2017 Oscars: reactions from the nominees

The following are reactions from some of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars. The list of nominations was revealed Tuesday, ahead of the February 26 ceremony:

– Beautiful morning –

“What a morning. I am so grateful for this honor and I’m so happy to share this feeling with my ‘La La Land’ family. The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie.”

— Emma Stone, nominated for best actress for romantic musical “La La Land,” which earned a record 14 Oscar nods.

– Is race relevant? –

“I hope I wasn’t nominated because I was black. That has no relevance. (…) I hope I was nominated for my work.”

— Mahershala Ali, best supporting actor nominee for coming-of-age drama “Moonlight,” to the Hollywood Reporter.

– Speechless –

“When you mention those movies, it makes my head spin even more than it’s spinning. I’m a little speechless.”

— Damien Chazelle, the 32-year-old director of “La La Land,” to Variety from Beijing, after learning that his film had tied the all-time record for Oscar nominations set by “Titanic” and “All About Eve.”

– Celebrating with family –

“What could be more exciting than listening to the nominations being announced while holding my newborn son! This is a truly wonderful honor.”

— Mel Gibson, on his surprise best director nomination for bloody WWII movie “Hacksaw Bridge,” which marks his comeback after being ostracized by Hollywood for anti-Semitic tirade. The film earned a total of six nominations.

– ‘Save humanity’ in Syria –

“The White Helmets film’s nomination for an Oscar is a new confirmation of the civil defense’s credibility in Syria. It will help us to reach the goal and the slogan we have been using since the start: ‘To save one life is to save all of humanity’.”

— Photographer Khaled Khatib on his documentary “The White Helmets,” nominated for best documentary short.

– Strive for empathy –

“I am overwhelmed and honored by the Academy?s recognition of my newest film. (…) What I have strived for in my filmmaking has always been to create a sense of empathy toward my characters. Empathy meaning understanding the conditions and situations of other human beings who very much resemble us.”

— Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi, on being nominated for an Oscar for the third time for his movie “The Salesman,” up for best foreign film honors.

– ‘Injustices’ of US prisons –

“Thanx to @TheAcademy for amplifying injustices of mass criminalization in @13THFilm. Love to our fellow nominees. xo”

— Ava DuVernay, the black female director of nominated documentary “13th,” an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States.

– ‘Infinitely grateful’ –

“I am infinitely grateful to the Academy. It is a tremendous joy and honor for me.”

— France’s Isabelle Huppert, nominated for best actress for rape-revenge thriller “Elle” — one of the rare foreign language performances recognized in a lead acting category.

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