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People You Knew Would Be Nominated for the 2013 Oscars Act Surprised Anyway

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The Oscar nominations were as unsurprising as we expected them to be, but the stars who garnered them still had to act surprised anyway. (Good thing they have plenty of practice making emotions happen on the spot.)

Here’s what the nominees had to say in these carefully-worded reactions.

Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman has yet to fully comprehend his emotions after being nominated for his role in the musical ‘Les Miserables,’ but still managed to respond adorably:

“I hadn’t planned to listen live to the announcements, but when I got into the car this morning to go to work, the driver had the nominations streaming as they were being broadcast. To be honest, it’s very exciting but all a bit surreal, and it hasn’t fully sunk in yet… To be an actual nominee is something I never would have dreamed possible.”

Our celeb BFF Jennifer Lawrence, who grabbed a Best Actress nomination for ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ was full of love for her work and her fellow cast members:

“I’m so honored and grateful for this nomination and to be in the company of such talented actresses. Having the fortunate opportunity to work with David O. Russell was an extraordinary gift and I am so thrilled for my fellow cast members… Who are all nothing short of amazing. This was a labor of love that we all poured our hearts into and could not be more thankful to The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein for their unyielding support of the film.”

Despite being nominated for every other award this season, Best Supporting Actress nominee Anne Hathaway still managed to feign shock over her ‘Les Miserables’ nom, telling the New York Daily News:

“The first thing I did was just breathe. I almost hyperventilated because I realized I had been holding my breath for a couple of months. I started crying and I started laughing, and then doing both at the same time. And then the calls and the texts starting coming in.”

Fellow nominee Helen Hunt (up for her work in ‘The Sessions‘) had a much more laid back reaction to the announcement, snarkily telling the Los Angeles Times nothing much changed:

“I was dead asleep and my phone rang. It was my publicist of 21 years, so it wasn’t, like, some stranger — he’s a dear friend who has rooted for me. Then I pet the dog, so the dogs got a good half an hour of tickling. My daughter kept running around saying I was ‘mom-inated.’ Then I made her oatmeal and took her to school. It wasn’t like I drove over to the Beverly Hills Hotel and had champagne.”

Best Supporting Actor nominee Robert De Niro was perhaps the most nonplussed, saying of his ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ nomination:

“I am very pleased that the Academy has chosen to honor the many individuals who were a part of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.”

Seriously, that’s it. That was all he had to say about the whole thing.

Meanwhile, director Tim Burton, who garnered a Best Animated Film nomination for the surprisingly Johnny Depp-free ‘Frankenweenie,’ said:

“Frankenweenie is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I’ve always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I’ve worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I’m so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees.”

Best Director nomination Ang Lee also thanked the academy for recognizing his work on the film ‘Life Of Pi‘:

“I am deeply honored and frankly a little overwhelmed by all of the nominations that Life of Pi has received this morning. So many talented people gave everything they had to this film, both in front of and behind the camera, and to see all of them receive this kind of recognition is something I am incredibly grateful for.”

And finally, Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, nominated for Best Original Song in his movie ‘Ted,’ quipped:

“First an Oscar nomination, then I find a basically brand-new queen mattress on my drive home. This is an incredible day.”

See more nominee reactions as they come in over at The Wrap.

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