Here's What Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh Are Saying About Their Oscar Nominations for "My Week With Marilyn" 

Michelle Williams is my favorite to win the Best Actress Oscar for "My Week with Marilyn." It's hard to give life to an icon but Williams not only breathed life to Marilyn Monroe, she embodied the legend and gave her a heart and soul! When I interviewed Harvey Weinstein for the movie, I fearlessly predicted that Williams will not only be nominated, but will win. We'll see!

And Williams' co-star in the film, Kenneth Branagh, was also awarded a nomination for his role as Sir Laurence Olivier. I'm glad! In 2011, he showcased his directing talent by giving us the excellent "Thor" (check out my interview with Branagh for "Thor" right here) and proved that he can still act with his performance in "My Week with Marilyn."

Here's what both Williams and Branagh are saying about their Oscar nominations:

Michelle Williams (Nominee Actress in a Leading Role)
I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors – a special congratulations to Kenneth Branagh – and the fearless Harvey Weinstein. This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film as received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn’s legacy.

Kenneth Branagh (Nominee Actor in a Supporting Role)
It was a rare honor to play Sir Laurence Olivier. To be recognized by the Academy for doing so is overwhelming. I'm absolutely thrilled.

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