Oscar Nominees Reactions: The ‘Thrilled,’ ‘Delighted,’ ‘Thankful’ and ‘Deeply Humbled’

Nominees are universally “thrilled” and “delighted” for the “honor” and “incredible recognition” by the Academy

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 7:17 PM

The nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were revealed early on Thursday morning, and Hollywood’s deserving contributors are celebrating over breakfast.

Here are some of the nominees’ reactions, as told to TheWrap:

"12 Years A Slave" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film FestivalMichael Fassbender — Best Supporting Actor “12 Years a Slave”
“I’m really chuffed with the Oscar nomination especially being recognised alongside such great actors. It’s a real honour.”

Johnny Knoxville, on behalf of Stephen Prouty — Makeup & Hairstyling “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“What an honor that Stephen Prouty got nominated for best makeup and hairstyling for Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa. Am I as stunned as everyone else we didn’t get the nod for best picture? Well of course, duh, but I won’t let that take away from my happiness for Steve, Tony Gardner, and our whole makeup team. Wahoo!”

Michael DeLuca — Producer “Captain Phillips”
“We are grateful to the Academy for the recognition and for the privilege of being included in an amazing field of movies this year. It’s all a testament to Paul Greengrass’ artistry and Tom hanks‘ craft and commitment.”

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Thomas Newman — Composer, “Saving Mr. Banks”
“I’m so proud of this movie and am very thankful to the Academy. It’s an honor to be nominated alongside other great artists.”

Martin Scorsese — Director “The Wolf of Wall Street”
“It’s a great honor to receive this nomination from the Academy. I had a great team on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and we all worked together to give the picture the special energy that it needed. I could never have done it without them, and I think of this nomination as a way of recognizing the whole group and what they achieved.

“We knew that we were taking a risk with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ – by telling the story of Jordan Belfort and Stratton-Oakmont. I’m so pleased to see the picture recognized by the Academy, along with all the hard work, by so many talented people, that it took to bring it to the screen.”

Sally Hawkins — Best Supporting Actress “Blue Jasmine”
“I am so delighted and overwhelmed, thank you so much to the Academy for this huge honour. To be given this for being in a Woody Allen film – it’s simply an amazing privilege. I am incredibly proud and delighted for us all. I am so thrilled for Woody for his nomination and, of course, for Cate (who I really can’t praise enough); I am delighted for them both as it’s so incredibly deserved. Thank you.”

2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala - Outside ArrivalsMeryl Streep — Best Actress “August: Osage County”
“I am so happy for our film that Julia and I have been nominated. We are both so proud of August: Osage County. This honor from the Academy, for which we are truly grateful, will help bring attention to our film from audiences across the country, which is thrilling.”

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Pharrell Williams — Best Original Song, “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
“I am so grateful to the Academy. This is such a huge honor and surprise. I love animated films… I have since I was a kid, and working with Chris Meledandri, the Illumination team and Universal Pictures was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. What can I say… I’m HAPPY!”

Barkhad Abdi — Best Supporting Actor “Captain Phillips”
“I am truly honored to have been nominated by the Academy this morning. This has been a life changing experience for me. I would like to congratulate all of the nominees this morning, especially the team from Captain Phillips who were recognized. My performance is a testament to the vision of our incredible director Paul Greengrass, and our other Captain – the generous, amazing, and inspiring Tom Hanks.”

Steve McQueen — Director, Producer “12 Years a Slave”
“I’m extraordinarily happy for all the cast and crew of our ’12 Years a Slave’ family.  This has been an amazing ride, and to receive nine nominations from the Academy is testament to all of the hard work. And for that I am truly grateful.”

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Lupita Nyong’o — Best Supporting Actress “12 Years a Slave”
“I am thrilled beyond words that The Academy has recognized my performance in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ and I am deeply proud to be in the company of my fellow nominees. This celebration of such an important film is simply extraordinary, and I am so pleased to be able to share it with the rest of the ’12 Years a Slave’ family. I feel truly blessed!”

Alfonso Cuaron — Director, “Gravity”
“Thank you Academy for this incredible recognition. These nominations are not just about single achievements, but rather the collective effort of hundreds of dedicated artists who made this dream a reality. On behalf of everyone involved with Gravity I want to express our deepest gratitude to the industry, the exhibitors and the public for embracing this film so passionately. A special thank you to our friends and collaborators at Warner Bros. for staying on board this journey for more than four years.”

“I am particularly moved by Sandy’s nomination. She is the heartbeat of our film. She immersed herself in the part. And I thank her for her grace, her trust and her dedication to finding the truth of this character.”

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Jared Leto Oscar WrapJared Leto — Actor in a Supporting Role “Dallas Buyers Club”
“I am absolutely blown away by this incredible nomination. I never in my life thought I would have the opportunity to even write these words. Thank you so much to all my fellow AMPAS acting branch members for this honor. Today you not only honor me but also all those around the world living with AIDS and all those we have lost to this disease. Thank you for recognizing them and recognizing their struggle through “Dallas Buyers Club.” This was a fascinating story told by a group of incredibly passionate and committed filmmakers who wanted to create something special and shine a light on a unique and important story. I’m proud to be a part of this celebration and so very grateful to you all. A huge congratulations to Matthew McConaughey, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter, Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack, Jean-Marc Vallée, Martin Pensa, Adruitha Lee, and Robin Mathews.”

Max Lang, Jan Lachauer — Directors “Room on the Broom”
“This is incredible! We tried not to think about the possibility of getting nominated and kept telling each other, this won’t happen…and now… it really did happen! We would like to thank the Academy in the name of the whole team that worked incredibly hard on making this film. This nomination means a lot to us and we’re so happy our film made it this far.”

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Michael Rose, Martin Pope — Producers “Room on the Broom”
“I was in a meeting about our next production and Martin was at a lunch when our office called with the amazing news. We’re completely thrilled and delighted. It’s a great honour for the film, and we’re so grateful to our brilliant directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, and everyone who worked so hard to make the film.”

Hayao Miyazaki — Director “The Wind Rises”
“I and my colleagues are deeply honored that the Academy has chosen to nominate THE WIND RISES, my last film, for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. It is indeed a privilege for all of us who worked on the film to see it get this acclaim from so far away.

“I am, personally, very gratified to receive such an honor, and wish to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the Academy and thank everyone who has made the film such a success.

“I hope that many people will see the film after it opens in North American theaters soon.”

DiCaprio CannesLeonardo DiCaprio — Actor “The Wolf of Wall Street”
“I am deeply humbled by this honor and even happier to share today with Marty, Jonah, Terry as well as this entire cast and crew. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ has been a passion project of mine, and I found the role  to be one of the most challenging and rewarding of my career.   Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees and thank you to the Academy for this extraordinary recognition.”

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Judi Dench — Actress “Philomena”
“This is just the loveliest news. I’m so happy for everybody involved, and so proud to have been part of the wonderful experience that ‘Philomena’ has been.”

Alexandre Desplat — Composer “Philomena”
“I can’t thank the Academy enough for recognizing my work on Philomena. The film is such a gem! Philomena Lee’s story, beautifully conveyed by Judi Dench and Steve Coogan is universal, and it deeply moved me when I first saw it. Stephen Frears is such a master at directing drama with a subtle touch. I have been extremely lucky to work with him several times beginning first with The Queen. I am very proud of being part of Philomena’s creative team.”

Gabrielle Tana — Producer “Philomena”
“Thank you so much to the Academy. I cannot tell you how honoured and thrilled I am to be nominated. This film has been a privilege to be a part of throughout and I have been lucky enough to work with such wonderful talent. I’m so proud of this movie, and the story that it tells, that for it to be recognized like this, is absolutely wonderful. (The real) Philomena is here with me today and I know that this means the world to her too.”

…and the real life Philomena Lee:
“For decades, I kept the story of my son mine and mine alone. To be able to share it today with the world, with no less than the beautiful, brilliant actors and filmmakers I had at my side, is truly a blessing. My heartfelt thanks goes to the entire team who made this movie a reality, and to those who helped to nominate it…what a humbling acknowledgment.”

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Julia Roberts — Best Supporting Actress “August: Osage County”
“This was certainly a once in a lifetime experience and the recognition from it is an absolutely thrilling bonus. I simply could not be more excited right now.”

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsChiwetel Ejiofor — Actor “12 Years a Slave”
“At no point during filming, in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, did any of us ever foresee the journey this film would take us all on. Steve McQueen created an entire family to tell one man’s tale and I am delighted that so many of this family have also been recognized today. I am hugely grateful to the Academy for this great honour, and, of course, to Solomon Northup for sharing his story through his breathtaking book.”

Morgan Neville — Director “20 Feet From Stardom”
“This makes me want to sing out loud!  I’m beyond humbled by this honor. All of the praying our ladies have done for the film’s success has clearly paid off! After 20 years in this business, to have our movie and these extraordinary women recognized by such an esteemed group, means more to me than I can ever say. My only regret is that our producer, the late Gil Friesen, isn’t here to be a part of it – I know he’s smiling down on us and would have been over the moon with the news.”

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The Ladies of “20 Feet From Stardom”
“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We are forever indebted to our late producer Gil Friesen and director Morgan Neville who have told our stories so beautifully and with such heart. We never imagined we’d be in this position and hope the film inspires everyone who sees it to keep following their dreams. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition — we feel eternally blessed.”

Zachary Heinzerling — Director “Cutie & The Boxer”
“I am overcome with gratitude. After spending five years with the Shinoharas, I feel privileged to have brought their unique love story and their inspiring artistry to the screen. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition which I share with Ushio and Noriko without whom none of this would have been possible.”

Terence Winter – Best Adapted Screenplay “The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Despite the fact of what I do for a living, I am having difficulty finding the words to express how honored I am to be nominated. Martin Scorsese is the reason I wanted to become a screenwriter in the first place; having my name is included with his on this list is more than I could ever have hoped for. I’m equally thrilled for Leo, Jonah, and our entire cast and crew who’ve been honored with a best picture nomination for their incredible work.”

Neil Corbould — SFX Supervisor for “Gravity”
“I just heard the news regarding the Oscar nomination for the special visual effects for ‘Gravity’ and I am over the moon. We are up against some tough competition this year but I am keeping my fingers crossed. ‘Gravity’ was one of those once in a lifetime movies and I am so happy to have been a part of it. Alfonso is an amazing director and I am thrilled he has been nominated as well for Best Picture, Directing and Editing! I would also like to congratulate my fellow nominees on ‘Gravity,’ amazing work!”

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Michael O’Connor — Costume Designer “The Invisible Woman”
“I’m really excited and very honored to receive a nomination from the Academy!”

Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez — Best Original Song “Let it Go” from “Frozen”
“Pinch us…! We couldn’t be prouder to see our song ‘Let it Go’ receive an Oscar nomination.  It’s a reflection of all the effort that went into the song from the dozens if not hundreds of people at Disney Animation who added their talents to it.  We hope the song and its message of empowerment continue to spread.  We are so grateful to the Academy, to our directors and producers, to Idina Menzel, and to the people all over the world who are listening (and sometimes belting along) to the music of ‘Frozen.’ Sing out!”

Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee (Directors), Peter Del Vecho (Producer) “Frozen”
“Frozen’s journey has gone beyond our wildest dreams. We thank the Academy for this honor and look forward to celebrating the nominations with our crew at Disney Animation today.”

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Kirk DeMicco — Director “The Croods”
Today’s Oscar nomination is without a doubt the icing on the cake of an eight-year labor of love. We set out to make a film that everyone in the family – especially fathers – can relate to: a story about the power of change. You’d think as an Oscar hopeful I’d be up at 5:30 AM glued to my television, but instead I was in the nursery of my 10 month old twins experiencing the real power of change – that of diapers. This film has taken the work of over 300 talented artists at DreamWorks Animation to produce and on behalf of our entire crew, I send a huge thank-you to the Academy and raise a bottle baby in toast to our fellow nominees!

Kristine Belson — Producer “The Croods”
Wow… WOW! I’m so thrilled and so grateful to the Academy. But mostly, I’m so very proud on behalf of our incredible team of artists who crafted this film, our amazing voice cast, and most of all of our writer/directors Chris and Kirk. They made a movie that was both hilarious and moving and I feel damn lucky to be part of this remarkable team.

Emma Tillinger Koskoff — Producer “The Wolf of Wall Street”
“I am truly honored and humbled by the Academy’s recognition of the incredible feat that is THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Making this film with Marty, Leo, Terry, Jonah and the rest of our superb cast and crew was a privilege.”

Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland — Producers “The Wolf of Wall Street”
“We are humbled and honored by the Academy’s recognition of The Wolf of Wall Street. What brilliantly started on the page with Terence Winter’s script evolved into a unique, bold, and uncompromising execution in filmmaking. Martin Scorsese continues to be the preeminent filmmaker of our time, weaving together incredibly unique characters to form stories that both provoke and captivate the imagination. Leonardo DiCaprio’s tenacity, passion and fearlessness in front of the camera has brought to life a character that will be etched in our minds forever. Jonah Hill is a diverse young force that challenges everyone around him, he is the true definition of “going for it”. Terence Winter’s wonderful adaption has given life to the colorful characters of Wolf, and was the beginning of a journey that lead us to this moment. We are thrilled that the Academy has embraced his extraordinary film.”

John Ridley – Best Adapted Screenplay “12 Years a Slave”
“It feels very special, but I just really appreciate how people have responded to Solomon Northup’s story and his life. I’m just so happy for the whole crew and cast who brought Solomon’s memoir to the screen. It’s been a great year for film, and for people to consider 12 Years a Slave to be among the best is more humbling than you can imagine.”

Michael Wilkinson — Costume Designer “American Hustle”
“Thank you to the Academy for this nomination for Best Costume Design. I’m so proud to be a part of a project that takes the craft of film to new heights. I’m grateful for the wonderful collaboration of my ‘American Hustle’ filmmaking family – David O Russell, our producers, the entire cast and crew, and most especially my incredible costume team. We all put our hearts and souls into this film, and it is a great honor to have our work recognized by the Academy.”

Shuhei Morita — Director “Possessions”
“It is a godsend! We are so glad that ‘Possessions’ has been nominated and will be seen by a lot of people. I’ve struggled for the past few years about ‘What is my anime style?’ But ‘Possessions’ is a piece in which I realized that I was satisfied with myself to be able to honestly put my soul in it. With just a few staff, we brainstormed some ideas off each other to come up with this film. We are so glad that such a title is accepted in the world. We are a bit nervous but looking forward to the final awards ceremony come Mar. 2.”

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