Oscar Nominations 2020: Tom Hanks and Margot Robbie react

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The 92nd Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday morning.

And stars were quick to turn to social media to share their joy at being included on the exclusive list which has Joker and The Irishman with the most nods.

Tom Hanks was one of the first actors to react to his nomination in Best Supporting Actor category for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. ‘I’m honoured to be included with the calibre of actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. It will be a grand night.’

Margot Robbie, who got a Best Supporting Actress nod for her work in Bombshell, shared a pink note.

‘Well this long haul flight just got a whole lot better!’ she began. ‘I am so blown away and so extremely grateful to the Academy.’

Charlize Theron, who was nominated for Best Actress for Bombshell, said: ‘Making BOMBSHELL is one of the great highlights of my career. Thank you to my fellow producers, our incredible director Jay Roach and our brilliant screenwriter Charles Randolph, and a multi-talented group of actors and artists who gave 100% of themselves in making this film.’ 

Before that the South African native had tweeted: ‘Holy sh*t. I am floored, Thank you.’ 

Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Joker.

He said on Monday: ‘I feel honored and humbled to have been nominated by my fellow actors. 

‘The Academy’s encouragement helped ignite and sustain my career and I am incredibly grateful for that support. 

‘I’d like to also congratulate my fellow nominees for being recognized for their inspiring performances that have enriched our art form.’

Laura Dern was nominated for her work in Marriage Story: ‘It is such an honor to be acknowledged by one’s peers in this extraordinary way. 

‘I am so proud of the brilliant writing, directing and the magnificent cast of Marriage Stort. I thank the Academy for this profound moment today.’ 

Cynthia Erivo was given a Best Actress and Best Song nod for Harriet.

She stated, ‘To receive two Oscar nominations for a film paying tribute to Harriet Tubman, a person whose heart and spirit are the embodiment of courage, makes this morning’s news beyond anything I could have ever imagined. 

‘This is more than a dream come true. When I got the opportunity to play this incredible woman, I felt truly honored that Kasi and our producers saw fit to have me play the part; being asked to co-write and perform the song in the film was the icing on an already wonderful cake. I continue to feel overwhelmed with gratitude today to the Academy for recognizing my performance and our song Stand Up.’  

Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for Best Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, said: ‘I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work along with the incredible performances of my fellow nominees. I’ve been incredibly fortunate, with this film, to have partnered with brilliant collaborators in Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. 

‘This film is an homage to the city of Los Angeles, and I had the opportunity to portray an actor facing his own obsolescence, at a time when our culture was going through massive change.

‘This film in many ways is a tribute to all those who were a part of this industry. Cinema is, and continues to be a powerful form of free artistic expression. This film along with so many others this year, were truly original and impactful. I hope as we progress, we continue to see even more of them. I feel honored to be a part of it all. Thank you again.’

Adam Driver, who was given a Best Actor nod for  Marriage Story, shared, ‘I’m honored and incredibly grateful to represent the people who made Marriage Story, and to be included among a list of actors I greatly admire! Thank you very much to Noah and to the cast and crew and, of course, to the Academy for this opportunity.’

Antonio Banderas received his first nomination. He was listed as a Best Actor in Pain and Glory: ‘I would like to thank The Academy for my nomination for Best Actor for my work in Pain and Glory. It is an honor to share the nomination with my fellow actors, they did an amazing job. 

‘The bar is very high and I’m very thankful to be in the run for the Oscars. I would like to congratulate Pedro Almodóvar and the Pain and Glory team for the International Feature Film nomination for the amazing work they did. I would also like to thank Sony Pictures Classic for their support and effort to get here.’

Bradley Cooper, who is a producer on the Best Picture nominee Joker, said, ‘I’m so incredibly thrilled for Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Lawrence Sher, Mark Bridges, Jeff Groth, Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland. Thank you to the Academy for recognizing their talent and contribution. Todd Phillips is a visionary and I couldn’t be happier for him. I’m truly honored to be a part of Joker.’

Robert De Niro, who is a producer on the Best Picture nominee The Irishman, noted, ‘Bringing The Irishman to the screen was a twelve-year saga which I wanted to make with my friends and work again with Marty, Joe and Al – It was a story that Jane, Emma, Marty and I wanted to tell. It’s great that the picture has been embraced by audiences and is now getting this recognition from the Academy. I’m very happy for everyone involved in the film.’

Martin Scorsese, who was nominated as Best Director for The Irishman, said: ‘I’m honoured that our work on The Irishman has been honoured by the Academy with these nominations. 

‘We put all of ourselves into this picture, a true labour of love, and to be recognised in this way means a great deal to all of us.’ 

His film was also in the Best Picture category. 

Todd Phillips who was nominated for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay for Joker also shared a note.

‘Joker began as an idea, an experiment really— could we take an ‘indie approach’ to a studio film by inverting it into a character study to reflect the world around us? Explore what we’re seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love. I am deeply honoured by the overwhelming recognition of the Academy this morning, and I want to thank the genius that is Joaquin Phoenix, and all my incredible collaborators. We are beyond humbled that our peers in the filmmaking community have embraced the film and its message.’

Sam Mendes was nominated for his work in 1917.

‘I couldn’t be more thrilled. This movie was a labour of love for many people – myself included – so to see it recognized in this way is very moving for all of us,’ said the director.

‘I would like to thank the Academy on behalf of my fellow producers, and on behalf of every single person who put their heart and soul into this film. Thank you.’

Rian Johnson was nominate for Best Original Screenplay for Knives Out. He tweeted, ‘Holy cr*p.’ 

He then added, ‘In a year with so much great writing, I’m honored and thrilled to be on that list with people I admire and respect. Love and gratitude to my fellow writers in the Academy!’

Adam Sandler had a funny comment about not being nominated for Uncut Gems.

‘Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits.’

The comedian then added: ‘Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama.’

He had worked with Kathy Bates on Waterboy. She was nominated on Monday for Best Support Actress in Richard Jewell.

She responded with, ‘I love you my Bobby Boucher!!! You was robbed!! But Mama loves you!!! I learned a new urban slang word for you! You da GOAT!! Not the one we eat at home, Son.’ 

The actress also had a serious response to her nomination: ‘Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition. I am very proud of this film and it was truly an honor to work with the legendary Clint Eastwood on bringing the truth of Richard Jewell to light, along with the incredible Paul, Sam, Olivia, Jon, Nina, Ian and Niko. My hope is that this film brings the justice and peace Richard and Bobi Jewell deserve by shining a light on their story and his heroism.’

Frozen 2 songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez reacted to being nominating her original song Into The Unknown which was sung by Idina Menzel and Aurora.

‘We are deeply grateful to @TheAcademy for our nomination this morning. There would be no ‘Into The Unknown’ without Chris Buck and @alittlejelee and the incredible family of artists and storytellers @DisneyAnimation.’ 

Frozen 2 was shockingly snubbed for Best Animated Feature.

The cast and crew of Klaus seemed genuinely shocked when they were nominated for Best Animated Feature. The Spa Studios shared a link to the team hearing the news on TV.

‘The incredible moment when @TheAcademy announces that we are nominated. No words can describe it, better just watch it,’ said the note. 

Pain And Glory writer and director Pedro Almodóvar, whose film was nominated in the Best International Feature Film category, said, ‘I am very happy with these nominations. I’ve learnt about them while flying back to Madrid. This is the happiest end to the film’s career.

‘Antonio has been a part of my films and my life for over thirty years. It makes me very proud that he’s received his first nomination for this film.’

Little Women star Florence Pugh spoke to Good Morning America on the phone for being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Little Women.

‘I was in bed,’ she said. ‘I FaceTimed my mum and she screamed for a long time, and I FaceTimed my dad and his phone died – these are the two that have been pumping me up and keeping me going and supporting all of my stuff since I was tiny, so they are so thrilled and they can’t stop screaming. I’m very happy that they got to be the first people I spoke to.’ 

Her co-star Saoirse Ronan landed her fourth career Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress.

‘I’m just so thrilled that our Little Women has been recognised by the Academy,’ Ronan told ABC News in a statement.

‘Greta [Gerwig] made something so special that I’m just thankful to have been a part of, let alone nominated for. Thank you to my academy peers for loving and appreciating this film that is so close to my heart.’

Amy Pascal, the film’s producer, told ABC News in a statement that it was an honour to make history with a movie ‘written, directed and produced exclusively by women.’

‘We are profoundly overwhelmed and honoured to have received all these nominations from the Academy, and to have made history by being only the third movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture that’s written, directed and produced exclusively by women,’ she said. ‘This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig. She is the most brilliant creative talent working in our industry today, and we are thrilled that she and our beautiful film have been recognised.’

Greta was not nominated for Best Director, however, as only men landed in that category. 

Former President Barack Obama tweeted a congratulatory message to best documentary feature nominee American Factory.

The film was distributed by his production company, Higher Ground Productions, which he runs with wife Michelle.

Michelle added that the film is ‘at times painful, at times exhilarating, but always thoughtful and always real.’

Matthew Cherry tweeted ‘it feels like a dream’ to be Oscar-nominated in the best animated short film category for Hair Love. 

‘Wow! And to have @IssaRae announce it! It feels like a dream. Huge thanks to our great team @BruceAlmighteee @Mr_Scribbles @KDRupe @Monica_aYoung @DanielDCrawford @LionForgeDave @CarlForge @lionforge our kickstarter backers & @SonyAnimation for believing in us. @TheAcademy.’

 

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