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Chanel's garden delights as Givenchy designer debuts couture

Rose scents mingled with celebrities such as Marion Cotillard, Sofia Coppola and Rita Ora at Chanel on Tuesday as showman Karl Lagerfeld recreated a verdant garden to showcase his bucolic couture designs. Elsewhere in Paris, Givenchy's new designer unveiled her highly anticipated couture debut.

Some highlights from Tuesday's spring-summer 2018 shows:

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GIVENCHY DESIGNER'S COUTURE DEBUT

A spooky, floodlit chateau in Paris' historic Marais area was the venue Clare Waight Keller chose to stage her first couture show since being appointed creative director at Givenchy last year.

Guests were led up a dimly lit stairway as discordant music played to a mysterious hall with shimmering crystal chandeliers. The edgy music and venue represented the future and the past.

The sublime couture creations harked back to the designs of house founder Count Hubert de Givenchy — but Waight Keller infused them with a fashion-forward touch.

The house's signature sharp shoulder — here, often on shoulder-draped coats — was a running style in the diverse looks that mixed hard and soft. In the more architectural moments, Waight Keller evoked the spirit of Givenchy's mentor, Cristobal Balenciaga.

Lines — rigid bodices, cinched waists and a hard V-shaped decollete — fused with delicate materials. Feathers flashed vermillion peeking from the inside of a coat and a softly tiered full skirt bled from purple to electric orange and cobalt blue.

It made for some sublime looks that remained highly feminine at all times.

Dark romance was at the heart of this accomplished display, which was possibly the best seen all season.

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CHANEL'S GARDEN COUTURE

Chanel's fragrant garden featured architectural wooden arbors, white roses and a babbling water fountain.

Inspired by the geometric curves in the furniture, Lagerfeld went back to nature — and to Chanel's couture roots — for a display of pure drama constructed with geometric detail.

The stone-colored clothes teamed with soft floral embroideries and frothy details. Models including Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber wore sweet pink, white and purple posies in black tulle hair-pieces.

The devil's in the detail and this season, Chanel was all about the sleeve.

A raglan style — one that extends in one piece fully to the collar — seemed to inspire the beautiful and surreal arm shapes that descended stiffly like a tapered tube. Shoulders were wide and dramatically curved.

Full skirts flared out like giant bells in a crisp line shared this surreal quality.

Lagerfeld is an ambitious man, and elsewhere his 69 designs also channeled the tiered fashions of the swinging 1920s.

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DIANE KRUGER ON HER GRITTY FILM ROLE

Though she was overlooked for an Oscar nomination, "Inglourious Basterds" star Diane Kruger is still buzzing from the critical acclaim surrounding her challenging role in the movie "In The Fade."

Kruger plays a steely woman whose life falls apart after her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack.

The German-born actress, who attended the Armani Prive couture show in a black tuxedo and sequined gown, said that this film "definitely" comes at a good time for feisty female roles in cinema.

"It's a very strong female role," she said.

"The protagonist was originally written for a man so it was changed for a woman, which is always great," she added.

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DIOR'S MASKED BALL

Masked revelers danced into the early hours of Tuesday at the soiree event of couture week: Christian Dior's surrealism-themed masked ball at the Rodin Museum.

Actress Monica Bellucci stepped onto the checkered chess board set in a vivid red lace Dior gown, while model Bella Hadid stunned in a revealing black tulle shoulder less dress, hugging singer Courtney Love effusively.

Guests in check face masks that sometimes impaired vision negotiated around giant 2-meter chess pieces, faceless dancing performers and hanging surrealist sculptures in the marquee venue that was also used to showcase the historic design house's spring and summer couture styles.

A wall of white arms, some fake and some real (belonging to hidden performers), handed out white roses to passers-by who snacked on white chocolate playing cards served on a green poker table cover.

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ALEXIS MABILLE'S OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOUR

The red carpet said it all: French designer Alexis Mabille turned on the glamour for a display of classic couture gowns.

The styles were firmly set to the 1950s — the years following the austerity of World War II that produced long exuberant lengths of fabric, hyper-femininity and hourglass silhouettes.

A floor-length satin gown in coral sported a giant floppy bow at the waist, while one in dark cobalt saw an abbreviated take on a fifties jacket as a bustier and was paired with full length evening gloves.

Mabille didn't forget to have fun.

A series of balloon gowns — with curved hems gathered around inside — were the strongest pieces in the show.

Each consecutive skirt sported an even bigger explosion of fabric, until the show reached a dramatic crescendo in a circular bottle green gown that spread out from the bust.

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ARMANI PRIVE'S WATERCOLOR-INSPIRED DESIGNS

Even a fashion master can have off days.

Tuesday was a mixed couture bag for Giorgio Armani, who explored the theme of watercolor in an exhaustive collection of shimmering pastel gowns that combined too many divergent ideas.

Armani's best looks kept it simple.

A minimalist satin bodice in oyster led the eye to a dramatic whoosh of silk spilling from the waist. But elsewhere, some looks — though beautifully constructed — saw a complicated silhouette and busy patterns vying for attention.

Nevertheless, it was a hit for celebrities such as Marion Cotillard and Isabelle Huppert, who applauded vigorously from the front row.

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SWAROVSKI AT HOTEL DE CRILLON

No luxury detail was overlooked at the launch of Swarovski's eyewear collection inside the revamped Hotel de Crillon, which reopened last year after a 200-million euro refurbishment.

Views of the sparkling Place de la Concorde delighted guests, including model and actress Poppy Delevingne, socialite Olivia Palermo and actress Morgane Polanski, the daughter of director Roman Polanski.

The eyewear was displayed on stands and featured opulent use of crystal in architectural designs inspired by the Atelier Swarovski jewelry collections, which were also shown off at the event.

Guests then tucked into a lavish meal that included wine from the famous vineyard Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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Thomas Adamson is at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamson_K

'This is Me' competes with Blige, Stevens, Miguel and Day

A chart-topper from "The Greatest Showman" composed by last year's Oscar winners will compete with tunes sung by Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Miguel and Sufjan Stevens for the Academy Award for best song.

Golden Globe winner "This is Me," an emotional high point when sung by cast member Keala Settle in "The Greatest Showman," is the immediate favorite. A sweeping song of affirmation with state-of-the-art pop production, it has recently been covered by Kesha. "This is Me" helped the soundtrack vault to No. 1.

If it wins, it would be the second Oscar in a row for the songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose "City of Stars" from "La La Land" is the reigning champ. Pasek and Paul also won a Tony best score for "Dear Evan Hansen."

Another emotion-laden song with a big pop production, nominee "Stand Up for Something" is sung by Day with a rap cameo by Common. From the film "Marshall" about young lawyer Thurgood Marshall, Day sings, "it all means nothing if you don't stand for something."

Common, who won the 2015 Academy Award with John Legend for the song "Glory," co-wrote "Stand Up for Something" with veteran Los Angeles songwriter Dianne Warren. She's looking to break a jinx: Warren has received eight previous Academy Award nominations without a win. It's her third straight year with an Oscar-nominated song.

Blige was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in "Mudbound," about life on a Mississippi farm post-World War II. She also sang "Mighty River" over the movie's end credits.

A pop ballad with gospel singers, "Mighty River" is a song of perseverance. Blige co-wrote it with Raphael Saadiq.

"Remember Me" appears twice in the animated film "Coco," once as a lullaby and the other in the lilting style of a Mexican corrido ballad. Miguel sings English lyrics, with Natalia LaFourcade singing verses in Spanish. Husband-and-wife songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote it: Robert Lopez said in an interview it has emotional resonance because it was sung at his mother's funeral this year.

The nomination is big news for their daughters, ages 12 and 8.

"They want to go to the Oscars and take selfies with famous people," Kristen Anderson-Lopez said from her New York home Tuesday.

A lovely, ethereal ballad with gentle guitar picking, Brooklyn-based songwriter Sufjan Stevens' "Mystery of Love" is the outlier among the nominees, at least stylistically. One of two songs Stevens wrote for "Call Me By Your Name," the song plays in the background as two young men fall in love in the film, set in Italy in the 1980s.

"Blessed be the mystery of love," Stevens sings. Upon a request from filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, this was the first time he had written material specifically for a movie.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the film featuring the Oscar-nominated song "This is Me" is "The Greatest Showman."

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Associated Press writer Sandy Cohen in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Dr. Seuss museum replaces mural some found insensitive

A Massachusetts museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss has replaced a mural that included a stereotype of a Chinese man.

The mural unveiled Tuesday includes illustrations from several of Dr. Seuss' books. The original mural in the entryway of the Springfield museum featured illustrations from the author's first children's book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," which included the stereotype that some found racist.

The original mural became the center of controversy when children's authors Mike Curato, Lisa Yee and Mo Willems said they would boycott an event at the museum because of the "jarring racial stereotype."

The decision to replace the mural drew criticism from the author's family and the city's mayor.

Dr. Seuss' real name was Theodor Geisel, and he grew up in Springfield.

'Wonder Woman' is left hanging and 8 other Oscar surprises

It is a mathematical impossibility for a group of Oscar nominations to please everyone, but this year came pretty close with meaningful love for "Get Out," ''Lady Bird" and "Phantom Thread," and the history-making nomination of "Mudbound" director of photography Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman to ever be nominated for cinematography.

Still, there were some significant surprises and even a few outright snubs:

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NO WONDER WOMAN

It was a good day for women, generally speaking, with the first ever nomination for a female cinematographer (Rachel Morrison for "Mudbound") and Greta Gerwig becoming the fifth woman in history to get a best director nomination (for "Lady Bird"), but the love stopped short of one of the most populist female-driven projects of the year: "Wonder Woman." The Patty Jenkins-directed blockbuster received zero nominations, even in a year that was surprisingly friendly to big budget hits (like "Logan" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi.")

DENZEL BREAKS THROUGH, FRANCO DOESN'T

You'd be forgiven if you weren't aware there was a Denzel Washington film out this year. Dan Gilroy's criminal court thriller "Roman J. Israel, Esq." came and went without much fanfare, to middling reviews and box office. Washington's performance as the activist lawyer was the one bright spot for many critics (although the New York Times said the film "doesn't serve" him). Still, Washington has hardly been at the forefront of the awards race this year, especially when compared with, say Tom Hanks, who wasn't nominated for playing Ben Bradlee in "The Post" (and hasn't been nominated in 17 years). Washington also perhaps took the spot from James Franco for "The Disaster Artist." This is Washington's sixth lead actor nomination (he's won twice).

NETFLIX FINDS A NARRATIVE WIN IN 'MUDBOUND'

The streaming service has gambled big in the past few years with would-be Oscar nominees, but found their first successful non-documentary contender in a film it acquired at the Sundance Film Festival — Dee Rees' American odyssey "Mudbound," about two families, one black, and one white, in the post-WWII South. "Mudbound" was nominated for best adapted screenplay, best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best original song and best cinematography. For some, it's been a question of whether the film academy had an anti-Netflix bias. Whatever the case was before, though, the times might be changing.

'PHANTOM THREAD' ECLIPSES HEAVYWEIGHTS

Paul Thomas Anderson's moody period piece is a favorite among hardcore cinephiles, but many were surprised Tuesday when Anderson was nominated for best director over both Steven Spielberg ("The Post") and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"). Anderson, an eight-time Oscar nominee (now twice for directing), didn't even get a Director's Guild or a Producer's Guild nomination for "Phantom Thread."

THE STEVE JAMES CURSE IS BROKEN

Snubs were almost becoming a way of life for documentary filmmaker Steve James who time and time again churns out excellent work to not much film Academy recognition. His "Hoop Dreams" was infamously only nominated for editing and then his sure bet, the Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself," was also passed over. This year, James finally got nominated for "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," about the family-owned community bank that was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges following the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse.

RIDLEY'S BIG BET PAYS OFF

By now, everyone knows how Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in "All the Money in the World" just six weeks before the film was set to hit theaters. That choice that was officially validated in the best possible way for the film — a supporting Oscar nomination for Plummer (his third).

DIVERSITY GETS A BOOST, BUT ONLY FOR SOME

The Oscars are not so white anymore, but one group that remains marginalized is Latino actors, who have not gotten an Oscar nomination since 2012. In fact, only three have won in the last 20 years (Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Benicio Del Toro). This year, Salma Hayek had the best shot for her role in the dark satire "Beatriz at Dinner."

'JANE' GETS CUT OUT

Three days after Brett Morgen's highly acclaimed Jane Goodall documentary "Jane" picked up the Producers Guild Award in the documentary category, the film academy left it on the cutting room floor.

THE BABY CEO MOVIE IS AN OSCAR NOMINEE

They can't take it back. A film that has a 52 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — "The Boss Baby," in which Alec Baldwin voices a pint-sized, suit-wearing CEO — has been nominated for best animated feature.

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Haddish charms with creative announcement of Oscar nominees

Tiffany Haddish got some love on Twitter for her fun-loving presentation of the Oscar nominees, including a few dance moves and a creative pronunciation or two.

Haddish, a huge hit in "Girls Trip," bantered her way through the proceedings, injecting some needed energy into the early morning affair and getting co-announcer Andy Serkis into the spirit. They both giggled their way through the announcements.

"Do you think they can install a steam shower in my house?" she said of one group of nominees. "I need one."

At another point, she quipped: "I gotta see this 'Dunkirk. Seems like a lotta people like it."

Haddish got the most attention for her work-in-progress attempts at pronouncing the name Daniel Kaluuya, a best actor nominee for "Get Out." She ended with "Kallelujah!" and then quipped: "He knows his name." One Twitter user commented that Haddish could mispronounce his name anytime.

The actress also had some thoughts about the documentary short subject category, which included titles like "Traffic Stop" and "Knife Skills": "All these titles make a woman from an urban area very uncomfortable," she quipped. "I'm just saying."

Approaching the final category — best picture — Haddish asked Serkis if he wanted to announce it. He said they both should. "What could possibly go wrong?

"You don't know me," she said, before launching into the names.

Michigan man arrested for threatening to murder CNN employees

A Michigan man was arrested for threatening to come to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and murder employees, according to a CBS46 report.

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The FBI arrested the man after he made 22 calls to CNN about a week ago. The story did not identify who he was.

He accused CNN of “fake news” and said he was going down to Georgia “right now to go (to) the CNN headquarters to … gun every single last one of you.”

President Donald Trump has frequently cited CNN as using “fake news” and bestowed the Atlanta-based news operation four “Fake News Awards” last week.

Photos: 2018 Academy Awards nominees

These are the nominees for this year’s Oscars.

Trivia about this year's Oscar nominations

Behind the headlines at the Academy Award nominations on Tuesday, there were some special achievements, including honors for Christopher Plummer and Kobe Bryant.

— At age 88, Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest acting nominee to date. He already holds the crown for the oldest acting winner, having won for his supporting role in "Beginners" in 2011 at age 82.

— Meryl Streep increased her lead as the most nominated actress in Oscar history by nabbing her 21st nomination for her work in "The Post." She has won three times.

— Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could get an Oscar to go along with his NBA championships, MVP Awards and Olympic gold medals. His animated short film, "Dear Basketball," written and narrated by Bryant, got a nomination for best animated short film.

— Look out, Walt: Composer John Williams added to his record number of nominations for writing film scores with his 46th nod. His overall total of 51 nominations (including five for original song) is the most for any living person, and second only to Walt Disney at 59.

— Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman nominated as director for helming "Lady Bird," joining Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow (2009) for "The Hurt Locker."

— Welcome back: Actors Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq."), Meryl Streep ("The Post") and Octavia Spencer ("The Shape of Water") earned back-to-back Oscar nominations. Last year, Washington earned a nod for "Fences," Streep for "Florence Foster Jenkins" and Spencer for "Hidden Figures."

Where to see Oscar best-picture nominees

"The Shape of Water": 13 nominations, including best actress and best director. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Get Out": four nominations, including best actor and best director. Where to see it: Amazon, iTunes, DVD Netflix, Redbox, Google Play, YouTube Movies, HBO Go, HBO Now.

"Call Me By Your Name": four nominations, including best actor. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Darkest Hour": six nominations, including best actor. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Dunkirk": eight nominations, including best director. Where to see it: Amazon, iTunes, DVD Netflix, Redbox, Google Play, YouTube Movies.

"Lady Bird": five nominations, including best actress and best director. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Phantom Thread": six nominations, including best actor and best director. Where to see it: in theaters.

"The Post": two nominations, including best actress. Where to see it: in theaters.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": seven nominations, including best actress. Where to see it: in theaters.

'I am truly honored': Reaction to the Oscar nominations

Reaction to the Oscar nominations announced Tuesday:

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"When I think about the women who have been writers and directors before me, and watching their work and what they've done, they're the reason I had the courage to do this. When I think about Kathryn Bigelow winning and me sitting there watching it and feeling suddenly like: It's possible. To be nominated as the fifth woman, I hope that what it does is that women of all ages look at it and they also find the spark within themselves that says: Now I have to go make my movie. That's what I want. And I want it selfishly because I want to see their stories." — "Lady Bird" director nominee Greta Gerwig, in an Associated Press interview.

"The real answer in this profession is you celebrate by working. I'm going to have an extra chicken sausage for breakfast. That will be my indulgence for the day." — "The Shape of Water" director Guillermo del Toro on how he will celebrate the film's leading 13 nominations, in an Associated Press interview.

"I woke up a few minutes after the announcements were made. I was just getting really great texts from just about everybody I've ever met. And my son, you know, my son slept through the night, so that was also huge, so it was like kind of a party at my house. Yeah, it was great. Both he and I with our greatest accomplishments to date on the same morning." — "Get Out" director nominee Jordan Peele, of his 9-month-old, in an Associated Press interview.

"Wow, what an incredible morning. I'm a bit in shock. ... I am in awe of the pedigree of the Academy. I am truly honored." — "Call Me by Your Name" best actor nominee Timothee Chalamet, in a statement.

"I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women's voices in the movement of history. Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart." — "The Post" best actress nominee Meryl Streep, via email.

"To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career, was the opportunity of a lifetime .... I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!" — "Darkest Hour" best actor nominee Gary Oldman, via email.

"It was quite unexpected but incredibly gratifying. Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned but excited by it all." — "All the Money in the World" supporting actor nominee Christopher Plummer, via email.

"To still be working and having people appreciate your work at 89, as an artist, is a very good feeling." — "Call Me by Your Name" adapted screenplay nominee James Ivory, on being the second oldest nominee, behind Agnes Varda by a week, in an Associated Press interview.

"Oh man I was in my bed and my phone is ringing and blowing up. Anytime I see my publicist's name on my phone, I know something happened. So I answered the phone and she's yelling and screaming and I'm yelling and screaming. It's just so beautiful, yelling and screaming and about to cry." — "Mudbound" supporting actress and original song nominee Mary J. Blige.

"What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination." — Basketball great Kobe Bryant, of animated short film nominee "Dear Basketball," via Twitter.

"They say those who have the power always write history. We who don't have power are now writing history, one that can't be (erased)." — Firas Fayyad, director of documentary feature nominee "Last Men in Aleppo," in an Associated Press interview.

"This is an incredible affirmation of many, many years of incredibly hard work. I'm so incredibly thrilled and honored to be recognized." — "Mudbound" adapted screenplay nominated Virgil Williams, via email.

"This nomination represents the great work of hundreds of people — from STX and our producers to Jessica Chastain and the entire cast and crew. I couldn't ask for a greater gang of people with whom to share this incredible honor." — "Molly's Game" adapted screenplay nominee Aaron Sorkin, via email.

"Films like 'The Shape of Water,' 'A Fantastic Woman,' 'Lady Bird,' and 'Call Me By Your Name' not only have complex, detailed, and moving portrayals, but prove that audiences and critics alike are hungry for stories which embrace diversity." — GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, via email.

"I have been a working actor for a long time and this really means a lot." — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" supporting actor nominee Sam Rockwell, in a statement.

"It is also quite a day for my son Alfie Oldman, having both parents nominated in the same year." — "Phantom Thread" supporting actress nominee Lesley Manville, of her child with former partner "Darkest Hour" best actor nominee Gary Oldman, via email.

"It's such great news for us and for Lebanon. It's been a very, very long and difficult road to get where we are. ... It says that in spite of all these things, there is a hope of reconciliation." — Foreign language film nominee "The Insult" director Ziad Doueiri.

"I just got to New York last night actually and I'm in this apartment just sort of feeling my way around because I start rehearsal for a play in a couple hours (Edward Albee's 'Three Tall Women'), so this was a big day. ... I will probably order a large pepperoni pizza when I get home from rehearsal." — "Lady Bird" supporting actress nominee Laurie Metcalf, in an Associated Press interview.

"This nomination is for every single one of us who brought our hearts to this film. ... I am here because of the greatness of others. I stand on the shoulders of giants." — "The Shape of Water" best actress nominee Sally Hawkins, via email.

"I'm so excited and thrilled by the nomination and for 'The Shape of Water' team lead by Guillermo the Great. It is rare and humbling to be part of something so special." — Supporting actor nominee Richard Jenkins, via email.

"This is fantastic news! ... I am so thankful for Guillermo, for his humanity and his artistic passion. He truly inspired all of us." — Original score nominee Alexandre Desplat, for "The Shape of Water," via email.

"It was a nice surprise this morning to hear of the nomination. This is a testament to and recognition of the work of all the people on this film." — "Blade Runner 2049" cinematography nominee Roger Deakins, in a statement.

"I couldn't be more surprised or thrilled that 'Mighty River' got a nomination. Working with Mary J. Blige and Taura Stinson is always a breeze. They are very talented. I am truly blessed." — Original score nominee Raphael Saadiq, via email.

"We are thrilled and honored to be nominated for 'The Big Sick.' ... It was an incredibly unique challenge to take some of the most vulnerable, painful and beautiful moments from our life together and turn it into a movie." — Original screenplay nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, via email.

"Thank you so much to The Academy for recognizing 'This is Me' with a nomination! We are honored to be included in such great company with our fellow nominees." — Original song nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, via email.

"We believe that art can change the world for the better. Thank you to the Academy for recognizing our art." — Original song nominee with Diane Warren for "Stand Up For Something" from "Marshall," via email.

"At a time when women's voices are coming to the forefront, the story of a young girl using her voice for what she believes in is more relevant than ever." — Animated feature film nominee "The Breadwinner" director Nora Twomey, via email.

"I'm thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy, and that the beautiful work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognized so wonderfully. I can't wait to celebrate with them all come March 4th." — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" original screenplay nominee Martin McDonagh.

"We are immensely proud of this work and grateful to the Academy for recognizing 'War for the Planet of the Apes' with a nomination today. ... We've been really happy to see how audiences have been swept up by the emotional story of Caesar and his fellow ape characters." — Visual effects nominee and Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri, in a statement.

"I was just going through airport security when my phone started buzzing!! Thankfully they didn't stop me and I was able to celebrate!!! I thought they would arrest me for looking like a crazy man laughing and screaming!!!" — Carlos Saldanha, director of animated feature nominee "Ferdinand," via email.

"That such a tender film about the human condition is nominated for an Academy Award — my first film in nearly two decades, and in a year where so many exceptional women are being honored for their work behind-the-camera — humbles me. I am so proud to be representing Hungary in the Oscar race." — Ildiko Enyedi of the foreign language film nominee "On Body and Soul," in a statement.

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Associated Press writers Sandy Cohen and Lindsey Barr in Los Angeles and Jake Coyle in New York contributed to this report

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