Reactions to Academy Awards nominations

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Reactions to nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards:

“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.” _ Geoffrey Rush, best supporting actor nominee for “The King’s Speech.”

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“I think that what resonated is that it’s not a timely story, I think what resonated is that it is a timeless story, one with themes as old as storytelling itself: of friendship and loyalty, of betrayal, power, class, jealousy. These are things that Aeschylus would have written about or Shakespeare would have written about. And it’s just lucky for me that neither of those guys were available so I got to write about it.” _ Aaron Sorkin, nominated for best adapted screenplay for “The Social Network.”

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“I’m just hoping that maybe I can get into a party now. I doubt I will be able to though. Us producers, no one recognizes us.” _ Dana Brunetti, one of the producers of “The Social Network.”

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“Well, you just sort of sit there a little stunned at first, and slowly the realization creeps over you and it’s oh my goodness gracious. This is something I hardly dared dream about over the years and yet it seems to be coming true. I hope the alarm clock doesn’t ring and wake me up.” _ David Seidler, nominated for best original screenplay for “The King’s Speech.”

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“I tried to act all cool and sleep through it and my dreams woke me up four times, and finally I just accepted the fact that I really cared and I got up and I watched it online.” _ Stuart Blumberg, nominated for best original screenplay for “The Kids Are All Right.”

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“It’s always very nice, a nice thing. It always does make me feel better but only for a few hours.” _ Randy Newman, who has been nominated for more than a dozen Oscars, this year for the song “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3.”

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“Ten seems like an awful lot. We don’t want to take anyone else’s.” _ Joel and Ethan Coen, reacting to the 10 Oscar nominations for their film, “True Grit.”

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