Oscar Nominations: The Stars React!

Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' Oakland Premiere Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' Oakland Premiere

Following the news of the nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards – which will be handed out on February 26 on ABC — the stars spoke out about their big Oscar news!

“This is an extraordinary honor. I am dizzy with joy… and caffeine. Considering both films, Moneyball and The Tree of Life, nearly didn’t make it to the screen, this is especially sweet. And I’d like to thank all the artisans and craftsmen who gave their best to each film. I am especially over the moon for Jonah (and the other ‘Moneyballers’ acknowledged today), Terry Malick and the tribute this is to Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s organization. My congratulations to all the nominees… pancakes for everyone,” Brad Pitt, nominated for Best Actor and as a Producer for “Moneyball”

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“I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors – a special congratulations to Kenneth Branagh – and the fearless Harvey Weinstein. This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film has received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn’s legacy.” Michelle Williams, nominated for Best Actress for My Week with Marilyn”

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“I’m overjoyed and filled with happiness. I can’t believe that a year ago I was learning how to tap dance and today I am nominated for an Academy Award. It was a thrill to work on a project as ambitious as ‘The Artist’ and I am happy to share this moment with our visionary director, Michel Hazanavicius,” Berenice Bejo, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “The Artist”

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“It was a rare honor to play Sir Laurence Olivier. To be recognized by the Academy for doing so is overwhelming. I’m absolutely thrilled,” Kenneth Branagh, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “My Week with Marilyn”

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“My sincere thanks to my colleagues at the Academy. It is wonderful. I don¹t know what to say. I am dumbfounded,” Max von Sydow nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

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“I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one - where I was working with 3-D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time - was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve been recognized by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It’s an impressive list, and I’m in excellent company,” Martin Scorsese, nominated for Producer/Director for “Hugo”

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