January 24th, 2012
05:44 PM ET
Likely having been roused during the early hour of 5 a.m. - although one might muse such an occurrence wouldn't be unheard of for a father of six - Brad Pitt has admitted that he needed a little extra pick-me-up as the Oscar nominations rolled in on Tuesday.
"This is an extraordinary honor. I am dizzy with joy… and caffeine," the actor kidded in a statement to CNN about his best actor nomination for his portrayal in "Moneyball." The film, directed by Bennett Miller, is also up for best picture, along with Pitt's other film, "The Tree of Life."
"Considering both films, 'Moneyball' and 'The Tree of Life,' nearly didn’t make it to the screen, this is especially sweet," Pitt went on. "And I’d like to thank all the artisans and craftsmen who gave their best to each film."
The 48-year-old adds that he's "especially over the moon for [co-star] Jonah [Hill] (and the other 'Moneyballers' acknowledged today), Terry Malick and the tribute this is to Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s organization. My congratulations to all the nominees…pancakes for everyone."
His partner and co-parent-in-crime Angelina Jolie could also join in on the celebratory pancake feasting, as her animated feature with Jack Black, "Kung Fu Panda 2," is up for the best animated feature Oscar.
Says the film's director, Jennifer Yuh, "The year of the dragon is off to a great start! Today's nomination is a huge boost of encouragement for the hundreds of dedicated cast and crew that have created such a beautiful film. I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together and honored by the Academy with this recognition."
Yuh does have some competition from "Puss in Boots" in the best animated feature category, and the film's director, Chris Miller, probably could've used some of Pitt's caffeine boost when he learned of the recognition.
"Am I still dreaming? What an absolute honor to be nominated," Miller said of the nod. "Thank you to the Academy on behalf of the entire cast, crew, cat and boots! This is beyond a thrill...and I'm pretty sure I'm awake."
Here are a few more choice reactions from this year's nominees:
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