Rooney Mara 'Surprised and Excited' About Her First Oscar Nomination

Tue, 24 January 2012 23:21:33 ET

Rooney Mara 'Surprised and Excited' About Her First Oscar Nomination
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Getting a nomination for Best Actress at 2012 Academy Awards, the leading lady of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)' says, 'I wasn't expecting it.'
has nabbed her first Academy Awards nomination. Receiving a nod for Actress in a Leading Role at 2012 Oscars, the Lisbeth Salander of "" says, "I knew it was happening this morning I just didn't want to wake up for it because I wasn't expecting it. I was really surprised and excited."

In order to win the title, 26-year-old Rooney has to defeat four other strong rivals. She competes against "" actress , "" leading lady Viola Davis, "" star , and "" beauty .

Williams has reacted to the noms announcement as well. She says, "I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors-a special congratulations to -and the fearless Harvey Weinstein."

31-year-old Williams additionally gushes, "This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime." The movie beauty goes on, "I would like to think that the recognition our film as received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn [Monroe]'s legacy."

In addition to Rooney, "" leading man also receives his first nomination at the Oscars. The 53-year-old British actor lands a nod for Actor in a Leading Role, facing off the likes of Demian Bichir, , as well as Jean Dujardin and .

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak with the help of on Tuesday morning, January 24. The winners, meanwhile, will be unveiled in a ceremony hosted by Billy Crystal and held at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, on February 26. The event will be aired on ABC at 7 P.M. ET.

Best Picture: Actor in a Leading Role: Actor in a Supporting Role: Actress in a Leading Role: Actress in a Supporting Role: Animated Feature Film:
  • "A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • "Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • "" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • "" Chris Miller
  • "" Gore Verbinski
Directing:

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