Another first time nominee, June Squibb said, "It's very exciting, I feel like I'm a part of a community. It's great fun."
Sandra Bullock said of her nominated work, "It was probably one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. I was very familiar with Alfonso’s work; I had watched him for so many years and always longed to work with him. I trusted him 100 percent because you had the body of his work as proof...We didn’t know what we were making really and it was unknown territory."