Despite a scene-stealing performance, Mark Wahlberg's nomination for best supporting actor was unanticipated considering he performed opposite such top-billed actors as Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon. DiCaprio did earn a best-actor nomination for "Blood Diamond."
"I wasn't expecting it at all. I can't believe it. I was sound asleep. My agent called and was screaming," said Wahlberg, who plays a caustic, wisecracking cop. "I thought the house was on fire or something."
Best actress nominee Helen Mirren said she had no idea "The Queen" would have such an impact.
"It is one of the hardest roles to play, not just a living person but one who is part of our everyday lives in Britain," she said. "Whilst her presence is with us from her image on the letters that come through our door and on the money we spend, we know so little of the woman behind the image. I hope that my performance has conveyed a sense of Elizabeth the woman as well asthe queen."
Playing a mom who hangs out at the park with her child in "Little Children," Kate Winslet appropriately learned of her acting nomination while dropping her daughter off at school.
"I really am a soccer mom," Winslet said, who earned her fifth Oscar nomination. "I am so happy. I am going to be screaming and whooping all day long. I really thought I wasn't going to get a nomination. I am really going to try to enjoy this moment. I'm speechless. It feels like I've never been nominated before."