Reaction to Academy Awards nominations

Reaction to the nominations announced Tuesday for the 84th annual Academy Awards:

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“I was pleasantly sleeping and someone had the audacity to wake me up.” — Christopher Plummer, joking about learning about best supporting actor nomination for “Beginners.”

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“I thought it may elude me. I've always wondered what it was like. I've always peered through the curtain to the front cabin. I feel like I've been invited up. It's a great thing.” — Gary Oldman, who received his first Oscar nomination for his lead role in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

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“There was an excitement to do a film that's a bit forbidden because in 2011, nobody does a silent, black and white film: 'It doesn't fit the economy, it's not possible.' Well yes, it is possible. Apparently it's possible.” — Jean Dujardin, who received a best actor nomination for “The Artist,” which collected 10 nominations.

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“A nomination helps. I feel a lot better already.” — Demián Bichir, who went to bed with the flu and woke up as a best actor nominee for “A Better Life.”

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“I was slightly surprised, I confess. I bounced. Gently.” — Janet McTeer, who was nominated for best supporting actress for “Albert Nobbs.”

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“I know I've made pictures in the past that are tougher. So, despite my name on the picture, believe me, it's OK to come in the theater I think. Bring the kids! Bring the grandparents — it's OK. I'll be good. I'm not kidding.” — Martin Scorsese, whose film “Hugo” was nominated for 11 awards, including best film and director.

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“I don't care how sugared up they get for school.” — Brad Pitt, who learned about his best actor nomination for “Moneyball” before fixing a pancake breakfast with all the fixings for his children.

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“I don't think I've processed it. It probably won't hit me until next week. Last year at this time, I was asleep.” — Best Supporting Actress nominee Octavia Spencer, who celebrated with co-stars the night before Oscar nominations in case the film wasn't nominated. It received four nominations.

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“I wasn't nervous until people started asking me if I was nervous.” — best supporting actor nominee Jonah Hill, who couldn't' sleep the night before nominations were announced

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“It's great, especially at this age to still be in the ballgame playing. I don't want to retire, anyway. Never have. I don't know what the hell I'd do. There's not much I can do. I've been at this for 50 years.” — Nick Nolte, who was nominated for best supporting actor in “Warrior.” Just don't expect too much celebration from Nolte. “I'm 70. I'm going to go to bed.”

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“I feel very honored and special really. You can't imagine, to arrive at the Oscars when you arrive so low, and you can't go further than the Oscars.” — Berenice Bejo, who received a supporting actress nomination for her role in “The Artist.”

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“I'm so talked out. There's just so many ways to describe real happiness.” — “Footnote” director Joseph Cedar, who learned about his nomination while in Israel on a break from helping his son with his homework.

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“People of the world, no matter what language they speak, it seems like art has become the common language all over the world.” — Writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose Iranian film “A Separation” was nominated for best foreign film and original screenplay.

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“It almost feels like movie production because we seem to be working nights instead of early mornings. You think you're just going to go have a chicken dinner, but you end up talking to people until 1 a.m.” — “The Help” producer Brunson Green.

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“We've emailed. It's too damn early (to talk on the phone). There's a lot of emailing and texting going on.” — “The Descendants” producer Jim Burke on communicating with best actor nominee George Clooney and other collaborators.

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AP Entertainment Writers Anthony McCartney, Derrik J. Lang, Mark Kennedy in New York and Jamey Keaten in Paris contributed to this package.

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