Angela Bassett, Paul Mescal, Ke Huy Quan, and More React to Their 2023 Oscar Nominations

Written by on January 24, 2023

A new class of Oscar nominees has arrived.

After months of anticipation, this year’s Oscar nominations were officially unveiled on Jan. 24 by Oscar winner Riz Ahmed and M3GAN star and executive producer Allison Williams. The nominations come over a month ahead of the official 95th Oscars, which will be held at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12. The ceremony will be broadcast live that night on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

Following the announcement, many of this year’s esteemed nominees — including a number of first-time Oscar contenders — reacted to their nominations. Below, A.frame has rounded up all the reactions from this year’s nominees, including Paul Mescal, Hong Chau, Guillermo del Toro, John Williams, Jerry Bruckheimer, Angela Bassett, and more.

Michelle Yeoh: Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

“I am overwhelmed and overjoyed with happiness! Every single person who worked on this film poured their heart and soul into it, and we are all so grateful to the Academy for recognizing so many from our Everything Everywhere All At Once family. Playing Evelyn Wang has been one of the great privileges of my 40 year career. It is truly the role of a lifetime. Thank you to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for seeing me and for this opportunity, I will forever cherish this moment.”

Angela Bassett: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

“This morning is a little extra special in the Bassett Vance household with news of my Oscar nomination. What has drawn me to each of the women I’ve portrayed throughout my career is their strength, compassion, resilience, and power. Wakanda Forever‘s Queen Ramonda is a character that touched my spirit because she is a mother and a leader who must care for her grieving nation as much as she cares for her family in mourning. Ramonda is a love letter that reflects and acknowledges what we women do everyday. There was so much to unpack as an actress because it’s brilliant storytelling, alongside a wealth of talent in front of and behind the camera.

I’m thankful to the Academy for including me amongst a wonderful group of actresses. Congratulations to my fellow Wakanda Forever nominees – Ryan Coogler, Ruth E. Carter, Camille Friend, Joel Harlow, Rihanna, Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White and Dan Sudick. I look forward to March 12 as we cheer for and celebrate with one another.”

Hong Chau: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for ‘The Whale’

“l am overjoyed by this morning’s news. Being a part of this film was an unforgettable experience, and I share this nomination with the creative and talented people alongside whom I worked on this project. And a big congrats to Brendan, my co-star and dear friend, as well as our amazing hair and makeup team on their nominations this morning. Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition and a special thank you to Darren, A24, and the entire cast and crew of The Whale.”

Jamie Lee Curtis: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

“It was never even in my wildest dream box. I have always felt very much like an outsider looking in and yet always so grateful for any and all opportunities I have had. Being a part of this beautiful movie, which just received so many acknowledgments for our talented, motley crew of artists, is the highlight of my professional life. As this is a movie about a family of immigrants and their struggles through life, immediately I’m thinking of my parents, children of immigrants from Hungary and Denmark, whose families came here and sacrificed for their children to achieve their dreams. I can only imagine what it would feel like for them and their parents to hear that their daughter/granddaughter was nominated this morning for an Oscar. I am stunned and humbled and excited for our little movie that could and did and based on today’s nominations, continues to do and do and do.”

Colin Farrell: Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

“Just so grateful to the Academy for all the love it’s shared with the Banshees cast and crew. Also, beyond honored to be lumped together with my fellow nominees. A heartfelt congratulations to all the lads!”

Brendan Fraser: Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘The Whale’

“I’m absolutely overjoyed and deeply grateful to The Academy for this recognition and for recognizing Hong Chau’s beautiful performance and Adrien Morot’s incredible makeup. I wouldn’t have this nomination without Darren Aronofsky, Samuel D. Hunter, A24 and the extraordinary cast and crew who gave me the gift of Charlie. A gift I certainly didn’t see coming, but it’s one that has profoundly changed my life. THANK YOU!”

Paul Mescal: Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘Aftersun’

“This is truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun. To be recognized by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful. I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends Charlotte [Wells] and Frankie [Corio] who I love dearly! This is bananas, thank you!”

Bill Nighy: Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘Living’

“Everyone associated with Living is honoured by the Academy’s nomination and grateful for the spotlight it throws upon the film. We hope it will encourage people to see it. I was surrounded by assassins and this belongs to them all.”

Brendan Gleeson: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

“What an amazing wake-up call! I’m so proud and grateful to be part of The Banshees of Inisherin on a personal and professional level. I’m absolutely thrilled for the whole brilliant cast and everyone at home. What a day for the Irish film industry on a world stage! Feels like a huge family outing on the cards! Thank you Academy. Thank you Martin! Thank you all!”

Brian Tyree Henry: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in ‘Causeway’

“AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!️️️ I am beyond honored to be nominated!!!!! And in such amazing company!!! I’m so grateful. And to the random man in the elevator who saw me scream at the news, thank you for hugging me and not freaking out!!!!!!”

Judd Hirsch: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘The Fabelmans’

“In truth, I am surprised, humbled and thankful to be deserving of such an honor. And Steven Spielberg….what can I say.”

Barry Keoghan: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

“That one’s for you, Brando. Daddy loves you.” (via Instagram Stories)

Ke Huy Quan: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’

“I cannot even begin to describe how incredible this feeling is to be recognized as an Oscar nominee! Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine this moment. It still doesn’t feel real! Thank you so much to The Academy for this wonderful honor and for believing in our little movie. The outpouring of love and the warm welcome back is something I will cherish forever. To my fellow nominees – I am floored by your work, and I feel very lucky to be standing alongside you today. To my Everything Everywhere All At Once family, CONGRATULATIONS! I love you!!!”

Edward Berger: Best Picture, International Feature Film, and Adapted Screenplay for ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

“When I asked my daughter if I should make All Quiet On The Western Front she said I should, so… here we are. Making a film is alchemy and if the right people and circumstances come together, if you are lucky enough, then somehow, miraculously, audiences connect to the experience. Thank you to everyone who has watched the film. Thank you to the Academy for this recognition. And thank you to my happy band of incredible collaborators. We are so very humbled by these nominations.”

Malte Grunert: Best Picture and Best International Feature Film for ‘All Quiet on The Western Front’

“Thank you to the Academy for this incredible honor. All Quiet on The Western Front has a history with the Academy. The first film adaptation was produced in Hollywood in 1929, at a time when this film already couldn’t have been made in Germany anymore and Hollywood was beginning to become a refuge for so many artists fleeing Europe. The film went on to receive two Academy Awards. To be connected to this history with our film, the first German-language adaptation of [Erich Maria] Remarque’s literary masterpiece, makes us incredibly proud. Thank you very much.”

Martin McDonagh: Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

“So stunned and thrilled about the 9 Oscar nominations for The Banshees of Inisherin! Especially happy that my good friends Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan were nominated in the acting categories, all as first time nominees, and that our wonderful score and editing, by Carter Burwell and Mikkel Nielsen, were recognised too. Massive thanks to the Academy. I think we’re going to have a fun night!”

Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss: Best Picture for ‘Elvis’

“We couldn’t be more honored by the Academy’s recognition of Elvis with eight nominations. For many of us, bringing Elvis to the screen has been a more than 10-year journey, and we couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved. A huge congratulations to Austin Butler, who devoted more than three years to the role of Elvis and whose performance transcended our expectations every day. We celebrate our incomparable crafts teams, from production and costume design to hair and makeup, editing, sound and the historic inclusion of cinematographer Mandy Walker — only the third woman ever to be nominated for cinematography. Today’s incredible acknowledgements reaffirm for us all what a privilege it has been to contribute to Elvis Presley’s enduring legacy.”

Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Tony Kushner: Best Picture for ‘The Fabelmans’

“We as filmmakers focused on the joys, challenges and complexities of one family, and it’s so rewarding to be recognized not only by the Academy, but by those who have told us they see their own experiences reflected back in The Fabelmans. We became a family working on this story about family, and with one voice we want to say – on behalf of our entire cast and crew – how grateful we are for the recognition this morning.”

Jerry Bruckheimer: Best Picture for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

“On behalf of Tom [Cruise], all the filmmakers, cast, Paramount and everyone who worked on Top Gun: Maverick, we are so honored by this recognition from the Academy. This being my first-ever Oscar nomination makes it that much more special. Congratulations to all the nominees. We look forward to celebrating with you.”

Ruben Östlund: Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for ‘Triangle of Sadness’

“Ahoy! My gratitude goes out to the Academy this evening. Free Botox for everyone!! Maybe now I’ll lose the ‘Swedish director freaks out title.’ It is the perfect dramaturgy! The ‘triangle of sadness’ refers to the space just below one’s forehead, between their eyebrows, that is often considered the first thing to go as we age. In Sweden, we call it, ‘the trouble wrinkle’ and its emergence suggests that the owner has lived a life filled with struggle. This production was not that… As a director, one of the things I value most is the communal experience we all share when watching something together on the big screen. This film, perhaps more so than any of my previous work, is truly made for cinemas. It is loud, unapologetically in your face and meant to elicit strong reactions. I am so lucky to do what I get to do while working with an all-star ensemble cast of actors and the production team who were all crazy enough to go on this wild ride with me.”

Steven Spielberg: Best Director for ‘The Fabelmans’

“Making The Fabelmans was a once-in-my-lifetime experience, and it wouldn’t have happened without the love, encouragement and support of my family of collaborators, as well as my real family, particularly my wife Kate and my sisters – Anne, Sue and Nancy. To be nominated by the Academy is always an incredible honor – but for this film even more so because of its deeply personal roots, and the only thing missing from my leaping heart is not being able to have my parents in the room for how much they’d be freaking out right now.”

Guillermo del Toro: Best Animated Feature Film for ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’

“We are so grateful to the Academy and honored that the medium of animation is accepted for the art form that it truly is. We made this film to reaffirm what it means to be human and to share a fable about life, love and loss. We thank all of our collaborators, our amazing cast and dedicated family of crew & animators who have painstakingly given their all throughout the many years it took to bring our Pinocchio to life.”

Dean Fleischer Camp: Best Animated Feature Film for ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’

“I am deeply flattered and beside myself, and holy sh*t, just a pile on the floor. Thank you to the Academy for championing new voices and recognizing all our hard work over the last decade. This film is all about family and community, and this honor belongs most of all to the one that helped me make this film.”

Joel Crawford: Best Animated Feature Film for ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is about appreciating your life and the people you choose to spend it with. To have our film nominated for an Oscar is a testament to the work of an enormously talented and passionate family of cast and crew that never stopped striving to tell the most heartfelt, poignant story possible and I truly appreciate each and every one of them. Thank you so much to the members of the Academy for recognizing our work. To be in the company alongside filmmakers that I hold in such high regard is truly humbling and a moment I’ll treasure.”

Mark Swift: Best Animated Feature Film for ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

“What a truly amazing honor for our cast and crew. It’s been over a decade since our fearless hero graced the big screen and over 400 dedicated people worked tirelessly with great care to make sure we got his story just right. I’ve been lucky to work on animated movies for over 30 years and this film is incredibly special to me. It has been wonderful to see how it has connected with audiences in such a meaningful way. I’m so proud of the team that brought this to the big screen and on behalf of them my heartfelt thanks to the Academy for nominating our film.”

Chris Williams: Best Animated Feature for ‘The Sea Beast’

“I’m especially grateful that The Sea Beast was nominated, given that it was an incredible year for animation. There were so many great films that were nominated and many more that easily could have been. Our intrepid crew poured their hearts into this film and gave it everything they had. They deserve this recognition, and I’m so proud of them.”

Sara Dosa: Best Documentary Feature for ‘Fire of Love’

“This nomination is a life changing occurrence – a profound honor for which me and my entire team share boundless gratitude. We worked tirelessly to create a piece of cinema that weaves together Katia and Maurice’s story from the myriad materials and memories that they left behind. I am deeply indebted to my extraordinary collaborators, National Geographic Documentary Films and most notably, Katia and Maurice Krafft who taught us that the understanding that comes forth from deep inquiry and exploration can be another form of love.”

Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy: Best Documentary Short Film for ‘The Martha Mitchell Effect’

“We are so honored to be nominated for Best Documentary Short. 50 years later, Martha’s story couldn’t be more relevant today. This is for her and all the women who have been silenced when speaking truth to power.”

Kartiki Gonsalves: Best Documentary Short Film for ‘The Elephant Whisperers’

“It’s such an honor to have an Indian Indigenous documentary from the heart of South India acknowledged across the world. Thank you, members of the Academy for nominating The Elephant Whisperers. I am very thankful to the wonderful team at Netflix for believing in the power of this truly unique family story which showcases the lovely sacred bond between man and animal. The Elephant Whisperers is a hopeful story of respect for and cooperation with nature in an era rife with conflict and denial of the threats to our beautiful planet. We hope this film helps create more awareness, empathy, and connection to elephants and other living beings that we share our spaces with.

It took five years to make my debut documentary The Elephant Whisperers, a long personal journey from the place I call home, that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Kattunayakan Community, who opened their hearts and trusted us with their unique experiences and a pathway ahead. On behalf of Bomman, Bellie and our beautiful elephant friends Raghu and Ammu, we are thrilled to receive this great honor!”

Alice Rohrwacher: Best Live Action Short Film for ‘Le Pupille’

“It’s an incredible honor for this little film about disobedient school girls to be nominated in the Live Action Short category. From the wonderful Alfonso Cuarón first approaching me with the idea of making a short film about Christmas, to the exquisite writings of the star Elsa Morante that inspired Le Pupille, and the great Goffredo Fofi who pushed me to read this story about scandals, rebellion and a disproportionate cake. I want to thank the brilliant cast and crew who worked through the pandemic to bring our film to life, Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi who have illuminated this story and the beautiful and rowdy girls who participated. Making this big-little short and partnering with Disney to get it out in the world has been a magical journey. We’re so grateful to have been recognized among so many beautiful films from all over the world.”

Alfonso Cuarón: Best Live Action Short Film for ‘Le Pupille’

“It was an honor to collaborate on Le Pupille with Alice Rohrwacher, who I believe is one of the most important filmmakers right now. I am thrilled that her very specific and beautiful cinematic voice has been recognized by the Academy.”

Lukas Dhont: Best International Feature Film for ‘Close’

“13-year-old me, camera in hand, is jumping up and down screaming in his bedroom! For a long time I thought of cinema as a possibility to escape reality, a place to completely disappear. But fellow Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman showed me it could also become a space to confront the expectations, codes and roles assigned to me as a teenager. I couldn’t be more grateful that this piece about that fragile age is celebrated to this extent. I am grateful to the Academy, A24 and everyone who was with us on the journey of making Close.”

Santiago Mitre: Best International Feature Film for ‘Argentina, 1985’

“I am overwhelmed by emotion this morning and so grateful to be recognized by the Academy along with these other amazing filmmakers. It was a great honor for me to tell this story, which is not only deeply personal for Argentinians, but also urgent for countless people across the world. The future of democracy is in our hands.”

Darius Khondji: Best Cinematography for ‘Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’

“I want to send thanks and share this moment with our amazing director, our great crew on Bardo and the fascinating Mexico City that inspired us. Thank you to my fellow cinematographers and The Academy for having nominated our film for Best Cinematography.”

Roger Deakins: Best Cinematography for ‘Empire of Light’

“I’m happy to be nominated because it reflects the exceptional work of everyone on the film. The end result was definitely a group effort.”

Mandy Walker: Best Cinematography for ‘Elvis’

“Having the opportunity to make a film with such a visionary as Baz Luhrmann is an honor in itself, and to be recognized for my work by the Academy and my peers with this nomination is absolutely amazing. Taking the audience on the epic journey of Elvis’ life was a fantastic feat that wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing creative team, incredible cast, and the support from beginning to end by Warner Bros. and our fabulous producers. I am so proud of our movie and all of the hard work that went into making it the spectacle that it is. Thank you!”

Ruth E. Carter: Best Costume Design for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

“I’m proud to be amongst this incredible group of nominees, especially my fellow Wakanda Forever colleagues. I feel very honored that my peers recognized the heart and soul put into the texture of storytelling.”

Jenny Beavan: Best Costume Design for ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’

“I am completely thrilled with the Oscar nomination for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris — not just for me and my Team Harris Costume, but also for the recognition of our film! Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris seems to me exactly what we all need at the moment — a heart-warming feisty film about achieving your dreams!! Go Mrs. Harris!!”

Volker Bertelmann: Best Original Score for ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

“I am excited and honored to be nominated for an Oscar. To be part of such a well-crafted and meaningful film means a lot to me. The collaboration with director Edward Berger was always based on being experimental and with a lot of freedom. I am very thankful for that. Congrats to Edward, producer Malte Grunert and the entire team on all their nominations.”

John Williams: Best Original Score for ‘The Fabelmans’

“I’m very grateful to the Academy for their kind recognition, and I’m enormously grateful to Steven Spielberg for offering me the opportunity to compose the score for this very special and personal film.”

Ludwig Göransson: Best Original Song for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

“I feel deep gratitude to have collaborated with Rihanna, Tems and Ryan Coogler on a song as profoundly personal as ‘Lift Me Up.’  For it to be recognized by the Academy is a huge honor. ‘Lift Me Up’ is a song that holds great meaning to us as it was written as a tribute to the extraordinary life and legacy of our friend, the late Chadwick Boseman, and his influence on this film. It felt cathartic and healing to write this song. We could not be more proud of this musical tribute and the unique collaboration that brought it to life.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Living’

“So honored to be nominated alongside people of such lavish talent! For a life-long movie fan like me, this news has been just as thrilling as the time I heard I’d won the Nobel Prize!”

Rian Johnson: Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

“I’m incredibly grateful to my fellow writers in the Academy, and so proud to be included in such a stellar group of nominees.”

Frank Kruse: Best Sound for ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

“I could be wrong but I think this is the first time ever since Das Boot that a German film has been nominated for Best Sound and since that film was a big inspiration for one of the scenes in All Quiet on the Western Front, we are more than honoured and speechless about our nomination and another 8 nominations for this incredible team. There were a lot of explosions in our film but today our heads exploded hearing about our Oscar nomination! Thank you AMPAS!”

Frank Petzold: Best Visual Effects for ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

“The VFX team is so incredibly honored and happy to see our work nominated today! With 9 nominations it really shows that the whole team under Edward’s direction crafted an amazing picture and the feedback is stunning.”

Christian Goldbeck: Best Production Design for ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

“I am humbled by this wonderful nomination. My thanks goes to my amazing team and the other heads of department. This was truly a team effort.”


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