Sandra Bullock was pleasantly surprised that “The Blind Side” got a best picture nomination. The rest of us were just surprised.
The Hollywood Reporter got some quotes from some of this years nominees. You can see the complete group here, but let’s see a little bit of what they had to say after their big moment.
“Precious” director Lee Daniels had some of the best reactions.
“I am stoked,” said best director nominee Lee Daniels. “I haven’t moved. I’m in bed feeling like a stuffed pig, I’m just so overwhelmed with joy and so full with excitement.” The “Precious” director is looking forward to extending the camaraderie he formed with the other directors he has been sharing panels with through awards season. “Jason Reitman texted me last night, ‘Are you going to sleep OK?’ ” Daniels said. “I’m like, ‘Yes, shut up, dude. I’m trying to sleep.’ “
He also said that the awards banquet circuit had put him on a new regime, so no big nominee celebration for him: “I can’t celebrate with food or alcohol because I’ve been on the circuit,” he said. “So my celebration is the treadmill.”
I hear you, Lee.
Sandra Bullock was surprised at her nomination (well, she couldn’t have been that surprised) and the best picture nomination for “The Blind Side” (that IS a surprise):
“I’d always assumed that the road to Oscar was planned. I thought people chose projects that were considered ‘Oscar-worthy.’ No one wanted to make this film. I didn’t want to make this film for the better part of the year,” she said. “Everyone is as blindsided — can I say that? — as I am.” But as surprised as she was, Bullock said the most moving part of the morning was hearing that her movie got a best picture nomination. “That’s what makes me emotional. John Lee Hancock spent two years of his life on something that no one else saw. And now he’s been recognized!”
Gabourey Sidibe had the kind of reaction I think we all think we’d have:
Sidibe was up with her manager watching TV, and once she heard her name, began screaming and jumping. “I called my mom, then I called my friend. And I’ve been getting texts ever since.” Sidibe was trying to keep her celebrations low-key but said, laughing, “I’m trying to con my two roommates to take me out to dinner. They’re cheap!”
You know, the screaming and jumping.
And Vera Farmiga’s one year old son apparently didn’t want her to find out about the nomination:
”He’s incredibly mischievous,” Farmiga said. “He loves electronics. He was fussing with my cell phone and the home phone and the television remote at the same time, and he kept switching the programs so we nearly missed the announcement, which just added to the drama.”
So there you go. Read more reactions here. March 7th needs to come FAST!!