Reactions to the 2023 Oscar nominations: Austin Butler, Michelle Yeoh and more

The hunt for Oscar gold is officially on.

The Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, with several notable nominees vying for the statuettes on March 12.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ leads with 11 nominations, while Irish drama ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ scored nine nods.

Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” received eight names, and Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film “The Fabelmans” garnered seven.

There were also historical moments. ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ actress Angela Bassett earned Marvel’s first Oscar nomination for her supporting role as Queen Ramonda.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ star Michelle Yeoh is the first Asian actor nominated for Best Actress.

This year’s Best Actor category includes all first-time nominees: Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy. Other first-time nominees include Ana de Armas, Andrea Riseborough, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan, Ke Huy Quan, Hong Chau, Kerry Condon, Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu.

Several stars had sweet reactions to earning a spot on the Oscar list.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert pose with stars Harry Shum Jr., Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and more after the Jan. 15 Critics Choice Awards.
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Colin Farrel

Best Actor for “The Banshees of Inisherin”

“I’m so grateful to the Academy for all the love they share with the cast and crew of ‘Banshees’. Also, beyond honored to be grouped with my fellow nominees. Heartfelt congratulations to all the guys,” he said in a statement to the Post.

Brendan Gleeson

Best Supporting Actor for “The Banshees of Inisherin”

“What an amazing awakening! I am so proud and grateful to be a part of ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ on a personal and professional level,” Gleeson said in a statement. “I am absolutely thrilled for all of the brilliant cast and for everyone at home. What a day for the Irish film industry on the world stage! Looks like a huge family outing on the cards! Thanks, Academy. Thank you Martin [McDonagh]! Thank you all!”


    Brendan Gleeson, left, and Colin Farrell in "The Banshees of Inisherin."
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell picked up nominations for their roles in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’.
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Andrea Riseborough

Best Actress for “To Leslie”

“I’m stunned,” Riseborough told Deadline. “It’s such an unexpected ray of light. It was so hard to believe this could ever happen because we really hadn’t been in contention for anything else. Even though we had a lot of support, the idea that this could happen seemed so far away.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Best Supporting Actress for “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once”

She wrote on Instagram: “THIS IS WHAT THE SURPRISE LOOKS LIKE!”

“First is the moment of hearing my name, then the thrill of my friend, Stephanie Hsu’s name, and the rest of the nominations, and then the best thing of all, a loving embrace for my husband. No filters. No fakes. Just the truth of a joyful moment,” Curtis added.

Ke Huy Quan

Best Supporting Actor for “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once”

Speaking to Today, he gushed: “I’m jumping up and down and screaming so loud!”


This image released by A24 Films shows, from left, Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a scene from “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”  (Allyson Riggs/A24 Films via AP)
Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once”.
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Paul Mescal

Best Actor for “Aftersun”

“This is truly a special moment for everyone involved in ‘Aftersun,'” Mescal said in a statement via People. “To be recognized by the Academy is an insane honor, and I am extremely grateful. I want to dedicate this nomination to my two friends, Charlotte and Frankie, whom I love very much! It’s bananas, thank you!

michelle yeo

Best Actress for “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once”

She told The Hollywood Reporter, “It took a long time. But I think it’s more than me. Right now, constantly, all the time, having Asian people come up to me and say, ‘You can do it, you do it for us.’ It’s like, ‘I get it. I understand perfectly.’ During all this time, they were not recognized, they were not heard.

She continued: “I’ve been in film for 40 years. When you have validation from your peers, it’s all like the icing on the cake…I think it’s beyond me. He represents so many people who have hoped to be seen that way, having a seat at the table, saying, ‘I have value too, I need to be seen too’.”


Gabriel LaBelle in a scene from "Les Fabelman".
Gabriel LaBelle in “The Fabelmans”, which scored seven nominations.
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Jerry Bruckheimer

Producer of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture

The filmmaker said in a statement: “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and it finally came to mind. We brought older audiences back to theaters that hadn’t been there.

“They certainly deserve [to be nominated]”, continued Bruckheimer. “To M [Cruise] wanted it to exist. He is the heartbeat of the film.

Angela Bassette

Best Supporting Actress for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

“This morning is a bit more special in the Bassett/Vance family with news of my Oscar nomination,” she told E!.

“Ramonda is a love letter that reflects and acknowledges what we women do on a daily basis. 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.

She added, “I’m grateful to the Academy for including me in such a wonderful group of actresses. Congratulations to my fellow ‘Wakanda Forever’ nominees…I look forward to March 12 as we encourage each other and celebrate with each other.


Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser portrays an overweight and depressed teacher in “The Whale”.
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Brendan Fraser

Best Actor for “The Whale”

“I am absolutely thrilled and deeply grateful to the Academy for this recognition and for acknowledging Hong Chau’s fine performance and Adrien Morot’s incredible makeup,” he noted. “I wouldn’t have this nomination without Darren Aronofsky, Samuel D. Hunter, A24 and the amazing cast and crew who gave me Charlie. my life. THANK YOU!”

Hong Chau

Best Supporting Actress for “The Whale”

“I’m thrilled with the news this morning,” Chau said. “Being part of this film was an unforgettable experience, and I share this nomination with the creative and talented people I worked alongside on this project.”

She continued, “And a big shout out to Brendan, my co-star and dear friend, and our amazing hair and makeup team for their nominations this morning. Many thanks to the Academy for this recognition and a special thank you to Darren, A24, and the entire cast and crew of “The Whale.” “


Brian Tyree Henry in "Cuseway".
Brian Tyree Henry was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Causeway” on Apple TV+.
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Guillermo del Toro

Director, screenwriter and producer of “Pinocchio”, nominated for Best Animated Feature

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

Judd Hirsch

Best Supporting Actor for “Les Fabelmans”.

“Truly, I am surprised, humbled and grateful to deserve such an honor,” he said. “And Steven Spielberg…what can I say.”


Director Baz Luhrmann poses with actors Austin Butler and Tom Hanks
Director Baz Luhrmann, center, poses with “Elvis” cast members Austin Butler, left, and Tom Hanks at the premiere of the musical biopic on May 31, 2022.
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Austin Butler

Best Actor for “Elvis”

“[This role] It was like it was this unclimbable mountain in front of me,” Butler told The Hollywood Reporter.

“There were so many pitfalls, so I was focusing on one step at a time. And really, the trick for me was just to honor the life of this man and his family,” he told the point. of sale.

He also added that he wished the late Lisa Marie Presley, who died on January 12, was still alive to celebrate with him.

“And that’s why those moments when Lisa Marie and Priscilla [Presley] I got to see the movie and then I saw them for the first time afterwards… nothing I would ever do would ever top that. And especially with Lisa Marie who is not here with us. I just wish she was here to celebrate today with us,” he said.

Brian Tyree Henry

Best Supporting Actor for “Causeway”

“I am beyond honored to be nominated!!!!! And in such great company!!! I am so grateful,” Henry said in a statement to PKBNEWS, adding that he heard the news when he was standing in an elevator “And to the random man in the elevator who saw me screaming for the news, thanks for hugging me and not freaking out!!!!!”

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