Viggo Mortensen Won't Cross Oscar Picket Line
Plus: Reactions from Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Clayton cast & others
If Viggo Mortensen’s mother saw his movie Eastern Promises, she saw her son onscreen completely naked and fighting off knives. But will she be able to see him at the Oscars?
“If there’s a strike I will not go,” the Best Actor nominee told the Associated Press on Tuesday, shortly after this year’s nominations were announced, “but I have a feeling they’ll solve it. I hope they do. I’m sure my mom would like to see me on TV.”
“I would never cross a picket line, ever,” said Tony Gilroy, Best Director nominee for Michael Clayton. “I couldn’t. I’m a 20-year member of the Writers Guild. I think whatever they work out is going to be one way or the other but, no, I could never cross a picket line. I think there’s a lot of people who feel that way.”
Some nominees, however, followed tradition and stuck to expressing their delight at being considered for Hollywood’s highest honor.
“You put me shoulder to shoulder with a group of fine actors. I’m proud to be in their company and to have the broader recognition for the film is a lovely thing,” Daniel Day-Lewis, a Best Actor nominee for There Will Be Blood, said in a statement.
Marion Cotillard, up for Best Actress as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, told PEOPLE of her nomination: “I couldn’t believe this, to be amongst these incredible beautiful stunning actresses I admire so much.” Singling out one in particular, she added, “I just discovered Ellen Page. I saw Juno a few weeks ago. I think she’s amazing, so to be with those actresses is something really unbelievable and special.”
Michael Clayton Supporting Actress nominee Tilda Swinton, who played Best Actor nominee George Clooney‘s nemesis in the film, said, “I am tickled pink at the nomination,” while the movie’s Supporting Actor contender, Tom Wilkinson, said to PEOPLE with typical British understatement: “I just got in from walking the dog. I had actually forgotten about it but I watched it on television. I was thrilled; I was thrilled. I wasn’t leaping from my feet and punching the air but I thought this is very nice.”
And despite her youth, Atonement Supporting Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan, 13, sounded very adult with her reaction. “I would like to thank the Academy for this great honor. It wouldn’t have been possible without the guidance and love of Joe Wright, Paul Webster and everyone involved in the making of this beautiful, wonderful film. I would also like to acknowledge the support of my family and friends at home in Ireland,” she said.
• Reporting by BRENDA RODRIGUEZ