02/02/2010 AT 11:25 AM ET
"I am completely surprised and elated. Rob Marshall is not only a genius but an absolute joy to work with. I woke up every morning excited to collaborate with this amazingly talented group of actors. Filming this movie was such a special experience and to be nominated for this role makes me so happy."
Penelope Cruz gives shout-outs to her director and her fabulous cast after receiving a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her turn in the musical Nine.
The 82nd annual Academy Awards, to be co-hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, take place Sunday, March 7, and will air live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
– Paul Chi