for the artists that made it! Thank you, Academy!,” said director Tom McGrath. “We are so extremely honored by this nomination and want to thank the Academy members for their support of our film and the animation community as a whole. Our film is about the belief that there’s enough love to go around- which is a wonderful idea to celebrate today,” said producer Ramsey Naito. 

  • James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green

    Best adapted screenplay nominees for 'Logan'

    Ben Rothstein/Twentieth Century Fox

    “While Logan was always going to be perceived as the last chapter in a successful "super hero" franchise, and a final performance in this role by my brilliant friend Hugh Jackman, Scott Frank, Michael Green and I always viewed the task of writing it as, first and foremost, an opportunity to make a dramatic character piece, one that just so happened to feature beloved comic book characters. We are so grateful for the nomination.” 

  • Elaine McMillion Sheldon

    Director of best documentary short nominee 'Heroin(e)'

    Rebecca Kiger/Netflix

    “I was home with my husband in Charleston, West Virginia, with sweaty palms and drinking coffee,” says the director about what she was doing when she heard the news. “What has been amazing has been how people have responded and have come out with questions about what these three women are doing in Huntington and how they can do it in their own communities. The opioid crisis is this big thing. It is overwhelming. These three women is something they can grab onto to see how action can make a tangible difference.” The first-time nominee adds, “As a girl growing up in the coal fields of southern West Virginia this is not something where I’m from you get to do a lot, so I’m really honored and excited about what comes my way. I watch the Oscars on TV so I’m excited to see how it goes down live. I haven’t thought about a dress or anything like that. I picked up my wedding dress like a month before my wedding.”

     

  • Yance Ford

    Director of best documentary feature nominee 'Strong Island'

    Courtesy of Sundance

    "Thanks to the Academy for this incredible recognition of Strong Island, a creative leap of faith made possible by so many talented people," said the director of the film about the failure to convict her brother’s killer. “Exposing the flaws in our criminal justice system by magnifying the humanity of one man has always been the goal of Strong Island. Thank you so much for seeing my brother, William Ford Jr." 

  • Dave Mullins

    Producer of best animated short film nominee 'LOU'

    Courtesy of Disney•Pixar

    "As artists who struggled with the typical challenges of growing up and fitting in - thinking we were the only ones feeling like outsiders - this nomination is more meaningful than anyone could imagine. This is dedicated to the Lous of the world, who use the power of kindness to change the world for the better, one JJ at a time. Thank you to the Academy, and to Disney and Pixar, and to the entire crew of LOU, without whom this film and this moment would never have happened." 

  • Ildikó Enyedi

    Director of best foreign language film nominee 'On Body and Soul' (Hungary)

    Courtesy of TIFF

    "On Body and Soul is a movie about two everyday people whose lives are illuminated by the power of dreams,” said the Hungarian director in a statement. “That such a tender film about the human condition is nominated for an Academy Award -- my first film in nearly two decades, and in a year where so many exceptional women are being honored for their work behind-the-camera -- humbles me. I am so proud to be representing Hungary in the Oscar race."

  • Sebastián Lelio

    Director of best foreign language film nominee 'A Fantastic Woman' (Chile)

    Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

    “It's about 10 A.M. here in Santiago. I was with my fellow producers and my editor drinking a lot of coffee.” said the director about what he was doing when he heard the news that left him feeling “fantastic, happy and honored.” He added, he was thankful the Academy “has recognized our film precisely at such a fragile moment in our society globally–to point to a film that explores the limits of our empathy and what we are willing to allow from others. We are all going through this crisis about what are going to do with the others, those considered indigenous. In that sense the film has a powerful zeitgeist and connection to what is going on.” After a press conference with local media, Lelio and his collaborators are going “end up dancing somewhere, for sure.”

  • Richard King and Alex Gibson

    Best sound editing nominees for 'Dunkirk'

    Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures

    “I’m thrilled about my nomination for Dunkirk.  It was a labor of love for everyone involved and I’m happy it’s getting the recognition it deserves,” said the three-time Oscar winner of his sixth nomination. “I’m so very excited that the Academy has honored Richard [King] and myself for such a difficult and complex project.  And humbled at the sound branch’s inclusion of myself in it.  The forward thinking of the Academy permitted this to happen.”

  • Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo

    Best sound mixing nominees for 'Dunkirk'

    Courtesy of Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

    “So excited about the nomination!  It is such an honor to have been part of the incredible team that made Dunkirk,” said Weingarten.  “Thank you to everyone who participated in the making of Dunkirk.  I feel tremendously grateful to have this film, and nomination, be the culmination of my amazing 47-year career in the motion picture industry,” said three-time Oscar winner Landaker of his ninth nomination.  “I wish I were as witty and funny as Tiffany Haddish at this hour of the morning.  I’m incredibly honored and equally nauseous for the sound mixing nomination and humbled by the Best Picture and Best Director nominations as well,” said Rizzo, who received his fifth Oscar nomination. Rizzo previously won an Oscar for Inception

  • Roger Deakins

    Best cinematography nominee for 'Blade Runner 2049'

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

    “It was a nice surprise this morning to hear of the nomination. This is a testament to and recognition of the work of all the people on this film. Everyone put in so much that it makes me very happy."

  • Thomas Lennon

    Best documentary short nominee for 'Knife Skills'

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    “I woke up absurdly early and I was a mess so I went to the gym,” said Lennon from New York where he lives. “Then I went to get milk and then it was 8:35am. “I said, if i don’t get a call in the next 5 minutes … and then the phone started ringing off the hook.” The now four-time nominee said it's very different than the first time he was nominated in 1996. “First of all the whole process has been democratized for better or for worse. I couldn’t just submit the film and forget about it. I had to really make some noise. So the whole process of trying to get the academy’s attention was different. Two, the competition is just getting fiercer every year.” Lennon said he wouldn’t spend much time celebrating today. Instead, planning to “wrangle some tickets for the big night” so he can bring along some collaborators. “It takes a village to get a film launched these days so I feel all sorts of obligation and I know I’m going to disappoint a lot of people that’s what’s on my mind at this moment.”

     

  • Brad Zoern and Christian Cooke

    Best sound mixing nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

    “This nomination is a real honor and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The Shape of Water is a really special film, and it’s been amazing to work with Guillermo to bring his vision to life,” said Zoern. I’m so humbled and excited to be recognized by the Academy. Collaborating with Guillermo on The Shape of Water has been a once in a lifetime experience and I’m very grateful to have been a part of the creative team.

     

  • Ziad Doueiri

    Director of best foreign language nominee 'The Insult' (Lebanon)

    Courtesy of Venice International Film Festival

    "This is the first time that Lebanon enters the Oscar's race,” noted Doueriri in statement. “It is a great day for freedom of speech. We have been subjected to intimidation and people who are trying to silence us from telling the truth, but today the will of the people prevailed. I want to thank the incredibly dedicated Lebanese cast who gave their best in spite of the intimidation tactics they were faced with. This is the happiest moment in my life."

  • Arjen Tuiten

    Best makeup and hairstyling nominee for 'Wonder'

    Dale Robinette

    “I am incredibly honored to be nominated for the makeup and hair in Wonder. I am grateful to the Academy for recognizing the amazing work of our entire team, and to then 9-year old Jacob Tremblay for patiently sitting through hours of makeup application day-after-day. I am so proud of the entire movie and it’s message to ‘choose kind.’ I hope it serves as a reminder that everyone is deserving of kindness and respect. As a child growing up in the Netherlands, I could never have imagined that one day I would be nominated for an Oscar for doing the work that I love. I am so incredibly grateful,” said special effects makeup artist Tuiten.

     

  • Hoyte Van Hoytema

    Best cinematography nominee for 'Dunkirk'

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    “I was asleep,” admitted Van Hoytema, saying his wife woke him to the news of his first Oscar nomination. “It’s lovely; it feels great. I’m very proud. The film is make by a tight group and I feel we were really in this together, under the leadership of Chris [Nolan]. My recognition belongs as much to Chris. He comes up with the curve balls and challenges and you do your best.”

     

  • Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter

    Directors of best animated short nominee 'Negative Space'

    Courtesy of Ikki Films & Manuel Cam Studio

    “Thank you so much! We’re very honored to be nominated. Our entire team poured love and passion into this project, stitch-by-stitch and frame-by-frame. We could not have created this film without them and we’re overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s been a fantastic journey and we’re excited that more people will get to watch our film.”

  • Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

    Directors of best animated short nominee 'Revolting Rhymes'

    Courtesy of Magic Light Pictures

    “We’re beside ourselves right now, and just incredibly happy. Happy for the film and happy for all our fantastic collaborators here in Berlin, our producers at Magic Light, as well as our wonderful team in South Africa. It’s a pretty unreal feeling to find your labour of love has been recognized in this way. We’re deeply grateful to the Academy for this nomination. This was a hard film to make. What always steered us forward was the level of love our team had for this story – and the blessings we received from Luke Kelly, Roald Dahl’s grandson, and from the great Quentin Blake. So, for everyone's work to receive such love in return today, it's the most beautiful reward. When we were making the film we often didn’t have time to stop to eat – so now we’ll go to one of the restaurants we always wanted to go to, for a celebratory dinner! Thank you to the Academy for this nomination, it means the world to us!

  • Dan Laustsen

    Best cinematography nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

    This morning Laustsen was in New York location scouting for John Wick 3. “I was a bit nervous. I was walking on the street and my daughter called. It was amazing, and ten minutes later my son called. That was fantastic.” He relates that he has since received emails from director Guillermo del Toro and others from the production. “When you do a movie you are really proud of, it’s amazing to be recognized and to be nominated with a bunch of very nice and talented people.”

  • Lee Smith

    Best editing nominee for 'Dunkirk'

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.

    “It’s feel like a lifetime achievement award,” said Smith of his third Oscar nomination and his second with longtime collaborator Christopher Nolan (he was previously nominated for Nolan’s The Dark Knight). “It’s a very good day, I keep seeing my emails,” he adds, saying he’s already been sharing congratulations with Nolan, Emma Thomas and members of the team, including sound, cinematography and of course, editorial departments. “Dunkirk was an incredibly satisfying film to work on as an editor, and to be recognized by my peers and the Academy is a wonderful feeling.”

  • Bruno Delbonnel

    Best cinematography nominee for "Darkest Hour"

    Courtesy of Focus Features

    “I am really happy about this nomination, especially being among such great cinematographers with different styles of cinematography. I was fortunate to work with director, Joe Wright, who had a very visual approach for Darkest Hour. I cannot thank him enough for letting me translate his ideas into cinematography. I have a special appreciation for the crew on this film. They did a fantastic job. All of them.”

  • Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard,

    Best makeup and hairstyling nominees for 'Victoria & Abdul'

    Peter Mountain/Focus Features

    “We are just so excited and honored to have been nominated by the Academy. For us, Victoria & Abdul was the perfect platform to showcase some ‘back to old school’ classic hair and character makeup skills and we are so thankful to be recognized. A very proud moment for us.”

     

  • Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick

    Best makeup and hairstyling nominees for 'Darkest Hour'

    Courtesy of Telluride Film Festival

    “We are so humbled by the recognition today. Thank you to The Academy. We share this nomination with our friend Gary Oldman and the entire Darkest Hour team.”

  • Jacqueline Durran

    Best costume design nominee for 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Darkest Hour'

    Courtesy of Disney

     “I am absolutely thrilled, even a bit overwhelmed, at being nominated twice. It is a great honor to receive two nominations and for such different films. Of course it is also a recognition of the work of a great costume team who bring the ideas to life, as well as a celebration of the creative collaboration between departments (with Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer also receiving two nominations). It’s really wonderful.”

  • Luis Sequeira

    Best costume design nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

    “Thrilled and honoured to be recognized for this prestigious award for Guillermo's incredible film. Together we all poured our hearts and souls into this project and its wonderful to see it being received with such accolades.” 

  • Mark Bridges

    Best costume design nominee for 'Phantom Thread'

    Laurie Sparham/Focus Features

    “I started the day to the great news that Phantom Thread received six Oscar nominations and Costume Design was one of them! I am delighted to be nominated and thrilled to be in the company of my very talented fellow Costume Design nominees!”

  • Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira

    Best sound editing nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

    “What an incredible honour it is to be recognized alongside such an inspiring group of nominees! The opportunity to bring sound to Guillermo's vision was a privilege. Our entire team of editors is thrilled to stand with Guillermo, Miles, Fox searchlight and all of the other brilliantly talented department in the face of such a humbling compliment from the Academy.”

  • Paul D. Austerberry

    Best production design nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

    “This is an unbelievably exciting moment and a wonderful early birthday present!  I must thank the designers branch of the Academy for recognizing the work of our amazing team who together helped shape the wonderful world for this story to come to life.  We would not have had that chance if it wasn’t for Miles Dale and Fox Searchlight putting it all together.  Of course all of us have Guillermo to thank for his creative vision and relentless drive. He pushed us all to do our very best and we now have the honor of 13 Oscar nominations!”

     

  • Sarah Greenwood

    Best production design nominee for 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Darkest Hour'

    Courtesy of Disney

    “Walking with dogs in a wintery Hyde Park in London, pretending it was just another day. Text and calls coming in – what a thrill, what an honor. Amazing!! We Loved making Beauty and the Beast…we had the most fantastic, talented and wonderful crews, without whom we would be nothing. Here’s to them, here’s to the Academy and here’s to Disney, and most of all here’s to our fabulous amazing director, Bill Condon, who made Beauty and the Beast such a joy.”

  • Sidney Wolinski

    Best editing nominee for 'The Shape of Water'

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

    Wolinski was watching the nominations but he walks in Santa Monica at 5:30 each morning with a neighbor, who he didn’t want to keep waiting. “They had not got to editing, so I left and was following on my cell phone. It’s extremely exciting, amazing,” Wolinski adds, saying he already received congratulations from Guillermo de Toro and others from the production. “I’ve been mostly working in television [he’s an Emmy winner who also cut The Sopranos finale). To do this film and have it so well received is an amazing thing.”

  • Jeff White

    Best visual effects nominee for 'Kong: Skull Island'

    Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

    “Everyone at ILM is incredibly excited,” said White, Kong’s VFX supervisor from ILM’s Vancouver facility. “Vancouver was a big part of Skull Island and everyone is over the moon. … Kong is such an important part of cinema history and has such an incredible legacy. We wanted to honor it, and also bring something new. [Director Jordan Vogt- Roberts] sent me an email that was incredibly kind and congratulatory.” 

  • Hugh Welchman

    Best animated feature nominee for 'Loving Vincent'

    Courtesy of Telluride Film Festival

    Loving Vincent, writers/directors Dorota Kobiela and Welchman’s film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, was created in Poland over five years and made with 65,000 individual frames of oil paintings created by 124 painters. “[During most of production] people told us we were crazy; they were very skeptical [that it could be made in this manner],” admitted a thrilled Welchman. “The nominations were announced in the afternoon, but I woke up at 3:30 because I could sleep. There were 40 of us in a flat watching the feed when the nominations were announced. It was nerve wracking.”

  • Dennis Gassner

    Best production design nominee for 'Blade Runner 2049'

    Stephen Vaughan

     “Exciting times—and so early,” said production designer Gassner, nominated with set decorator Alessandra Querzola. “It’s a privilege [to be nominated]. Denis [Villeneuve] send me a voice mail. He’s such a wonderful person. We have become great friends and he said ‘well done.’” 

  • Nora Twomey

    Director of best animated feature nominee 'The Breadwinner'

    Courtesy of GKIDS

    “At a time when women’s voices are coming to the forefront, the story of a young girl using her voice for what she believes in is more relevant than ever. Recognizing stories like Parvana’s helps point to the importance of women and girls being heard around the world.” said director Twomey of GKIDS’ The Breadwinner, the story of a young girl growing up under the Taliban regime.

    “I’m just sending a message to Angelina [Jolie, who exec produced],” she says from Cartoon Saloon in Ireland, adding that the film also had a woman author (it’s based on book by Deborah Ellis) and a screenplay by Anita Doron and Ellis, “with such a strong amazing character as Parvana, with the incredible performance of [voice actor] Saara Chaudry, at the center.” Of the Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-production, she says, “On behalf of all those who gave their experience, skill and talent to this film, I am absolutely thrilled that the Academy has nominated The Breadwinner.”

  • Mark Mangini and Theo Green

    Best sound editing nominees for 'Blade Runner 2049'

    Stephen Vaughan

     “There’s no way to describe this feeling,” says Mangini. "I always feel grateful to be able to do this kind of work. And we are part of a much bigger crew, that I would love to acknowledge." Added Green: “I’d work with this sound team again in a heartbeat, and I’d go anywhere in the world with Denis Villeneuve and [editor] Joe Walker.”

  • Taura Stinson

    Co-writer of best original song nominee "Mighty River" from 'Mudbound'

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    “I woke up at 5:45 on the nose and when I went to oscars.org, it wasn’t up yet. I refreshed and I saw the nomination,” recounts the first time nominee. “I screamed. I jumped up and I ran to my guest room where my mom was sleeping and woke her up and just cried on her neck. She screamed, ‘I knew it, I knew it, I knew it.’ It was great to share that moment with her.” Creating the song with co-writer Raphael Saadiq and Mary J. Blige, who also stars in the film, was equally special. Director Dee Rees left any guidance for the song to Blige. “When Dee asked her to do a song and she said yes, that’s all she needed to hear, she knew it would be safe in Mary’s hands because Mary had moved through this path in the film. Dee knew she was going to take great care of it. Raphael and Mary have a longstanding relationship and I have a longstanding relationship with Raphael. I just happened to be in a greatness sandwich, and I was so thankful.”
     

  • Dan Lemmon

    Best visual effects nominee for 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

    “It’s so exciting,” said Weta’s VFX supervisor, Lemmon, from New Zealand. "We could be more thrilled. Matt Reeves was super excited. I head into work in a few hours and look forward to catching up with the team. I'm sure spirits will be high. Also Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Weta also worked on this film] make the list."

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