A talented contingent of celebrities woke up to good news in Hollywood on Tuesday, January 22. After the 2019 Oscar nominationswere announced — with Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Rossrevealing the nominees bright and early at 5:20 a.m. PT — those honored expressed their excitement in statements and on social media. Keep reading to see the nominees’ jubilant reactions.
The 91st Academy Awards air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24, at 8 p.m. ET.
“It’s surreal to say the least. I’m humbled and thankful to the Academy and feel privileged to represent this film in a setting such as this; especially with [Best Director nominee] Spike Lee, [film editing nominee]Barry Brown and [Best Original Score nominee] Terence Blanchard. Three people whose past collaborations have been an inspiration in my life,” the BlacKkKlansman actor said of his Best Supporting Actor nomination. “I’m so grateful to the crew, the cast, especially my friend John David Washington, and Spike for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a film that is equal parts joy and primal scream. Getting to work with people you admire and respect is a miracle in and of itself, but when it connects on a larger scale like this it’s hard to articulate.”
“Wow, wow, wow,” the If Beale Street Could Talk star raved after scooping up a supporting actress nod. “The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast and crew with all the work we put into this amazing, yet still timely story. I’m grateful to Barry Jenkins for creating this beautiful role out of the great James Baldwin’s words. Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake! And thank you to The Academy!”
“Working on The Favourite alongside my brilliant friends Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and the whole cast was nothing short of incredible,” the supporting actress nominee said in a statement. “I was grateful every day and am honored by this nomination. [Director] Yorgos [Lanthimos] created a palace for us all to play in. I am forever indebted to him and the whole team that brought this insane vision to life. Thank you to Fox Searchlight for their invaluable support and thank you to the Academy for recognizing our work.”
“Thank you to The Academy for recognizing The Favourite in so many categories,” the supporting actress nominee stated. “I’m immensely proud to be part of it and to be nominated in the company of such talented women. Congratulations to my incredible fellow actors Emma and Olivia, our brilliant director Yorgos, and to everyone who participated in the making of this extraordinary film. Thank you to Fox Searchlight for their unwavering support and for having the guts to make a film with three complex female protagonists.”
“Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition,” the Vicestar said in a statement upon picking up a supporting actress nod. “It is an honor to be nominated for a film that I loved making. I am grateful to [writer-director] Adam [McKay] for writing such rich material and for creating such a wonderful work environment. I also want to congratulate the other nominees, my cast members, the crew and everyone who worked so hard on this film!”
“From the very first casting call to this morning, my Roma journey has been extraordinary,” the lead actress nominee said in a statement to Us Weekly. “As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen. I am eternally grateful to the Academy for recognizing Roma and am honored to be part of [writer-director Alfonso Cuarón’s] vision. Congratulations to Alfonso, the entire cast and crew, and my dear friend [supporting actress nominee] Marina de Tavira. I am so humbled and honored. Thank you.”