Reporters Stephanie Cary and Rob Lowman gathered the following reactions Thursday from some of the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards:
"We are absolutely thrilled and astonished with the 12 nominations. It is such a tribute to the work of those who joined us in this 12-year journey to bring `Lincoln' to the screen. We humbly thank the Academy members who honored so many of us."
- "Lincoln" producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
"To be honest, it's very exciting, but all a bit surreal and it hasn't fully sunk in yet. This is a brilliant awards year that has been defined by an eclectic list of stories that have been told by incredibly talented and courageous filmmakers, and it's an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees in the Best Actor category.
- Hugh Jackman, nominated for Best Actor for his role in "Les Miserables"
" `Flight' was one of the most challenging roles I've ever had in my career, and it was an honor to be directed by Robert Zemeckis. It's always nice to be asked back to the show, and it will be fun to share the evening with our nominated screenwriter John Gatins."
- Denzel Washington, nominated for Best Actor for his role in "Flight"
"I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses.
- Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook"
"I am of course very excited about the nomination this morning.
-Alan Arkin, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Argo"
"I am completely over the moon by this morning's news. To be nominated twice now is incredible, and to be a part of this wonderful film and amazing cast makes things even sweeter. I am so happy for David O. Russell and could not be more thrilled."
- Jacki Weaver, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook"
"What a wonderful year for movies when nine films with this kind of diversity get acknowledged for the industry's highest honor.
- Tom Hooper, director of "Les Miserables"
"Thank you to the Academy for these incredible honors. And thank you to the writers who have honored me today with their generosity and to the academy for the Best Picture nomination. None of us would be so honored today without the genius and remarkable talent of Kathryn Bigelow, and to her we are forever grateful."
-Mark Boal, nominated for Best Original Screenplay for "Zero Dark Thirty"
"I am blown away. I can't say thank you enough to the Academy for their support of our films. We have a tremendous group of actors and film makers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized."
-Harvey Weinstein, producer of "Django Unchained"