(LOS ANGELES) — The 2018 Oscar nominations are in, and honorees like Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele and Laurie Metcalf are reacting to being recognized by the Academy.
Jordan Peele tweeted a GIF of Get Out star and best actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya with a tear running down his face — a famous shot from the hit film — immediately after the best picture nominees announcement.
Peele later tweeted that he called Kaluuya and “failed” at hiding his emotions.
“I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry?” Peele posted, adding “I failed at that.”
For his part, Kaluuya told Deadline, “It makes me happy that a film that empowers people that feel marginalized, people actually saw and wanted to see again and again. For it to be recognized is reflective of how people feel. Jordan Peele is up there as one of the great voices of our generation. The fact that he’s been put in a position where he belongs makes me very happy…It’s an intangible thing in the air. This is just a special moment.”
Gary Oldman and Sam Rockwell shared with Deadline how they found out they’d be nominated in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories, respectively.
Following an Golden Globe and SAG Award win for his acclaimed portrayal as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman told the trade about how he found out he was Oscar bound. “I was in L.A. and I was asleep and my wife [Giselle] was watching the nominations with headphones as not to wake me. My son Alfie called from the U.K. so I didn’t see the nominations, but I learned about them in the best possible way.”
Sam Rockwell, Best Supporting Actor nominee — and Golden Globe and SAG award winner — for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, told Deadline, “I was in bed. I hadn’t slept the night before. I slept in. My girlfriend told me what was going on. I kissed my beloved Leslie [Iron Man actress Leslie Bibb] and said, ‘That’s awesome.'”
Among the 13 nominations for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, best supporting actress nominee Octavia Spencer said she is “jumping for joy” at the nod.
“My heart is bursting with pure elation for the cast and crew of ‘The Shape of Water.’ Guillermo has given us all a dream job and to be recognized by the Academy is so deeply moving,” Spencer said in a statement to ABC News. “I am jumping for joy from Park City for all of the nominees this morning! Congratulations everyone.”
In a statement released in both English and Spanish, Best Picture, Director, and Best Original Screenplay nominee del Toro said, “It is a great honor and joy to be here, today with a picture that remains faithful to all my convictions and the images I have loved since infancy. I want to thank the Academy and my professional colleagues for their kind disposition towards “The Shape of Water.” I share these nominations with all the young filmmakers in Mexico and Latin America who put their hopes in our craft and the intimate stories of their imagination…”
Laurie Metcalf spoke to Good Morning America immediately after her first-ever Oscar nomination for best supporting actress, for in Lady Bird.
“As I was told, I got really emotional, you know, because everybody just poured their whole heart and soul into doing this film and I’m so happy for [director] Greta [Gerwig] and Saoirse [Ronan] and the whole movie,” said Metcalfsaid.
I, Tonya star Allison Janney told ABC News her first-ever Oscar nomination is “incredibly special” and something she thought would never happen.
“I could not be more excited. It’s a dream come true,” Janney said Tuesday on GMA. “I was awoken by five friends of mine who flew in from New York to be here for the announcement. I’ve never been more surprised by them or what’s happened this morning. I’m so grateful. It feels too good to be true, especially because my friend Steven [Rogers] wrote this role for me because, and he always said, ‘I wrote this role for you so you’d win an Oscar,'” she said. “I’m just so happy and so thankful to him and for this honor. It’s truly a really special morning for me,” she added.
I, Tonya received three Academy Award nominations, including lead actress for Margot Robbie, and film editing.
The Post leading lady and best actress nominee, Meryl Streep, said she is “proud of the film” and all it stands for. “I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history,” Streep said in a statement to ABC News.
Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball is nominated for best animated short film. The former NBA star called the nod, “beyond the realm of imagination.”
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