January 25, 2011 / 10:50 PM / 6 years ago

FACTBOX-Reactions from leading Oscar nominees

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Winners of the 83rd annual Academy Awards will be revealed in Hollywood on February 27.

Following are reactions by statement, or by phone to Reuters, from leading nominees.

"I'm blown away. We owe 'The King's Speech' nominations to our ensemble of amazing actors who gave career performances under Tom Hooper's masterful direction. Congratulations to our fantastic producers who made a majestic film for $15 million that has now grossed over $90 million in worldwide box office. I am thrilled for the amazing Michelle Williams who was recognized for her beautiful and daring performance in 'Blue Valentine'." Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Company

"4 nominations and 4 kids. I am damn proud!". Annette Bening, best actress nominee for "The Kids Are All Right".

"My recommendation to anyone who wants to be nominated for an Academy Award is work with David Fincher. I'm thrilled to be nominated by the Academy and I'm especially pleased for everyone who worked so hard on the film - it is a triumph of teamwork. I'm honored to have our film nominated in such an incredible year for movies," Aaron Sorkin, best adapted screenplay nominee for "The Social Network"

"I am honored to receive this nomination. Making Blue Valentine was unlike any experience I've ever had before, or may ever have again. I share this recognition with Ryan and Derek who always brought out the best in me," Michelle Williams, best actress nominee for "Blue Valentine."

"Currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour." Colin Firth, best actor nominee for "The King's Speech"

"I am so thrilled about this nomination! It means so much for the film and for Denmark! I love what I do and this is an incredible affirmation!", Susanne Bier, director of best foreign language nominee "In A Better World".

"I was building Lego with my son and lost track of the time. Then the phone started ringing and I realized it must be good news. I'm incredibly touched and humbled. I grew up watching the awards and never thought this would be my reality. I'm thrilled for Natalie who trained tirelessly for a year and then trusted me with her soul and spirit." Darren Aronofsky, best director nominee for "Black Swan".

"I am absolutely overwhelmed by the twelve Oscar nominations for 'The King's Speech'. I am so grateful to the Academy. I am incredibly proud of my extraordinary cast and crew. This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life." Tom Hooper, best director nominee for "The King's Speech".

"It took 7 years, 13 financiers, and a 23-day shoot to make our film a reality. By recognizing Kids, the Academy has not only honored us but has given hope and inspiration to the independent film community." Celine Rattray, producer of best picture nominee "The Kids Are All Right"

"I'm very grateful and humbled by the nominations for The Social Network. I'm incredibly proud of the work of my wildly talented collaborators in front of and behind the camera - all of whom gave the best of themselves and their talents in service to a film about a ground-breaking American innovation." David Fincher, best director nominee for "The Social Network".

"To all of those who showed their support to my work in "Biutiful" I express my heartfelt gratitude. I am very happy for Alejandro and everyone who has made possible the special movie we made together. It's really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance." Javier Bardem, best actor nominee for "Biutiful."

"I am pretty freaking happy! The dog jumped over the moon," David O. Russell, best director nominee for "The Fighter".

"When we began making the first 'Toy Story,' nearly 16 years ago, we never could have imagined the journey on which these films, and these characters, would take us. For 'Toy Story 3' to be recognized by the Academy as not only one of the best animated films of the year, but also as one of the ten best pictures of the year, is both humbling and overwhelming. I'm speechless; I feel like I've been blasted to infinity and beyond." Lee Unkrich, director of "Toy Story 3", a best picture and best animated film nominee.

"Playing Charlene was truly an inspiring experience and I'm so proud and grateful to have been a part of this movie. It's an honor to be nominated in the same category as Melissa, and alongside such incredible actresses." Amy Adams, best supporting actress nominee for "The Fighter"

"It's incredible to think that this morning's Oscar nominations go back 7 years to the fateful day Stuart Blumberg and I crossed paths in a Los Angeles coffee shop and agreed to write 'Kids' together...I only regret that Julianne Moore didn't get the acting nomination she so richly deserved. But the Picture nomination is as much hers as ours. We couldn't have made this film without her heart, smarts and loyalty, not to mention her outstanding performance," Lisa Cholodenko, best original screenplay nominee for "The Kids Are All Right."

"It has been such an incredible journey with 'The Fighter' and one that I am grateful to share with David O. Russell, Christian, Melissa, Amy, my fellow producers and the Ward and Eklund families, who are the heart and soul of the film," Mark Wahlberg, producer of best picture nominee "The Fighter"

"As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognized and honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King Of England happened to pop by one day," Geoffrey Rush, best supporting actor nominee for "The King's Speech".

"I'm thrilled to bits." Mike Leigh, best original screenplay nominee for "Another Year".

"I am obviously thrilled and proud that 'The Illusionist' is among those nominated and can be considered alongside the best of the big budget studio films...And of course I sincerely hope that Jacques Tati would be proud of what we have achieved with his marvelous story." Sylvain Chomet, director of best animated feature nominee "The Illusionist."

"It feels like the first time. What will it be like to go to the Oscars this time compared to last year? How does anyone get used to that? I don't know, maybe ask Meryl Streep," Jeremy Renner, best supporting actor nominee for "The Town".

"Of course I am thrilled to receive an Oscar nomination. As my 3 year-old daughter said "Yay!" I couldn't put it any better myself." Helena Bonham Carter best supporting actress nominee for "The King's Speech".

"This is so shocking. I'm so honored for this nomination. To be recognized amongst such incredible talent is truly a gift I never expected." Hailee Steinfeld, best supporting actress nominee for "True Grit."

"I'm elated to the point of euphoria. I feel like I'm in a walking dream. I'm so relieved that all those millions of Australians that wanted me to get this nomination aren't disappointed. Happy Australia Day." Jacki Weaver, best supporting actress nominee for "Animal Kingdom".

Reporting by Jill Serjeant

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