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Oscar hopefuls are ‘thrilled’ and ‘amazed’

Nominations ‘beyond my wildest dreams ever,’ says ‘Capote’ producer
/ Source: news services

“Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee said he’s “amazed” at the movie’s reception after it snared eight Oscar nominations today.

Lee said people everywhere have been caught up in what he calls ”the complexity of the issue, the probability of love, the illusion of love, all those things.”

Nick Park said “it’s fantastic” to be nominated for “Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The animator says he makes the movie “for its own sake really,” since the awards are so unpredictable. He calls the nomination in the animated feature film category “a great bonus.”

The winners will be named March 5.

Other reactions from nominees:

Heath Ledger, nominated for best actor for “Brokeback Mountain.”: “We didn’t make the film for any kind of political movement. We never expected to change people’s minds. But if it does affect people’s hearts, if perceptions can get altered, that’s a good thing.”

Michelle Williams, on being nominated for best supporting actress alongside fiancé Ledger: “I’ll really enjoy it because it will never happen again.”

Terrence Howard, best actor nominee for “Hustle & Flow”: “My eyes are so covered in tears, I couldn’t see half the television. I didn’t expect to cry. I thought I would be all right.”

Paul Giamatti, best supporting actor nominee for “Cinderella Man”: “I guess I’ll go have a drink. I don’t think my year could get much better.”

Judi Dench, best actress nominee for “Mrs. Henderson Presents”: “I am so thrilled to be nominated for something I loved working on every single day. I’m in such good company.”

Matt Dillon, best supporting actor nominee for “Crash”: “I’m just really delighted that this little film with big ambitions got the recognition it deserved. The only thing I wish is that some of my fellow cast members could have been recognized too.”

Michael Ohoven, producer of best picture nominee “Capote”: “It’s just beyond my wildest dreams ever. Especially having five nominations for the picture, it’s a dream come true.”

Jeffrey Caine, nominated for adapted screenplay for “The Constant Gardener”: “I’m feeling very euphoric, I have a glass of Champagne in front of me. It is the high point of my professional life so far. I say so far because winning it would be even better, but I’ll settle for this for now.”

Kimberlee Acquaro, co-director of “God Sleeps in Rwanda,” nominated for best documentary short: “We’re sharing the news with a lot of people, including a lot of people in Rwanda. The news is incredibly meaningful because they realize that people care about what happened to them.”

Diana Ossana, nominated with Larry McMurtry for adapted screenplay for “Brokeback Mountain”: “I’m not certain that there’s ever been a film that has a gay romance that’s been embraced this way. But on the other hand the film is about a lot more than that. I’ve said this before, but it’s sort of like saying ’Lonesome Dove’ is just a story about a cattle drive.”