The 91st Academy Awards nominations were just announced yesterday and we’re all jumping with joy!

The nominees were announced Tuesday morning by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross and many of our favorite films within the past year were nominated including Black Panther, A Star is Born, and Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA. ROMA leads the pack this year with 10 total nominations this year!

Check out the complete list of nominees here!

Many actors reacted to their nominations right after their names were read out to share their disbelief and excitement. Check out some of the nominee responses below!

Barry Jenkins’ film, If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score categories and in addition to that, Regina King was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Jenkins also shared his excitement for fellow nominee Spike Lee whose film, BlacKkKlansman was nominated in six categories this year.

In an official statement, Jenkins said, “It’s such an honor to be in the company of peers and legends I admire,” he said. “And even more, it fills my heart to have James Baldwin’s name and work associated with the Academy I’m proud to be a member of. On behalf of the Beale Street family, my endless thanks to the Academy for once again acknowledging me, my friends and James Baldwin.”

Regina King had this to say about her nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the film.

“Wow, wow, wow. The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast and crew with all the work we put into this amazing, yet still timely story. I’m grateful to Barry Jenkins for creating this beautiful role out of the great James Baldwin’s words. Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake! And thank you to The Academy!”

Black Panther was nominated in seven total categories this year including Best Picture. Lupita Nyong’o had this to say

In addition to that, her fellow castmate, Letitia Wright shared her excitement on Twitter.

Green Book‘s Mahershala Ali was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and had this to say about his nomination,

“I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work along with the extraordinary performances of my fellow nominees,” he said. “I was so fortunate to have collaborators in Viggo Mortensen and Peter Farrelly and I’d like to congratulate them on their nominations. Through Dr. Donald Shirley, I had the gift of navigating circumstances as a profound, gifted, complicated genius. A man who had experiences and a combination of qualities that I had yet to see on film. I’m tremendously grateful for the lessons I learned through both his struggles and successes. I sincerely hope Dr. Shirley’s music and his unique contribution to our culture continues to be discovered, shared and appreciated.”

ROMA‘s Yalitza Aparicio was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Cleo in the film. She congratulated director, Alfonso and the entire cast and crew, stating

“From the very first casting call to this morning, my ROMA journey has been extraordinary. As a daughter of a domestic worker and an indigenous woman myself, I am proud this movie will help those of us who feel invisible be seen. I am eternally grateful to the Academy for recognizing ROMA and am honored to be part of Alfonso’s vision. Congratulations to Alfonso, the entire cast and crew, and my dear friend Marina De Tavira. I am so humbled and honored. Thank You.”


For more reactions, click here! Information obtained from CNN & EW.


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