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Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin share their joy on Academy Award nominations

Hathaway, Cruz, Boyle, Jenkins also comment on their Oscar invites

Angelina Jolie scored her second Oscar nomination for "Changeling." She won for "Girl, Interrupted" in 2000.
Angelina Jolie scored her second Oscar nomination for "Changeling." She won for "Girl, Interrupted" in 2000.
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Reactions to nominations for this year's 81st Academy Awards:

"I'm ecstatic! Thank you to the Academy from the cast and crew here in Mumbai where the film was made and where it's being premiered tonight. It feels like you've given us a billion nominations!" — "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle.

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"Working with Clint Eastwood was a reward in itself that will last me a lifetime. To receive a nomination from the Academy on top of that is a privilege beyond any expectation. It has been an exceptional year for acting, and I am honored to be in the company of these talented actors whose performances all deserve this recognition." — Angelina Jolie, best-actress nominee for "Changeling."

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"I was with one of my girlfriends in L.A. They woke me up. I didn't know if it was a good thing to wake up or not. We watched it on TV. It's a little bit strange to be watching live because you never know what's going to happen — even if everybody tells you that you will get it. I always prepare myself for the worst. I was very excited." Penelope Cruz, supporting-actress nominee for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

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"It's everything that you could possibly imagine it is, and not that I needed the nomination to know I was on the right path, but it certainly helps. It really does." — Viola Davis, supporting-actress nominee for "Doubt."

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"I couldn't have imagined anything like this a couple years ago. You just do your work and are happy you're able to make some money. This is very, very special, especially because of the movie. It wasn't that I read this character and said, 'I have to do this character.' It was more about the movie." — Josh Brolin, supporting-actor nominee for "Milk."

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"I was in my living room (at his home in Rhode Island) having a cup of coffee, and my son's father-in-law called me. ... He said, 'Way to go.' And I said, 'What?' He said, 'You not watch it?' I said, 'Really?' I was truly floored." — Richard Jenkins, best-actor nominee for "The Visitor."

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"I didn't know at first what awards we'd won, and when I finally found out, I thought it was pretty great. To have as many as eight is pretty good." — "Milk" director Gus Van Sant. Van Sant received a best-director nomination for the film.

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"I am overjoyed by these nominations and deeply grateful that the Academy has embraced the music of this film. 'Slumdog Millionaire' has paid magical dividends for so many people around the globe. I am deeply honored to be a part of a film that has inspired so many." — A.R. Rahman, nominee for original score and original song.

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"I'm delighted for Kate. I think she did two astonishing performances in 'Revolutionary Road' and in 'The Reader.' Whichever one the Academy went for, I think it's her year. I think it's her turn. I think that it's wonderful for her, but I do think she's done two astonishing performances." — Stephen Daldry, director of "The Reader." Winslet received a best-actress nomination for her role in that film.

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"It is such a thrill to be recognized in this category with these remarkably talented women. I was with my parents and my dog when I got the news and we were all overjoyed — although I'm not sure my dog knew what was going on. This is a great day to be an actress!" — Anne Hathaway, best-actress nominee for "Rachel Getting Married."

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"I'm extremely happy to have been nominated. And very fortunate. Playing Hanna Schmitz will always remain one of the biggest challenges I've ever been blessed with. I'm genuinely thrilled not just for myself but for the wonderful Stephen Daldry and David Hare. These nominations are a testament to their unwavering commitment to this film. And I'm also very happy for all the people in Germany whose hard work on 'The Reader' has been rewarded by these nominations. Surely Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack are smiling down on us today!" — Kate Winslet, best-actress nominee for "The Reader."

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"I was pretty much sound asleep. I had the phone on vibrate, so it was like this little earthquake woke me, and it was my publicist with the good news. I was a little bit shell-shocked." — Michael Shannon, supporting-actor nominee for "Revolutionary Road."

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"It's very thrilling and also for me kind of funny. You're a documentary filmmaker, you don't ever expect to find yourself in this kind of world. So there's something almost hilarious about it, like God is laughing at me — or perhaps with me, as well." — James Marsh, director of "Man on Wire," nominated for best documentary.

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"They make you feel like it's not a fluke. They make you feel like it's not chance that you've gotten there. Luck's always a huge part of it, but there's so much blood, sweat and tears and effort that sort of has to be in combination with the luck whenever it comes — and so you can take a little bit of solace in all the effort that you put towards stuff and feel that you've earned it a bit." — Director Andrew Stanton, on "WALL-E" receiving six nominations.

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