The past few hours have been exciting to say the least. Early this morning movie lovers were greeted by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone as they announced the 2013 Academy Awards nominees. As usual, the internet completely blew up with mixed reactions on which lucky filmmakers and actors made the cut. Let’s run down some of the best and worst of the nominations, along with some happy reactions from some of the lucky folk who have a good chance of getting that Oscar gold.

Let’s start with the biggest category of them all, the best picture. A lot of movies predicted to land on the list did just that, though many were disappointed to see the lack of Moonrise Kingdom and The Master on there. Come to think of it, these two were a couple of the biggest picture/director snubs of them all. While The Master triumphed in the Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams) and actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) categories, there was just no love for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s spectacular direction. The same goes for Wes Anderson who made his second greatest film next to The Royal Tenenbaums with Moonrise Kingdom. Still, it was a nice surprise seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild and more importantly Michael Haneke‘s Amour in the Best Picture list. Amour is nominated not only for Best Picture but Best Foreign Language Film. Hey, at least Haneke will go home with at least one Oscar.

Then there’s the most controversial category that’s got a lot of people absolutely pissed off, which is Best Director. Fans of Zero Dark Thirty and Argo started spitting out verbal fire once they found out that the movie’s respected directors (Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck) were cut out of the running. This comes as a major surprise, considering that the two are up for the coveted DGA Award that was announced merely a couple of days ago. In their place is David O. Russell and Beasts of the Southern Wild director Behn Zeitlin. Movie fans shouldn’t be too upset over the final list of nominees for best director. We’d like to put a positive spin on it, believing that each one of these directors, nominated or not, were fantastic with their films. At the same time there’s only five nomination spots so somebody was bound to be cut.

One of the funniest things that we’ve noticed is that nobody’s really talking about how Holy Motors didn’t get any Oscar love. Granted, it’s such a surreal movie that it would never have received a Best Picture nomination, but it could have tried for Best Foreign Language Picture. The Academy voters may have felt the same as the normal crowds walking out of a screening of Holy Motors. Some came out thinking heavily about the film, a couple of days later realizing how smart it is while others got lost after the first scene and never recovered. Oh well, we still love it.

Before we move onto the Oscar nominees reactions, we’d like to say that the Best Actress race looks mighty interesting. We predict it’ll be a neck-and-neck race between Amour actress Emmanuelle Riva and Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhané Wallis. Everybody’s been praising their performances ever since they first laid their eyes on it. We believe it’ll either be one or the other who will walk away with the Oscar. Also, we really hope that ParaNorman walks away with the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Just saying.

Speaking of ParaNorman, lets begin the Oscar nominees reaction with co-director and screenwriter Chris Butler. The man’s bowel movements almost got the best of him as the nominees were announced earlier this morning.

I was crapping myself. You just never know. We know that, critically, we got some really good buzz. But, in a year that 21, I think, were put up for nomination … I don’t know, you just can never tell. So, I was definitely nervous.

There were many other Best Actor and Best Actress nominees who were more than happy to speak up about what happened earlier today. First is Hugh Jackman, nominated for his role in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables (found on The Hollywood Reporter).

“I hadn’t planned to listen live to the announcements, but when I got into the car this morning to go to work, the driver had the nominations streaming as they were being broadcast. To be honest, it’s very exciting but all a bit surreal, and it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. This is a brilliant awards year that has been defined by an eclectic list of stories that have been told by incredibly talented and courageous filmmakers, and it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees in the Best Actor category. Having hosted the show, I have seen so many different sides of the Oscars, but to be an actual nominee is something I never would have dreamed possible.”

Next is Jennifer Lawrence, nominated a second time in the past couple of years. This time she’s in contention to win Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

“I thought I would wake up, but I didn’t. My parents spent the night at my house, and they came in and kissed me on the forehead and told me about all the nominations for Silver Linings… I went into this because of David [O. Russell]. I’ve seen everything he’s ever done. And I was so blown away by Bradley [Cooper] and the rest of the cast.”

Behn Zeitlin talks about how surreal it is to be nominated for his directing in Beasts of the Southern Wild (found on The LA Times).

“I feel like my house just crashed on the yellow brick road and everything just turned color. So proud of Quvenzhane and Lucy and of my whole ragtag band of warriors. I’ve got to especially thank the members of the academy for coming out for a movie made about as far from Hollywood as you can get. I think it’s a beautiful thing for independent filmmaking and for creative freedom everywhere.”

Anne Hathaway talks about how overwhelming it was being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Les Misérables.

“Well, I think the fact that everyone was saying [my nomination] was a lock was flattering, but it terrified me. I thought it wasn’t going to happen because fate has been tempted. So when I found out, I just started gulping air. I was a little nervous I was going to pass out. Hyperventilating gave way to crying — it was a full-on display of emotions.”

And lastly screenwriter Mark Boal comments on his screenplay nomination for Zero Dark Thirty (found on CBS News).

“Thank you to the Academy for these incredible honors,” Boal told the New York Daily News. The screenwriter also gave credit to director Kathryn Bigelow, who was surprisingly not nominated for best director. “None of us would be so honored today without the genius and remarkable talent of Kathryn Bigelow, and to her we are forever grateful.”

Who do you think will win Best Picture?