Oscar Nominees React to Their Citations From the Academy

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Love Larson and Eva von Bahr – nominated for Best Hair & Make-up for Swedish Oscar nominated film A MAN CALLED OVE.  This is their second nomination following last year’s nomination for Best Hair and Make-up for the Swedish film The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.
We watched the announcement from the Academy but were pretty sure that lightning never strikes twice. But apparently it can!! We screamed out of happiness!! We got nominated!! And again for a foreign language film! What are the odds?! We feel so fortunate and honored to have been recognized by the peers of our craft!
-Love Larson & Eva von Bahr
Nominated for Best Animated Short
“I continue to feel proud of the world wide team of artists and coders that made PEARL a reality.  Thanks especially to the pirates of Google ATAP for rallying behind our little labor of love and thanks to the Academy for this morning’s recognition!”
— Patrick Osborne, Director of “Pearl”
Nominated for Best Animated Short
“We set out 6 years ago to make a very different film from ‘Borrowed Time.’ We stumbled and failed and picked each other up along the way, with the goal of simply making something that would find its audience. What started as a group of friends making a film for the love of it has turned out to be the journey of a lifetime. Never was the prospect of attending the Oscars in our minds. But here we are. We are so deeply grateful for this nomination!”
— Directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Producer Amanda Deering Jones
“We are incredibly honored by this morning’s nomination of our PEARL. PEARL is dedicated for all parents and those that create beauty and possibility out of everyday life.  Thanks to the Academy and the heart and spirit behind Google Spotlight Stories and our global crew that made it possible.”
— David Eisenmann, Producer of “Pearl”

RUTH NEGGA – “LOVING” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Academy Awards

“I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women – my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me…this means a great deal to me.”

– Ruth Negga, Academy Award nominee for Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (LOVING)


“What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I’m so happy to share this feeling with my La La Land family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I’m also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it’s hopefully putting a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can’t wait to celebrate together.”


“I’m very grateful to the Academy for recognizing my work in La La Land. It was a true collaboration, so to see everyone else’s wonderful work on the film acknowledged so generously makes it even more special.”


“I am so humbled and grateful for the nominations for LA LA LAND.  It’s been a tremendous year for films and I’m deeply honored to be in such amazing company with my fellow nominees, along with my phenomenal producers – Fred, Jordan and Marc.  I am thrilled that the Academy is celebrating the work of Emma and Ryan, who brought these characters to life with such humanity and depth, and also the work of my college roommate Justin who created the beautiful music.  As a filmmaker, you are only as strong as the team around you and so to share this moment and recognition with my brilliant team — Tom, Linus, Mary, Benj, Justin, David, Sandy, Milly, Ai–Ling, Andy and Steve —  the people that worked so hard and tirelessly and collaborated so creatively, is more than I could ask for.  And finally, I want to thank Lionsgate for their unwavering support.”


“We are humbled by the number of nominations the film received this morning and honored to be included among so many incredible films. Making LA LA LAND was a dream come true and we’re thrilled that Damien Chazelle’s singular vision has been recognized.”


“Damien and I have known each other since we were eighteen, and since then have been dreaming about ways that film and music could work together.  Damien inspires everybody around him, and this movie he has created is the best opportunity I could have asked for to express myself musically.  It’s an incredible honor to receive three Oscar nominations. The song nominations are of course shared with our extraordinary lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who were thrilling to collaborate with and have become great friends in the process.”


“While we might be the lyricists for LA LA LAND, we’re having some real trouble finding words this morning!  We had the great honor of writing these songs with the singularly talented Justin Hurwitz, and it was such a privilege to develop them with the visionary Damien Chazelle. We couldn’t be more thrilled for the academy to recognize that this film was a collaboration across all departments. And that’s about the maximum amount of English sentences we’re able to string together at this moment!”


“Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition and for honoring August Wilson’s brilliant words. I am just lucky to have been entrusted with this project and to have the chance to work with the amazing Viola Davis and the rest of my talented cast and crew.”

-Denzel Washington, FENCES

“I’m thrilled skinny to be nominated alongside so many members of the Arrival team this morning – it’s a huge rush. It was an unusual project that was made with total passion – it’s been beyond our dreams to see how our little baby has thrived.”

Joe Walker, Oscar® nominee, Best Film Editing, Arrival

Reaction statements from director and producer of the live action nominated short film SILENT NIGHT:

”This is amazing! I am in total disbelief. It is such an honor to be nominated, and it is even more special because it is my first film since graduating from The National Film School of Denmark”  

– Director Aske Bang

”It is such an honor to be nominated by the Academy again. We always choose films that we feel have something special at heart. This film by Aske really touched us, so it is amazing that this story is also recognized by the Academy”

– Producer Kim Magnusson

“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film – Academy Awards

“I’m over the moon!  An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift.  Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for.  Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this.  But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life.  They inspired me to dream.  That’s the kind of film our team at LAIKA sought to make with KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.  A film is a slice of a hundred souls.  In this case many more.  An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story.  I’m so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we’ve done together.  I’m profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film.  It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them.”

– Travis Knight, Academy Award nominee as director and producer of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, Best Animated Feature Film

STEVE EMERSON, OLIVER JONES, BRIAN MCLEAN & BRAD SCHIFF – “KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS” (Focus Features) – Nominees, Achievement in Visual Effects – Academy Awards

“As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O’Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We’re thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor.”

 Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean & Brad Schiff, Academy Award nominees for Achievement in Visual Effects (KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS)

OSCARS REACTION – From DAPHNE MATZIARAKI director of 4.1 MILES nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT (and previously WINNER of the Student Academy Award Gold Medal for this film)
“I was at my home in Berkeley when I heard the news.
My sister who lives in Barcelona, Spain was watching live and woke me up / called me
It’s an incredible honor! I’m truly thankful to the the Academy because it recognises that the refugee crisis is the most important story of the year. Even this moment, families with young children make the deadly journey to Europe as they flee war in their home countries. The nomination echoes the message of “4.1 Miles” that we all need each other and we are all interconnected. We live in historical times and this is an important message to remind our selves of.
I’m truly thankful to Orlando Bagwell, Jon Else, Dan Krauss, Pete Nicks, Spencer Nakasako, everyone at UC Berkeley Graduate school of journalism, Minette Nelson and David Eckles at the Filmmaker Fund and of course Kathleen Lingo and the the NYT Op-Docs team.”