An Oscar nod is one of the biggest honors any artist can receive, so it’s no surprise that this year’s nominees were head over heels after learning they’ll be competing for the most prestigious award in the film industry.
The list of contenders was unveiled on January 22, and The Favourite and Roma came on top with 10 nods each.
Once again, the Oscar nominations brought many snubs and surprises, but those who made the cut were overwhelmed with joy after hearing the lucky news.
Keep scrolling to read some of their best reactions.
Rami Malek (Best Actor – Bohemian Rhapsody)
“It’s just something you never expect to happen… I think perhaps after getting the Globe, it seemed more attainable – but there’s something about hearing the words that you’re an Oscar nominated actor that are still going to be incredibly shocking. It’s a profoundly humbling moment for me.”
Regina King (Best Supporting Actress – If Beale Street Could Talk)
“Wow, wow, wow. The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast and crew with all the work we put into this amazing, yet still timely story… Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake! And thank you to The Academy!”
Bradley Cooper (Multiple Nominations – A Star Is Born)
“When I got this opportunity I knew I had to risk it all because I may never get another chance –so to be here today in a place where people who have seen the film are talking about how it makes them feel, something deep – that simple human thing – that we need each other – and the Academy to recognize that this morning – I just am so grateful.”
Emma Stone (Best Supporting Actress – The Favourite)
“Working on The Favourite alongside my brilliant friends Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and the whole cast was nothing short of incredible. I was grateful every day and am honored by this nomination. Yorgos created a palace for us all to play in. I am forever indebted to him and the whole team that brought this insane vision to life.”
Lady Gaga (Multiple Nominations – A Star Is Born)
“This film was a lot of hard work, and I wouldn’t know that hard work if I didn’t know the hard work of the lineage of my family… To be recognized as the lead actress and a musician at the same time, I can’t tell you what that means to me.”
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Best Animated Feature – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
“This is an incredible honor. We’re grateful to the Academy for recognizing the work of more than 800 artists and filmmakers who came together to tell the extraordinary story of Miles Morales in a groundbreaking way.”
Kevin Feige (Best Picture – Black Panther)
“It’s gratifying. The cultural impact the movie has had for almost a year now, all leads to this moment – the highest form of recognition from our peers… To me, the best thing a producer can do is find a person with something to say, who has a story to tell and can tell it in a way that the world responds to. That’s what Mr. Coogler has done for us.”
Yalitza Aparicio (Best Actress – Roma)
“From the very first casting call to this morning, my Roma journey has been extraordinary… I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen. I am eternally grateful to the Academy for recognizing Roma and am honored to be part of Alfonso’s vision.”
Alfonso Cuarón (Multiple Nominations – Roma)
“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing Roma across these categories. Human experience is one in the same, and it’s so gratifying that a black and white film about life in Mexico is being celebrated around the world… I share this with my cast, crew, producers, and most importantly, with my family and Mexico.”
Mark Ronson (Best Original Song – A Star Is Born)
“Such an honor to be nominated for an Oscar. And it makes it even more special to be nominated as part of this incredible film where the music is so powerful and emotional.”