Reactions to Academy Awards nominations

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 25 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Reactions to nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards:

"Menopause and a nomination, it's great for the hormones." — Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for best supporting actress for "The King's Speech."

"Currently celebrating with my colleagues 3 feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour." — Colin Firth, e-mailing his reaction to his best actor nomination for "The King's Speech."

"I'm going to work (laughing). Which is always good. That's a great celebration. When you're an actor, going to work is the best way to celebrate." — Amy Adams, on her best supporting actress nomination for "The Fighter."

"I can't stop smiling, my face hurts! It still hasn't really even kicked in, because it's a bit overwhelming to really be able to process what just happened." — Jeremy Renner, nominated for best supporting actor for "The Town."

"I was building Legos with my son and lost track of the time. Then the phone started ringing and I realized it must be good news. I'm incredibly touched and humbled. I grew up watching the awards and never thought this would be my reality." — Director Darren Aronofsky, nominated for "Black Swan."

"My dog woke me up. My dog like had some sixth sense. And I knew that it would be good if my phone was ringing and not as good if my phone wasn't ringing. So my phone started to ring shortly after my dog woke me up." — David O. Russell, on learning of his best director nomination for "The Fighter."

"It's really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance." — Javier Bardem, nominated as best actor for "Biutiful."

"I'm elated to the point of euphoria. I feel like I'm in a walking dream. I'm so relieved that all those millions of Australians that wanted me to get this nomination aren't disappointed. Happy Australia Day." — Jacki Weaver, nominated for best supporting actress for "Animal Kingdom."

"I've wanted to make films since I was 12 years old, so this is sort of like a childhood dream come true, getting nominated for an Oscar. It's amazing." — Tom Hooper, Oscar-nominated director of "The King's Speech."

"As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognized and honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech-therapy business flourished when the future king of England happened to pop by one day." — Geoffrey Rush, best supporting actor nominee for "The King's Speech."

"I think that what resonated is that it's not a timely story, I think what resonated is that it is a timeless story, one with themes as old as storytelling itself: of friendship and loyalty, of betrayal, power, class, jealousy. These are things that Aeschylus would have written about or Shakespeare would have written about. And it's just lucky for me that neither of those guys were available so I got to write about it." — Aaron Sorkin, nominated for best adapted screenplay for "The Social Network."

"It's not really a survival story about one guy trapped by a rock. It's about everybody (sitting) in the cinema and the things they ever have to overcome and how their connections to other people, their friends and families, the rest of the world out there, is what gets you through the bad times." — Simon Beaufoy, nominated with Danny Boyle for best adapted screenplay for "127 Hours."

"I don't mean to sound like disavowing the film in any way, but it's like are they sure?!" — Debra Granik, an Oscar nominee for best adapted screenplay for "Winter's Bone."

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