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."
"Well, you just sort of sit there a little stunned at first, and slowly the realization creeps over you and it's, 'Oh my goodness gracious.' This is something I hardly dared dream about over the years and yet it seems to be coming true. I hope the alarm clock doesn't ring and wake me up." — David Seidler, nominated for best original screenplay for "The King's Speech."
"I tried to act all cool and sleep through it and my dreams woke me up four times, and finally I just accepted the fact that I really cared and I got up and I watched it online." — Stuart Blumberg, nominated for best original screenplay for "The Kids Are All Right."
"I kept having strange dreams that I was back in like the turn of the century, wearing top hats and things like that, and they were announcing the nominees and they were like, 'No, you weren't nominated,' and I was like, 'Ahhh,' and I was so disappointed, and yet I had to go out and solve a mystery afterwards. It was very strange." — Chris Sanders, co-writer and co-director of the Oscar-nominated animated film "How to Train Your Dragon."
"It's always very nice, a nice thing. It always does make me feel better but only for a few hours." — Randy Newman, who has been nominated for more than a dozen Oscars, this year for the song "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3."
"Ten seems like an awful lot. We don't want to take anyone else's." — Joel and Ethan Coen, reacting to the 10 Oscar nominations for their film, "True Grit."
"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." — Nicole Kidman, nominated for best actress for "Rabbit Hole."
"I'm celebrating with the people who helped get me there — you and your colleagues in the various forms of press and media that have long witnessed my work and long written and spoken beautiful things about it and really, truly helped me get to this day. Everyone asks about celebrations and glasses of champagne. That I get the opportunity to talk to all of you and say: 'We did it! This is awesome! Look at us now!'" — Melissa Leo, nominated for best supporting actress for "The Fighter."
"Really, for me, the trick is very much to get out of my own way. Just let the characters sing what needs to be sung and let the score inform the story. I think people appreciate that." — Composer Alan Menken, winner of eight Academy Awards for best song or score, earned his 19th nomination for writing the music for the song "I See the Light" from the animated film "Tangled."
"There is a very deep emotion in this film — that's why it's so successful all over the world. ... The audience is moved and thrilled by this so human story. There's not many movies that can do that." — Composer Alexandre Desplat, nominated for best original score for "The King's Speech."
"For 'Tangled,' it's one of those moments where music and visual and story and character all come together at this one moment. It's a pretty compelling case for why songs make films better." — Lyricist Glenn Slater, nominated with Alan Menken for the song "I See the Light" from the animated film "Tangled."Comment on this story
"If you get six nominations, including best picture and best actor — I'd go see that movie. So I think it's enormously important for the film." — Christian Colson, one of the producers of "127 Hours" on its six nominations.
"I'm just hoping that maybe I can get into a party now. I doubt I will be able to though. Us producers, no one recognizes us." — Dana Brunetti, one of the producers of "The Social Network."
AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen, Derrik J. Lang and Mark Kennedy, and Associated Press Writer John Rogers contributed to this package.