The Academy Awards finally unfold Sunday, Feb. 28. We've talked to a fair amount of the nominees, some of whom never expected to attend the ceremony itself. Click through to see what they told us:

Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor nominee for "The Danish Girl"

Charlotte Rampling, Best Actress nominee for "45 Years"

Alicia Vikander, Best Supporting Actress nominee for "The Danish Girl"

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Best Director nominee for "The Revenant"

George Miller, Best Director nominee for "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Adam McKay, Best Director and Best Screenplay nominee (with Charles Randolph) for "The Big Short"

Lenny Abrahamson, Best Director nominee for "Room"

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Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, directors of Best Animated Feature nominee "Anomalisa"

Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, directors of Best Animated Feature nominee "Shaun the Sheep Movie"

Joshua Oppenheimer, director of Best Documentary Feature nominee "The Look of Silence"

Asif Kapadia, director of Best Documentary Feature nominee "Amy"