Among the best picture Academy Award nominees announced Thursday were more than 15 men and women who, for the first time, can add "Oscar-nominated producer" to their list of accolades.
Among the first-timers is Anthony McCarten, who with Tim Bevan,
"If you can't feel good on a morning like this, you have no business waking up," McCarten said.
Bruce said that although "Theory" had been the subject of Oscar buzz for weeks, she and McCarten were nervous. As they watched the broadcast, they thought back to the energy it took to make their film.
"The way you keep that energy going is true blind optimism, so we always dreamed of being at this place and hoped the academy would recognize our work," Bruce said.
That means ahead of
"You wouldn't want to go to that party not thinking that," she said, laughing.
The producers of "The Imitation Game" starring Benedict Cumberbatch are also first-time nominees.
"Beyond elated, totally thrilled, humbled, honored," is how Ido Ostrowsky described his feelings moments after being nominated for best picture.
Though he tried to sleep in, the incoming texts and calls wouldn't let him.
"I didn't expect it," Ostrowsky said. "It made me nervous that people were so excited, but I'm thrilled that the academy recognized the movie."
Co-producer Nora Grossman had a mini-party with bagels and coffee. She said the film's total number of nominations -- eight -- was unexpected. She's most excited, however, that three of the eight best picture nominees ("The Imitation Game," "Selma" and "The Theory of Everything") are based on true events.
"You think you know most of the story," she said, "but every movie shows a new perspective and shows you something you didn't know."
"The Imitation Game" producer Teddy Schwarzman said he was awake 30 minutes before the Oscar broadcast tending to his 1-month-old. "She had my family up," he said, laughing.
When filming began, Schwarzman said, an Oscar nomination was far from thought.
"When we started out this process, it was a screenplay from a first-time screenwriter," he said. "It was a question of how do we build this into something that respects Alan Turing's legacy … organically but cinematically that will do history justice."
"Whiplash" producer Helen Estabrook woke this morning to hear her film get five Oscar nominations -- the last, much to her surprise, for best picture.