- Category: Academy Awards
- Published on 20 January 2013
Reactions from some of this year's Academy Award nominees.
I’m truly humbled. This nomination represents the 12 years I spent writing the script married with the most amazing performance by Denzel Washington, and capped by the genius vision of Robert Zemeckis. Words cannot explain the honor I feel to have my name on the same poster as Bob, Denzel, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Melisa Leo, James Badge Dale and Kelly Reilly.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Adapted Screenplay (shared with Benh Zeitlin)
“I am humbled and honored to be mentioned alongside such great writers as Tony Kushner, David Magee, David O. Russell, and Chris Terrio. Benh Zeitlin is my best friend and a dream of a writing partner. It is thrilling that the Academy has recognized the film in so many categories and our journey together continues. This is a wonderful day and I am beyond grateful. Thank you so much.”
Achievement in Directing, Adapted Screenplay (shared with Lucy Alibar)
“I feel like my house just crashed on the yellow brick road and everything just turned color. So proud of Quvenzhané and Lucy and of my whole ragtag band of warriors. I gotta especially thank the members of the Academy for coming out for a movie made about as far from Hollywood as you can get. I think it's a beautiful thing for independent filmmaking and for creative freedom everywhere.”
MICHAEL GOTTWALD, DAN JANVEY, JOSH PENN [COURT 13]:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
“BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was made with a grassroots and community based approach to filmmaking. This recognition by the Academy is a testament to the hundreds of people who worked tirelessly on this movie, from the most incredibly tenacious crew, to our inspiring non-professional performers, to the communities of Terrebonne Parish and Southern Louisiana where we had our home on the bayou. This nomination says that what they did and the unique way that they collaborated under Benh has a place in the world of modern American film. It is especially gratifying to share the moment with our leading lady Quvenzhané Wallis, our writer Lucy Alibar, and of course our fearless director Benh Zeitlin. Benh put all of himself into this movie every day for years – that this moment can be shared with the community who made the film with him makes us supremely happy. What a crazy ride.”
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
“Everyone who made Beasts happen is so happy! Thank you to all you Oscar folks, from me, my mom and my dad. I am so happy for Benh and Lucy and the gang in Louisiana. Meeting all these great new people is one of the best parts for me. I want to thank my family, friends, fans and everyone so much. Beast it!”
"It is such an honor to receive this recognition from the Academy. Working with Paul Thomas Anderson was a unique and wonderful opportunity that I am so grateful for. I'd also like to send congratulations to the other nominees and to my co-stars Philip and Joaquin."
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
"To be a part of this group of actors who have put forth incredible performances this year, and for the movie to be recognized by the Academy the way it has been this morning with nominations for Bob, Jen, Jacki and David O!!!. It's a moment I'll cherish and never forget."
"I am completely over the moon by this morning's news. To be nominated twice now is incredible, and to be a part of this wonderful film and amazing cast makes things even sweeter. I am so happy for David O' Russell and could not be more thrilled".
Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon, Producers:
"We are ecstatic and so humbled that the Academy recognized so many members of our phenomenal SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK family with nominations this morning, including David O. Russell, our extraordinary writer/director in both
categories, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, our magnificent lead cast members in all four acting categories, our brilliant editors, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers and Best Picture. We are so happy for
everyone involved with the film."
Jay Cassidy, Editor: "I am so glad to see all the collaborators on SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK recognized by the Academy and I am honored to be included."
Crispin Struthers Editor:
"I still can't quite believe it. I am grateful to David O. Russell for including me on this amazing project and thrilled to be honored alongside Jay Cassidy and the rest of our incredible cast and crew. Excelsior!"
Robert De Niro:
"I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of 'Silver Linings Playbook.'".
Jennifer Lawrence: "I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver who are all nothing short of amazing. This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film. "
Bob Richardson, Cinematographer:
"I feel deeply privileged to be nominated alongside Quentin and the amazing cast and crew of Django Unchained. If you can dream it, you might just accomplish it."
Wylie Stateman, Sound Editor:
"It's easy to be proud of our battle-hardened post-production team, a familiar talented group of faces assembled by Quentin over a number of years. On their shoulders I stand. Django Unchained is a compilation of emotions, mixed and driven by Quentin's unique historical perspective."
Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg:
"Being nominated means everything to us as directors - it means the world for the film!
We are both in LA with our families and upon hearing the news we ran around in the corridors, hugging each other, waking up the whole hotel at 5:40 in the morning!”
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
I am blown away! I can't say thank you enough to the Academy for their support of our films. We have a tremendous group of actors and film makers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized.
LIFE OF PI
"I am deeply honored and 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."