Wednesday, January 23, 2013

12 Oscar Nominations for "Lincoln"

Compiled by James Colt Harrison

With the Oscar nominations announced for this current season, several artists have already made statements expressing their happiness about being among those who were honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Here are just a few of those exceptional talents who have been recognized by their peers.

LINCOLN (directed by Steven Speilberg for Universal Pictures)

Sally Field - (Nominated for Best Supporting Actress as Mary Todd Lincoln):

“I'm spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels.  To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself.  But now for us all  to receive so much recognition from the Academy I'm deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can't believe I got the role."

Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy (Producers, Nominated for Best Picture; Spielberg nominated for Best Director)

“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.”

Tony Kushner, Screenwriter; (Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay) 

“I'm tremendously honored to be a nominee in the company of so many writers and filmmakers whose work I admire. I'm very grateful to Steven and Kathy, to Daniel, Sally, Tommy Lee and the whole cast, to Rick, Joanna, Janusz, Mike and John and everyone who made Lincoln happen. I'm overwhelmed by the Academy's response to the film.  I heard that I'd been nominated while waiting to take off on a plane from JFK to LAX. James Gandolfini, who's sitting in front of me, gave me a hug and a kiss, so I'm about as happy as can be. ”

Joanna Johnston (Nominated for Best Costume Design)

“I’m thrilled and honored to be nominated, it was an extraordinary experience with a remarkable team who are all part of this recognition.  It is my first nomination and I’m so happy to be part of this unique body of talent.”

FRANKENWEENIE (directed by Tim Burton for Disney)

Tim Burton, (Nominated for Best Animated Feature)

"Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me.  The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years.  Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I've always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality.  I've worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time.  I'm so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees."

PARANORMAN (LAIKA/ Focus Features)

(Nominated for Best Animated Feature)

Travis Knight, President and CEO of LAIKA (Producer)

"My heartfelt thanks to the Academy for honoring LAIKA and ParaNorman with this nomination.  Working with our directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell and my fellow producer Arianne Sutner to bring ParaNorman to audiences worldwide has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life.  We’re indebted to Focus Features and Universal Pictures for their advocacy and resolve, to our exceptional cast members for their keenly felt performances, and above all to our unparalleled, extraordinarily talented crew for handcrafting a moving and beautiful work of art."

Sam Fell and Chris Butler (Directors)

“We are overjoyed that our movie has been Oscar-nominated! We made it with the unending support of brilliant producers and an amazing crew at LAIKA, a unique and cutting-edge studio. On behalf of all of them, we are so proud that the enduring craft of stop-motion has been acknowledged by the Academy -- and that the individuality of Norman himself is being celebrated.”
MOONRISE KINGDOM (directed by Wes Anderson for Focus Features)

Roman Coppola (Nominated for Best Original Screenplay with Wes Anderson)

“I was in the car with my family when we heard the news – everyone was so excited! It’s a wonderful honor to be nominated among many great films and storytellers – Wes and I are thrilled.”

ANNA KARENINA ( directed by Joe Wright for Working Title, Focus Features)

(Nominated for Best Production Design), Sarah Greenwood,Production Designer;  Katie Spencer, Set Decoration

“Realizing our director Joe Wright’s bold and unique vision for ANNA KARENINA was a challenge, and ultimately a thrill. To have our work recognized by the AMPAS members is an honor, and a joy. We are proud to accept this nomination on behalf of what was a tremendous crew.”

Dario Marianelli (Nominated for Best Original Score)

"I am delighted to be nominated, and humbled by being in the company of composers whose work I have admired for so long.  For the fourth time, director Joe Wright has inspired me and made sure that I would not miss any of the opportunities that his movie opened up for the music.  I feel very grateful towards him."

Seamus McGarvey (Nominated for Best Cinematography)

“The director of the film I’m currently working on just texted me. We had a $100 bet that I wouldn’t get nominated, but he texted me that he’s $100 richer! I’m over the moon!”

Jacqueline Durran (Nominated for Best Costume Design)

“I’m very excited! I’m also very pleased that other members of the ANNA KARENINA gang were nominated since this film was a collaboration.”



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