"It's been an absolutely thrilling morning," Steven Spielberg told reporters after hearing the news that his Civil War biopic "Lincoln" received 12 Oscar nominations. Actors, directors and film professionals are sharing their reactions to this morning's announcement of the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards.
Here are some celeb reactions to the Oscar news.
Steven Spielberg, Best Picture, "Lincoln"
"It's the best wakeup call I've had in 14 years!" The director told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm always surprised by recognition. I'm deeply grateful, and we are so honored by our 12 nominations, especially being in the great company of such amazing films."
Anne Hathaway, Best Supporting Actress, "Les Miserables"
"The first thing I did was breath," Hathaway told the New York Daily News. "I almost hyperventilated because I realized I had been holding my breath for a couple of months. I started crying and I started laughing, and then doing both at the same time."
David O. Russell, Best Director, "Silver Linings Playbook"
"This morning was just a stunner," Russell, who was last nominated for 2010's "The Fighter", told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm beyond grateful, since I didn't know what to expect. I'm especially over the moon for my actors."
Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, "Silver Linings Playbook"
David O. Russell's lead actress was similarly thrilled. "I'm so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift, and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver, who are all nothing short of amazing," she told the Los Angeles Times.
Ang Lee, Best Picture, "Life of Pi"
"I am deeply honored and frankly a little overwhelmed by all of the nominations that 'Life of Pi' has received this morning," Lee told the Los Angeles Times, speaking of the 11 categories this CGI-heavy epic was nominated for. "So many talented people gave everything they had to this film, both in front of and behind the camera, and to see all of them receive this kind of recognition is something I am incredibly grateful for."
Mark Boal, Best Original Screenplay, "Zero Dark Thirty"
"Thank you to the Academy for these incredible honors," Boal told the New York Daily News. The screenwriter also gave credit to director Kathryn Bigelow, who was surprisingly not nominated for best director. "None of us would be so honored today without the genius and remarkable talent of Kathryn Bigelow, and to her we are forever grateful."
High Jackman, Best Actor, "Les Miserables"
"I hadn't planned to listen live to the announcements," Jackman admits to the Los Angeles Times. "But when I got into the car this morning to go to work, the driver had the nominations streaming as they were being broadcast. To be honest, it's very exciting but all a bit surreal, and it hasn't fully sunk in yet."
Tim Burton, Best Animated Film "Frankenweenie"
"'Frankenweenie' is a very personal film for me," the eclectic director said. "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."
Helen Hunt, Best Supporting Actress, "The Sessions"
"I was dead asleep and my phone rang," Hunt told the Los Angeles Times. "It was my publicist of 21 years, so it wasn't, like, some stranger - he's a dear friend who has rooted for me. Then I pet the dog, so the dogs got a good half an hour of tickling. My daughter kept running around saying I was 'mom-inated.' Then I made her oatmeal and took her to school. It wasn't like I drove over to the Beverly Hills Hotel and had champagne."