Oscar Nominations: Mel Gibson, Ava DuVernay and ‘Moonlight’ team respond

The most one can ask for in this work is to have a presence in projects that entertain and yet still hold a space to educate, inform and uplift. And for that, I am truly grateful. I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to contribute in some small way to both ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures.’ I’d also like to congratulate my friends, colleagues and cast mates who have been acknowledged through the nominations of both of these films. ‑Barry Jenkins, Director“I’d like to thank the Academy for this humbling recognition.
I would like to sincerely thank our French producer Saïd Ben Saïd. I am also so grateful to Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and the great, great team from Sony Pictures Classics who supported the film and my work with such confidence from the beginning. Thank you, thank you, thank you…” The Oscar nominee reactions continue from “Moonlight’s” stars and director Barry Jenkins, Michelle Williams, Ava DuVernay, Dev Patel, Mel Gibson, who picked up a best director nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge.” “I am infinitely grateful to the Academy, it is a tremendous joy and honor for me.This film means so much to me and, with this nomination, (director) Paul Verhoeven is also rewarded.

Congratulations to my fellow nominees. I’m in Amsterdam at the moment, sharing Chiron’s story a continent away with people of a different culture. ‑Dev Patel, star of Lion: “Thank you so much to the Academy for this recognition. It is truly an honor to be included among such amazing women in this category.”‑Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea“It takes a village and this morning I was moved beyond words by the love that was shown by the Academy to so many of the wonderful people in our ‘Moonlight’ village. I am thrilled to share this nomination with Kenny, Casey, Lucas and the rest of the cast, producers and crew. Making this film was incredibly rewarding and none of it would have been possible without the guidance from our fearless leader, Kenneth Lonergan. That’s what the spirit of these nominations signals to me: an affirmation that film has the power to erode barriers and reveal what makes us all human.

Without his love, commitment and vision this ‘Lion’ wouldn’t have been able to roar. ‑Isabelle Huppert, Elle “Ok, so I just received a call to say that I’ve been nominated for an Academy Award… ‘Lion’ reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the color of your skin, not by race, gender, sexuality, social status, or origin. To that extent I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Iain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team. What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I’m in India right now. This will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.” It is a message I am proud to be spreading during these uncertain times. Faces of the ones I love. “This film would be nothing without Garth Davis. To be totally honest, the news hasn’t made it’s way into my brain yet, but I’m looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me… This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo’s journey was born. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.