Here are the reactions of first-time Academy Award nominees to their nominations
by Ana Walia | Tue, 24 Jan 2023 21:05:57 GMT
2023 Academy Awards will be held on March 12, 2023. Image Source: MARCA

The 2023 Academy Awards will be held on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles. The celebration, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be live-streamed on ABC and in over 200 countries around the world.

According to Variety, Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Oscars will reverse the trend this year and verify that all categories will be broadcast on the live telecast. Bill stated that they are committed to creating a show that honors artisans, the sciences and the arts, and the participatory nature of filmmaking. He added at the time that this is an important part of the Academy's mission, and he is extremely hopeful that they will produce a show that celebrates all elements of filmmaking enjoyably and engagingly.

The Academy was rebuked in 2022 for declaring eight categories on the red carpet including original score, documentary short, makeup and hairstyling, live-action short, film editing, production design, animated short, and sound, rather than broadcasting pre-taped acknowledgment in brief clips during the main show.

Here are the reactions of the artists to being nominated for an Academy Award for the first time:

Austin Butler for Elvis

Austin admitted that it's a bittersweet feeling for him right now because he wishes Lisa Marie Presley was here to celebrate with him. The actor expressed similar feelings to Elvis, saying that he wishes they could witness these moments. It's unusual to celebrate at such a difficult time referring to Lisa Marie Presley's recent passing away. But Austin noted that he sees it as a method of honoring her. This is meant for her. The Elvis Presley star noted that just being acknowledged feels surreal and incredible.

Ana de Armas for Blonde

Ana said that she is over the moon and thanked everyone for all the love and support, for all the messages, calls, and videos. The actress said that her heart’s never been fuller adding that what an unbelievable day, what a beautiful honor. Thank you to @theacademy for making this dream come true.

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Andrea Riseborough for To Leslie

Andrea communicated her surprise at the unforeseen ray of light. It was difficult to imagine it could happen because they hadn't been regarded for anything else. Even though they had a significant amount of backing, the possibility of it occurring seemed so far away.

Billy Nighy for Living

Brendan Fraser for The Whale

Brendan expressed his gratitude to The Academy for recognizing Hong Chau's wonderful performance and Adrien Morot's incredible makeup. The actor stated that Darren Aronofsky, Samuel D. Hunter, A24, and the exceptional cast and crew who gave him Charlie would not have received this nominee. Brendan defined the gift as unforeseen, but it has deeply changed his life. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Brendan Gleeson for The Banshees of Inisherin

What an unbelievable wake-up call, Brendan Gleeson said, wanting to add that he is extremely appreciative and expresses gratitude to be a personally and professional part of The Banshees of Inisherin. The actor expressed his appreciation to the entire fantastic cast and everyone at home, mentioning that it has been a great moment for the Irish movie business on the global stage! Brendan is looking forward to a large family outing and appreciated the Academy and director Martin McDonagh!

Brian Tyree Henry for Causeway

Brian stated that he is delighted to have been nominated!!!! And in such great company, he expresses gratitude. "Thank you for hugging him and not freaking out!" the actor said to the stranger in the elevator who'd seen him scream at the news.

Barry Keoghan for The Banshees of Inisherin

Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin

Colin Farrell said that he is just so grateful to the Academy for all the love it’s shared with the Banshees cast and crew. He added that he is beyond honored to be lumped together with his fellow nominees and concluded that he just wants to send in his heartfelt congratulations to all the lads!

Hong Chau for The Whale

Hong Chau expressed her delight at the news, saying that being a part of this film was an unforgettable experience and that she shares the nomination with the creative and talented people with whom she collaborated on the project. The actress expressed her gratitude to Brendan, his co-star and dear friend, as well as their incredible hair and makeup team, for their nominees this morning. She mentioned towards the end that she wanted to thank the Academy for this honor, and a special thanks to Darren, A24, and The Whale's entire cast and crew.

Jamie Lee Curtis for Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

Jamie Lee Curtis stated that it was never even in her wildest dreams since she has always felt like an outsider's perspective in and has been appreciative of any possibilities she has had. Being a part of this wonderful movie, which has finally acquired numerous accolades for the skilled, diverse crew of artists, is the pinnacle of her professional life. Jamie goes on to say that because this is a film about an immigrant family and their struggles in life, she is reminded of her parents, who are the children of immigrants from Hungary and Denmark, for whom the families came here now and made the greatest sacrifice for their kids to achieve their goals.The actress said she can only imagine how they and their parents would feel if their daughter/granddaughter was nominated for an Oscar this morning. Jamie Lee Curtis concluded by stating that she is dumbfounded, awestruck, and thrilled for their small film, which could have and did, and, predicated on today's nominations, keeps going to do, do, and do.

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Ke Huy Quan is Vietnamese for Everything, Everywhere At Once

Ke Huy Quan stated that he is overjoyed as he has always thoroughly enjoyed the Oscars. Every year, Ke stated that he'd imagine what it might be like to be in that room, recognizing that the dream only did exist in his mind. The actor stated that it's a true honor for his dreams to be starting to happen and he feels overjoyed.

Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin

Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All At Once

The actress demonstrated her joy and said that everybody who worked on the film started pouring their hearts and souls into it, and we are all so appreciative to the Academy for acknowledging so many from the EEAAO family. Michelle stated that playing Evelyn Wang had been one of the highest honors of her 40-year career. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime great chance and went on to thank Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for meeting her and giving her this chance, and said she will remember it forever.

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Paul Mescal for Aftersun 

Paul said that it is truly a special moment for everyone involved in making Aftersun adding that to be recognized by the Academy is such an insane honor, and he is so utterly grateful. Paul added that he wants to dedicate this nomination to his two friends Charlotte and Frankie, who he loves dearly concluding that this is bananas; thank you!

Stephanie Hsu for Everything, Everywhere, All At Once

Stephanie stated that she adores their film and admires everyone who has poured their hearts into the project. The actress continued that they're the scrappy tiny ones in the corner who are placed together and this big, insane thing, and she believes everyone is vouching for them. As a result, she is ecstatic.

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