The nominees for the 87th Annual Academy Awards have finally been announced and the actors, animators and directors nominated couldn't be happier to be in the running for the prestigious honor.
Emma Stone, who earned herself a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in "Birdman," couldn't contain her excitement over being nominated for the first time.
"Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out," she said in a statement, via E! News. "Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of Birdman and can't believe it came to this. I am so f--king excited. Are you allowed to say f--k when you're making a statement for the Oscars? I'm just really f--king excited."
Stone's film, "Birdman," raked in nine nods and producers John Lesher and James Skotchdopole are definitely glad their risk paid off.
"Thank you Academy for recognizing BIRDMAN. 9 nominations is a huge feather in our cap. I am particularly proud of my friend Alejandro for his fearlessness and creativity and to our entire cast and crew for their unparalleled precision and excellence. Congratulations as well to our fellow nominees," said Lesher.
Skotchdopole said: "Today's nine Oscar nominations for the singularly original BIRDMAN sends a clear message to the filmmakers around the world: 'taking risks while on a creative tightrope (without a net!) can have an incredible outcome!' Thanks to members of the academy for recognizing our unique film!"
Eddie Redmayne, another first time nominee like Stone, said he was "feeling pretty good" after waking up to the news that he was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."
"It's an amazing, amazing thing," he told Sky News. "It's the crack of dawn here in Los Angeles...Suddenly there was a rap on the door, and I stumbled to the door and it was my manager there with a team of people on the phone screaming, which was very exciting, but I'm just trying to come to terms with it all...It's extraordinary!"
The 33-year-old British actor later released an official statement, saying: "I'm so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of 'The Theory of Everything..' This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking."
Fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch has been enjoying a very successful year and to top it all off, he's also been nominated for Best Actor for potraying Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game."
"I am knocked for six by this. So excited and honoured to receive this recognition," the 38-year-old star said in a statement via E! News. "It's wonderful to be included by the academy in this exceptional year of performances. To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life."
Julianne Moore is in the running for an Academy Award for Best Actress this year for her role in "Still Alice" and she could not be more ecstatic.
"I am over the moon-actually I am on a plane, flying over the United States. My old friend Bruce Cohen was the first to reach me to tell me the news," she said in a statement. "I can't believe that I have gone from doing plays in the 8th grade with Bruce Cohen, to him texting me 100 years later to tell me about an Oscar nomination. I feel so lucky and proud to be in the company of the other talented actors who were nominated today. My heart is beating so fast!"
Missed out on the announcement of this year's nominees? Check out the complete list of the 87th Annual Academy Awards nominees here!
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