Oscars 2011: Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Aaron Sorkin, Lisa Cholodenko react
"Today" landed interviews with two best actor nominees: Colin Firth and James Franco, who were both justifiably possessed of permagrins.
Nominated for best actress for her role in "Rabbit Hole," Nicole Kidman was ecstatic:
"What an extraordinary journey this film has taken me on! 'Rabbit Hole' has been a labor of love and I'm so thankful to John Cameron Mitchell, David Lindsay-Abaire and the brilliant cast. This nomination reflects all of the heart and soul that these people have put into it and I can't thank them enough."
Talking to Variety, fellow Aussie Geoffrey Rush was characteristically eloquent about his best supporting actor nomination for "The King's Speech":
"As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognized and honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King Of England happened to pop by one day," he said. "This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with audiences of all ages, which is very exciting -- to have your work honored by your industry peers is even better."
Lisa Cholodenko, writer-director of "The Kids Are All Right" (nominated in four categories) also talked to Variety and confirmed that she did in fact have working sound on her TV by the time the nominations began:
"The first thing I did before I even began watching the nominations was I woke my girlfriend up and had her fix the TV because I was seeing picture but not hearing any sounds, which can be a little bizarre at 5:30 in the morning."
Fellow "The Kids Are All Right" nominee Mark Ruffalo was, umm, surprised -- not by his best-supporting nod, but by the announcement:
"I had no idea they were announcing today. I swear! I was totally taken by surprise. I just dropped the kids off at carpool. I was about five minutes from the school with a car full of kids. With so many kids, I didn't even realize it was today. I'm glad I forgot about it. It's made it all the more -- I don't know, just sweet and poignant and unexpected, you know?"
Darren Aronofsky, nominated for directing "Black Swan" (also up for best picture) said:
"It's very insane. It's beyond all our expectations. You don't go in with expectations, especially when you are making a film that's scary and psychological and not common. I'm really happy that the Academy is recognizing this kind of movie, it's very exciting."
"The Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin was appropriately humble:
"It's a story Shakespeare (and other classic writers) could have written. Just lucky for me that none of those guys were available."
"Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich, nominated for best director reflected on the odds of a sequel snagging an Oscar nod: "When we were making this movie, we didn't even dare dream of any awards at the end of the road because we just completely figured that no awards are ever given to a movie with a '3' at the end of the title."