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In quotes: 2007 Oscar nominees
Dreamgirls
Musical drama Dreamgirls received eight nominations

The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards have been announced in Los Angeles.

Here is what some of the key nominees had to say about their selection.


It is one of the hardest roles to play, not just a living person but one who is part of our everyday lives in Britain. I hope that my performance has conveyed a sense of Elizabeth the woman as well as the Queen.
Dame Helen Mirren, best actress nominee for The Queen.

I'm in frighteningly good company. It is very nice of The Queen to allow me in for a minute.
Dame Judi Dench, best actress nominee for Notes On A Scandal.

Without a doubt, receiving this nomination will stand out as one of the highlights of my career.
Eddie Murphy, supporting actor nominee for Dreamgirls.

I'm amazed and thrilled and flattered. This is a tremendous honour for the film but panic sets in now because you think: 'Oh, my God. This is where the chaos is about to start'.
Stephen Frears, best director nominee for The Queen.

I am going to be screaming and whooping all day long. I really thought I wasn't going to get a nomination. I am really going to try to enjoy this moment. I'm speechless.
Kate Winslet, best actress nominee for Little Children

They said my name and it's like for a few seconds everything stopped. I was a little bit overwhelmed and confused. I wasn't sure what was going on.
Penelope Cruz, best actress nominee for Volver

I couldn't be happier, I couldn't be happier - this is a movie I am very, very proud of.
Leonardo DiCaprio, best actor nominee for Blood Diamond

I think it is a celebration of the world cinematic community, and not only Mexican film-making - though there are eight Mexicans nominated and Babel has six nominations. That I am the first Mexican director nominated fills me with pride.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best director nominee for Babel

The film has brought awareness of the climate crisis to people in the United States and all over the world. I am so grateful to the entire team and pleased that the Academy has recognised their work. This film proves that movies really can make a difference.
Al Gore, whose An Inconvenient Truth is shortlisted for best longform documentary

It's obviously very thrilling, not just on a personal level but on a professional level. What's really wonderful about it is to be part of a film that dealt with these difficult events, and that cinema that deals with the contentious and difficult can have its place at the Oscar nominations.
Paul Greengrass, best director nominee for United 93

I think the Academy responded to the movie on an emotional level.
Jon Kilik, a producer of best picture nominee Babel.

We knew that we had something good when the Ugandans that were on the crew were all saying it felt like Idi Amin was speaking and I think that's part of the reason that we approached Forest Whitaker for the role. You know, he learnt Swahili, he was in character the whole time. But he was quite tough to be with some of the time.
Andrea Calderwood, producer of The Last King Of Scotland - which earned Forest Whitaker a best actor nomination.

If each one of them got nominated on their own, that would be great, but the fact that they all did - that's just too much for one little girl this early in the morning
Shortlist presenter Salma Hayek on a raft of nominations for Hispanic actors and Spanish-language films.

I was obviously rooting for the film and to be included in that is very exciting.
Stephen Mirrione, editing nominee for Babel.

You know, if there are prestigious awards given to the film it increases the chances it will be seen by people. And so I guess that's not a bad thing.
James Longley, director of best documentary nominee Iraq In Fragments.

Any time someone says you have an opportunity to work with Martin Scorsese you jump at the chance.
Mark Wahlberg, supporting actor nominee for The Departed.

I am now going out to buy a new dress.
Susanne Bier, director of After The Wedding, nominated for best foreign language picture.




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