UPDATED: Stars React To Oscar Nominations

Now that the nominations have been announced, the stars react to the news to Access!

“Who would have thought after all these years that I would be experiencing this moment now … I certainly didn¹t. But I am honored beyond words to experience this journey with John Lee Hancock and Gil Netter, and to continue this astounding ride with the extraordinary women I share this category with. My time with them these past few months has meant more than anything to me.” — Sandra Bullock, nominated for Best Actress for “The Blind Side,” which was also nominated for Best Picture

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“I am proud and grateful to stand with these women who have given such a range of beautiful, indelible performances this year!!” — Meryl Streep, nominated for Best Actress in “Julie & Julia”

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“I’d like to thank the Academy for this honor. Congratulations to Matt Damon on his nomination. I’m especially grateful to Clint Eastwood, Invictus producer, Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of ‘Invictus.’ Most importantly, thank you to Nelson Mandela for his encouragement, his blessing and his friendship – without which, this film would not have been possible.” — Morgan Freeman, nominated for Best Actor for “Invictus”

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“I am completely surprised and elated. Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy.” — Penelope Cruz, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Nine”

“As soon as I heard, I jumped up and down and for some reason I kept screaming, ‘I’m gonna get a car, I’m gonna get a car.’ I don’t know why.” — Gabourey Sidibe, nominated for Best Actress for “Precious”

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“I thought I was managing my expectations, but on hearing the news I discovered new and unfamiliar vocal tones. Perhaps I should do another musical.” — Colin Firth, nominated for Best Actor for “A Single Man”

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“My face hurts I can’t stop smiling. I’m so happy for everybody on the movie, it’s just really, really tremendous. It’s huge.” – Jeremy Renner, nominated for Best Actor for “The Hurt Locker,” which is also up for Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow

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“I certainly, if one can give the impression that the impossible is possible, then I am perhaps overwhelmed with joy. But I do think that I hope someday we can lose the modifier and that becomes a moot point whether the person is male or female and they’re just filmmakers making statements that they believe in.” — Kathryn Bigelow, nominated for Best Director for “The Hurt Locker” -- only the fourth woman to receive a Best Director nod

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“I’m very happy and honored for Christopher, myself and our film. I think Tolstoy himself would have been perplexed by all this, but Sofya, his wife, would have been over the moon. So in that spirit, I am too.” — Helen Mirren, nominated for Best Actress for “The Last Station”

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“I am thrilled beyond words to be nominated with these talented and inspiring women. Being involved in a film as special as Up in the Air was a dream come true. I am overwhelmed and honored by this nomination and am so grateful to be able to share this experience with George, Vera and Jason.” — Anna Kendrick, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Up In The Air”

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“Wow! This honor gives me such tremendous satisfaction. And I’d like to congratulate all the other nominees in the directing and writing categories. I’m proud to be in their company.” — Quentin Tarantino, nominaed for Best Director for “Inglourious Basterds,” which also received a Best Picture nom

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“Thrilling news to wake to this morn. I feel so lucky and hope screenwriter nod for Oren and Alesandro as well as mine will encourage more folks to watch this beautiful film and the riveting performances of Ben Foster and Samantha Morton.” – Woody Harrelson, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “The Messenger”

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