In the best actress category, all five women nominated return as familiar faces to Oscar voters -- all having braved the Hollywood and Highland red carpet as
On Thursday, the academy chose to honor “American Hustle’s”
Reached at home Thursday morning, Bullock said she was preparing school lunch for her 4-year old son. The actress, who won a lead actress Oscar for 2009’s “The Blind Side,” said she was not actively seeking movie roles when she was contacted by “Gravity” director
She also said she had no expectations about the movie's commercial or critical reception.
"When you do movies like 'Speed 2,' you don't have directors saying, 'You know what? I'm going to work with her one day!'" Bullock said with a laugh. "It was always a joke on my part saying, 'Maybe one day I'll have the opportunity to work with someone like Alfonso.' And when the opportunity came, I didn't feel like I had anything to offer but I was smart enough to climb aboard."
At 79, Dench arrives as the oldest nominee in the category. The Dame Commander of the British Empire, whose resume as a film and stage actress is littered with Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards -- and who portrayed the spy boss M in seven James Bond films and won a supporting actress Oscar in 1998 for “Shakespeare in Love” -- plays a working-class Irish mother in “Philomena.” She enlists a journalist (portrayed by
Australian actress Blanchett won the 2005 supporting actress Oscar for her performance in
"I cannot believe that I am nominated in the company I'm with," Adams said. "Even if you told me a year ago, if you could name four women I look up to, it's amazing. Judi Dench, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett have always been the people I said I want to be like when I grow up. Sandra is someone I've gotten to know through the years and she couldn't be a more graceful and lovely human being. Also a tremendous actress. It's so cool to be in the company of these other women."