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Oscar nominees weigh in on omissions and gratitude

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S. photo above:  Emma Stone and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane announce the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

A sampling of response to the Oscar nominations, from the Associated Press and studio press releases:

85OscarStatuette-p"I never question the choices the Academy branches make, because I've been in the same place that Kathryn and Ben find themselves today. ... I'm grateful if I'm nominated, and I've never felt anything other than gratitude even when I'm not — gratitude for at least having been able to make the movie. So I never question the choices." — "Lincoln" filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck being snubbed for a directing nomination.

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"I'm completely freaking out. Those guys taught me how to make films. The VHS pile that was on the VCR when I was born was past Spielberg movies, and that's why I started wanting to do this, was watching them thousands and thousands of times." — "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin, on competing "alongside the greatest filmmakers alive."

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"That put a damper on my enthusiasm. I thought his work was the work of an old master, not somebody with just two films under his belt. I thought it was an extraordinary piece of directing." — Supporting actor nominee Alan Arkin, "Argo," on Affleck.

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"Newcomers, veterans, a European. It's great company, and it's an honor to line up with them, and encouraging because there is a newcomer." — Best director nominee Ang Lee, "Life of Pi," on his fellow nominees.

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"I would have loved him to have been recognized in this. But no one will be able to take away the achievement, nor really that the eight nominations that 'Les Miz' has are more shared with him than with anyone." — Best actor nominee Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables," on the lack of a directing nod for Tom Hooper.

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"I think Steven [Spielberg] is a full-fledged genius. I think he has transformed the motion-picture industry more than once, and he's constantly pushing the envelope and changing. He stands alone. And he has the most profound respect, and he's a scholar of John Ford and William Wyler and many others. ... He's a scholar of all of this because he's so endlessly curious." — Best supporting actress nominee Sally Field, "Lincoln."

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"It's the last stage of my life, so this nomination is a gift to me, a dream I could never had imagined. ... Michael's talent is to make the film real. ... That's why it touched the world. We are all little, fragile people on this earth, sometimes nasty, sometimes generous." — Best actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour," on director Michael Haneke.

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"Being nominated means everything to us as directors — it means the world for the film! We are both in LA with our families and upon hearing the news we ran around in the corridors, hugging each other, waking up the whole hotel at 5:40 in the morning!" — "Kon-Tiki" directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, nominated for foreign language film.

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"It is such an honor to receive this recognition from the Academy. Working with Paul Thomas Anderson was a unique and wonderful opportunity that I am so grateful for. I'd also like to send congratulations to the other nominees and to my co-stars Philip and Joaquin." — Supporting actress nominee Amy Adams, "The Master."

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"I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver who are all nothing short of amazing. This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Co. and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film." — Best actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook."

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"To be a part of this group of actors who have put forth incredible performances this year, and for the movie to be recognized by the Academy the way it has been this morning with nominations for Bob, Jen, Jacki and David O!!!. It's a moment I'll cherish and never forget." — Best actor nominee Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook."

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"I am completely over the moon by this morning's news. To be nominated twice now is incredible, and to be a part of this wonderful film and amazing cast makes things even sweeter. I am so happy for David O' Russell and could not be more thrilled". — Best supporting actress nominee Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook."

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"We are ecstatic and so humbled that the Academy recognized so many members of our phenomenal 'Silver Linings Playbook' family with nominations this morning, including David O. Russell, our extraordinary writer
director in both categories, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver, our magnificent lead cast members in all four acting categories, our brilliant editors, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers and Best Picture. We are so happy for everyone involved with the film." — Producers Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon, "Silver Linings Playbook."

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I am so glad to see all the collaborators on 'Silver Linings Playbook' recognized by the Academy and I am honored to be included," Film editing nominee Jay Cassidy (with Crispin Struthers), "Silver Linings Playbook."

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"I still can't quite believe it. I am grateful to David O. Russell for including me on this amazing project and thrilled to be honored alongside Jay Cassidy and the rest of our incredible cast and crew. Excelsior!" — Film editor nominee Crispin Struthers, "Silver Linings Playbook."

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"I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of 'Silver Linings Playbook.' " Supporting actor nominee Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook."

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"I am blown away! I can't say thank you enough to the Academy for their support of our films. We have a tremendous group of actors and film makers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized." — Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co. films earned 17 nominations.

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djangoblog0110"I feel deeply privileged to be nominated alongside Quentin and the amazing cast and crew of Django Unchained. If you can dream it, you might just accomplish it." — Cinematography nominee Bob Richardson, "Django Unchained."

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"It's easy to be proud of our battle-hardened post-production team, a familiar talented group of faces assembled by Quentin over a number of years. On their shoulders I stand. Django Unchained is a compilation of emotions, mixed and driven by Quentin's unique historical perspective." — Sound editor nominee Wylie Stateman, "Django Unchained."

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