Stars react to their Oscar nominations
Nominations for the biggest night in movies, aka the 89th Academy Awards, were announced Tuesday morning, and just as expected, La La Land, Moonlight, and Manchester by the Sea were nominated in the major categories, while stars like Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Viola Davis scored in the acting divisions.
Check out what the nominees had to say about waking up to the good news, from seasoned vets hoping to add to their trophy shelves to first-time nominees, like Naomie Harris reveling in the moment. Check back here throughout the day for more updates.
Meryl Streep, nominated for Best Actress, for Florence Foster Jenkins:
In an email from her rep, Streep's reaction statement was simply this…
Natalie Portman, nominated for Best Actress, for Jackie:
"I am so honored by the Academy's recognition for ‘Jackie,' and congratulate Mica and Madeline on their well-deserved nominations. I couldn't be happier to share this moment with our incredible Director Pablo Larraín and the entire cast and crew who worked so hard on this film. I am also humbled to join Isabelle, Meryl, Ruth and Emma – all incredibly accomplished women I admire very much. Jackie Kennedy was a study in strength, compassion, resilience and integrity and she provided hope for our country at a time when it needed it most. It was one of life's great honors to be able to portray her on film."
Viola Davis, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, for Fences:
"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!"
Emma Stone, nominated for Best Actress, for La La Land:
"What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I'm so happy to share this feeling with my La La Land family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait to celebrate together."
Ryan Gosling, nominated for Best Actor, for La La Land:
"I'm very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else's wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special."
Michael Shannon, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, for Nocturnal Animals:
"I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom anytime, anywhere. Jake and Aaron and Karl made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak."
Michelle Williams, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, for Manchester by the Sea:
"Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. Making this film was incredibly rewarding and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey, Lucas and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Congratulations to my fellow nominees. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category."
Viggo Mortensen, nominated for Best Actor, for Captain Fantastic:
"I'm thrilled that CAPTAIN FANTASTIC has been included among this year's Academy nominees! Our movie has heart and brains. It entertains, inspires, and encourages honest communication in equal measures. I'm extremely proud to represent Matt Ross' extraordinary story. It is one of the finest collective efforts I've ever been a part of. YES WE CAN! I wish my mother, who loved movies and taught me about them, was still here to enjoy this moment."
Ruth Negga, nominated for Best Actress, for Loving:
"I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women – my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me…this means a great deal to me."
Isabelle Huppert, nominated for Best Actress, for Elle:
"I am infinitely grateful to the Academy, it is a tremendous joy and honor for me.
This film means so much to me and, with this nomination, (director) Paul Verhoeven is also rewarded.
I would like to sincerely thank our French producer Saïd Ben Saïd. I am also so grateful to Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and the great, great team from Sony Pictures Classics who supported the film and my work with such confidence from the beginning. Thank you, thank you, thank you…"
Naomie Harris, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, for Moonlight:
"‘Moonlight' is touching many hearts at a time when people are seeking compassion and connection in the world. I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing my part of this story as well as my fellow ‘Moonlight' family. It has truly been an honor to share Barry Jenkins' and Tarell McCraney's beautiful journey."
Jeff Bridges, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, for Hell or High Water:
"Woke up this morning in beautiful Solano Beach after playing a cool gig at the Belly Up with my band the Abiders to find out I've been nominated for my performance in ‘Hell or High Water.' What a thrill, especially for a movie that is so close to my heart. I really dug playing with Gil, Chris and Ben and being directed by the talented David Mackenzie. And such a GREAT script from Taylor. Woo Hoo! Thanks Academy."
Mahershala Ali, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, for Moonlight:
"I'd like to thank the Academy for this humbling recognition. I'm so proud to have had the opportunity to contribute in some small way to both Moonlight and Hidden Figures. I'd also like to congratulate my friends, colleagues and cast mates who have been acknowledged through the nominations of both of these films. The most one can ask for in this work is to have a presence in projects that entertain and yet still hold a space to educate, inform and uplift. And for that, I am truly grateful."
Dev Patel, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, for Lion:
"Ok, so I just received a call to say that I've been nominated for an Academy Award…To be totally honest, the news hasn't made it's way into my brain yet, but I'm looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me… Faces of the ones I love. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I'm in India right now. This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo's journey was born. This film would be nothing without Garth Davis. Without his love, commitment and vision this ‘Lion' wouldn't have been able to roar. To that extent I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Iain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team.
‘Lion' reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the color of your skin, not by race, gender, sexuality, social status, or origin. It is a message I am proud to be spreading during these uncertain times. This will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.
Ava DuVernay, director, nominated for Best Documentary Feature, for 13th:
"My thanks to the Academy for amplifying the injustices of mass criminalization and mass incarceration that we chronicle in 13TH. Now more than ever, it is important to educate ourselves, explore our shared history and elevate our awareness about matters of human dignity. It's an honor be included in a category with such fine documentarians and to be nominated in a year that truly embraces and celebrates inclusion within our creative community."
Octavia Spencer, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, for Hidden Figures:
Nicole Kidman, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, for Lion:
"I want to thank the Academy for all of the acknowledgements you have given this heartfelt film. But, most importantly, I want to thank the Brierley family for putting themselvemike s in such a vulnerable place and sharing their story with the world. And thanks to Garth Davis for putting his heart and soul into all of us. Woo Hoo!"
Lin-Manual Miranda, nominated for Best Original Song, for Moana‘s "How Far I'll Go":
Justin Timberlake, nominated for Best Original Song for Trolls' "Can't Stop the Feeling":
"I am speechless, and humbled. Working on this film, and writing CANT STOP THE FEELING! with Max Martin and Johan Schuster was such an amazing creative process. Thank you so much to the Academy for this nomination. What an honor to be among these talented nominees."
John Musker, Ron Clements, and Osnat Shurer, directors, nominated for Best Animated Feature, for Moana:
"Hello, and a grateful 'Thank you, Academy!' from Sweden, where we are currently promoting ‘Moana.' We're beyond honored and excited – for the film, for all of our colleagues at Disney Animation, and also for Lin-Manuel and his nomination for ‘How Far I'll Go,' which perfectly captured ‘Moana's' spirit of adventure and exploration."
Justin Hurwitz, composer, nominated for Best Original Score, for La La Land:
"Damien and I have known each other since we were eighteen, and since then have been dreaming about ways that film and music could work together. Damien inspires everybody around him, and this movie he has created is the best opportunity I could have asked for to express myself musically. It's an incredible honor to receive three Oscar nominations. The song nominations are of course shared with our extraordinary lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who were thrilling to collaborate with and have become great friends in the process."
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, lyricists, nominated for Best Original Song, for La La Land‘s "City of Stars" and "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)":
"While we might be the lyricists for LA LA LAND, we're having some real trouble finding words this morning! We had the great honor of writing these songs with the singularly talented Justin Hurwitz, and it was such a privilege to develop them with the visionary Damien Chazelle. We couldn't be more thrilled for the academy to recognize that this film was a collaboration across all departments. And that's about the maximum amount of English sentences we're able to string together at this moment!"
Barry Jenkins, director, nominated for Best Director, for Moonlight:
"It takes a village and this morning I was moved beyond words by the love that was shown by the Academy to so many of the wonderful people in our Moonlight village. I'm in Amsterdam at the moment, sharing Chiron's story a continent away with people of a different culture. That's what the spirit of these nominations signals to me: an affirmation that film has the power to erode barriers and reveal what makes us all human."
Damien Chazelle, director and screenwriter, nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, for La La Land:
"I am so humbled and grateful for the nominations for LA LA LAND. It's been a tremendous year for films and I'm deeply honored to be in such amazing company with my fellow nominees, along with my phenomenal producers – Fred, Jordan and Marc. I am thrilled that the Academy is celebrating the work of Emma and Ryan, who brought these characters to life with such humanity and depth, and also the work of my college roommate Justin who created the beautiful music. As a filmmaker, you are only as strong as the team around you and so to share this moment and recognition with my brilliant team — Tom, Linus, Mary, Benj, Justin, David, Sandy, Milly, Ai–Ling, Andy and Steve — the people that worked so hard and tirelessly and collaborated so creatively, is more than I could ask for. And finally, I want to thank Lionsgate for their unwavering support."
Denis Villeneuve, director, nominated for Best Director, for Arrival:
"I want to thank the Academy for acknowledging ARRIVAL. It means so much to all of us. However, it is a little bittersweet. Amy Adams is the soul of ‘Arrival,' so I'm profoundly sad she did not get a nomination this morning."
Mel Gibson, director, nominated for Best Director, for Hacksaw Ridge:
"What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor. I'm especially happy for Andrew Garfield, our producers Bill Mechanic and David Permut, our editor John Gilbert and our incredible sound teams. The Academy's recognition of our film is a testament to every single person who worked on Hacksaw Ridge, and to every soldier who made the sacrifices they made to fight for their country, including Desmond Doss."
Tarell Alvin McCraney, screenwriter, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Moonlight:
"I wrote In Moonlight Black Boys look Blue because I thought I was alone. But Barry knew better. MOONLIGHT, the process and production, reminds us all that we are never alone. I'm grateful to the Academy for seeing its light. I cannot be more proud and happily surprised to share this nomination with all the other artists, but particularly with my ally Mr. Jenkins and my mentor Mr. Wilson."
Allison Schroeder, screenwriter, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Hidden Figures:
"Thank you to The Academy for this recognition, to my co-writer, Ted Melfi, Fox 2000, Levantine Films, Chernin Entertainment, and to everyone who worked on the film. I'm honored to help tell the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, & the countless other African American women at NASA who changed America's landscape in the space race. Now more than ever, it's important to tell stories like these. I gave birth to my daughter, Emily, two weeks before the film's premiere, so this nomination is for her and the next generation of women who will hopefully find inspiration and motivation in stories like Hidden Figures, the same way that Donna Gigliotti and Margot Lee Shetterly did, without whom this film wouldn't exist."
Taylor Sheridan, screenwriter, nominated for Best Original Screenplay, for Hell or High Water:
"There are goals and there are dreams — this is obviously the latter. It is an extreme honor for this film to be recognized by the Academy. It is also a testament to the artistry of David Mackenzie, Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, my partner-in-crime Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham and the rest of the tremendous cast. I offer my deepest gratitude to Carla Hacken, Julie Yorn, Sidney Kimmel, Neil Meyer, Jenny Wood, Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank, and everyone at CBS Films, Oddlot and Lionsgate. I also want to give a special thank you to my friend and mentor, Peter Berg, as well as to Tobias Schleisser, the first to believe in this story."
Eric Heisserer, screenwriter, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Arrival:
"I'm so honored. This is a moment where I should be the most eloquent as a writer and yet I'm struggling to put this into words. To even share a list with such extraordinary screenwriters is inspiring in its own right. Thank you to the Academy!" <iframe src="//renderer.qmerce.com/interaction/588783b4c944c7013e508522" width="100%" height="511" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" class="" allowfullscreen="" resize="0" replace_attributes="1" name=""></iframe>
Mike Mills, screenwriter, nominated for Best Original Screenplay, for 20th Century Women:
"Being recognized this way by the Academy is a huge honor. I feel very lucky I got to make this personal film, that it's resonated with people is very meaningful to me. My script would not be anything without the miraculously talented Annette Bening at its heart, and Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and Lucas Zumann, all of whom brought the words and ideas to life with so much love and intelligence. And my crew!!! They are my dear film family who made the words real. This would have never have happened without my producers, who are all true friends, everyone at Annapurna and A24 for believing in this script."
Kenneth Lonergan, director and screenwriter, nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, for Manchester by the Sea:
"I'm really overwhelmed. Thank you, Academy members. Thank you and congratulations, wonderful, wonderful cast, producers and crew. It's such an honor to be counted alongside our fellow nominees and all the really extraordinary movies that came out this year. We tried to make a movie about people standing by each other no matter what; thank you to everyone who let us try, and to everyone out there trying to tell the truth about what it is to be a human being."
J. Ralph and Sting, songwriters, nominated for Best Original Song, for Jim: The James Foley Story‘s "The Empty Chair":
"It was truly an honor to be part of this documentary and celebrate James Foley's heroic spirit and selfless compassion. James was the ultimate journalist who gave his life to ensure that the unedited truth was reported to the world. We are extremely grateful to the Academy for this nomination and hope the attention brings more people to this important film."
Luke Davies, screenwriter, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, for Lion:
"When I wrote the ‘Lion' screenplay, I set out to move people – to shift their emotional center. I wasn't entirely certain if, or how much, I might succeed. But I hoped. So it was deeply gratifying and humbling to learn at our screenings – one person, one comment at a time – that I'd had some success in the matter. But the pleasantly surreal news of an Oscar nomination that I woke to this morning added a sweet note of delight: the thought that Lion might have moved peers and colleagues who had done such great work they had earned a place in the Academy. It is a terrific boost to be thought of in such a positive light by a group of people you look up to and admire.I think of the film as an anthem to the persistence of love. I didn't consciously set out to write a film that would spark wider conversations about the ethics of adoption or the worldwide scourge of child sex trafficking. But I am so very grateful it seems to be doing that, too."
Maren Ade, director, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, for Toni Erdmann:
"I am deeply grateful to the Academy. It is so meaningful for TONI ERDMANN because this nomination allows us to reach a much wider audience. Thank you very much for giving Toni Erdmann such a big honor. I cannot tell you how proud I am and how incredible this feels ! It was a very long journey to make this film, we all never thought anything like this could happen. Thank you for making me such a fortunate filmmaker!"
Claude Barras, director, nominated for Best Animated Feature, for My Life as a Zucchini:
"To see MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI nominated as one of the world's five best animation films is a rare and incredible feeling. Our foremost wish was to tell a story to children, one that teaches them not to be afraid, not to respond to violence with violence and to break down the walls that prevent us from sharing our differences. The way in which the film and its message have been received have completely overwhelmed us. We have to thank all of those who created this film with much love. To receive such love in return today is the most beautiful of rewards for all of us. We would like to share this honor with all of those who supported us in Switzerland, in France, in Europe and now in the United States."
Byron Howard and Rich Moore, directors, and Clark Spencer, producer, nominated for Best Animated Feature, for Zootopia:
"We want to thank the Academy for honoring the hard work and passion that each and every artist put into ‘Zootopia' – the film, and its message of unity in a complex world, has been recognized in ways we couldn't have possibly imagined."
Asghar Farhadi, director and writer, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, for The Salesman:
"It is a source of great happiness to me to be selected as a candidate for the Oscars for a third time. Having been previously nominated for my film, A SEPARATION, in the Best Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film categories, I am overwhelmed and honored by the Academy's recognition of my newest film. I wish to thank all my crew who so warmly accompanied my efforts to make THE SALESMAN over the course of the last year. What I have strived for in my filmmaking has always been to create a sense of empathy toward my characters. Empathy meaning understanding the conditions and situations of other human beings who very much resemble us."
Michael Dudok de Wit, director, nominated for Best Animated Feature, for The Red Turtle:
"I'm delighted that our animated feature film ‘The Red Turtle' has been nominated by the members of the Academy! It's fantastic! What an amazing honour for all of us who worked on the film with so much dedication and so much passion."
Travis Knight, director and producer, nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects, for Kubo and the Two Strings:
"I'm over the moon! An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift. Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for. Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this. But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life. They inspired me to dream. That's the kind of film our team at LAIKA sought to make with KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS. A film is a slice of a hundred souls. In this case many more. An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story. I'm so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we've done together. I'm profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film. It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them."
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, Brad Schiff, nominated for Best Visual Effects, for Kubo and the Two Strings:
"As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We're thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor."
Alan Barillaro, director, nominated for Best Animated Short, for Piper:
"I was watching my kids grow, learn and take brave steps in the journey of growing up when the idea for ‘Piper' came to me. Since bringing it out into the world, I have realized ‘Piper' is very much like a child to me, and I've watched with awe as it has been embraced by audiences worldwide. Now, to be recognized with a nomination is truly humbling. To the Academy, and all those that have helped shepherd Piper along her way, I am truly thankful."