Oscar Nominees React: From Ang Lee to Tim Burton to Harvey Weinstein React

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Oscar Nominees React: From Ang Lee to Quvenzhané Wallis to Harvey Weinstein

Tim Burton is honored, the "ParaNorman" directors are in shock, and Harvey Weinstein is blown away!!!!!!!

Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the 2013 Oscar nominees Thursday morning and, in the time-honored tradition of orchestrated spontaneity, most of the nominees provide some sort of reaction.

Here's what they had to say:

Ang Lee, director of "Life of Pi" 11 nominations including Best Picture: "I am deeply honored and frankly a little overwhelmed by all of the nominations that 'Life of Pi' has received this morning. So many talented people gave everything they had to this film, both in front of and behind the camera, and to see all of them receive this kind of recognition is something I am incredibly grateful for."

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Tim Burton, director of "Frankenweenie," Best Animated Feature: "Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I've always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I've worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I'm so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees."

Michael Haneke, writer and director of "Amour," five nominations including Best Director: "I am very happy and gratified by the Oscar nominations that 'Amour' has received today, and that the voting members of the Academy have taken the film so strongly to their hearts. It is fulfilling to discover that a film has found the audience and critical acclaim that 'Amour' has garnered. I have been very fortunate on both those fronts, but it is especially rewarding to discover that a film has found favor among one's industry peers who know, in particular, the effort that goes into getting a film – any film – made."

Adele (on Twitter), "Skyfall," Best Original Song: "Oh my god I feel like Meryl Streep!! Thank you x"

Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour," Best Actress: "I am truly happy, touched, and honored to receive, today in New York, a nomination for the role of Anne in 'Amour.' It is an immense gift, at this stage of my life, to be chosen by my sisters and brothers, for what I do as an actress. I never thought, while working throughout the years in Europe and France, that one day, I would cross the Atlantic Ocean, come to the United States, and be nominated. It is quite surreal for me.  Shooting 'Amour' with Michael Haneke was a complete joy for me, as I felt an absolute trust in him and we were in complete synch. Michael is the very music of his own film."

Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company, distributor of "Silver Linings Playbook," "Django Unchained," Best Picture: "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 film makers who we had the pleasure of working with this year and I am so happy that their achievements are being recognized. "

Malik Bendjelloul, director of "Searching for Sugar Man," Best Documentary: "It is a true and surrealistic honor to realize 'Searching for Sugar Man' has been nominated for an Oscar. Being from Sweden, the Oscars were like a far-fetched fantasy you heard about growing up as a kid – something only one could dream of. The story of Rodriguez is unlike any I have ever known and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to share his incredible journey with audiences worldwide. Thank you to the Academy, to Sony Pictures Classics, and to all those whose efforts and passions made this possible."  

David Magee, writer of "Life of Pi," Best Adapted Screenplay: "I'm honored that the Academy included me in this year's nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Life of Pi.' 2012 has, to my mind, one of the strongest years for films in recent memory and I couldn't be happier to be part of this incredible list of writers and screenplays. Everyone on the creative team for 'Pi' contributed to making this screenplay possible. I owe the greatest debt to Ang Lee, not just for inviting me along on this journey, but for the creative insight that he provided into every scene and line of dialogue I wrote, and for his gentle insistence that I never settle for 'good enough.'

Roman Coppola, co-writer of "Moonrise Kingdom," Best Original Screenplay: "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."

Peter Lord, co-director of "The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Best Animated Feature: "This is amazing! We tried to do something a little different with 'The Pirates,' in terms of tone and comedy, and it's just brilliant that the Academy has responded to it in such a wonderful way."

Seamus McGarvey, "Anna Karenina," Best Cinematography: "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!"

Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, directors of "Kon-Tiki," Best Foreign Language Feature: "Being nominated means everything to us as directors-it means the world for the film! We are both in LA with our families and upon hearing the news we ran around in the corridors,hugging each other,waking up the whole hotel."

Mark Andrews, director of "Brave," Best Animated Feature: "We are incredibly honored by today's Academy Award nomination. 'Brave' has been an adventure from the beginning - starting with our research trips to Scotland, the crew embarked upon a journey that inspired us all and forever changed our fates. Thanks to the Academy from all of us here at Pixar."

Kim Nguyen, director of "War Witch," Best Foreign Language Feature: "This movie has been a truly amazing 10 year journey and we are honored to be included in such an outstanding list of filmmakers from around the World. I will always remember when Rachel Mwanza, after being the first African woman to ever win the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale, returned home to the Congolese streets of Kinshasa and was greated by passionate chants and overwhelming pride. So, in the case of 'War Witch,' these recognitions do make a difference. They bring back pride to a nation that greatly needs it. I dearly thank the Academy Members for supporting this film, it is a great privilege and an honor."

Dario Marianelli, "Anna Karenina," Best Original Score: "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."

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