Steven Spielberg served as a director on the Best Picture-nominated War Horse. He served as a producer on War Horse and the Golden Globe-winning (but Oscar-snubbed) The Adventures of Tintin. And his studio, DreamWorks, released the Best Picture-nominated The Help. Yet Spielberg himself did not score a nomination.

The three-time Oscar winner, however, is taking the snub in stride. So much so, that he released a statement praising War Horse and The Help for their nominations, and the Academy for nominating two films he’s associated with. “I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for The Help and War Horse,” Spielberg said in a release. “It is the first time that I have experienced two Best Picture nominations in the same year. One is a high honor. Two is humbling but very exciting. It is a tribute to all those who joined with Stacey Snider and our DreamWorks Studios team to develop and make these two films with stories that we passionately felt we had to make.”

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