January 15, 2015 3:33 pm
Updated: January 15, 2015 6:36 pm

Oscars 2015: Nominees react with humour, humility


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LOS ANGELES  — Reactions to the 2015 Academy Award nominations, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California:

– “I don’t care how much people tell you, ‘It’s gonna happen.’ When it happens, you’re thrilled.” – Michael Keaton on his best-actor nod for Birdman.

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– “One could say, only two times?” – Composer Alexandre Desplat, a double nominee for his original scores for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game.

– “A guy doesn’t think about things like this when he starts doing summer theatre in Bigfork, Montana in the ’70s.” – J.K. Simmons, nominated for his supporting role in Whiplash.

– “I am so (expletive) excited. Are you allowed to say (expletive) when you’re making a statement for the Oscars?” – Emma Stone, supporting-actress nominee for Birdman.

– “I was in a deep, dark sleep. I was in a dazed state. I was half undressed and stumbled to the door. I found my manger there brandishing a phone with a lot of screams coming out of it.” – Eddie Redmayne on how he learned he was nominated for best actor for The Theory of Everything.

– “Even though we’re up for best documentary, I feel it’s the best acting I’ve ever done.” – Actor Jeff Garlin, a producer of nominated documentary feature Finding Vivian Maier.

– “To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life.” – Benedict Cumberbatch on his best actor nod for The Imitation Game.

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– “Now I guess Baymax has to go out and pick out a tux.” – Chris Williams, co-director of Big Hero 6, nominated for best animated feature.

– “I was in my pyjamas when I got the news.” – Best-actress nominee for The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones.

– “That’s a question you’d have to present to people in the White House.” – Laura Poitras on whether Edward Snowden, the subject of her nominated documentary, Citizenfour, will attend the Oscar ceremony.

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– “We feel very deeply honoured and thrilled and, frankly, very, very pleased with ourselves all around.” – Writer-director Wes Anderson, whose film The Grand Budapest Hotel is up for nine Oscars, including best picture.

– “I spent a few years in Los Angeles and I used to stand outside the Baskin-Robbins and watch the limos going by, and it’s a bit like Cinderella finally being invited to the ball.” – Anthony McCarten, nominated for his screenplay and as a producer of The Theory of Everything.

– “No comment. I’ve been called worse.” – Cinematographer Dick Pope, whose name was pronounced as “Dick Poop” when he was nominated for his work in Mr. Turner.

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