Eric Fellner, from Working Title, the company behind Les Miserables, said he was "so pleased" for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
He said: "They did unbelievable work. They both gave the performances of their lives."
He added it was "a shame" that director Tom Hooper had not been recognised, but said he was pleased with the film's overall success and that another of the firm's films, Anna Karenina, had four nominations.
He said: "No-one can do their job on a movie without a director so these nominations are also a tribute to the work done by the directors."
The Oscar nominations have been unveiled with Steven Spielberg's Lincoln leading the way with 12 nominations.
Strange tales often turn up in the strangest of places. Fawad Mohammadi and his amazing film is the perfect example of that.