Jan 15, 2015 3:27 PM

Reactions to the 2015 Academy Award nominations

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Reactions to the 2015 Academy Award nominations, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, California:

"I don't care how much people tell you, 'It's gonna happen.' When it happens, you're thrilled." Michael Keaton on his best-actor nod for "Birdman."

"One could say, only two times?" Composer Alexandre Desplat, a double nominee for his original scores for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game."

"A guy doesn't think about things like this when he starts doing summer theater in Bigfork, Montana in the '70s." J.K. Simmons, nominated for his supporting role in "Whiplash."

"I am so (expletive) excited. Are you allowed to say (expletive) when you're making a statement for the Oscars?" Emma Stone, supporting-actress nominee for "Birdman."

"Just thinking about creating songs in music and in hip-hop, and for me to say ... I'm an Oscar-nominated person, it's incredible." Rapper Common, nominated for his original song "Glory" from "Selma."

"I was in a deep, dark sleep. I was in a dazed state. I was half undressed and stumbled to the door. I found my manger there brandishing a phone with a lot of screams coming out of it." Eddie Redmayne on how he learned he was nominated for best actor for "The Theory of Everything."

"I was woken up for the first time in probably six weeks by someone new who didn't actually want food. It was extraordinary." New mom Rosamund Pike on getting an early morning phone call with news of her best actress nod for "Gone Girl."

"Even though we're up for best documentary, I feel it's the best acting I've ever done." Actor Jeff Garlin, a producer of nominated documentary feature "Finding Vivian Maier."

"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." Benedict Cumberbatch on his best actor nod for "The Imitation Game."

"My dad, who's so wrapped up right now in football scores and numbers ... calls me and goes, 'Kid, kid, this is good.' I'm like, 'What, Dad?' He said, 'We got seven.' I said, "Who got seven? What team?' He goes, 'No, our family. We got seven nominations.' Laura Dern, nominated for her supporting role in "Wild," on her father, Bruce Dern, keeping track of the acting family's Oscar nods.

"Now I guess Baymax has to go out and pick out a tux." Chris Williams, co-director of "Big Hero 6," nominated for best animated feature.

"They say that the seventh time is a charm, and this is my seventh nomination." Songwriter Diane Warren, up for "Grateful" from "Beyond the Lights."

"I was in my pajamas when I got the news." Best-actress nominee for "The Theory of Everything," Felicity Jones.

"That's a question you'd have to present to people in the White House." Laura Poitras on whether Edward Snowden, the subject of her nominated documentary, "Citizenfour," will attend the Oscar ceremony.

"We feel very deeply honored and thrilled and, frankly, very, very pleased with ourselves all around." Writer-director Wes Anderson, whose film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is up for nine Oscars, including best picture.

"I spent a few years in Los Angeles and I used to stand outside the Baskin-Robbins and watch the limos going by, and it's a bit like Cinderella finally being invited to the ball." Anthony McCarten, nominated for his screenplay and as a producer of "The Theory of Everything."

"No comment. I've been called worse." Cinematographer Dick Pope, whose name was pronounced as "Dick Poop" when he was nominated for his work in "Mr. Turner."


AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Derrik J. Lang contributed to this report. Associated Press Writer Jill Lawless contributed from London.


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