Jordan Peele in ‘Opposite of Sunken Place’ and More Oscar Nomination Reactions

Nominees from this year’s diverse field of contenders expressed their gratitude, while Chris Miller joked about “Lego Batman Movie” being snubbed

Last Updated: January 23, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

For those fortunate enough to hear their names be called, Oscars Nomination Day is a whirlwind of excited phone calls from friends and family, press interviews, and making plans to attend Hollywood’s biggest night. But amidst the chaos, this year’s nominees took some time to express their gratitude and joy at being honored by the Academy as one of the best in their craft this past year.

The best reaction came from “Get Out” director Jordan Peele, who responded to his socially-conscious horror film getting a Best Picture nomination with a simple question:

Peele also shared that he spoke with his “Get Out” leading man Daniel Kaluuya, who was also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category.

Of course, the best reactions weren’t always from the people who got nominated. Chris Miller, who was snubbed for a Best Animated Feature nomination five years ago for his work on “The Lego Movie,” had a simple reaction when “The Lego Batman Movie” failed to get nominated as well.

Meanwhile, Martin McDonagh, director of the Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” thanked and congratulated all the people who collaborated with him on the dark comedy, and also got nominated.

“I’m thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy,” he wrote, “and that the beautiful work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognised so wonderfully. I can’t wait to celebrate with them all come March 4th.”

Read more Oscar reactions below:

Willem Dafoe

“I’m very happy to be recognized by the Academy for my role in Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project.’ I am very proud of this movie that authentically expresses the human’s spirit’s natural impulse to extend itself to others even in difficult circumstances.”

Meryl Streep

“I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history- Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart.”

Octavia Spencer

“My heart is bursting with pure elation for the cast and crew of The Shape Of Water. Guillermo has given us all a dream job and to be recognized by the Academy is so deeply moving.  I am jumping for joy from Park City for all of the nominees this morning! Congratulations everyone.”

Gary Oldman

“Firstly, I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, both in the acting categories and across the board. To be in such company is deeply, genuinely, humbling.  To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career, was the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so happy that my colleagues and partners on this wonderful film have also been honored with nominations. I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!”

Aaron Sorkin

“This nomination represents the great work of hundreds of people–from STX and our producers to Jessica Chastain and the entire cast and crew. I couldn’t ask for a greater gang of people with whom to share this incredible honor.”

James Mangold

“While LOGAN was always going to be perceived as the last chapter in a successful “super hero” franchise, and a final performance in this role by my brilliant friend Hugh Jackman, Scott Frank, Michael Green and I always viewed the task of writing it as, first and foremost, an opportunity to make a dramatic character piece, one that just so happened to feature beloved comic book characters. We are so grateful for the nomination.”