FROM ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: “I am delighted and proud to receive the nomination for Original Song, especially for a project that is so dear to me,” said Phantom of the Opera producer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Charles Hart provided beautiful lyrics and Minnie Driver did a brilliant job bringing the song to life. I also want to congratulate John Mathieson, Anthony Pratt and Celia Bobak on their well deserved nominations.”
FROM CLINT EASTWOOD for MILLION DOLLAR BABY: “I want to thank the Academy for their kind recognition not only on my behalf, but on behalf of this remarkable film. ItÃ‚Â¹s always very gratifying to be recognized by your peers and even more so when that recognition is shared by such a wonderful team of creative professionals. This is a very personal film for me and for everyone involved, and we deeply appreciate the AcademyÃ‚Â¹s support.”
FROM HILARY SWANK for MILLION DOLLAR BABY: “It’s an honor to have been a part of this film, and to have worked side by side with Clint, Morgan, and all of Clint’s wonderful collaborators. It is an experience that I will forever cherish. I’m beside myself.”
FROM MORGAN FREEMAN for MILLION DOLLAR BABY: “It is an honor to be recognized by the Academy for the work that I was privileged to do in this jewel of a film. The fact that the venerable Mr. Eastwood and the magnificent Ms. Swank have also been nominated makes me so happy that I could just burst.”
Personally I am pulling for Million Dollar Baby all the way!