As if the Oscar-season couldn’t get anymore exciting, we got a hold of some reactions from the people who actually got nominated and most of them read like people running for political office. I imagine these will get reprinted onto 3 x 5 notecards and placed in jacket pockets and clutches for the awards ceremony – making this year even more drab than previously expected.
Here’s crossing our fingers some interesting speeches on the night, but for now the casualness of what should be a monumental recognition is overwhelming us. That’s right. We’re overwhelmed by an avalanche of average. Judge for yourself:
This from Gus Van Sant, nominee for Best Director, Milk:
I am so thankful, so humbled, by The Academy for the nominations they have given our film – I’m so proud of our screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin and our incredible team, Danny Glicker, Danny Elfman, Elliot Graham, and our amazing producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. These nominations ensure that Harvey Milk’s legacy will live on.”
This from Josh Brolin, nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Milk:
It is very special because of this movie. I am happy ‘Milk’ received so many nominations and that people are paying attention. The subject matter is so timely and important right now because of what is happening in California with Prop 8.
When I think about my life a few years ago, being happy just to feed my kids, never in a million years would I have imagined I would up at 5 in the morning getting phone calls saying I was nominated for an Academy Award. There is no reality to it.”
This from Martin McDonagh, nominee for Best Original Screenplay, In Bruges:
My heartfelt thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, particularly the writers’ branch, for their support. I’m thrilled that a tale so peculiar and twisted, and that was released so long ago, has stayed in their minds for so long.”
This from Viola Davis, nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Doubt:
I still feel like the little brown skinned girl from Central Falls, Rhode Island who dreamed the biggest dream. And how great that all of my fellow actors were recognized with this incredible honor.”
This from Mike Leigh, nominee for Best Original Screenplay, Happy Go Lucky:
This is the fourth time I’ve been nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and once again I’m honored and delighted that the quality of writing I and my actors work so hard to achieve has been recognized and respected by my fellow Writers in the Academy.”
Okay, so the quotes really aren’t that horrible. I can’t say I would know how to do much better if I was in their bedroom slippers right now, and a polite thank you for all the help and support is sort of warranted.
Now if we can only get our hands on some comments from the folks who didn’t get nominated, I have a feeling they would be a little more animated. We’ll get to searching for those on the double. We owe that much to you, Rejects. Plus, we really want to hear Clint Eastwood tell the Academy to get off his lawn.