Oscars Nominees React: 2017 Academy Awards Nominations Reaction
The nominations for the 2017 Oscars were revealed on Tuesday, and now the nominees are reacting to the Academy Awards announcement. Check out the tweets and statements below!
Emma Stone, who won a Golden Globe for La La Land earlier this month, says in a statement about her Best Actress nomination, “What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I’m so happy to share this feeling with my La La Land family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I’m also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it’s hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can’t wait to celebrate together.”
Stone’s co-star Ryan Gosling is up for Best Actor. He says, “I’m very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else’s wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special.”
Ruth Negga, another Best Actress contender, expresses in a statement, “I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women — my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me… this means a great deal to me.”
Best Actor nominee Viggo Mortensen released a statement saying, “I’m thrilled that Captain Fantastic has been included among this year’s Academy nominees! Our movie has heart and brains. It entertains, inspires, and encourages honest communication in equal measures. I’m extremely proud to represent Matt Ross’ extraordinary story. It is one of the finest collective efforts I’ve ever been a part of. Yes we can!”
Directing nominee Mel Gibson, who just welcomed his ninth child, said in his statement, “What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor. I’m especially happy for Andrew Garfield, our producers Bill Mechanic and David Permut, our editor John Gilbert and our incredible sound teams. The Academy’s recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country, including Desmond Doss.”
Already an Oscar winner for The Help, Octavia Spencer is again nominated for Best Supporting Actress, this time for Hidden Figures. With many friends scoring nods, too, she tweeted, “congratulations to all oscar nominees esp @ava #EmmaStone @violadavis @theodoremelfi #teamHiddenFigures #barryJenkins #DevPatel #Denzel.”
Spencer is competing against Viola Davis, her co-star in The Help. The Fences actress says in a statement, “”Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!”
Lion star Nicole Kidman, another Supporting Actress nominee, says, “I want to thank the Academy for all of the acknowledgements you have given this heartfelt film. But, most importantly, I want to thank the Brierley family for putting themselves in such a vulnerable place and sharing their story with the world. And thanks to Garth Davis for putting his heart and soul into all of us. Woo Hoo!”
Fellow nominee and Manchester By The Sea star Michelle Williams comments, “Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. Making this film was incredibly rewarding and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey, Lucas, and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category.”
Jeff Bridges, nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for Hell Or High Water, said in a statement, “Woke up this morning in beautiful Solano Beach after playing a cool gig at the Belly Up with my band the Abiders to find out I’ve been nominated for my performance in Hell or High Water. What a thrill, especially for a movie that is so close to my heart. I really dug playing with Gil, Chris and Ben and being directed by the talented David Mackenzie. And such a GREAT script from Taylor. Woo Hoo! Thanks Academy.”
In one of the lengthiest statements, Lion star and Supporting Actor nominee Dev Patel writes, “OK, so I just received a call to say that I’ve been nominated for an Academy Award… To be totally honest, the news hasn’t made its way into my brain yet, but I’m looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me… Faces of the ones I love. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I’m in India right now. This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo’s journey was born.”
He goes on to express, “This film would be nothing without Garth Davis. Without his love, commitment and vision this Lion wouldn’t have been able to roar. To that extent I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Iain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team. Lion reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the color of your skin, not by race, gender, sexuality, social status, or origin. It is a message I am proud to be spreading during these uncertain times. This will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. ”
Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a bunch of emojis, and went on to tell fans, “I’m sorry I’m not saying more things reporters are calling me like a lot.” Already an Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner, the actor and composer is now on his way to an EGOT with his Original Song nomination for “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.
Miranda also says in a formal statement, “Thank you to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — thank you so much for this honor. I spent a good chunk of my childhood memorizing Billy Crystal’s musical Oscar monologues, so this is insane. Seeing The Little Mermaid changed my life at 9-years-old, so to work with its directors Ron Clements and John Musker on Moana has been a dream come true. I share this humbling honor with them, my Moana songwriting partners Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina, and the entire Disney family. Congratulations to all this morning’s incredible nominees. And future congratulations to the kids watching the telecast this year, singing along with their favorite songs, performing epic private concerts for the mirror with a comb or a toothbrush microphone. You’re next.”
Justin Timberlake is competing against Miranda, as his track “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls is also nominated for Original Song. Also a Grammy and Emmy winner, he tweeted, “SPEECHLESS. WOWOWOW!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH @TheAcademy for this nomination for #CantStopTheFeeling!! Congrats to ALL the nominees!! -JT.”
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Naomie Harris exclaimed on Twitter, “OMGGGG.” The Moonlight star also called into “GMA” following the announcement, revealing she had been to nervous to actually watch the big reveal. Miranda, too, did a phone interview with the morning show, as did Supporting Actor nominee Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Understandably, all were still trying to process the news.
Harris also says in a statement, “Moonlight is touching many hearts at a time when people are seeking compassion and connection in the world. I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing my part of this story as well as my fellow Moonlight family. It has truly been an honor to share Barry Jenkins’ and Tarell McCraney’s beautiful journey.”
And Shannon says, “I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom Ford anytime, anywhere. Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karl Glusman made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak.”
Ruth Negga, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Loving, said in a statement, “I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women – my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me…this means a great deal to me.”
The most unexpected reaction comes from Meryl Streep. The legendary star continues her reign as the most nominated actress of all time with 20 nods, now thanks to her Best Actress nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins. In response, Streep’s camp sent out a gif of her dancing (see below). The milestone, of course, comes just weeks after President Donald Trump infamously called Streep “over-rated.”