2016 Oscars: Reactions from the nominees

Agence France-Presse
2016 Oscars: Reactions from the nominees
Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne, and more react to their Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES, USA – The following are reactions from some of the nominees for the 2016 Oscars. The list of nominations was revealed Thursday, January 14 ahead of the February 28 ceremony: (FULL LIST: Nominees, Oscars 2016)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

“I am so grateful to the Academy for their recognition of this film. Making The Revenant was one of the most rewarding and collaborative experiences of my life. None of this would have been possible without [director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s] talent, vision, and determination. Our dedicated crew also deserves to share in this moment. Together, they have created a truly unique cinematic experience. Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees this season. Thank you to the Academy,” Leo told Us Weekly. Leo was nominated for best actor for The Revenant.

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

“I’m incredibly grateful to the Academy for this nomination – particularly in a year with so many brilliant films and performances. This nomination is a testament to the vision of our fearless director Tom Hooper, and the support of my fellow cast members, especially the incandescent Alicia Vikander. Being recognized for The Danish Girl is particularly special to me; if sharing Lili and Gerda’s journey and their love story can in any small way be a part of positive social change – then I will be even more grateful.”

Eddie said this to US Weekly, on his nomination for Best Actor for The Danish Girl.

Pete Docter (Inside Out)

“You start out and have such a huge battle in front of you given that the human mind is the most complicated thing in the universe. To put that into an 80-minute project — that was a little tricky. It was a ride there with Fear in my brain while waiting for the nomination but in the end I think Joy won out,” Docter told Variety.

Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)

“The novel is beautiful and muted but you can’t do that in a movie, you have to get much closer. I felt we could make a successful work of art out of something that was already a successful work of art. I could absolutely imagine (that) with a little bit of tweaking it could be something that really messed people up emotionally,” Hornby told Variety. Brooklyn was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Brooklyn was nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

“I am beyond grateful and humbled by this nomination. I feel incredibly honored to be recognized among the other amazing women in this category. Joy is an incredibly inspiring story about an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things. For me, working with David O. Russell has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I share this nomination with him as well as our incredible supporting cast. I could not be more proud to be a part of this film and thankful to the producers and Fox for their unyielding support.”

Jennifer was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee for Joy. She gave this statement to Us Weekly.

Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)

“I am in London and just heard the good news! We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible. Champagne and Mezcal will run tonight!” 

The Revenant was the leader among all films, with 12 nods.

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)

“The crew is responsible for making this movie, and I’m glad they’re being recognized in this way. (…)  I would never have thought this would have happened. It’s really nice to be invited to the party.”

George said this to The Hollywood Reporter on his dystopian action movie Mad Max: Fury Road, getting 10 nods, including best picture and best director.

Brie Larson (Room)

“I’m shaking right now. I’m really confused. It’s the highest form of flattery in my field. (…) The nominations mean so much because it comes from your peers, it comes from fellow actors.”

Brie Larson got a best actress nomination for Room, in which she plays a kidnapped mother living with her child in captivity. She said this to ABC’s Good Morning America.

Brie also posted this on Twitter.

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

“I was asleep and my mom ran in and she was crying and so it was either good news or bad news and it was great news. I’m going to start crying now, but to get Best Actress and to get Best Picture means the absolute world to us.”

Saoirse was nominated for best actress for Brooklyn, about a young Irish immigrant navigating her way in 1950s New York. She said this to Good Morning America.


Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

“It feels like it’s come full circle. It’s great that this character that has carried me along all these years is getting respect,” Sylvester, who was nominated for a best supporting actor award for Creed, told Variety magazine.

Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang)

“You have given our film the strongest of spotlights on a subject matter so crucial for many women across the world today. Thank you to the 5 young actresses of Mustang for their courage and their persistence in defending freedom.”
Deniz is the Franco-Turkish director of Mustang, which is among the nominees for best foreign language film.

Naji Abu Nawar (Theeb)

“Everyone in Jordan is overjoyed at this historical moment for our film and country. There is a huge celebration and we are very grateful to the Academy for this honor.” 

Naji, the writer and director of Jordanian film “Theeb,” nominated for best foreign language film, told Agence France-Presse.

Ciro Guerra (Embrace the Serpent)

“It is very significant that Colombia’s first Oscar nomination comes from a film spoken in indigenous languages, which for us are also foreign languages. I hope that this wonderful moment becomes an opportunity for us to value and respect the infinite traditional knowledge of the peoples of the Amazon, who are the real stars of this film, and with whom we share the joy,” said Director Ciro Guerra, whose film Embrace of the Serpent, was nominated for best foreign language film. 

– Rappler.com

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