"Seven has never been a more lucky number than it is for me today. I was delighted to hear that the HFPA has chosen to recognize Daniel, Sally, Tommy, Tony Kushner, John Williams, Kathy Kennedy, and me so generously. Bringing Lincoln to the screen has been the opportunity of a lifetime and a distinct privilege. The story is quintessentially American, but we hope it's a movie that can speak to audiences worldwide. After all, Lincoln ended his most famous speech, as you hear at the end of our film, looking beyond national boundaries to justice and peace for all nations. That's one reason why it's especially meaningful for me that the Hollywood Foreign Press has honored us with these nominations."
—Nominated for directing Lincoln, which racked up seven nominations today