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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

And Now, A Word From Some of the 2017 Oscar Nominees

Likely still on a high from yesterday's Oscar nominations announcement, four of my favorite nominees shared their reactions to receiving Hollywood's highest honor (statements from Focus Features)

NOMINEE: Travis Knight, director and producer, Best Animated Feature Film – Kubo and the Two Strings
"I’m over the moon! An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift. Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for. Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this. But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life. They inspired me to dream. That’s the kind of film our team at LAIKA sought to make with Kubo and the Two Strings. A film is a slice of a hundred souls. In this case many more. An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story. I’m so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we've done together. I’m profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film. It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them."

NOMINEE: Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean & Brad Schiff, Achievement in Visual Effects  Kubo and the Two Strings
“As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We're thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor.”

NOMINEE: Michael Shannon, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role  Nocturnal Animals
"I am thrilled! Loved making this film. I would work with Tom Ford anytime, anywhere. Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Karl Glusman made it easy for me. Nice to get some good news in the midst of all the carnage, so to speak."

NOMINEE: Ruth Negga, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Loving
“I am truly humbled by the news this morning, and I thank the Academy for this recognition, which I share with my co-collaborators Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton. It has been such an honor to have been given the opportunity to tell the incredible story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who serve as an inspiration that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. The Lovings fought quietly yet tirelessly, and changed the course of American legal history. Today, to be among such extraordinary women - my fellow nominees, my peers with films this year, and the legendary performers whose work of years past has long inspired me...this means a great deal to me.”


Brittani Burnham said...

Aww Ruth Negga, she's so classy.

The Wiggles said...

Let's hope Deadpool gets the Oscar consideration he deserves.

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