FACTBOX-Reactions from leading Oscar nominees

Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:45pm EST
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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".   Continued...