Colin Firth ecstatic at Oscar nod
Colin Firth has joked that he "discovered unfamiliar vocal tones" when he found out he had been nominated for an Oscar.
The 49-year-old, who recently had a singing role in Mamma Mia!, said of his nomination for his role in A Single Man: "I thought I was managing my expectations, but on hearing the news I discovered new and unfamiliar vocal tones - perhaps I should do another musical."
Helen Mirren said of her best actress nod for The Last Station: "I'm very happy and honoured for Christopher (Plummer), myself and our film - I think Tolstoy himself would have been perplexed by all this, but Sofya, his wife, would have been over the moon, so in that spirit, I am too."
Carey Mulligan, who now lives in the US, said of her best actress nomination: "This is beyond anything I've ever dreamed of. I've definitely never felt such excitement and nausea this early in the morning!"
Sandra Bullock - the favourite for the best actress gong for her role in The Blind Side - said "no one cares about the end result or the statue," adding the awards run has been about rubbing shoulders with the actresses she's nominated alongside.
"We go, 'Why are they making us out to be fighting when we're just happy to share this moment?'" she said.
Morgan Freeman said that while he was pleased to get a best actor nod for Invictus, he was disappointed that the film did not receive a nomination for best picture: "This is my fifth nomination and I'm more proud of that than all the rest of it I think."
He went on: "We didn't get a best picture nomination? Well that's a big letdown."