Below are the reactions from Oscar nominated stars like Angelina Jolie, Viola Davis, Josh Brolin, director Gus Van Sant, A.R. Rahman and director Stephen Daldry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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