The coveted nominations have been unveiled for the 2015 Academy Awards airing Sunday, February 22 on ABC. While many A-List actors were prepared with a statement via their adequately coiffed publicists, a couple of Hollywood elites were just doing their usual thing.
“I was in a deep, dark sleep. I was in a dazed state. I was half undressed and stumbled to the door. I found my manger there brandishing a phone with a lot of screams coming out of it,” said Eddie Redmayne, who is nominated for Best Actor in The Theory of Everything.
His Best Actress nominee co-star, Felicity Jones, was in agreement. “I was in my pajamas when I got the news.”
“I don’t care how much people tell you, ‘It’s gonna happen.’ When it happens, you’re thrilled,” Birdman‘s Michael Keaton, who’s nominated in the Best Actor category, said.
In a double-decker sandwich, composer Alexandre Desplat was nominated twice for Best Original Score for the films The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game. He joked, “One could say, only two times?”
J.K. Simmons was nominated for his supporting role in Whiplash.
“A guy doesn’t think about things like this when he starts doing summer theater in Bigfork, Montana in the ’70s,” Simmons said.
Birdman Best Supporting Actress nominee Emma Stone could hardly contain herself.
“I am so (expletive) excited,” Stone said. “Are you allowed to say (expletive) when you’re making a statement for the Oscars?”
The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch was humbled by the early morning call.
“To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life,” the Best Actor nominee shared.
Big Hero 6 co-director Chris Williams said of their Best Animated Feature nod, “Now I guess Baymax has to go out and pick out a tux.”
Perhaps the most insane part of the nominations procedure happened when Mr. Turner cinematographer Dick Pope’s name was called. “No comment. I’ve been called worse.”
He was called “Dick Poop”…he wins just for that.
Eric Fellner, co-chairman at Working Title Films and Academy Award nominee for Best Picture was thrilled with the film’s Oscar representation.
“We are honored that the Academy has recognized The Theory of Everything with five Oscar nominations today especially Eddie and Felicity’s incredible performances as Stephen and Jane Hawking,” said Fellner. “We’re delighted that Jóhann and Anthony were also recognized for their work on this film in a year with so many brilliant movies. ”
“I’m so incredibly honored to be recognized by the Academy, and even more thrilled to share this honor with the entire family of filmmakers, cast, and crew of The Theory of Everything,” said Redmayne, Academy Award nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role. “This role was a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, thank you to the Academy, and thank you most of all to Stephen and Jane Hawking.”
Focus Pictures saw their two films, The Theory of Everything and The Boxtrolls, nominated Thursday.
“What a great day for everyone at Focus. The five nominations for The Theory of Everything, including one for Best Picture, recognize the heart and hard work that it took to bring this inspirational story to the screen, said Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features. “And the Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film for The Boxtrolls is a tribute to our partners at LAIKA, where hundreds of artists literally make magic every day. Congratulations to all our nominees! I’m so proud!”
Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, directors of The Boxtrolls, were nominated for Best Animated Feature Film. They released a joint statement: “One word – honored! We are honored and humbled to accept this nomination in recognition of our amazingly talented cast and crew – the artists, actors, craftspeople, and freaks who brought The Boxtrolls to life. We are eternally grateful to them and to our fearless leaders, producers Travis Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka, for making it all possible. Thank you so much, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for including us in this great list of nominees! We would be thrilled to sit in the dark and clap for any one of them.”
The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight added: “What an odd and lovely way to greet the day. I’m overjoyed that the Academy has honored us with this nomination. Cobbled together over well-nigh a decade, The Boxtrolls was a labor of unwavering love crafted one frame at a time by a superb community of actors, artists, mad geniuses, steely-eyed pragmatists, and starry-eyed dreamers. I’m so pleased with the recognition of their artistry. It shows that original stories are valued, along with the weird people who make them.”
The Lego Movie’s catchy tune “Everything is Awesome” was nominated for Best Original Song and Unbroken was nominated for Best Original Score.
In other exciting news, Mark Ruffalo was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Foxcatcher and Reese Witherspoon for her turn in Wild (Best Actress in a Leading Role). She’ll be up against Julianne Moore in Still Alice, Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, and Jones in The Theory of Everything.
Additionally, Selma is nominated for Best Picture and will compete against The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, and The Theory of Everything.
The full 2015 Oscar Nominees List is located here.