Now that the highly anticipated nominations for the 23 categories of the Academy Awards have been announced, reactions are pouring in from those who made the cut.
Kirsten Dunst, who earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in ‘The Power of the Dog,’ told Variety, “It feels so good to be honored by the community you’ve worked in for so long.”
Nicole Kidman, who received a Best Actress nomination for playing the comedy queen Lucille Ball of yesteryear in “Being The Ricardos,” responded to her fifth Oscar nomination by saying that the excitement of finding her name on the coveted list has grown for her over the years.
“It’s a thousand times more” [exciting]”I don’t know if that’s age or if a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old kind of understand what it is. My husband, being such a big part of this, and having a family to celebrate with, that’s extraordinary. I notice that as I get older, everything gets more intense.”
Kidman’s fellow Best Actress nominee at the Oscars, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” actress Jessica Chastain, is still processing the news.
“I’m still in shock,” she said. “I don’t know if there’s any difference between being nominated for a movie I’ve produced. It’s been 10 years. The last time I was nominated was for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, which is actually the time I got the rights to this story. So it really feels that round.”
Chastian added: “I’ve been thinking about Tammy Faye for so long. I didn’t think it would happen this morning, and I didn’t even know (the nominations were) this morning. I called Penelope (Cruz) and FaceTimed her and I called Olivia Colman.”
“Tap, Tap… Boom!” Actor Andrew Garfield, who received a nomination in the Best Actor category, told Variety: “It’s unbelievably exciting. I don’t take it for granted. It’s so strange to be able to do what I love in my life. I know how lucky I am This is really emotional.
“It is deeply moving to be honored and recognized in this way. It’s very surreal. I keep thinking of myself as a 16-year-old drama student, wondering if I had what it took or if I was barking at the wrong tree.”
‘Belfast’ director Kenneth Branagh, who received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, said in his response: “It’s hard to absorb, but it just reminds me of a unique privilege I have. I have had in my career to be able to operate as a storyteller, that’s how I see myself.”
He added: “It is a real team effort and this team effort has been recognized. I certainly wouldn’t receive these nominations without the work of everyone else.”
‘CODA’ writer and director Sian Heder, who has been nominated for the Oscar’s Best Adapted Screenplay for her film, is delighted to meet Jane Campion, director of ‘The Power of The Dog’. Sian told Variety: “She’s been my movie hero for so long. To have my movie in a category with her movie is great. She has been such a pioneer for female directors.”
Penelope Cruz, who received a nomination for her work in ‘Parallel Mothers,’ said: “I cried non-stop for an hour. I am really speechless. I did not expect it. It’s been such a strong year with so many incredible performances, so I really didn’t expect anything.”
Commenting on his nomination for Best Actor for ‘The Power of the Dog,’ Benedict Cumberbatch told ‘Variety’, ‘I have a silly grin on my face. It has been an experience that is a gift that keeps on giving. Twelve is my new favorite song.”
‘The Power of the Dog’ director Jane Campion spoke of receiving 12 Oscars nominations in various categories.
“It was amazing,” she said. “In my view, the Academy nominations are still the gold standard for excellence in cinema. It has meaning for people all over the world and it’s a great way to create a great conversation about cinema.”
The 94th Academy Awards (Oscars) ceremony, to be held in person at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on March 27, will honor the world’s best talent in cinema, as revealed in feature films and documentaries shown between March 1 and December 31, 2021. have been released.
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