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By Marcus Jones
March 15, 2021 at 11:18 AM EDT
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The beginning of the end is upon us.

What's been probably the longest awards season ever is building up to its climax with the nominees for the 2021 Oscars being announced Monday morning.

Multihyphenate couple Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas woke up early to read off the names of nominees from such films as Minari and Judas and the Black Messiah, with Mank earning the most nominations.

Check out the nominees' reactions below — we'll be updating as the day goes on — and view the full list of Oscar nominations.

Judas and the Black Messiah (Best Picture)

Writer-director Shaka King (Best Original Screenplay)

"Waking up to these nominations was honestly an incredible surprise and honor. We're so thankful to see our cast and crew recognized for their efforts. But above all, we're overjoyed that even more people will be inspired to learn about the legacy and sacrifice of Chairman Fred Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party. That is truly the ultimate reward."

Daniel Kaluuya (Best Supporting Actor) 

"Chairman Fred Hampton was a light, a beacon of a being who would illuminate all he touched with his incredible message. With the ability to command any stage and robbed of his opportunity to captivate a global audience. He created strategies that supported and uplifted the black community but also unified other communities with his laugh, his mind, his passion and his love.  

"Today, I am humbled to be nominated for portraying a man whose principles I deeply respect and for guiding me to walk in his footsteps. With the blessing of Chairman Fred Hampton's family, and the unwavering support from Ryan Coogler, Shaka King and Charles King, and the cast led by LaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback, I became a vessel for Chairman Fred's spirit at a time when we need his rally cry for equality and justice more than ever. I commend my fellow nominees for their impressive work.  To be seen and celebrated by my peers in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is beautifully humbling and I am deeply grateful. Thank you."

Will Berson (Best Original Screenplay)

"I am grateful to the Academy for recognizing Judas and the Black Messiah, and to the film's fearless stewards, Shaka, Ryan, and Charles, as well as its tireless champion, Warner Bros. I am honored to have worked beside so many brilliant and beautiful artists, designers, and activists. And I am humbled to have helped tell Chairman Fred's story, which should be shouted from the rooftops."

Kenny and Keith Lucas (Best Original Screenplay)

"Brick City, we did it. Much love to the Judas family. And long live Fred Hampton!"

Mank (Best Picture)

David Fincher (Best Director)

"This is truly an honor. From the entire Mank team, we could not be more grateful to the Academy for this recognition."

Gary Oldman (Best Actor)

"After such a stressed pandemic year, there is a kind of comfort and reassurance in knowing that we soldier on in many ways with important traditions. In our industry there is nothing more traditional than the Academy Awards, which hopefully sends a sign of hope that we will get out of this. The Oscars are such a sign that normalcy still exists. In my case today marks my third Academy Award Nomination. Not to trivialize the current state of the world, it is a source of great pride and an honor to be recognized alongside these other tremendous, wonderful artists."

Amanda Seyfried (Best Supporting Actress)

"Working with David Fincher on Mank has been the highlight of my career, and being recognized by the Academy for an experience that brought me this much joy and fulfillment feels surreal. I won't be able to thank David enough for trusting me with this role and for the honor of reintroducing the world to the Marion Davies that I've come to know. To get to study this brilliant, humble woman and help restore her legacy has been a true privilege. Congratulations to David, Gary, and the whole cast and crew of Mank today – your brilliance has not gone unnoticed and I am humbled to share this recognition with you."

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Best Original Score)

"We are incredibly honored to have two of our scores recognized this year by the Academy. We are truly humbled and grateful… THANK YOU!"

Minari (Best Picture)

Producer Christina Oh 

"Wow, what an incredible honor. Thank you so much to the members of the Academy, and a huge outpouring of gratitude to my Plan B fam and A24 team. So much love and congratulations to Isaac, Steven, YJ, and Emile! We made something beautiful together."

Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung (Best Director; Best Original Screenplay)

"Thank you to the Academy for this honor. I couldn't imagine this happening as we struggled on the journey to make this film, and now I understand why Oscar moments are filled with endless thank you's. I feel incredibly grateful to the entire family of cast and crew behind Minari who persevered to make this film. I am especially thankful to my mom, dad, and sister, who filled that small trailer home in Arkansas where we started, and my wife and daughter who mean more to me than anything. I'm blessed that the minari my grandmother planted by the water continues to grow."

Steven Yeun (Best Actor)

"Thank you to the Academy for this honor to be nominated alongside such incredible artists. I am also grateful to see the talent of Lee Isaac Chung, Youn Yuh Jung, Emile Mosseri, and Christina Oh be recognized as well. If I've learned anything from this past year and from the experience of this film, it is that this life is shared. I am blessed to have shared in this with our brilliant cast and crew and I am only here because of them."

Yuh-Jung Youn (Best Supporting Actress)

"Never in my dreams did I ever think a Korean actress would be nominated for an Oscar, and I can't believe it's me! I am incredibly humbled by the honor. Thank you so much AMPAS, A24, Plan B, my Minari family and our entire cast and crew. We made this film with love, and I thank you for loving us back. And thank you, Isaac. This is all because of you!"

Emile Mosseri (Best Original Score) 

"My wife and I decided last night that we wanted to read about it on the internet if it happened, and not have a least favorite high school friend wake us up with the news. So we set our phones on airplane mode. We woke up and looked at the list of nominations and we were so excited to see a Best Picture nomination for Minari, Best Director and Screenplay for Isaac, Best Actor for Steven, Best Supporting Actress for Youn… Then we read the Best Score nominations.  I asked my wife, 'is that me listed?'. I was in shock!  We had a group chat with my family, then muted our phones and went for a walk so the two of us could have a moment together to let it sink in.

"Then I called Christina Oh and texted Isaac. I am so honored that they gave me the opportunity to score this wonderful film. I still can't get my head around it! I'm speechless!"

Nomadland (Best Picture)

Producers Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, and Chloé Zhao

"Thank you to the Academy and to all our peers in the filmmaking community for acknowledging Nomadland. We thank all the people who shared their stories with us along the way, who inspired us by showing the power of compassion in listening to one another. We are grateful for everyone who worked on the film, our colleagues at Searchlight Pictures and our friend, the late Michael Wolf Snyder,  for the artistry and magic he brought to the soundscape of our film."

Writer-director Chloé Zhao (Best Director; Best Adapted Screenplay)

"I'm so thrilled for our nominations! Thank you to the Academy. I'm grateful to have gone on this journey with our talented team of filmmakers and to have met so many wonderful people who generously shared their stories with us. Thank you so much to my academy peers for recognizing this film that is very close to my heart."

Promising Young Woman (Best Picture)

Producers Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell, and Josey McNamara

"What a morning! It's been a long and exhilarating journey and we are blown away by the recognition of Promising Young Woman. We couldn't be more excited to make history in the directing category and are thrilled that Carey Mulligan and Fred Thoraval's work has also been recognized.  It was an honor to bring Emerald's completely original and uncompromising vision to life. Thank you Academy!"

Writer-director Emerald Fennell (Best Director; Best Original Screenplay)

"I'm barely able to speak in coherent sentences after this unbelievable news. I am so incredibly grateful to every single wonderful person who worked on Promising Young Woman, the greatest most hardworking and talented cast and crew in the world. For their work to be honoured by the Academy means so much, and I am especially thrilled for Carey, whose extraordinary genius made this film what it is, and for Fred whose dedication made the impossible possible, for their individual nominations. To be part of this historic year for the Academy, alongside so many exceptionally gifted filmmakers means more than I can possibly describe, and I'm particularly proud to be nominated beside the amazing Chloe Zhao. There have been so many exceptional female filmmakers this year, making such beautiful, inspiring, challenging, varied work, that I am truly honoured and grateful to be among their number. Thank you to the Academy, Focus Features, FilmNation, LuckyChap, my whole immensely patient and wonderful team. I will stop crying eventually, but not yet."

Carey Mulligan (Best Actress)

"I'm absolutely elated this morning, and I am so honoured to be in such esteemed company across all categories. Thank you to the Academy for embracing this story which means so much to me. It's all thanks to my dear friend - the fearless, hilarious, bold writer and director Emerald Fennell and the incredible cast and crew she assembled. We all signed on because we believed wholeheartedly in her vision, and I'm so grateful to her for inviting me to be a part of it."

Sound of Metal (Best Picture)

Writer-director Darius Marder (Best Original Screenplay)

"Sound of Metal was made by a group of artists who poured their hearts into this entire process. To have our cast and crew's intentions reflected in six first-time nominations has been overwhelming to say the least, especially on the back of something that everyone involved in the film did out of pure artistic passion. Thank you to Amazon Studios and the Academy for this extraordinary morning." 

Riz Ahmed (Best Actor)

"Wow! I'm honoured to be nominated by my fellow actors alongside such inspiring performances, and am grateful to the Academy for their support and encouragement. I'm equally thrilled for our visionary writer-director Darius Marder and the brilliant Paul Raci, as well as our editor Mikkel, sound designer Nicolas, and co-writer Abe Marder. These nominations represent the time, generosity and talents of so many — all of our incredible cast, crew, producers, and in particular I'd like to thank my mentors in the drumming, addiction recovery, and D/deaf communities.

"Sound of Metal is about how a health crisis can cut you off from your life and loved ones, and force you to grow in unexpected ways. In a challenging year for so many, I hope this story can inspire us to forge new and deeper connections with ourselves and others."

Paul Raci (Best Supporting Actor)

"Thank you to the Academy for this honor. During my 40-something-year acting career, I have always been about the work. I've continued to work in small theater houses, like Deaf West Theatre, doing what I was trained to do from my Chicago Theater years, but to be validated in this way is gratifying on a level that I can only describe as heavenly. I'm so grateful to Darius Marder for directing and writing a script and a character seemingly for me without even knowing me that changed my life, and to Amazon for the love and support they have provided me. My heart is full, and as always, I look forward to the work and am grateful for the stillness."

The Father (Best Picture)

Producer David Parfitt

"On behalf of Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton, Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Yorgos Lamprinos, Peter Francis, David Parfitt, Philippe Carcassonne & Jean-Louis Livi, we would like to thank the Academy for this great honour. We are all proud to be associated with a film that has so much to say about familial love and the human condition.

We would also like to thank Christophe Spadone and Les Films Du Cru, Film4, Sony Pictures Classics, Embankment and Lionsgate for all their support of this British/French co-production — they really did make this film possible."

Writer-director Florian Zeller (Best Adapted Screenplay)

"I would like to thank the Academy for this great honor and the exceptional joy that I share today with all the team and everyone involved in The Father. I am proud to be recognized alongside my collaborators Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Christopher Hampton, Yorgos Lamprinos, and Peter Francis. Congratulations to all of them and to our fellow nominees."

Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor)

"I love The Father very much and am so proud to be part of it. Thank you to the Academy for acknowledging the movie. Thank you to Florian, Christopher, Olivia and the entire creative team. Thank you to Sony Pictures Classics. And a big congratulations to all of my peers who have been nominated too.

When I read the script and met Florian and Christopher, I knew I had to be part of this film. I am grateful they gave me the opportunity to play the role and am happy and proud that the movie has been so well recognized by the Academy. What a wonderful day."

Christopher Hampton (Best Adapted Screenplay)

"It was such a pleasure and privilege to work on this film with Florian and everyone else in our astonishing cast and crew that an Oscar nomination on top of it seems almost unfair. Congratulations to our fellow nominees and very happy to be in such distinguished company."

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Best Picture)

Producers Marc Platt, Stuart Besser, Matt Jackson, and Tyler Thompson

"Thank you so much to the Academy for recognizing The Trial of the Chicago 7. We are indebted to our brilliant writer and director, Aaron Sorkin, the outstanding craftspeople and the incredible ensemble of actors. We are so proud of the film that is a stark and inspirational reminder that the fight for freedom is never finished and that democracy will always be worth raising our voices for."

Writer-director Aaron Sorkin (Best Original Screenplay)

"It took fourteen years to make The Trial of the Chicago 7 and I'm thankful for all of them. We thank the Academy for recognizing so much individual achievement this morning, but our biggest thanks is for including our film among the extraordinary movies nominated for Best Picture. We learned a lot of hard lessons last year, but a nice one was that people will find a way to go to the movies, even if they can only go as far as their living rooms.

"Chicago 7 is a very modern period piece. It takes place in 1968 but it's about today. It's a Valentine to the patriotism of protest, and to the courage of ordinary people who stand toe-to-toe with power. Jerry Rubin called the trial 'the Academy Awards of protest.' Well this is the Academy Awards of Academy Awards, and it's an honor to be nominated."

Sacha Baron Cohen (Best Supporting Actor)

"I'm incredibly humbled and grateful to the Academy for both nominations! First, to the team of Trial of the Chicago 7—acting is a team sport, and I would not be in this position if it were not for the brilliance of Aaron Sorkin and the incredibly talented actors and crew that he surrounded us with and who lifted us up every day."

Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite (Best Original Song)

"What an amazing journey a song can have…From being in lockdown, stuck at home, yet somehow still managing to write, collaborate and record over phone calls, text messages and video chats to create something from nothing that is now nominated for an Oscar is just, well,  mind-blowing! 'Hear My Voice' is a song written in the spirit of protest and we wrote this song with the intention to in-still hope and belief into those who feel they aren't heard, to know that one day they will be. We are so lucky to have had such a powerful film from Aaron Sorkin to inspire the song and great collaborators in each other to complete it. To the Academy: a huge thank you we are both truly honoured."

Another Round (Best International Feature)

Writer-director Thomas Vinterberg (Best Director)

"This is wonderful news. Thank you very much to the Academy, and congratulations to my fellow nominees. I'm honored to be in your company. I've made some films over the years, but none of them have meant so much to me as this one. During a long journey like this, it matters most to be surrounded by great collaborators who are also great friends. My actors, Mads, my co-writer Tobias, Sturla my DOP, my producers from Zentropa and the amazing behind the scenes talent were all on this journey with me and gave all they had. Thank you from Denmark."

Collective (Best International Feature; Best Documentary Feature)

Director Alexander Nanau

"This is a win for independent investigative journalists and whistleblowers, guardians of our societies, who can hold corrupt authorities accountable. Most of all, Collective is a cinematic tribute to the victims and survivors who had the courage to let us into their most private moments."

A Shaun of the Sheep Movie: Farmaggedon (Best Animated Feature)

Directors Will Becher and Richard Phelan

"Shaun the Sheep nominated for an Oscar!? A collection of inaudible sounds followed by silence... And that's just our reaction to the news!

"We're absolutely thrilled to receive an Oscar nomination! This is an incredible experience and a reflection of the amazing hard work and talent of everyone who worked on the film.

"The message of making new friends, learning from each other and always remaining positive in spite of difficult circumstances is something that we think a lot of people have connected to. On behalf of our silent movie star, Shaun the Sheep, and all of us at Aardman, we'd like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Academy."

Onward (Best Animated Feature)

Director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae

"Thank you to the Academy for honoring our film. We share this nomination with the entire cast and the crew at Pixar who were essential in bringing the magic and wonder of Ian and Barley's journey to life. Onward was a very personal story, exploring the idea of what one would do if they had more time with a loved one they'd lost. It's incredibly meaningful to see how this has resonated with audiences, and we couldn't be more thankful to the Academy for their recognition."

Over the Moon (Best Animated Feature)

Director Glen Keane and producers Peilin Chou and Gennie Rim 

"What a dream come true for Over the Moon to be recognized by the Academy today! We share this incredible honor with our entire cast and crew, who came together during this highly unusual time, to create something truly beautiful. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to share Fei Fei's extraordinary journey of love, loss and healing with the world. We are also forever indebted to our screenwriter and friend, the late Audrey Wells, for entrusting us with this most precious love letter to her daughter. We hope our film moves and inspires those who may be trying to find their own way, and helps to make our world feel a little smaller and more connected. On behalf of the entire Over the Moon family, a huge thank you to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for this recognition!"

Soul (Best Animated Feature)

Directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, producer Dana Murray

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor, we are truly humbled. Soul represents several years of research, intense work, self-doubt, and also a good deal of fun. Our journey on the film was similar to that of Joe Gardner's - well, except the part where he falls down a manhole. As we struggled with story clarity and tried out who-knows-how-many different endings, we began to realize how important it was to savor what may have felt like minor moments along the way: the satisfaction of jotting down a preliminary sketch on a scrap of paper; hearing the first chords from the earliest music demos; laughing with the crew. Though we might not have known it at the time, moments like these helped inspire us and fed back into the film in innumerable ways. Though we are living through challenging times, being recognized by the Academy gives us hope that the joy we found and put into our film was shared by audiences, and nothing could be more meaningful than that."

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste (Best Original Score)

"We are astounded and incredibly grateful to be considered for the Academy Award for Best Original Score on behalf of Soul. This was a profoundly rewarding creative collaboration filled with so much love, light and lineage. The warm reception of the film continues to humble us. We will be celebrating this tremendous honor in anticipation of the ceremony to come."

Wolfwalkers (Best Animated Feature)

Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

"On behalf of our whole amazing talented wolfpack in Kilkenny, Paris, Luxembourg and beyond, we are hugely grateful and happy to be nominated for this year's Oscars. What an honor for us all and a huge thanks to our friends in Apple, GKids, and all our financing and distribution partners worldwide who allowed us to make this film and bring it to the world. Our film is a love letter to hand drawn animation and its timeless potential, to nature and our shared biosphere and to our home here in Ireland, its history and culture, its folklore and its people."

Crip Camp (Best Documentary Feature)

Co-director/producer Nicole Newnham, co-director/producer Jim LeBrecht, and producer Sara Bolder

"We're all over the moon over our Oscar nomination for Crip Camp. It's such an honor to be a part of this incredible group of nominees. We share and celebrate this moment with the Deaf and disabled community. We hoped that our film would change how people with disabilities are thought of in our society. There are so many compelling stories coming out of the disability community that have yet to be seen, heard and experienced. We hope that our nomination will lead to Deaf and disabled people obtaining the jobs and opportunities in front of and behind the camera that they have been fighting for.

"Our profound thanks to President and Mrs. Obama, Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan from Higher Ground and Howard Gertler for supporting our vision to make this film and share this story with the world: the story of how a community built around inclusion, friendship, and trust became the foundation for a movement that made the world better for everyone. Netflix has been an incredible partner, innovating and supporting our efforts to make the film accessible to so many people around the world. We thank the Sundance Institute, Kristin Feeley and Tabitha Jackson for nurturing the film from the very beginning and our co-conspirators and collaborators in the edit room who gave so much love and life to the telling of this story: Andrew Gersh, Eileen Meyer, Mary Lampson, and Lauren Schwartzman.

"We'd like to give a shout out to the Jenedians — those campers, counselors and staff who created a utopia that helped us believe that we could do anything. And finally, we want to thank Judy Heumann and everyone who have fought for disability rights over the years and the current day warriors in the disability justice movement. We would not be here today without your hard work and sacrifices."

My Octopus Teacher (Best Documentary Feature)

Directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed

"We are beyond thrilled to be nominated for an Oscar. To have our work seen by so many people around the planet is a dream in itself, but to be acknowledged by the Academy in this way is just surreal. There are so many incredible documentaries that were shortlisted - beautifully crafted and covering critical issues for our world - and we congratulate all these filmmakers who've doubtlessly put blood, sweat and tears into their work.

"This 'little' South African film from the very tip of Africa has reached the world in ways we never imagined possible. Reimagining the way we think about nature and the importance of our relationship with it, is a systemic change that needs to happen urgently and we hope this Oscar nomination will help bring attention to this. 

"There were so many people who contributed to bringing this story into the world, from conservation experts, to supportive friends and family and of course our unbelievable octopus filmmaking team — we are deeply grateful to all of them."

Time (Best Documentary Feature)

Director Garrett Bradley 

"I speak for our entire film team in expressing how honored we are to be seen alongside so many great films and in equal partnership to the issues each of them raises. Awards at their best are, in my mind, a mirror to the cultural consciousness of our times and I am grateful to Fox and Rob and to the universe for bringing us together and for the opportunity to share their story. We thank The Academy for seeing us and offering the space to honor both everyday resistance and the power of universal love."

The Mole Agent (Best Documentary Feature)

Director Maite Alberdi

"It's an honor to have been among such an extraordinary range of remarkable films on the shortlist and we are truly grateful to the Academy and to the Documentary Branch. For a Latin American female led team, this type of dream seems impossible, but this year has taught us to see life from a different angle. This nomination signifies to every elder that the world still sees them and values them and helps us remember that it's not just important to increase life expectancy, but the desire to live. This year, after so many losses, we took a look at our seniors again and understood that they were living in a pandemic prior to COVID - 'the pandemic of loneliness' - and we are very proud to see how The Mole Agent has helped families reconnect with their elders."

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Maria Bakalova (Best Supporting Actress)

"Wow Wa We Waa!

"Thank you to the Academy for this honour! I really can't believe this — to hear my name in the company of these remarkable women and their breath-taking performances is a dream come true! I am so grateful to Sacha Baron Cohen and my Borat family and congratulations to them for their Adapted Screenplay nomination.

"Уа Уа Уи Уа! Благодаря на Академията за тази историческа чест! Наистина не мога да повярвам, че чух името си в компанията на тези невероятни жени и техните спиращи дъха роли! Безкрайно благодарна съм на Саша Барън Коен и на моето Борат семейство и ги поздравявам за Оскар номинацията им за адаптиран сценарий."

Sacha Baron Cohen (Best Adapted Screenplay)

"Thank you, also, to the Academy for nominating Borat for the second time for Adapted Screenplay and for giving us the award for hiring the most WGA members in one movie. And, of course, congratulations to the sensational Maria Bakalova for her nomination! As a cast and crew, we took insane risks because we believed so deeply in the message of this movie—exposing the dangers of the last administration, but also celebrating the underlying goodness of ordinary people. Because underneath it all, we're all the same, as Rudy Giuliani so very nearly demonstrated in that hotel room."

Da 5 Bloods

Terence Blanchard (Best Original Score)

"It is an honor to be nominated by my peers at the Academy for Da 5 Bloods. The performances by Delroy, Clarke, Chadwick and the entire cast under the direction by my brother Spike was the guiding inspiration for me. In this time when life has taken a target turn for so many, I hope that this Oscar season will be able to take away a bit of the pain many are going through and give us moments that can brighten our days. Thank you very much."

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson (Best Original Song)

"We are so speechless and beyond honored by this nomination. Rickard, Fat Max and I would like to thank the Academy for this unreal moment!! Thank you Netflix, David Dobkin, Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele for allowing us to be a part of this movie! Wow just beyond floored!!! Thank you!!!"

Hillbilly Elegy

Glenn Close (Best Supporting Actress)

"Congratulations to all my fellow nominees. I'm beyond thrilled and deeply grateful for Netflix's brilliant support of their artists.  I owe so much to Ron Howard, Amy Adams , Owen Asztalos and my genius hair and makeup team.  This wouldn't have happened without them. I dedicate this honor to all the grandmothers in the world who fight to give their children a better life."

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Viola Davis (Best Actress)

News of the World

James Newton Howard (Best Original Score)

"I originally woke up at 4:15 am, but then decided to just go back to sleep and hopefully let the phone wake me up, if I received a nomination. I was excited to be re-awakened with the news of my nomination! I am very grateful to director Paul Greengrass for giving me this wonderful musical opportunity to score his film."

One Night in Miami

Leslie Odom Jr. (Best Supporting Actor; Best Original Song)

"Sam Ashworth and I got to watch an early screening of Regina King's beautiful movie One Night in Miami... and we just felt so lucky, you know. We felt like we had the wind knocked out of us too. So, we had the audience experience, and we just tried to imagine what we would want to hear coming back into the present, coming back into the room after having been on that journey. And we just tried to write that song… This feels in many ways like a starting place. I'm just so grateful to Regina and to the other filmmakers who gave me these early opportunities to learn, because now I feel like I can build from here."

Hear more from Leslie Odom Jr. on the latest episode of The Awardist podcast.

Kemp Powers (Best Adapted Screenplay)

"I'd like to thank the Academy for honoring the story behind One Night in Miami... I wrote this script hoping to give the world a look into the humanity of Black men through the prism of these four icons. I'm thrilled that its message has resonated with audiences the way it has, especially during a time when reasserting the value of Black lives is so important. I want to thank Jennifer Salke and the team at Amazon for throwing so much support behind this film. I want to thank our tremendous cast, who brought life and vibrance to our characters in ways I never imagined, even when it was on the page. I want to thank producers Jess Calder, Keith Calder and Jody Klein for believing in me and this story. And lastly, I want to thank Regina King, the captain of our ship and the truly visionary artist without whom this film would not exist. I am proud to also be a part of the creative team behind Soul, which the Academy honored with a nomination for Best Animated Feature. Being able to help put two meaningful pieces of art into the world during these challenging times has left me feeling both humbled and grateful."

Pieces of a Woman

Vanessa Kirby (Best Actress)

"It is the greatest honour to be recognised by the Academy. And for a film I care so much about, and is so deeply in my heart. Thank you to Kornel and Kata for so bravely telling your story and for trusting me to be your Martha, to Kevin Turin and Ashley and Sam Levinson for believing in me, the cast and crew who I share this with, and to my family at Netflix for supporting and championing our story. I am so honoured that this story has been shared; it is one of so many women, and of their babies. This belongs to them."

The Life Ahead

Diane Warren (Best Original Song) 

"I'm beyond thrilled to be nominated for my song "Io Si (Seen)"!! It is a huge honor to be acknowledged by my peers and friends in the music branch who are among the greatest musicians in the world. This song was inspired by Edoardo Ponti's beautiful movie The Life Ahead, and its important message, that we only truly see each other when we see with our hearts. I want to thank Edoardo and also Bonnie Greenberg for all her hard work and Laura Pausini for bringing it to life like no-one else could. I also want to thank the legendary Sophia Loren. It is an honor having my song in your movie."

Laura Pausini (Best Original Song)

"I'm still in shock. Working on this special movie with Edoardo Ponti and Sophia Loren was already one of the most precious gifts that life has given me. And now to hear that I'm nominated for an Oscar truly exceeds any goal or expectation I dreamed of. I'm still processing it, but I want to thank the Academy for acknowledging "Io Si (Seen)" and its message.  I share my congratulations with Diane Warren, it has been so wonderful to work with her, as well as Bonnie Greenberg, Niccolò Agliardi, Palomar and Netflix. A song in Italian is nominated for an Oscar!!!! I'm so honored to represent my beautiful country."

The White Tiger

Writer-director Ramin Bahrani (Best Adapted Screenplay)

"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing The White Tiger – it is an honor to be named among such brilliant writers. I want to thank Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and everyone at Netflix for their support; my producing partners Mukul Deora, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Ava Duvernay; my incredible cast, including Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka, for making the dialogue sing; my Indian crew for welcoming me with such warm hearts and tremendous talent; and my main collaborator of fifteen years, Bahareh Azimi. Most of all, I want to thank my college friend and author Aravind Adiga - this nomination is as much his as it is mine. Thank you all for helping me tell a story about an oppressed man who will do anything to be free."

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