It's a honor: Oscar nominees' reactions

142940__th_lThanks to USA Today and the Associated Press for collecting the most comprehensive lists of Oscar nominees’ responses to today’s announcement of their good fortune. Below are my favorite reactions:

”It felt like I was watching TV in a dream. I’m damn near 37 years old, and I’m jumping up and down on the bed like my 10-year-old. I was a wild man.”
Hustle & Flow‘s Terrence Howard (left), who learned of the nominations by watching them on TV

”He’s smooth and he’s fantastic and he can dance. I’m looking forward to sharing a dance with Terrence that night.”
Junebug‘s Amy Adams, who says she’s eager to meet nominee Howard at the Oscars

”I’ll really enjoy it because it will never happen again.”
–Michelle Williams, on being nominated alongside Brokeback Mountain costar and babydaddy Heath Ledger

”We adore him. The world is better with him in it, and I think the Academy Awards will be better [with him hosting].”
–Ledger, saying he and Williams are looking forward to Jon Stewart’s emceeing

”I’ll be drinking tonight.”
–Triple nominee George Clooney

”I guess I’ll go have a drink. I don’t think my year could get much better… It’s a wonderful thing that I got nominated but my performance is kind of meaningless without his. It doesn’t make any sense to me, but I don’t know how these things work. It’s a drag, it’s a bummer.”
–Paul Giamatti, bemoaning Oscar’s snub of Cinderella Man costar Russell Crowe

”It’s still 8 in the morning and I’m pregnant. I can’t really crack open the champagne. I’ll have to have a smoothie or something.”
The Constant Gardener‘s Rachel Weisz

”I love that they’re not tired of me!”
–Steven Spielberg, on earning his 10th and 11th career nominations for producing and directing Munich

”My levels of gratitude will be overflowing all day, so I’ll be making a mess as they spill all over wherever I go.”
Capote director Bennett Miller

”Waking up this early made me reminisce about being a kid, waking up early to beat traffic, so my siblings and I could make it to auditions. In all those long car rides, I never thought about awards for acting (I didn’t know they existed). I was an actor because the work was rewarding. I never imagined that it would all lead to this moment. I don’t possess the vocabulary to accurately express the sense of gratitude I feel for this great honor. It’s made the entire journey more fulfilling than I ever expected.”
Walk the Line‘s Joaquin Phoenix

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  • Sweetie Pie

    Joaquin – I love you to pieces. You have the most beautiful curly hair. Kiss, Kiss and I am wanting you to win Best Actor. You were excellent as Johnny.

  • Nancy

    To Paul Giamatti: That’s how I felt when Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church were nominated for Sideways, and you weren’t.

  • Mecca

    Joaquin Phoenix sounds like he’s giving an acceptance speech. I would have just been happy with him saying “I’m thrilled!”. I mean, geez Joaquin, you haven’t won…yet.

  • dawn

    I love you Joaquin!!

  • Mary Alice

    I do not know why Spielberg got nominated, his movie was not that good, did not get many good reviews, and didn’t do well with the paying public. I guess it’s like he said,they’re just not tired of him. I hope that Paul Giamatti wins, he should have been nominated last year, and he deserves to win this year because he was so good in Cinderella Man.

  • Gbenga

    To some getting a nomination is winning.

  • Julie

    I think Reese is due for her Oscar. I love her true blue acting. She will be around for a very long time. Good Luck to you Reese!

  • Jason

    Joaquin Phoenix sounds like a tool.

  • Paula

    Joaquin Phoenix makes a lovely and appreciative comment about his Oscar nomination, and some of you doubt his sincerity? Grow up.

  • SF

    ITA with Amy Adams, Terrence is so smooth and smoldering, I’ve had a crush on him since The Best Man. He’s a great actor and I still haven’t seen Hustle but I will!

  • Jason

    Sorry. Joaquin Phoenix sounds like a lovely and appreciative tool. Sincerely.

  • djm

    Do you people REALLY think that Joaquin or Reese or Terrence are ACTUALLY reading this thread?

  • pfitz

    Thanks, EW.com, for compiling that. It was a nice read!

  • pfitz

    Thanks, EW.com, for compiling that. It was a nice read!

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