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Contenders React to OSCAR Nominations

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning by the show's host, Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Below, check out reactions from some of the nominees:

PARANORMAN
Best Animated Feature Film
Sam Fell and Chris Butler

"We are overjoyed that our movie has been Oscar-nominated! We made it with the unending support of brilliant producers and an amazing crew at LAIKA, a unique and cutting-edge studio. On behalf of all of them, we are so proud that the enduring craft of stop-motion has been acknowledged by the Academy -- and that the individuality of Norman himself is being celebrated."
- Sam Fell and Chris Butler, directors of the Best Animated Feature nominee ParaNorman

Anna KarenINA
Achievement in Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran

"I'm very excited! I'm also very pleased that other members of the Anna Karenina gang were nominated since this film was a collaboration."
-Jacqueline Durran

Anna KarenINA
Achievement in Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey

"The director of the film I'm currently working on just texted me. We had a $100 bet that I wouldn't get nominated, but he texted me that he's $100 richer! I'm over the moon!"
-Seamus McGarvey

Anna KarenINA
Achievement in Production Design
Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

"Realizing our director Joe Wright's bold and unique vision for Anna Karenina was a challenge, and ultimately a thrill. To have our work recognized by the AMPAS members is an honor, and a joy. We are proud to accept this nomination on behalf of what was a tremendous crew."
-Sarah Greenwood (production designer) and Katie Spencer (set decorator), nominees for Best Production Design (Anna KarenINA)

Anna KarenINA
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score) Dario Marianelli

"I am delighted to be nominated, and humbled by being in the company of composers whose work I have admired for so long. For the fourth time, director Joe Wright has inspired me and made sure that I would not miss any of the opportunities that his movie opened up for the music. I feel very grateful towards him."
- Dario Marianelli, nominee for Best Original Score (Anna KarenINA)

MOONRISE KINGDOM
Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

"I was in the car with my family when we heard the news - everyone was so excited! It's a wonderful honor to be nominated among many great films and storytellers - Wes and I are thrilled."
-Roman Coppola

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Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook
"I am blown away! I can't say thank you enough to the Academy for their support of our films. We have a tremendous group of actors and filmmakers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized." - Harvey Weinstein

Les Miserables
"This was one of the hardest films we've done. It's a genre that's challenging by its very nature - people aren't used to going to see a musical in a movie theater. Also, no one has ever done a live musical from beginning to end with no prerecorded music. We also had to make sure that in adapting Les Miserables, we didn't alienate fans, and having the original team of Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbie Kretzmer and Cameron Mackintosh, we were able to keep all the original DNA intact. Then, shooting a film with an appetite of 100 million for 60 million was an interesting challenge. I do feel sad for Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hooper, they did a stunning job all three of them and it's a shame they weren't nominated. You have to respect the vote, but it is a shame." - Working Title's Eric Fellner

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