Oscar Noms: Reactions Roundup

Emotions are running high in Hollywood this morning after the announcement of this year’s Academy Award nominations. Or at least that’s the sort of thing that people say when they talk about the Academy Awards.

I don’t know if anybody really takes this kind of stuff seriously or not. Variety has been hard at work getting reactions from as many of the nominees as possible, which may just give us some insight.

Joel and Ethan Coen may have given the most sincere response by saying, “Ten seems like an awful lot. We don’t want to take anyone else’s,” but they weren’t the only ones who avoided the word “journey” like 90% of the pack.

James Franco

When asked about the pressures of being both a co-host of the show and a nominee for best actor Franco said, “I’m actually really excited to be hosting because it will take my mind off all the awards stuff even though I will probably be dripping with sweat from head to toe the whole show from the nerves.” Hopefully the sweat and anxiety doesn’t lead to Franco trying to drink his own pee or cut his arm off on stage.

Trent Reznor

In describing the process behind creating his Oscar nominated score for The Social Network, Trent Reznor said, “I’ve never done this before and I thought the best strategy was to try to get inside David (Fincher’s) head and figure out exactly what he was wanting for this picture.” So, he figured out what his boss wanted, and then he did it? Novel concept: maybe that’s what’s been going wrong with my career all of these years.

Amy Adams

Best supporting actress nominee Amy Adams, currently at work on the next Muppet movie, said this of today’s nomination, “The funny thing is some of the producers from ‘The Fighter’ are producing it too, so it will be a fun atmosphere with me and them and Miss Piggy and Kermit.” After hearing about the nomination, Miss Piggy had locked herself in her dressing room and refused comment.

Jennifer Lawrence

Best actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence seemed to be taking the whole thing in stride. “I woke up this time to watch the nominations and didn’t have to work,” she said. “I think now to celebrate I’m just going go back to bed and sleep the rest of the day. Maybe I’ll have dinner later on tonight.” In other news, after talking about her commitment to naps and dinner, Jennifer Lawrence has also been nominated as my possible dream girl.

Other reactions from Variety can be seen: here

But Variety isn’t the only publication out there hitting the pavement and trying to gobble up quotes from the nominees. The Hollywood Reporter has also been hard at work trying to figure out whether people care or not about getting nominated.

Best actor nominee Colin Firth told THR that he is, “currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour.” A story about Firth’s usual, joyless, red wine fueled mornings may be soon to follow.

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky told The Reporter that he was “bummed” that more of his actors, including Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel, didn’t get nominations, but that Natalie Portman’s best actress nom was “fantastic.” Black Swan did end up with five nominations. Does this sound greedy? Look on the bright side Darren, at least you’re not Christopher Nolan right now.

When questioned about her best actress nomination, Annette Bening seemed to be pretty pumped. Bening said that she has “four nominations and four kids,” and added, “I am damn proud!” No comment from her children on how it feels to be compared to awards show nominations has yet been received.

What do you think? Thanks for taking this journey through the obligatory Oscar responses with us.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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