They get an A for Academy Award and an E for ecstatic! Shortly after the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday, January 14, the nominees — including Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu, Joy actress Jennifer Lawrence, Room star Brie Larson and singer Lady Gaga — released statements to Us Weekly and celebrated their nods via social media. Check out their reactions below!
Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominee for The Revenant
“I am so grateful to the Academy for their recognition of this film. Making ‘The Revenant’ was one of the most rewarding and collaborative experiences of my life. 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. Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees this season. Thank you to the Academy.”
Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominee for The Danish Girl
“I’m incredibly grateful to the Academy for this nomination – particularly in a year with so many brilliant films and performances. This nomination is a testament to the vision of our fearless director Tom Hooper, and the support of my fellow cast members, especially the incandescent Alicia Vikander. Being recognized for The Danish Girl is particularly special to me; if sharing Lili and Gerda's journey and their love story can in any small way be a part of positive social change – then I will be even more grateful.”
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee for Joy
"I am beyond grateful and humbled by this nomination. I feel incredibly honored to be recognized 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."
Brie Larson, Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee for Room
“I’m unbelievably honored and excited to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with Lenny Abrahamson, Emma Donoghue and the entire ROOM family of filmmakers, cast, and crew. I'm so lucky and humbled to be a part of this beautiful story, in a once-in-a-lifetime role. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. Truly, I am very grateful this morning.”
Saoirse Ronan, Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee for Brooklyn
“When we made Brooklyn, we had no idea of what was to come. It is the most personal film I have ever done, the hardest one too. I am honoured to represent this film with my friends – John, Nick, Finola, Yves, Colm, Amanda. This has all been a dream. To see how the film has been embraced has been heartwarming. Thank you so very much to The Academy – you are a group of people I respect greatly and to be recognized by you means so much.”
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Directing Nominee for The Revenant
"I am in London and just heard the good news! We gave it our all on this film and this appreciation from the Academy means a lot to me and my colleagues who made it possible. Champagne and Mezcal will run tonight!"
Lenny Abrahamson, Best Directing Nominee for Room
"This is an incredible day for everyone involved in Room. Thank you to the Academy for honoring us with four nominations — it’s beyond all our wildest dreams. It is a testament to everyone who gave so much of themselves to make this film happen. I am so proud of Emma Donoghue whose incredible novel started the journey, of Ed Guiney, my filmmaking other half who has been with me, driving the train, from the beginning, and to everyone at Element Pictures Dublin, my filmmaking home, of the extraordinary Brie Larson and the prodigy that is Jacob Tremblay. Also love and thanks go to Stephen Rennicks, Nathan Nugent, Ethan Tobman and Danny Cohen, my filmmaking team. What a day for Irish cinema! I am so delighted.”
Ed Guiney, Producer, Best Picture Nominee for Room
"We are truly ecstatic. We are incredibly honored to get four nominations from the Academy, especially in these categories, it is truly amazing and beyond our wildest dreams. I’m especially pleased for Lenny’s best director nomination. He has done such an extraordinary job and it’s so brilliantly deserved. We are so grateful to our amazing cast and crew and to all our partners and financiers including A24, Film4, the Irish Film Board, FilmNation and No Trace Camping. It’s a landmark day for Irish cinema – eight nominations in total including ourselves, Brooklyn and the short film Stuter. Congrats to all! What a day!"
Rachel McAdams, Best Supporting Actress Nominee for Spotlight
“Wow! This is such an incredible honor. I am shocked and delighted. Thank you to Tom, the cast, the entire Spotlight team, especially Sacha Pfeiffer and the Academy. What a tremendous recognition, not just for me-but for this important film. Never been so happy to get a call at 6am!”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Best Supporting Actress Nominee for The Hateful Eight
"This is incredible news to wake up to. I am thrilled. I didn't think the experience of working with Quentin [Tarantino] and this cast could get any more rewarding….to get this recognition for this role is such a joy."
Alicia Vikander, Best Supporting Actress Nominee for The Danish Girl
"I am deeply grateful to The Academy for this honour. To be recognized alongside these actresses and their inspiring performances is humbling. To be a part of bringing The Danish Girl to life was such a gift and to receive this nomination is a thrill."
Emma Donoghue, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Nominee for Room
"I'm shaking with excitement almost too much to type… but let me just say that I am blown away by Room getting four Oscar nominations, which was beyond our wildest hopes. I’m particularly glad that one nomination is for the extraordinary Lenny Abrahamson for Best Director. People don't always realise how much care and art went into his creation of the naturalistic world of Room. I’m extremely honored to be recognized by the Academy, thank you!”
Lady Gaga, Best Original Song Nominee for "Til It Happens to You," The Hunting Ground
“This nomination lends a voice to so many victims and their families around the world. Thank you to The Academy for recognizing 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 honored to represent the voices of so many survivors.”
Diane Warren, Best Original Song Nominee for "Til It Happens to You," The Hunting Ground
"I am so excited about this nomination for my song ‘Til It Happens To You.’ It means a lot to Lady Gaga and me that the song has been recognized by the Academy and has also resonated so deeply with survivors of sexual assault, giving a voice to this movement as well as comfort and empowerment to those who have experienced any difficult situation in their lives.”
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