Factbox: Pride, honor and 'dream come true' for 2020 Oscar nominees

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oscar nominees expressed a mixture of pride, gratitude, honor and thanks on Monday after being shortlisted for the 2020 Academy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 9 in Hollywood.

FILE PHOTO: Director Martin Scorsese arrives for the premiere of film “The Irishman”, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

The following are some reactions – through statements, telephone calls and social media – to the nominations to the awards that will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Martin Scorsese, best director nominee, “The Irishman”

“I’m honored that our work on ‘The Irishman’ has been honored by the Academy with these nominations. We put all of ourselves into this picture, a true labor of love, and to be recognized in this way means a great deal to all of us.”

Joaquin Phoenix, best actor nominee, “Joker”

“I feel honored and humbled to have been nominated by my fellow actors. The Academy’s encouragement helped ignite and sustain my career and I am incredibly grateful for that support. I’d like to also congratulate my fellow nominees for being recognized for their inspiring performances that have enriched our art form.”

Tom Hanks, best supporting actor nominee, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

“I’m honored to be included with the caliber of actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. It will be a grand night.”

Robert De Niro, (producer) best picture nominee, “The Irishman”

“Bringing ‘The Irishman’ to the screen was a twelve-year saga which I wanted to make with my friends and work again with Marty (Scorsese), Joe (Pesci) and Al (Pacino). … It’s great that the picture has been embraced by audiences and is now getting this recognition from the Academy. I’m very happy for everyone involved in the film.”

Cynthia Erivo, best actress nominee and best original song, “Harriet”

“To receive two Oscar nominations for a film paying tribute to Harriet Tubman, a person whose heart and spirit are the embodiment of courage, makes this morning’s news beyond anything I could have ever imagined. This is more than a dream come true … being asked to co-write and perform the song in the film was the icing on an already wonderful cake.”

Saoirse Ronan, best actress nominee, “Little Women”

“I’m just so thrilled that our ‘Little Women’ has been recognized by the Academy. Greta (Gerwig) made something so special that I’m just thankful to have been a part of, let alone nominated for.”

Former President Barack Obama, best documentary feature nominee, “American Factory”

“Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for best documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with (our production company) Higher Ground.”

Kathy Bates, best supporting actress nominee, “Richard Jewell”

“I am very proud of this film and it was truly an honor to work with the legendary Clint Eastwood on bringing the truth of Richard Jewell to light … My hope is that this film brings the justice and peace Richard and Bobi Jewell deserve by shining a light on their story and his heroism.”

Amy Pascal, producer of best picture nominee, “Little Women”

“We are profoundly overwhelmed and honored to have received all these nominations from the Academy, and to have made history by being only the third movie ever to be nominated for best picture that’s written, directed and produced exclusively by women. This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig.”

Todd Phillips, best picture, director, adapted screenplay nominee, “Joker”

“Joker began as an idea, an experiment really — could we take an ‘indie approach’ to a studio film by inverting it into a character study to reflect the world around us? Explore what we’re seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love. I am deeply honored by the overwhelming recognition of the Academy this morning, and I want to thank the genius that is Joaquin Phoenix, and all my incredible collaborators.”

Petra Costa and Joanna Natasegara, best documentary feature nominee, “The Edge of Democracy”

“In a time where fascism is spreading like an epidemic, we hope this film can help us all understand how crucial it is to protect our democracies. We are at a time where the personal has become utterly political for so many around the world and I believe it is through stories, language and documentaries that civilizations begin to heal.”

Jeremy Clapin, best animated feature film nominee, “I Lost My Body”

“What a dream come true for myself and the whole crew! Who would have thought that an adult animated film, a bit weird and melancholic, about a severed hand and titled ‘I Lost My Body’ could one day be Oscar nominated?”

Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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