Nominations in all 23 categories for the 94th Oscars were announced Feb. 8 live at 5:18 a.m. PST by Tracee Ellis Ross, Leslie Jordan and special guests, including New York City firefighters and Michigan healthcare workers.
A.frame is rounding up reactions from this year's nominees, including Denzel Washington, Kenneth Branagh, Ariana DeBose, Nicole Kidman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sian Heder, Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell and many more.
Kenneth Branagh: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for 'Belfast'
“It’s a long way from the streets of Belfast to the Academy Awards. Today, I think of my mother and father, and my grandparents - how proud they were to be Irish, how much this city meant to them. They would have been overwhelmed by this incredible honour - as am I. Given a story as personal as this one, it’s a hell of a day for my family, and the family of our film.
I thank Academy voters for their incredible and generous recognition. We are honoured to be among the other extraordinary nominees in a remarkable year for films, and I salute the superb cast and crew of Belfast for their exceptional talent, comradeship and kindness.”
Denis Villeneuve: Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Dune'
“Here is a trick for all filmmakers on Oscars nomination morning. At the very last minute before announcements, make pancakes. It helps with the stress.
Now that it’s over, I can say two things: First, I could not be more proud of my whole team who got 10 nominations. Massive congratulations to Mary Parent and Cale Boyter for our Best Picture nomination, to Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth for our Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and to Hans Zimmer, Joe Walker, Greig Fraser, Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer, Jacqueline West, Bob Morgan, Donald Mowat, Love Larson, Eva von Bahr, Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett on their much-deserved recognition. Thank you to the Academy! We had an amazing morning. None of which would have been possible without our incredible cast — on behalf of the entire producing team, we thank you for your hard work in making my old dream a reality. And finally, thank you to the Legendary and Warner Bros. teams! Second, make sure you put enough eggs in the preparation, our pancakes were a disaster.”
Patrick Wachsberger: Best Picture for 'CODA'
"There may only be a handful of times that a story that touches the human heart crosses a producer's path. There are even fewer times that a producer succeeds in adapting that story to its fullest potential. CODA is one of those stories! Having been entrusted with the original French film, Philippe, Jerome, Fabrice and I were fortunate enough to entice Sian Heder to so beautifully adapt and direct CODA, Emilia Jones to bless us with her charm and captivating voice and Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant to elevate the story and bestow its authenticity. I am blessed and extremely proud to have CODA be a first film in my return to independent producing and to have partnered with such a consistently supportive distributor as Apple. And, now for its Best Picture nomination by my fellow Academy members…come what may, CODA is picture perfect!"
Tim White and Trevor White: Best Picture for 'King Richard'
“We are incredibly honored for King Richard to be included in this year’s list of Best Picture nominees! This film was truly a labor of love that started with both of us being personally inspired by the journey of the Williams family and their unwavering pursuit of their dreams. Along the way their story touched countless cast and crew members as well as audiences all over the world. We were humbled by the opportunity to tell this story and share in this success with the incredible group of actors and filmmakers that made this possible."
Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger - Best Picture for 'West Side Story'
"On behalf of our entire production, we are honored that the Academy has recognized our
film. Filmmaking is, by nature, a collaborative experience and we learned first-hand that musicals require a special kind of team effort. We share today's excitement with the families and estates of West Side Story's creators; our fellow nominees; our incredible screenwriter Tony Kushner; our much-missed friend and cheerleader, Stephen Sondheim; and fans all over the world who celebrate West Side Story's singular music and timeless story of intolerance,
love and, ultimately, hope."
Adam McKay: Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for 'Don’t Look Up'
"I could not be more thrilled. Loved seeing the recognition for our incredibly talented composer Nicholas Britell and our legendary editor Hank Corwin. I am honored by the Best Original Screenplay nomination with David Sirota, especially as I personally started as a writer. And most of all, of course, Best Picture nomination, which is a reflection of hundreds of people who went above and beyond to make this movie happen during such challenging and difficult times. Thank you to the Academy, I’m extremely grateful."
Nicole Kidman: Best Actress for 'Being the Ricardos'
“WOW! I’m so overwhelmed! Just having breakfast with my family when the nominations came in. What a beautiful way to find out! I share this with them, Javier, JK, Nina and with ALL the cast and Aaron Sorkin, as this is ours together. This was the hardest role I’ve ever done and to be honored this way is deeply appreciated. And to Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr, thank you for trusting me with the opportunity to inhabit your mother. Lucille Ball is one of Hollywood’s greatest icons. She was ahead of her time. From actress to producer to studio head, mother and wife, she’s an extraordinary inspiration! Thank you Lucille Ball. And to everyone who worked on this film both in front of and behind the camera during, our passionate and hardworking crew, Amazon, Todd Black, Aaron Sorkin, this nomination is ours to share!”
Olivia Colman: Best Actress for 'The Lost Daughter'
"Oh my god yes. I’m SO EXCITED!!! And with Maggie and Jessie, and our fellow nominees, this feeling right now is bloody brilliant. Thank you thank you thank thank you."
Denzel Washington: Best Actor for 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'
"The Tragedy of Macbeth was one of the best experiences of my career. Joel Coen is a genius and I hope the nominations for the film will allow for more people to enjoy a terrific cinematic experience. Thank you to the members of the Academy for the recognition and to Apple and A24 for their ongoing support."
Javier Bardem: Best Actor for 'Being the Ricardos'
“To embody Desi Arnaz’s spirit was a privilege and an honor and to be connected to his energy and legacy is something I will never forget. Thank you to his family for trusting me with the responsibility of bringing this larger-than-life entertainer and entrepreneur to screen. Thank you to the Academy for this acknowledgement, it is a very special moment for me to be recognized among the most talented actors of our time; Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Garfield. Congratulations to my friends Nicole and J.K. for your much deserved recognitions. Thank you to Aaron Sorkin for the beautiful script and direction that brought us all here, and finally thank you to Amazon for your unwavering support. I couldn’t be happier to share this celebration with my talented wife, Penelope, for her work in Parallel Mothers. Thank you."
Andrew Garfield: Best Actor for 'Tick, Tick… Boom!'
"Never in my wildest dreams did I believe I would be given the chance to honor Jonathan Larson and his legacy of revolutionary art and community healing through this heart-filled movie tick, tick,…BOOM! By bestowing this recognition upon me, you honor our genius director Lin-Manuel Miranda, our producers Julie Larson, Julie Oh and Celia Costas, the entire cast and crew, and everyone at Imagine and Netflix. We are a true family to our core.
To be among 26 leading male performances to be nominated for an Oscar for their work in a musical, and to be initiated into that group with the likes of Bing Crosby, Roy Scheider, Gene Kelly and James Cagney, I am deeply humbled.
All I long for is to tell stories that remind us of how to live. Jonathan’s story offers us a treasure map. Thank you for keeping his song reverberating through our universe. Love Andrew."
Benedict Cumberbatch: Best Actor for 'The Power of the Dog'
"I am absolutely floored and humbled by this recognition from the Academy. To be a part of this cinematic masterpiece has been one of the great privileges of my career. Jane Campion, our friend and fearless leader, congratulations on yet again breaking the glass ceiling and thank you for the gift of Phil Burbank; as an actor to play someone this complex, this challenging, this nuanced is truly a reward in and of itself. Kodi, Jesse, and Kirsten, I am so proud of you my friends and for our colleagues whose exceptional work brought this great novel to life on screen. 12 is my new favorite number. Thank you again."
Ariana DeBose: Best Supporting Actress for 'West Side Story'
“My morning walk along the river was extra special today. I am absolutely overjoyed by this morning’s news. To be recognized alongside such incredible women for their inspiring performances is surreal enough, but to share this celebration with Steven, Kristie, and the entire team that made our beautiful movie is a dream come true. I’m so thankful to the Academy for this acknowledgement and am beyond grateful to Steven, Kristie, and everyone at Amblin and Disney. What a moment.”
Kirsten Dunst: Best Supporting Actress for ‘The Power of the Dog’
“To be honored by the Academy is a truly humbling experience. For both Jesse and I to get our first nominations together is beyond our wildest dreams. Congratulations to Jane, Benedict, Kodi and Jesse on their nominations and the entire cast and crew of The Power of the Dog. Working on this film was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m forever grateful for Jane trusting me to bring Rose’s story to life. Thank you to the Academy for recognizing our work and for putting me amongst such a remarkable group of actresses.”
Ciaran Hands: Best Supporting Actor for 'Belfast'
“Having worked in this industry for nearly 50 years, I thought there wasn’t much that could surprise me still. Today, I can honestly say, I am astounded, thrilled and deeply grateful.”
Kodi Smit-McPhee: Best Supporting Actor for 'The Power of the Dog'
"Where do I even begin...
I’m simply elated. This is beyond even my wildest imagination. To be nominated for an Academy Award is such a tremendous honor and I’m so thankful to everybody who has played a role in getting me to this position. I’m forever indebted to Jane’s brilliance and am eternally grateful for her trust in me to bring Peter to life. She’s a singular talent that every actor should be so lucky to work with. I think I can speak for the cast when I say we were in the most trusted hands imaginable. I’m so proud of Jesse, Benedict, Kirsten, Ari, and everybody involved in the production for being so rightfully recognized by the Academy. I’m just so humbled, reflective, and appreciative right now."
Zach Baylin: Best Original Screenplay for 'King Richard'
"Thank you to the Academy!!! I'm so unbelievably proud and humbled to be nominated beside such an amazing group of writers. This film was an incredibly collaborative effort and I'm honored to share this moment with Will, Aunjanue, Pam, Demi, Saniyya, Jon, Tony, and the whole cast. Rei, you made a beautiful film and we are all standing on your shoulders. I can never thank Isha and the Williams family enough for allowing me to be a small part of their story and to Tim, Trevor, WB and all the producers who put this film on their back and willed it onto the screen, thank you! Hope you are as proud this morning as I am!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!"
Sian Heder: Best Adapted Screenplay for 'CODA'
Stanley Nelson: Best Documentary Feature for 'Attica'
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson: Best Documentary Feature for 'Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)'
Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell: Best Original Song for 'No Time to Die'
“Words cannot describe how honored and excited we are to have been nominated for an Academy Award for our song ‘No Time To Die.’ It was a lifelong dream of ours to write a Bond theme, and one we never thought would ever come true. It’s completely unbelievable that we are here being recognized for this song, and this is a peak life experience for us as songwriters and artists. To be recognized today among these other incredible nominees is something we most certainly do not take for granted. Thank you to the Academy, from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for allowing us this incredible opportunity, and to be part of Daniel Craig’s unparalleled legacy as James Bond. Thank you to Cary Joji Fukunaga, and last but not least, thank you to Hans Zimmer, Stephen Lipson and Johnny Marr for being an absolute joy to work with on this song.”
Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor: Best Sound for 'No Time to Die'
“We are honoured that the Academy has nominated No Time To Die for Best Sound. Thank you to Cary, Michael and Barbara for giving us such an amazing opportunity, on what is a truly magnificent Bond film. Thanks also to the hugely talented sound team that collaborated with us.”
Charlie Noble and Chris Corbould: Best Visual Effects for 'No Time to Die'
"It is over 40 years since James Bond got nominated for Visual Effects so it is a tribute to Daniel Craig, Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Cary Fukunaga, Mara Bryan and the 1000+ No Time To Die special and visual effects crews who produced such beautiful work. We applaud the filmmakers for holding out and allowing our work to be showcased as was intended, on the big screen."
Dan Laustsen - Best Cinematography for 'Nightmare Alley'
"I am so proud to have a part in creating Guillermo del Toro's world and so honored that the Academy appreciates my work. My heartfelt thanks goes out to my amazing crew who tirelessly stood by me every step of the way. Thank you."
Stefan Dechant (Production Designer) - Best Production Design for 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'
"I am honored to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design in Joel Coen’s THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH. It was a great privilege to collaborate with this crew and bring forth a unique vision of this timeless story. I am honored to be recognized by the members of the Academy and be in the company of such inspiring production design nominees. I am incredibly grateful to Joel Coen and Frances McDormand for spearheading this project and inviting me along for the journey. With gratitude to my fellow collaborators,
talented crew, Apple TV+ and A24."
Tamara Deverell (Production Designer) - Best Production Design for 'Nightmare Alley'
"Thank you to the Academy for this honor and congratulations to all our fellow nominees. A very special gratitude to Guillermo del Toro for breathing life into Nightmare Alley and taking us all on such an artful adventure in film excellence. Wow!"
Shane Vieaui (Set Decorator) - Best Production Design for 'Nightmare Alley'
"It is such an honor to be part of such an amazing creative team. Thank you, Guillermo for your vision and leadership on such a wonderful project."
Luis Sequeira - Best Costume Design for 'Nightmare Alley'
"Congratulations to all the nominees. I am so incredibly honored to be recognized amongst such a group of talented designers and beautiful work. Thanks to my stellar costume team, our producers Miles Dale and Bradley Cooper, everyone at Searchlight Pictures, and of course Guillermo for allowing me to help bring his vision to life. It’s a fantastic day!"
Paul Tazewell - Best Costume Design for 'West Side Story'
"I am filled with gratitude, especially for Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macasko and everyone at Amblin and 20th Century Studios. Being invited into the circle of exemplary talents with whom Steven surrounds himself has been utterly life-changing, and I will forever cherish my West Side Story experience with humility and great joy. Thank you to the Academy for this beautiful honor. What a bright and shining moment!"
Rena DeAngelo – Best Production Design for 'West Side Story'
"I’m thrilled to be nominated in a year full of so much amazing talent, and to have
been part of the team that brought Steven’s vision to life."
Hans Zimmer - Best Original Score for 'Dune'
"To our peers in the Academy: Our deepest appreciation.
But my heart and gratitude belongs to our Director, my fellow artists and our producers. My musicians all came on a reckless journey with me, traveling thousands of miles into the an unknown future, just to find that all the music was right there in their souls and all they had to do was touch and delight the work with it."
Nicholas Britell: Best Original Score for 'Don’t Look Up'
“I am profoundly honored to receive this Oscar nomination for DON'T LOOK UP. This is my fourth project with Adam McKay, and it has been a real privilege to have such an amazing creative partner and friend. This truly means so much to me."
Massimo Cantini Parrini: Best Costume Design for ‘Cyrano’
"I am so honored to be recognized with an Academy Award nomination, alongside the talented Jacqueline Durran, for doing what I love most in the world. Designing costumes is my life’s passion, and to be praised with such high honors is very humbling. Working on Cyrano and immersing myself in a baroque period was a dream come true, and I want to thank Joe for the beautiful opportunity. Thank you so much."
Jacqueline Durran: Best Costume Design for ‘Cyrano’
"How amazing! Thank you to everyone in the Academy who voted for Cyrano - it is such an honour to be nominated in the costume category alongside Massimo Cantini Parrini. Most importantly I want to thank Joe Wright for giving us his beautiful vision to interpret and make real - and for me, working with Haley Bennett to find the visual language to express Roxanne’s story was a pleasure and a journey of discovery. Having the chance to look at an historical period with fresh eyes is a gift for a costume designer - Thank you."
Paolo Sorrentino: Best International Feature Film for ‘The Hand of God’
"I am delighted with this nomination. For me it is already a great victory. It is a reason for emotion, because it is a prestigious recognition of the themes of the film, which are the things I believe in: irony, freedom, tolerance, pain, lightheartedness, willingness, the future, Naples and my mother.
To get here, it took enormous teamwork. Therefore, I have to thank Netflix, Fremantle, The Apartment, the amazing actors and an unforgettable crew. And then my children and my wife, who love me in the most beautiful way: never taking me seriously."