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Reactions to nominations for 85th Academy Awards

- Associated Press - Thursday, January 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Reactions to nominations announced Thursday for the 85th annual Academy Awards:

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"I'm completely freaking out." _ First-time filmmaker Behn Zeitlin, nominated for directing and co-writing best picture contender "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

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"I got an email from a lot of people saying `Wow' and `Yippee' and I had no idea what the hell they were talking about. Nobody bothered to tell me I'd gotten the nomination. They were just sending one word superlatives." _ Alan Arkin on learning about his supporting actor nomination via text messages.

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"I've already had two mimosas today." _ Anne Hathaway on her early-morning celebration for her supporting-actress nod in "Les Miserables."

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"This is our first day of filming. It's not a bad way to start." _ Best actor nominee Hugh Jackman, who is in Atlanta shooting "Prisoners."

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"Oh my god I feel like Meryl Streep!! Thank you x." _ Adele, nominated for original song for the "Skyfall" theme, on Twitter.

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"It was totally unforeseen. No European producer, no European director can seriously hope to get five nominations in the competition of the Oscar. It's totally exceptional." _ "Amour" producer Margaret Menegoz.

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"I've got pants on, so it must be real." _ Musician Mychael Danna wrapping his mind around his two Oscar nominations for original song and score for "Life of Pi."

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"The kilt is wool. Hot or cold I'm very comfortable." _ "Brave" co-director and co-writer Mark Andrews, on his plans to wear a kilt to the Oscars.

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"My youngest son is here with me because he's going to take me to these events so it looks like I have a date, you know what I mean... He's happy to join me on a lot of these things so it's not Sally plus none." _ Supporting actress nominee Sally Field on her date for the show.

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"I would like to change the fashion protocol. Since these shows are in January and February, I wish it was a contest for who had the best cashmere sweater and warm boots. I'm not getting any traction on that." _ Helen Hunt, nominated for supporting actress for "The Sessions," on her red-carpet approach.

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"It feels like the first time all over again." _ Oscar winner Steven Spielberg on the 12 nominations for "Lincoln."

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"It's great when it's mixed up and it's not just always the same people from every awards ceremony categorically over and over again." _ Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts on how the 2012 Oscars feature some surprise nominees.

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AP Entertainment Writers Anthony McCartney and Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.

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