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The Help
“The biggest thrill for us, as producers, is that The Help was widely embraced by the people. … It played to America as a whole and not just one quadrant. It held No. 1 for five weeks at the box office. The reason why this happened was because it was talked about for weeks on end by friends and families. When I was growing up, To Kill A Mockingbird was shown in schools, particularly when it came to educating people on the way African Americans lived during the civil rights era. For this generation, schools are embracing The Help.” — producer Brunson Green

“We are overwhelmingly enthusiastic and amazed at the nominations. I don’t take anything for granted. Part of the pride of being involved in this movie is the fact that this is a film that deals with serious issues in 1962, and it goes against anyone’s thought of what a commercial picture should be. It was embraced by a huge audience. The fact that the movie came out in a troubled box office marketplace and did the business it did is a validation of the movies we’re trying to make as producers. The Help succeeded thanks to good old fashioned word of mouth. The film has opened a national dialogue on race relations. It is shown in countless churches, community centers and schools, and to have that effect on an audience is humbling and mind-blowing.” — Chris Columbus

The Help, War Horse
“I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for The Help and War Horse. 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.” — War Horse director and DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg
“The Academy represents the standard of excellence for the industry and to have two films recognized in one year is a great honor. Disney loves both of these films and has supported them completely. Together, we share each milestone. What’s amazing about War Horse and The Help is that they both carry profound messages. In the case of The Help, it’s about civil rights, told one person at a time. With War Horse, you see war told from the eyes of an innocent creature, from a horse who has no business being in World War I. … I think Steven Spielberg’s skill as a filmmaker is that he immerses you in this kind of place that’s harrowing, it’s also a testament to the themes of enduring friendship, loyalty and courage.” –DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider

The Tree Of Life
“My profound thanks to the Academy — I could not be more proud to be part of the team that brought The Tree Of Life into the world. I know firsthand that it’s a movie that changes lives, because it changed mine, and I have heard directlyfrom so many people of the profound effect the film has had on them. I hope that this nomination will encourage anyone who has not yet experienced The Tree Of Life to do so and encounter for themselves Terry’s unique and powerful vision and the transcendent work of Chivo and the rest of the team.” — producer Sarah Green
“I’m really surprised. The film was a private endeavor (for director Terrence Malick), and for it to arrive at this point, feels like a privilege. The recognition by the Academy is truly based on the film itself. In making this film, patience was incredibly important. We were lucky that people remained involved and stayed focused on the film (as it was in post for two years). … Quite often, there’s the discussion of box office potential, demos and release patterns when it comes to producing a movie and it districts from the film. With Tree of Life, all that mattered was the film itself. Terrence Malick is a student of the world first. He learns from someone else’s interpretation and is committed to that elasticity in filmmaking. He’ll tell an actor, ‘Now say it in words’ then direct them ‘Now say it with no words.’ It’s an exercise that he believes in, whereby the truth comes out. That’s what he is committed to.” — producer Dede Gardner

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Hugo
“I’m still in awe of (director Martin Scorsese). We go back to 2000 when we started working on Gangs Of New York. His knowledge of film is like no other. He’s taught me so much in my career. When I sit next to him on the set, I get blown away. Hugo stands apart from the other work he’s done. It’s a genre-defining movie, groundbreaking technology-wise. For me to have Scorsese at the prime of his career take on a genre that’s new to him — many filmmakers can’t do that and he’s made a masterpiece. … I was hoping to get a couple of nominations today. I’ve always said nominations are really sweet; it’s the icing on the cake. To be nominated in all these categories is nice for everyone who has worked so hard on this film.” — producer Graham King

The Descendants
“There’s no denying that Oscar nominations for one’s film are exciting, if only for the joy they give to everyone who worked so hard on the film. I’m particularly happy for the recognition of my long-time editor Kevin Tent. He really deserves it.” — director/co-writer/producer Alexander Payne
“We are deeply moved by this nomination and honored to be included in the company of such fine films and filmmakers. Our story of a family was made with the help of exceptional artists and craftsmen who became friends. We share this honor with them and the people of Hawaii. — Payne with producers Jim Burke and Jim Taylor

Midnight In Paris
“We are clearly the underdog. We don’t usually get nominated. I remember I was surprised when I first saw the script. I couldn’t imagine that we’d have more than a niche audience for this movie because, you know, who even thinks about Gertrude Stein anymore or who knows Man Ray, or cares? So it was amazing to me when it actually came to life that people did care and enjoyed it and identify with the concept of appreciating or wanting or longing something different in their lives, or thinking it would be better someplace else or with somebody else or in a different time.” — producer Letty Aronson

The Artist
“I am very humbled by this morning’s nominations. This must be how my father felt back in 1965 when he received his first Oscar nomination. The Artist was a labor of love from writer-director Michel Hazanavicius to pay homage to Hollywood, and to see all the love that the Academy has given it this morning is overwhelming.” — producer Thomas Langmann

Moneyball
“Today, I’m remembering my mentor and guru Bingham Ray. In the last conversation we had he said ‘Stop worrying about Moneyball, it’s going to get recognized.’ He said this just like an older brother would. Bingham knew that I was worrying about this movie for the last eight years. Moneyball was the first project I set up as an independent producer, and I want to give a lot of credit to director Bennett Miller because there would be no chance that we would be talking today if he hadn’t made a beautiful film. The key to getting a drama off the ground nowadays is that you have to have some sort of element that makes the financier feel covered. In the case of Moneyball, it was Brad Pitt and that the fact that the book was a bestseller. It had that extra X-factor that the studio loved.” — producer Rachael Horovitz
“I never count on Oscar nominations and when they come, it’s gravy. It’s so validating together with the critical response and audience response to get recognized by your industry peers, especially on this movie, which took a while to get made. … Dramas are challenging to get developed, but the genre is more execution-dependent than other genres. It’s not difficult for dramas to find an audience, but it’s great to have the talent you need heading into development. On Moneyball, we had Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, Scott Rudin, Bennett Miller, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt going in, and on this type of movie going in, they’re the ambassadors to the studio and the audience.” — producer Michael De Luca

Moneyball, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
“What a great morning! I’m completely thrilled for all of our colleagues on Extremely Loud, Moneyball, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This recognition of our work is extraordinarily rewarding for all of us.” — Scott Rudin, producer of Extremely Loud and executive producer of Moneyball (he also is producer of Dragon Tattoo)

Directing
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
“I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one — where I was working with 3D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time — was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve been recognized by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It’s an impressive list, and I’m in excellent company.” — Scorsese

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
“I am so honored for this nomination. Filming The Artist in Los Angeles was a dream come true, and to receive this recognition today is far beyond what I ever imagined. I couldn¹t have done this film without the incredible cast of actors and outstanding crew whose heart and souls were poured into this project.” — Hazanavicius

Actor In A Leading Role
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
“I am so grateful to the Academy for this recognition. I can’t help but stop and think about how incredible this journey has been. From filming on a Hollywood soundstage to the moment I received this wonderful news this morning, I’m so humbled to be amongst such distinguished and talented people. It is Michel’s beautiful film that has led me here today. I also share this with the brilliant cast and crew.” — Dujardin

Demian Bichir, A Better Life
“I’m overwhelmed for having my name among those incredible actors. This could have never happened if Chris Weitz had not been the head of this film. He is my brother and I thank him deeply. Hopefully more and more people will jump into iTunes and Netflix to see our film. That will be the biggest reward we could get. I dedicate this nomination to those 11 million human beings who make our lives easier and better in the U.S.” — Bichir

Brad Pitt, Moneyball
“This is an extraordinary honor. I am dizzy with joy … and caffeine. Considering both films, Moneyball and The Tree of Life, nearly didn’t make it to the screen, this is especially sweet. And I’d like to thank all the artisans and craftsmen who gave their best to each film. I am especially over the moon for Jonah (and the other Moneyballers acknowledged today), Terry Malick and the tribute this is to Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s organization. My congratulations to all the nominees … pancakes for everyone.” — Pitt

Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
“This afternoon in Berlin I learned that I was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actor. You may have heard this before, but it has never been truer than it is for me today; it is extremely humbling, gratifying, and delightful to have your work recognized by the Academy, and to join the celebrated ranks of previous nominees and colleagues. Amazing.” — Oldman

Actor In A Supporting Role
Nick Nolte, Warrior
“A brutally honest, layered performance that reminds us why Nick Nolte is so great — he takes a seriously flawed character and makes us love him while elevating the performances of everyone around him. (Director) Gavin (O’Connor) and Nick worked together intensively, developing this character and dissecting his every nuance. The result of that collaboration shows up on screen in a big way. We’re so proud of Warrior, and proud of Nick.” — executive producer and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group production president Michael Paseornek

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
“My wife and I just finished a glass of Champagne. We are with friends in the South of France. Unfortunately, when you’ve been in this business for some time, which I have, it much often happens that you get offers to do almost the same thing that you have done before. It gets very boring, and you long for something new. This is a wonderful story, and I was very moved when I read it. It’s certainly a type of character that I had not done before. I do admire Stephen Daldry very much. I’ve been very lucky in my life as an actor. You have to do it and do it, and fail, and then do it again. A new character is a new lesson. You have to start from the beginning each time.” — von Sydow

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
“It was a rare honor to play Sir Laurence Olivier. To be recognised by the Academy for doing so is overwhelming. I’m absolutely thrilled.” — Branagh

Jonah Hill, Moneyball
“People have a really tough time seeing somebody as anything else other than what they first saw them as. So me a comedic actor, that was all anyone really wanted to see me as. It was really amazing to get to do this and prove I can be a dramatic actor.” — Hill

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
“It’s a shot in the arm for a young kid of 82 to receive an Academy Award nomination this morning. My gratitude to writer-director Michael Mills, the Academy, and to everyone involved with Beginners.” — Plummer

Actress In A Leading Role
Viola Davis, The Help
“It’s an honor to be nominated a second time; it is a personal accomplishment and triumph for women and women of color. I’m so glad the film has been recognized; it was a labor of love from the moment it was conceived, and it is rewarding to see the impact it is having.” — Davis

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
“I am honored to be in company with such beautiful artists, and touched deeply by my fellow actors for their generosity in giving me this acknowledgment.” — Streep

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
“I actually asked my lawyer the other day what year I took out the first option on the George Moore short story (for Albert Nobbs), and it was 1988. I am so proud for our whole team that our little movie got three nominations. It’s phenomenal.” — Close

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
“I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors — a special congratulations to Kenneth Branagh — and the fearless Harvey Weinstein. This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film has received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn’s legacy.” — Williams

Actress In A Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer, The Help
“My manta during awards season? Live in the moment and enjoy the moment. Success is ethereal. I’m really proud of the fact that we’re here with a movie that resonated to so many people throughout the world. That is the greatest thing: To be part of something that’s bigger than yourself. (Director)Tate Taylor and I were lifelong friends and I had met (The Help author) Kathryn Stockett two years ago when she was doing the outline. She didn’t know who Minny Jackson’s character was at the time. Ultimately, she thought Minny should be someone who spoke her mind, was short and round — and that was based on me.” — Spencer

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
“The part was a real stretch and it was an easy decision to make in terms of committing to the project. I had heard a bit about the subject matter — women working as men in the 19th century — a situation that effected the middle and working classes, especially in London. … I’m older and wiser and far less scared [than her last Oscar nomination, in 2000 for Tumbleweeds]. It’s apt to be more fun this time around since I’m doing (Oscar season) with Glenn.”

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
“I’m overjoyed and filled with happiness. I can’t believe that a year ago I was learning how to tap dance and shooting in Hollywood studios and today I am nominated for an Academy Award. It was a thrill to work on a project as ambitious as The Artist and I am happy to share this moment with our visionary director, Michel Hazanavicius.” — Bejo

Animated Film
Rango
It is an incredible honor to be nominated this morning. We set out to do something different with Rango, and this distinction is a testament to everyone who tirelessly dedicated themselves to creating our neurotic lizard. Rango was looking for an audience who shared his love of cinema and I’m humbled that he found one. It has been a remarkable journey, and one that I am grateful to share with our entire creative team, Paramount, and all of the virtuosos at Industrial Light + Magic.” — director Gore Verbinski

Chico & Rita
“We heard the news by text while we were at lunch in Soho. It’s a fabulous feeling and we are all thrilled and delighted that the Academy has recognized the film with this nomination.” producers Michael Rose and Martin Pope

Kung Fu Panda 2
“The year of the dragon is off to a great start! Today’s nomination is a huge boost of encouragement for the hundreds of dedicated cast and crew that have created such a beautiful film. I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together and honored by the Academy with this recognition.” — director Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Puss In Boots
“Am I still dreaming? What an absolute honor to be nominated. Thank you to the Academy on behalf of the entire cast, crew, cat and boots! This is beyond a thrill … and I’m pretty sure I’m awake.” — Chris Miller, director

Foreign Language Film
Footnote
“We are all happy and relieved to be included in the five nominees for Best Foreign Feature in a year that seemed especially strong in this category.” — writer-director Joseph Cedar

A Separation
“This is cheerful news for me and for the family of cinema in Iran, specially the nomination for the best original screenplay. It seems that although people speak different languages around the world but there is one common universal language which everyone understands: The language of cinema.” — writer-director-producer Asghar Farhadi, who was also nominated for Original Screenplay

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin, Moneyball
“I’m honored, and I’m pleased for all the writers nominated.” — Zaillian
“It’s an honor to be recognized in the company of such terrific writers. Moneyball is a true testament to teamwork — it’s the commitment of the entire cast and crew that got us to the final game of the season.” — Sorkin

Peter Straughan & Bridget O’Connor, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
“I’m stunned and thrilled to hear about the nomination. I wish more than anything in the world that my wife Bridget O’Connor — who wrote this adaptation with me — could be here to enjoy this moment. She would be so happy and so proud. I’m going to go and meet my daughter now and tell her how clever her mother was.” — Straughan, whose wife O’Connor died of cancer during production

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Anne Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
“I’ve watched the Oscars as long as I can remember. On one of my birthdays as a kid, my parents asked me what I wanted, and I said I wanted to make movies. We’d been at this for a long time, and this industry has such highs and such lows. When you’re starting to break in there are a lot more lows. I’m floored that we’re in this category amongst these other great movies.” — Mumolo

J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
“I was a struggling filmmaker for 15 years, sort of barely hanging on, and was also too stubborn to write for anyone else and was always trying to make my own films. This was really my last shot at independent filmmaking. I have two kids and the reality of the world was really starting to come down on me. To have this film that I basically wrote to be shot for under $1 million originally, that was my goal … and then to have it come out within days of this very mature, meaningful protest that was going on [Occupy Wall Street] … that helped us. We got to come into a marketplace where people wanted to learn more.” — Chandor

Documentary (Feature)

If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front
“It’s really exciting to be nominated this year. It’s a terrific group of films, and an interesting mix — almost as if it had been curated. There’s a war film, a sports film, an art film, a justice film. I guess we are the political film. And of course, there are some films not on the list that deserved to be, so hats off to them too, and hopefully that is getting sorted out for next year.” — co-director Marshall Curry

Pina
“The story of the film is so special. The story was abandoned but we made it anyway on a sad but different basis. It’s a tribute to Pina to say thank you and goodbye. We wanted to erect a monument to Pina, but that was rewarded in such a big way by audiences worldwide and the Academy today, which makes this all very emotional.” — director Wim Wenders

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
“It’s amazing as my wife kept reminding me for the past few months that these films helped get three guys out of prison. That would have been enough, but (the nomination) is an incredible punctuation point to a two-decade three-film journey. It would have been enough to get these guys out.” — co-director Joe Berlinger

Hell And Back Again
“We’ve been at war for over 10 years, but it doesn’t feel like it because it’s so far away, yet service members are going over three to five times and unless you have a relative serving, it’s hard to know what it means to be a country at war. … I’m excited to get this one story about a Marine out to a larger audience. We have this other 1% and they’re the military community.” — director Danfung Dennis

Undefeated
“It’s an honor to be recognized amongst these amazing filmmakers. We are thrilled for everyone who was involved in making this film especially the North Memphis community who opened their homes to us and trusted us in telling their story. Now we actually have to acknowledge that this is really happening.” — Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, directors

Documentary (Short Subject)
The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom
“For them to recognize this film, the team and me, it’s a meaningful honor. You can’t deliberate about this film. It’s been so tragic for Japan. This triple whammy of the worst earthquake in history, followed by the tsunami and nuclear disaster, is just tragic. I’m very happy that the film will share with people around the world their experience. Japanese people don’t complain very loudly, and one thing that documentary film does is allow people to walk in other people’s shoes. The film is also a film about human nature and how you carry on in the face of loss. The image of the cherry blossom is so deep in Japanese culture that at that time of the year they point to the cherry blossom. It’s in the spirit that if these trees can carry on, then we will too. It’s about the power of nature to also be able to carry on in the face of disaster.” — director Lucy Walker

Film Editing
Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball
“I’m happily surprised this morning to be honored by the Academy along with my esteemed colleagues. Moneyball was a labor of love, a challenge, and a joy I share with a myriad of talented collaborators. It’s exciting to see and feel how warmly it has been received.” — Tellefsen

Kevin Tent, The Descendants
“I am thrilled beyond words. To be nominated by my peers, whose films and work I admire, is a great honor. To collaborate with Alexander is a true joy. Our cast was amazing, the script great, the film looked beautiful. To be a part of such a project was an amazing experience and now honored by the Academy puts it all over the top.” –Tent

Art Direction
Midnight In Paris
“The magical effect of romantic Paris has captured the attention of the Americans. I feel that I’ve been in a dream that started when Woody gave me the chance to enter his world and create an empire of enchantment for him, which led me to this nomination and has been embraced by the world.” — Anne Seibel, Production Design

The Artist
I am honored to be nominated for an Academy Award for such a beautiful film that is a love letter to Hollywood. Since I was born in Hollywood and second generation in the film business, I went to work each day filled with enthusiasm. I am proud to contribute to something that shows gratitude to the business that has given my family and myself so much gratification. — Robert Gould, Set Decoration
“It is truly an honor to have the art direction of The Artist recognized by the Academy. In taking on the unique design opportunity that Michel’s vision offered, we felt a tremendous responsibility to all the artists of early Hollywood. To spend months immersed in their world and their work was a gift to the entire design team — and our work was inspired, informed, and elevated immeasurably by what they taught us. — Laurence Bennett, Production Design

Costume Design
Arianne Phillips, W.E.
“I am gobstopped, just speechless completely over the moon with excitement. So thrilled for the recognition not only for myself but for my brave and fearless director, Madonna and my amazing crew.” — Phillips

Mark Bridges, The Artist
“I am thrilled and grateful for the nomination and consider it the ultimate compliment, especially since The Artist was such a labor of love. I will be forever indebted to Michel Hazanivicius for inviting me to be a part of this beautiful film.” — Bridges

Michael O’Connor, Jane Eyre
“I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted to be nominated for my work on Jane Eyre.” — O’Connor

Music (Original Score)
John Williams, War Horse and The Adventures Of Tintin
“I’m enormously gratified to be recognized by my colleagues in the Music Branch of the Academy. I thank them all for their continued dedication and service to the art of music in film.” — Williams

Howard Shore, Hugo
“It’s always a thrill to work with Marty and Thelma and collaborating with them was a labor of love. It was inspiring to compose within the world of Hugo. It’s a great honor to be nominated by the Academy.” — Shore

Ludovic Bource, The Artist
“I am humbled and overjoyed to learn of my Oscar nomination. Last week I came to Hollywood for the first time in my life, which in of itself was a dream come true. I started playing the accordion when I was 8 years old; I wish I could go back in time at tell myself about today, the dream continues! — Bource

Alberto Iglesias, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
“This is, I must say, music to my ears. My thanks to the AMPAS members, for it is an honor to be nominated amidst such company — and I’m so happy that several of my Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy colleagues were also nominated.” — Iglesias

Sound Mixing
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick, Moneyball
“What an honor it is to be recognized by the Academy. This unbelievable process began for me with a call from Chris Tellefsen and Bennett Miller asking that I come out to LA to work on Moneyball, and it ended with a great crew and mixing experience with Deb Adair and all at Sony. My mind is still whirling.” – Bochar

Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
“It’s been exciting for us to see audiences connect with Caesar, and it’s fantastic to receive this recognition from the Academy.” — Letteri