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Oscar Nominee Reactions: Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep And Julia Roberts Respond To Nods

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This image released by NBC shows Leonardo DiCaprio accepting the award for best actor in a motion picture comedy for his role in "The Wolf of Wall Street" during the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Oscar nominations have arrived! "Rush" star Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations Thursday morning (Jan. 16) in Los Angeles, producing appreciative responses from nominees including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mery Streep and Julia Roberts. Check out our full list of reactions below.

Leonardo DiCaprio, on being nominated for Best Actor ("Wolf of Wall Street") ...

“I am deeply humbled by this honor and even happier to share today with Marty, Jonah, Terry as well as this entire cast and crew. “The Wolf of Wall Street” has been a passion project of mine, and I found the role to be one of the most challenging and rewarding of my career. Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees and thank you to the Academy for this extraordinary recognition.”

Meryl Streep, on being nominated for Best Actress ...

"I am so happy for our film that Julia and I have been nominated. We are both so proud of August: Osage County. This honor from the Academy, for which we are truly grateful, will help bring attention to our film from audiences across the country, which is thrilling."

... And Julia Roberts, on being nominated for Best Supporting Actress ("August: Osage County") ...

"This was certainly a once in a lifetime experience and the recognition from it is an absolutely thrilling bonus. I simply could not be more excited right now."

Lupita Nyong'o, on being nominated for Best Supporting Actress ("12 Years A Slave"):

“I am thrilled beyond words that The Academy has recognized my performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and I am deeply proud to be in the company of my fellow nominees. This celebration of such an important film is simply extraordinary, and I am so pleased to be able to share it with the rest of the 12 Years a Slave family. I feel truly blessed!"

Amy Adams, on being nominated for Best Actress ("American Hustle") ...

“I’m very honored to be nominated alongside such inspiring actresses. Congratulations to the cast and crew of American Hustle and Her, two films that I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.”

Jared Leto, on being nominated for Best Supporting Actor ("Dallas Buyers Club") ...

“I am absolutely blown away by this incredible nomination. I never in my life thought I would have the opportunity to even write these words. Thank you so much to all my fellow AMPAS acting branch members for this honor. Today you not only honor me but also all those around the world living with AIDS and all those we have lost to this disease. Thank you for recognizing them and recognizing their struggle through DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. This was a fascinating story told by a group of incredibly passionate and committed filmmakers who wanted to create something special and shine a light on a unique and important story. I'm proud to be a part of this celebration and so very grateful to you all. A huge congratulations to Matthew McConaughey, Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter, Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack, Jean-Marc Vallée, Martin Pensa, Adruitha Lee, and Robin Mathews.”

Judi Dench, on being nominated for Best Actress ("Philomena") ...

"This is just the loveliest news. I'm so happy for everybody involved, and so proud to have been part of the wonderful experience that Philomena has been."

Michael Fassbender, on being nominated for Best Actor ("12 Years a Slave") ...

"I'm really chuffed with the Oscar nomination especially being recognised alongside such great actors. It's a real honour."

Chiwetel Ejiofor, on being nominated for Best Actor ("12 Years a Slave") ...

“At no point during filming, in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, did any of us ever foresee the journey this film would take us all on. Steve McQueen created an entire family to tell one man's tale and I am delighted that so many of this family have also been recognized today. I am hugely grateful to the Academy for this great honour, and, of course, to Solomon Northup for sharing his story through his breathtaking book.”

Matthew McConaughey, on being nominated for Best Actor ("Dallas Buyers Club") ...

“I am honored and grateful for this nomination. I love working in an industry and craft that inspires me daily and allows me to tell stories that translate humanities and move people. I share this with the entire DALLAS BUYERS CLUB family of filmmakers, cast, and crew -- and the real-life Ron Woodroofs and Rayons who continue to fight and live with dignity. Thank you.”

Director Jean-Marc Vallée, on "Dallas Buyers Club" receiving a Best Picture Nomination ...

"What a beautiful way to continue the incredible adventure that has been Dallas Buyers Club. My collaborators and I have had an amazing time making this film. Today we all share a collective sense of pride as we have had the opportunity to spotlight a part of history that’s both beautiful and sometimes painful to remember, and been able to tell a story which has touched the hearts of many."

Bradley Cooper, on being nominated for Best Supporting Actor ("American Hustle") ...
"This is so special and surreal and I'm truly honored. The nominations by the Academy for my fellow cast members, David and the film are a true tribute to David O. Russell, our mentor. I feel very lucky and humbled today."

David O. Russell, on being nominated for Best Director ("American Hustle") ...

“First of all, I want to congratulate all of the nominees from all of the films. We are all blessed to be in this business, telling stories. In American Hustle, we tried to create characters and a world that the audience would find romantic and moving and real. I am so thrilled for my partners – my actors, my producers, Eric Singer, and the craftspeople from the film – who were honored today. They gave it their all; they poured their passion into the movie and I am truly thankful to them.”

Steve McQueen, on being nominated for both Best Director and Producer ("12 Years a Slave") ...

"I'm extraordinarily happy for all the cast and crew of our 12 Years a Slave family. This has been an amazing ride, and to receive nine nominations from the Academy is testament to all of the hard work. And for that I am truly grateful."

Martin Scorsese, on being nominated for Best Director ("The Wolf of Wall Street") ...

"It's a great honor to receive this nomination from the Academy. I had a great team on 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' and we all worked together to give the picture the special energy that it needed. I could never have done it without them, and I think of this nomination as a way of recognizing the whole group and what they achieved."

Johnny Knoxville, on "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" earning a Best Makeup nomination ...

"What an honor that Stephen Prouty got nominated for best makeup and hairstyling for Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa. Am I as stunned as everyone else we didn't get the nod for best picture? Well of course, duh, but I won't let that take away from my happiness for Steve, Tony Gardner, and our whole makeup team. Wahoo!"

Pharrell Williams, on being nominated for Best Original Song ("Happy," "Despicable Me 2") ...

“I am so grateful to the Academy. This is such a huge honor and surprise. I love animated films …I have since I was a kid, and working with Chris Meledandri, the Illumination team and Universal Pictures was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. What can I say…I’m HAPPY!”

John Ridley, on being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay ("12 Years a Slave") ...

“It feels very special, but I just really appreciate how people have responded to Solomon Northup’s story and his life. I’m just so happy for the whole crew and cast who brought Solomon’s memoir to the screen. It’s been a great year for film, and for people to consider 12 Years a Slave to be among the best is more humbling than you can imagine.”

Sally Hawkins, on being nominated for Best Supporting Actress ("Blue Jasmine") ...

“I am so delighted and overwhelmed, thank you so much to the Academy for this huge honor. To be given this for being in a Woody Allen film - it's simply an amazing privilege. I am incredibly proud and delighted for us all. I am so thrilled for Woody for his nomination and, of course, for Cate (who I really can't praise enough); I am delighted for them both as it's so incredibly deserved. Thank you.”

Producer David Heyman, on being nominated for Best Picture ("Gravity") ...

"The whole journey has been incredible. It doesn't look like it now, but in many ways, this was a film that could. It's not a little film by any means, but there was so much adversity, and there were so many reasons why this film should not have gotten made or do well. Yet, each step of the Alfonso Cuaron, and the team and Warner Bros. stepping in, helped get the film made. They put it out there in a way that allowed the critics the audiences to embrace the way they have. Now, to have these nominations -- which really recognize the work of everybody on the film. There were thousands of people who worked on this film under Alfonso's very incredible and incomparable direction. The sound, the effects, the design -- it really does recognize the whole team in a wonderful way."

Producer Michael DeLuca, on being nominated for Best Picture ("Captain Phillips") ...

"We are grateful to the academy for the recognition and for the privilege of being included in an amazing field of movies this year. It's all a testament to Paul Greengrass' artistry and Tom hanks' craft and commitment."

Director Joshua Oppenheimer ...

"We are deeply grateful. This nomination is an honor for us as filmmakers, but for the survivors and victims it is a crucial first step in their country's acknowledgement of a moral catastrophe - the horror of the genocide and the on-going regime of fear and corruption built by the killers. May it also be a first step toward healing."

... And Indonesian crew (who remain anonymous to protect their safety), on being nominated for Best Documentary ("The Act of Killing") ...

"The Act of Killing - and the issues of impunity it raises - will make front-page news today in Indonesia. Our schools still teach children an official history that glorifies genocide, and our government continues to celebrate mass murderers as national heroes. They do so to keep us afraid, so we won't dare hold them accountable for their crimes. I hope this nomination encourages us to demand truth, justice, and reconciliation."

Writer and director Kirk DeMicco ...

"Today's Oscar nomination is without a doubt the icing on the cake of an eight-year labor of love. We set out to make a film that everyone in the family - especially fathers - can relate to: a story about the power of change. You'd think as an Oscar hopeful I'd be up at 5:30 AM glued to my television, but instead I was in the nursery of my 10 month old twins experiencing the real power of change - that of diapers. This film has taken the work of over 300 talented artists at DreamWorks Animation to produce and on behalf of our entire crew, I send a huge thank-you to the Academy and raise a bottle baby in toast to our fellow nominees!"

... And producer Kristine Belson, on being nominated for Best Animated Film ("The Croods") ...

"Wow... WOW! I'm so thrilled and so grateful to the Academy. But mostly, I'm so very proud on behalf of our incredible team of artists who crafted this film, our amazing voice cast, and most of all of our writer/directors Chris and Kirk. They made a movie that was both hilarious and moving and I feel damn lucky to be part of this remarkable team."

Roger Deakins, on being nominated for Best Cinematography ("Prisoners") ...

“The experience of making Prisoners was very special which makes this a wonderful surprise to be shared by everyone involved.”

Director Zachary Heinzerling, on being nominated for Best Documentary ("Cutie and the Boxer") ...

I am overcome with gratitude. After spending five years with the Shinoharas, I feel privileged to have brought their unique love story and their inspiring artistry to the screen. Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition which I share with Ushio and Noriko without whom none of this would have been possible.

Director Moran Neville on being nominated for Best Documentary ("20 Feet From Stardom") ...

"This makes me want to sing out loud! I’m beyond humbled by this honor. All of the praying our ladies have done for the film’s success has clearly paid off! After 20 years in this business, to have our movie and these extraordinary women recognized by such an esteemed group, means more to me than I can ever say. My only regret is that our producer, the late Gil Friesen, isn’t here to be a part of it - I know he’s smiling down on us and would have been over the moon with the news."

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