MTV News was lucky enough to catch Aronofsky and Kunis on the phone for brief chats about their big news.
"I'm in Paris bouncing around doing press," Aronofsky said. "I got an e-mail last night from Scott [Franklin], my producer, and he was like, 'The announcements come out tomorrow.' That was the first I heard of it," he admitted. "It's always exciting. It means so much for these smaller films to get this type of recognition. It really helped us on 'The Wrestler,' and I'd imagine it'll help us this time as well."
Aronofsky's much-buzzed-about supporting star Kunis was similarly out of the loop with the nomination news.
"I'm in L.A. I genuinely didn't know. I was happily asleep," Kunis revealed. "I kind of just forgot. I went to sleep at midnight or 1 and all happy to sleep in till 10 a.m., and then my phone wouldn't stop ringing at, like, 5:30 a.m. I was half-asleep, and I was like, 'What the f---happened?' I was like, 'Somebody must have died.' That's how I found out."
Aronofsky said he and "Black Swan" actor Vincent Cassell already had plans to go out to dinner on Tuesday night, but now that dinner might include a celebratory bottle of champagne. Kunis, meanwhile, has some errands to run.
"I have to take my dogs to the vet. And then I have to go do ADR for a film," she said, referring to automated dialogue replacement, a process used by movies in post-production to have actors dub in lines that need to be tweaked or added to the finished film. "Maybe tonight. Maybe I'll have some champagne. Is that what people do when they celebrate? Sloppy joes?"
Kunis jokingly added that she'll be making plans to take out the competition. "One person at a time. That's the only way to do it, right?" she joked. "Are you kidding me? Being nominated is a huge thing for me."
Aronofsky went on to say that he is just plain excited — both for the film's recognition and for its wider release and reception nationwide. "It's working well in all the cities we've been in. I think there's a lot of buzz," he said. "The fear at the beginning when we were trying to raise the money was, who is this film for? It's erotic. It's ballet. It's a horror film. Everyone thought it would fall through the cracks, and I just kept telling people, 'Hey, we're just trying to entertain people and have fun,' and to get that back from the audience is the biggest thrill you can get."
Speaking of thrills, Kunis said this is about as good as it gets, and she won't even think about Oscar talk.
"No. I could never even allow myself to think about [an Oscar nomination]," she said. "I wouldn't know what to do. I am so not a part of this world. For me to be nominated in any awards show is such a shock. I come from such a small town in the Ukraine! It wasn't like at the age of 9 I said this is where I'd be at 27. This is not where I thought I'd be. I never thought this would happen, let alone at 27!"
Aronofsky and Kunis' other partner in crime, Best Actress nominee Natalie Portman, released a statement after hearing the news: "I'm very honored by the HFPA nomination, and to be included in this group of actresses I so admire. The experience of filming 'Black Swan' with [director] Darren Aronofsky and our incredible crew is already the most fulfilling experience of my career. The audience appreciation of the film is only furthering how grateful and proud I am to be part of the film."