I love "Hugo!" It was No. 2 on my Top 10 Best Movies of 2011 (check it out here). And the film led the 2012 Oscar nominations with 11 nods including Best Picture! Here's Martin Scorsese, Howard Shore (composer), and Graham King (Producer) talking about their nominations:
Statement from Martin Scorsese (Director/Producer):
“I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one where I was working with 3D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you¹ve been recognized by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It¹s an impressive list, and I¹m in excellent company.”
Statement from Howard Shore (Composer)
"It's always a thrill to work with Marty and Thelma and collaborating with them was a labor of love. It was inspiring to compose within the world of Hugo. It's a great honor to be nominated by the Academy."
Statements from Graham King (Producer):
“I am so incredibly proud of HUGO and I will be forever grateful to the Academy for acknowledging a film that defies all genres. Every single cast and crew member was not only committed, but challenged themselves and took their craft to a whole new level. I am thrilled that Marty has been commended for directing a film that was such new ground for him, yet based on a subject so dear to his heart.²”
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Sure, Spielberg was ignored in the Best Director category (check full Oscar nominations right here), but as a producer, he was awarded two nominations -- one for "War Horse" and the other for "The Help." Our friends at DreamWorks sent these statements:
From Steven Spielberg for “War Horse”:
“I am thrilled with our multiple nominations for "The Help" and "War Horse." It is the first time that I have experienced two Best Picture nominations in the same year. One is a high honor. Two is humbling but very exciting. It is a tribute to all those who joined with Stacey Snider and our DreamWorks Studios team to develop and make these two films with stories that we passionately felt we had to make.” - Steven Spielberg
From Producer Kathleen Kennedy for “War Horse”:
"We are thrilled for the nominations War Horse has received and most of all thankful to have been working under the leadership of Steven Spielberg whose moral clarity, vision and sensitive handling of the Great War might serve in some small way to raise awareness of war's pointlessness." - Kathleen Kennedy
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I love these two actresses, and I firmly believe that their performances helped elevate "The Help" from being a run-of-the-mill civil rights drama. Here's what they said about their Oscar nominations (click here for the full list) courtesy of our friends at DreamWorks:
Octavia Spencer regarding her nomination this morning for “The Help”.
“I am so honored that not only was my work recognized by the academy, but that the tireless efforts of our amazing cast and crew culminated in nominations for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and the film itself. It is a testament to our true ensemble of talent, both in front of and behind the scenes.”
From Viola Davis “The Help”:
"It's an honor to be nominated a second time, it is a personal accomplishment and triumph for women and women of color. I'm so glad the film has been recognized, it was a labor of love from the moment it was conceived and it is rewarding to see the impact it is having."
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Just like you, I love Meryl Streep and truly believe that she's America's greatest living actress! Her performance in "The Iron Lady" as Margaret Thatcher elevated the movie from just a mere biopic to a character study. Here's what the multi-Oscar winner is saying about her current nomination:
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Meryl Streep (Nominee Actress in a Leading Role)
I am honored to be in company with such beautiful artists, and touched deeply by my fellow actors for their generosity in giving me this acknowledgment.
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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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