What the Nominees Are Saying About Their Golden Globe Noms
Carrie Underwood, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: "I am absolutely thrilled by this wonderful honor today. It was such an exciting endeavor to have been asked to create music for the film. I grew up with the books and have been a fan of the earlier two movies. I can't wait for the Golden Globes!"
The Fighter producer Ryan Kavanaugh was up early at home in L.A. watching the nominations as director David O. Russell and all four major actors -- Melissa Leo, Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams -- got the nod from the HFPA. “They’re the best actors of our time, they delivered an A game,” he says. “David O. Russell stepped up and really did deliver the impossible task where we told him, 'Here’s your budget, you’ve got 33 days, go do it.’ And then the movie comes out in the way that it did. It’s just incredible. Particularly among such a talented and competitive group of other films.” It’s the first film Kavanaugh has produced to score a Globe nom (he financed the film through his Relativity Media, and he is also executive producer on The Fighter’s best picture competition The Social Network), and he had already spread the love by phone with all the nominated talent. “The Fighter has been a long road, it’s a very personal project,” he says. “It feels great kind of being the architect and stepping back and having all these other people get what they deserve. It’s one of the most overwhelming mornings.” -- Jay Fernandez
Kevin Spacey was proud to be associated with not one but two nominated films come Globes' time: The Social Network, on which he's an executive producer, and Casino Jack, his first leading role "in some time." The multihyphenate said he was "proud and moved" about his sixth Golden Globe nomination for his performance as lobbyist Jack Abramoff and noted that he's "really broken up and sad" that late director George Hickenlooper wasn't around to enjoy it. "I know nothing would make him happier than nomination and getting people to go out and see it," Spacey noted from London, where he was in town for A Flea in Her Ear's opening night at the Old Vic. As for having his hand in two awards season contenders, Spacey attributed that to his newfound delegating skills that have "allowed me to find a way to balance my full-time theater life and my film world." -- Lesley Goldberg
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock: "30 Rock is back, bigger and better than ever! We are very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press."
Despite the 2 a.m. phone call from Sydney, where he is performing on stage in The Diary of a Madman, a very tired-sounding Geoffrey Rush summoned some hometown pride. “I have been down this path before, but this specific experience is so exquisite because I’m now riding shotgun with Jacki Weaver, who’s been nominated for best supporting actress for Animal Kingdom, and Nicole Kidman’s in there as well -- so it’s a big Aussie year,” he says. Rush’s nomination for best supporting actor in a motion picture is his fifth Globe nod -- he won best actor in 1996 for Shine and best actor in a TV movie in 2004 for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. The play locale meant that Rush could catch the premiere of The King’s Speech in Sydney the night before, though director Tom Hooper, who fielded another of the film’s leading seven nominations, was stuck in Melbourne. “We seem to be in the company of films that have very special vibrant contemporary themes,” Rush says of the Globe nominations. “There are themes of communication and leadership and friendship in all its messy glory out there, and they seem to be smart movies that the HFPA have chosen to acknowledge.” Any champagne-popping will have to wait, however. “My celebration will be hitting my bed as soon as I can,” Rush says, “because I suddenly was told today that I’ve got an 11 a.m. matinee.”
Chris Colfer couldn't have been more excited to pick up his first Golden Globe nom for supporting actor for his performance as out teen Kurt Hummel on Fox's sophomore hit Glee. The actor said the dramedy's success was "like the Soviet Union: it's getting bigger and bigger and I think it has a lot to do with the music ‹ it unites everyone." Colfer said he planned to "blackmail" some of his cast members to celebrate the show's TV-leading five nominations over lunch. "Everyone is over the moon," he noted. As for Glee's upcoming Super Bowl episode and Friday's recent production delay, Colfer doubted the legitimacy of reports of a tonsillitis outbreak on the set. "The tonsillitis thing was a little stretch; I'm not sure how much of that was true," he said. "I thought we were shutting down because of fog with the night shoots." Looking ahead, Colfer would only tease that as of Episode 12, there was no development with his on-screen relationship with new "Glee" star Darren Criss' Blaine. "I'm sure there's hope," he offered. -- Lesley Goldberg
Mila Kunis, who plays Natalie Portman’s doppelganger in Black Swan, says she is “baffled” by her Golden Globe nomination for supporting actress and says that Portman is “perfection.” Kunis said she was “happily asleep” this morning when the nominations were announced. “The phone wouldn’t stop ringing so I finally picked up,” she said. “When you’re half-asleep and the phone rings and it’s pitch black outside you think the worst. I automatically assumed somebody got hurt.” She added that the Darren Aronofsky-directed ballet picture was “by far the most demanding part I’ve ever had physically.” She took a crash-course in ballet; training for seven straight days, five hours a day. “I went on a strict diet; I lost 20 pounds. It was like ballet on speed.” She went on: "The fact that [Black Swan] is being recognized in this capacity, is something I don’t think anyone ever expected. I couldn’t be happier that Natalie’s being recognized and the movie as a whole. Natalie is perfection in the film. I think she would win. She definitely deserves it.” -- Marisa Guthrie
Helena Bonham Carter received her sixth nomination (no wins so far) for her work in The King’s Speech and she is most happy that the showering of attention will focus attention on the film. “These awards make a big difference to the small independent films and gets them an audience that normally wouldn’t see them,” she said from her home in London. She’s especially troubled by the fact the movie is rated R in America, mostly due to the scene where Colin Firth utters the F-word over a dozen times (she has the audio from the scene has her ringtone). “Half of meaning is context, not the actual words and the context is all about healing and about getting your anger out. If anything it’s funny. [Giving it an R] seems to be a shallow appraisal of it.” Carter’s partner, Tim Burton, saw his movie Alice in Wonderland field several nominations, though none for Burton. “I find that slightly curious. The person responsible for the film, fundamentally, is the director, so that’s a shame. But you don’t put all your psychic demons in the hands of the foreign press. [These awards] are not the end-all and be-all of your self worth." -- Borys Kit
Natalie Portman, Black Swan: “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 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.”
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin: “I am honored to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Temple Grandin is an extraordinary, revolutionary and inspiring woman. I feel deeply privileged to have been chosen to tell her story.”
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs: "When the phone rang this morning it was my mom telling me I was nominated - I was thrilled! Well, loopy and thrilled. I've been travelling and jet lag had me wide awake watching Mad Men all night. So I might celebrate by going back to sleep. Or by watching another episode (it's so good! Damn you Draper...) And I'm so happy and proud to share this honor with Jake! Thanks Hollywood Foreign Press!"
The Kids Are All Right producer Jeffrey Levy-Hinte was in a "constant mode of celebration" over the film's four nominations, including for best comedy or musical. "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is one of the few organizations that saw the broad base of the film," he said of the screenplay and lead actress mentions for stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. Levy-Hinte noted that the real "triumph" in the nominations for the film, about a lesbian family, "is to reinforce the sheer normality of [gay families]." -- Lesley Goldberg
Trent Reznor was up early with his 2-month-old when he received an e-mail from The Social Network producer Scott Rudin informing him of his Golden Globe nomination for the Facebook film's original score. The Nine Inch Nails frontman noted that the HFPA mention (shared with partner Atticus Ross) feels very different from the 12 Grammy noms the band has received. "As we see the music business decline and be decimated by the Internet, I feel some of the importance of the awards on that side of the fence feels a bit watered down; it doesn't feel as legitimate to be recognized," he said. "I'm not saying it doesn't feel nice to be recognized by your peers, but it feels a bit more political rather than based on real talent." Reznor, who teased that he has "some secret film scoring stuff" in the pipeline, added that "having been in the music business for some time now, it's inevitable that you wind up getting cynical and jaded; accolades don't mean much in my world. But the whole buzz around this film and working in this new discipline feels nice. It feels nice to be appreciated by our work in this field." -- Lesley Goldberg
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network: "I've had the time of my life working alongside my colleagues on The Social Network and I'm grateful to the HFPA for recognizing their great, hard work. On a personal note it's humbling to be nominated alongside six of the best screenwriters in town."
Veteran composer Alan Menken heard his phone ring and when he picked up, all he heard was screaming. It was Tangled co-director Byron Howard along with Mandy Moore, and Zachary Levi and other members of the animated movie on the line, calling from Australia where they are promoting the movie to tell him the news his musical work had snagged a nomination. “It was a nice way to wake up,” Menken said. The composer hoped the success of the movie, both financial and critical, renews Disney’s interest in animated movies aside from the Pixar movies. “Before Tangled was released, and going back s months, this was done. The plug was pulled on new animated projects. Now, who knows. I don’t know. I think there is a renewed interest in doing more. As long as it proves to be something that people still respond to, I think the studio is going to want to do them. I couldn’t be happier.” -- Borys Kit
A.R. Rahman found he earned a best original score nod for 127 Hours while having lunch in Turkey. "I got a call from my wife. She sent me a message. She was really excited." Rahman, who won in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire, tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I think getting a nomination for the second time is very exciting … The first nomination was unreal too … all the recognition. And then one year past … getting the same nomination. It seems unreal!" Rahman says he has no plans to celebrate the awards show yet, but will continue to focus on his work. "I'm really excited. It gives me a lot of responsibility to work even harder and with more energy." -- Lindsay Powers
Melissa Leo drew an Oscar nomination in 2008 for her lead performance in Frozen River, but this recognition for her supporting role in The Fighter is her first Globe nom. "I've worked along slow and steady as I always have, playing women that are varied," Leo says. "And the one thing between them is the insistence on my part that they be truthful, real human beings." Leo is one of four actors from the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama to get the HFPA nod, and she spent the morning trading congratulatory calls with her castmates. "This is hugely gratifying," Leo says, "especially to find out that not only myself but just about everybody else was nominated for a Golden Globe. I know how hard we worked in Lowell two summers ago. All of us together is definitely what we did in Lowell and what the public is seeing now. So this is just happy fun time." In New York doing press for the movie, Leo will leave by the end of the day to head back to New Orleans to shoot the second season of the HBO series Treme. With all the rushing around, however, Leo nearly bared more than her emotions. "They wanted me out of the hotel I was in and into the hotel for the [Globe] interviews,' she says. "I almost streaked up Lexington Ave., but I managed to get some clothing on." -- Jay A. Fernandez
James Franco, 127 Hours: "I’m especially grateful to the HFPA for this honor and I’m excited to see 127 Hours being recognized this awards season. I’m happy for Danny Boyle and his team and our DP’s Quique and Anthony who were there with me down in the canyon! I am so proud of the film and that Aron Ralston’s story has been well received!”
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours: "We're absolutely delighted to be included in the nominations for the Golden Globes especially as HFPA were so generous to us on Slumdog 2 years ago. I'm particularly pleased for James as it's such a brave and exhilarating performance, and for Aron Ralston who took such a leap of faith in letting us tell his story in such an uncompromising way.”
Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours: "It is a great honor to be nominated for a Golden Globe. Thank you to the HFPA. We could never have found the key to unlocking this script without Aron's help and permission to tell his story with unflinching eyes. Nor would this script have worked without James in front of the camera and Danny and his team behind -- the camera. They made the words fly."
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland: "This is a great way to cap off the 25th Anniversary of Tim and me. What a pleasure to work on this film."