Because, really, it’s a pretty big deal.
If you were nominated for one of the most famous prizes in the world, how exactly do you think you would react? As this year’s Oscar nominations were announced yesterday, the chosen ones (from Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence) have been expressing their joy in all kinds of ways.
These are the best reactions and statements from the stars so far. ‘Holy shit!’ indeed, Brie Larson…
Leonardo DiCaprio, up for Best Actor in The Revenant takes a humble approach, thanking the cast and crew who worked with him;
‘Making The Revenant was one of the most rewarding and collaborative experiences of my life,’ he says in a statement. ‘None of this would have been possible without Alejandro’s talent, vision and determination. Our dedicated crew also deserves to share in this moment. Together, they have created a truly unique cinematic experience.’ Very nice Leo.
Lady Gaga, whose song ‘Til It Happens to You’ is nominated for Best Original Song, uses her powers for good;
‘This nomination lends a voice to so many victims and their families around the world,’ she writes on Instagram. ‘Thank you to The Academy for recognising the movement of people who have come together around ‘The Hunting Ground’ and ‘Til It Happens To You’ in the name of sexual assault. Diane Warren and I are simply honoured to represent the voices of so many survivors.’
Jennifer Lawrence, up for Best Actress for Joy, says she’s super grateful;
‘I am beyond grateful and humbled by this nomination. I feel incredibly honoured to be recognised among the other amazing women in this category. Joy is an incredibly inspiring story about an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things. For me, working with David O. Russell has been nothing short of extraordinary, and I share this nomination with him as well as our incredible supporting cast. I could not be more proud to be a part of this film and thankful to the producers and Fox for their unyielding support.’
Saoirse Ronan, nominated for Best Actress for Brooklyn, admits to some tears;
‘I was asleep and my mom ran in and she was crying, and so it was either good news or bad news, and it was great news,’ she told Good Morning America. ‘I’m going to start crying now, but to get Best Actress and to get Best Picture means the absolute world to us.’
And then Brie Larson, nominated for Best Actress for Room, loses it completely, and says what all the other nominees were really thinking;
‘I thought, Holy shit! It’s that mixed with a total flat line,’ she says in an interview with E! News. ‘I didn’t realize how strong my reaction would be. My whole body was shaking. I started crying. It really was when they gave [Lenny Abrahamson] a best director nomination that I really lost it. He’s so deserving of it. So well deserved and so exciting to see.’
And then later in an interview with Good Morning America…
‘I’m shaking right now. I’m really confused. It’s the highest form of flattery in my field. The nominations mean so much because it comes from your peers, it comes from fellow actors. I was home-schooled and I never really felt like I was part of any group. To be included with people that I respected so much since I was a kid is just absolutely incredible.’
See all the 2016 Oscar nominees, here…
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