Oscar Reactions From ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ And ‘Birdman’

WES ANDERSON
“I’ve been asked to make a “statement” even though I feel it does sound more like bragging. Nevertheless, my producers and I send our very deepest thanks to the Academy and its 8000 members for a whole slew of Oscar nominations, especially for my long-time collaborators Robert Yeoman (our cinematographer who has worked with me on seven movies, if I count them right), Milena Canonero (our Italian costume designer), Alexandre Desplat (our French composer), Barney Pilling (our English editor), Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (more English, hair/make-up), and Adam Stockhausen out of Wisconsin. Also, my friend Hugo Guinness (who co-wrote the movie with me) expresses his own gratitude. We feel very deeply honored and thrilled and, frankly, very, very pleased with ourselves all around.”

BARNEY PILLING
“This is a very proud day for me and all the staff at The Grand Budapest Hotel!
Working on this film gave me the opportunity to collaborate with so many people who’s work I admire. The cast I have watched and respected for years, Bob Yeoman’s photography is superb, Alexandre Desplat – such a gifted composer, the design, costumes………I could name every department as being among the finest purveyors of their craft. Wes orchestrated and directed all of these creative elements with such precision and vision that for me as the editor, working at the final stage of these efforts coming together, was really exhilarating.
I’m delighted that the academy has recognised the talent and hard work that went into realising this wonderful film.”

ROBERT YEOMAN
“Obviously a great thrill for me and I am so pleased that our film has received such recognition. Wes always puts together a wonderful team of collaborators and I am honored to be a part if it. Congratulations to my fellow cinematography nominees!”

ADAM STOCKHAUSEN
“It’s incredibly exciting that The Grand Budapest Hotel has been recognized by the Academy in so many categories. I’m overwhelmed and very proud to be a part of such a wonderful team, and thrilled to be nominated among such outstanding designers.”

MICHAEL KEATON
“Humbled, thankful and more than anything, grateful. So, so happy that Alejandro and the cast and crew are getting recognized. I am proud to be a part of such a bold, gutsy and daring experiment that is Birdman. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to try as best I can and see if I can wipe this smile off my face. Wish me luck.”
– Michael Keaton

EMMA STONE
“Well, this is surreal. I am completely knocked out. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. I am very proud and lucky to be a part of Birdman and can’t believe it came to this. I am so f***ing excited. Are you allowed to say f*** when you’re making a statement for the Oscars? I’m just really f***ing excited.”
– Emma Stone

ALEJANDRO INARRITU
“I am very happy for the whole BIRDMAN flock because it took a lot of courage to make this film out of conventions. These nominations reflect the recognition of our colleagues as well as the members of the Academy. I am proud, thankful and humbled.”
Alejandro González Iñárritu – producer, writer, director of Birdman

WRITERS: NICOLAS GIACOBONE, ALEXANDER DINELARIS, JR., ARMANDO BO
“We want to offer our humble thanks to the Academy for this honor. Looking back, we can’t help but feel that the making of Birdman took an act of courage. The courage of the actors who every day dared to navigate the tightrope, the courage of our incredible producers who put their faith and energy into something new and untested, and especially the courage of Alejandro who faced down his own insecurities and challenged us to stand on a ledge, find our faith and leap with him. For that, we are forever grateful.” – Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo

EMMANUEL LUBEZKI
“I am so honored to be nominated especially amongst all these great cinematographers. I am extremely happy for Birdman which in a way was an experiment that thankfully turned out well. It’s so exciting to be recognized by our peers. I am especially lucky and grateful to work with Alejandro. We are up here in Canada shooting where it is very cold and all these nominations are warming us up!”

JIM SKOTCHDOPOLE AND JOHN LESHER (Producers of BIRDMAN):
Thank you Academy for recognizing BIRDMAN. 9 nominations is a huge feather in our cap. I am particularly proud of my friend Alejandro for his fearlessness and creativity and to our entire cast and crew for their unparalleled precision and excellence. Congratulations as well to our fellow nominees.
–John Lesher – producer of Birdman

Today’s nine Oscar nominations for the singularly original BIRDMAN sends a clear message to the filmmakers around the world: “taking risks while on a creative tightrope (without a net!) can have an incredible outcome!” Thanks to members of the academy for recognizing our unique film!
–James Skotchdopole – producer of Birdman

NEW REGENCY [Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston]:
“We are thrilled and humbled by the overwhelming support of the Academy for ‘Birdman’ and couldn’t be more grateful for all of the nominations the film received for the outstanding work both in front of and behind the camera. We, along with our great partners at Fox Searchlight, knew that audiences would be awed by Alejandro’s fully realized vision and the performances in this film – it’s just incredibly gratifying that the Academy has been as well,” New Regency’s Arnon Milchan & Brad Weston

LAURA DERN – WILD
“I feel so grateful to the Academy for this gorgeous honor. It means so much to celebrate the life and the wisdom of Cheryl Strayed’s amazing mother, Bobbi. Reese, who worked so diligently to protect this story, and I share this with our amazing producers, as well as Jean-Marc Vallée and Nick Hornby, who gave their art to shape ‘Wild.’” – Laura Dern

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