What the Nominees Are Saying About Their Golden Globe Noms

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Edgar Ramirez, who is nominated for his performance as international terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Sundance’s Carlos, says he was drawn to the “complexity” of the character. Noting the critical support the movie has garnered since its premiere earlier this year at Cannes, Ramirez praised director Olivier Assayas. “Olivier is a genius, in my opinion,” he said. Carlos was also nominated for best miniseries or motion picture made for television. Commenting on audiences’ love affair with anti-heroes, Ramirez added: “I think it’s the contradictions. That’s what defines us as human beings. We are walking contradictions; we have the best a worse at the same time. I think that that somehow creates a connection for the audience. I think that any well built, well-written, multi-layered character allows that connection to happen. There’s something alive and real about it.” -- Marisa Guthrie

Christian Colson, 127 Hours: "On behalf of everyone involved in making 127 Hours, a huge thank you to HFPA and congratulations to all this year's nominees! We are thrilled by these nominations. I am particularly excited that James Franco’s extraordinary screen performance has been recognized alongside Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and A.R. Rahman.”

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family: "I'm so honored to be nominated for a Golden Globe. Working on Modern Family is truly the best job and to be recognized for my work is such a gift."

Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire: "I was doing a junket in Glasgow for Boardwalk Empire, which is coming out in the U.K. in January, when I found out about my nomination," McDonald tells THR. "The show has been an enormous part of my life for the last year and a half. It's the best job! It's been like my drama school. I've never worked so much." McDonald plays Irish immigrant Margaret Schroeder. "I represent the American Dream," says McDonald -- who adds that the HBO epic has helped keep her craft razor sharp. "We really don't know what's happening episode to episode. We're in the same boat as the audience!" -- Stacey Wilson

David O. Russell was recuperating from a late night -- Robert De Niro had thrown a reception for his film The Fighter, about the story of boxer Mickey Ward, in New York -- when he was awoken by a pounding on his hotel room door. It was his CAA agent, Josh Lieberman, with news the movie had six nominations including best director and best picture. It was sweet validation for years of toiling on the project. “We came out like Mickey Ward,” Russell says. “Mickey Ward is a slow starter and it took a while to get out of the gate. People underestimated us coming out of the block and it we’re all very happy to get the recognition.” Now Russell hopes he can channel this wave of good vibes into his next projects. “I’ve had a humbling couple of years and I think it’s good to come from a humble place. You do better work, you try harder, and I just hope to stay here. I want to stay working from this place.” -- Borys Kit

Olivier Assayas, director of Carlos, best mini-series or motion picture made for television: "I'd say it's excellent news, right? It's not something we were imagining when we were making the film. In my mind I was doing one very long movie; the problem is in terms of rules, it doesn't fit in classic categories. It's like when Ingmar Bergman did Fanny and Alexander. What's great about the Globes is at least they can put it in a category, at least we can run. With the Oscar rules, there's no space for us. This film doesn't have clear borders -- neither did Carlos [the Latin American terrorist who worked in Europe and the Middle East]. I would be lying if I didn't say when it was screened at Cannes on a big screen with perfect sound, that's the movie we were hoping for. It's not shot in any TV style. It's no different from any movie I've made, only bigger. But once you've seen it then you can watch it again on your TV, your iPad, your iPod [or the Sundance Channel in January]." When Bergman's mini-series-turned-movie Scenes From a Marriage was ruled ineligible for an Oscar in 1974, an influential critic said it was the kind of legalistic obstruction ordinarily encountered at obscure Central European border stops. Does Assayas feel that Oscar rules are still antiquated in this way, blocking films like Carlos? "Honestly, I don't know. A movie like Carlos -- you can't make rules based on oddities. What I think IS antiquated is the way foreign language movies are chosen. That's this kind of post-Soviet method. Instead of having movies chosen by [national] officials, there must be a much simpler, healthier, smarter way of opening up to them." -- Tim Appelo

Alexandre DesplatThe King's Speech: "It's embarrassing to be nominated over and over --the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been so kind to me over the years [five nominations, one win for The Painted Veil in 2006]. It's very difficult to make a very restrained musical voice, to respect the silence and restrained emotion [of Colin Firth's character, King George VI). Geoffrey Rush's performance is more on the comedy side. It's difficult to keep the balance of the two. When the emotion goes deep, you have to restrain the music. It's easier to give gas on the comedy side, more volume, more shape. It's important to respect the audience to be moved without music pushing too much. We recorded the score with these royal microphones we found at Abbey Road, with that restrained patina. It brings a delicacy, a tenderness, a nostalgia. We were actually recording through the very microphone that he was struggling to speak through." Desplat resorted to absolute simplicity in the first scene, where the King fails to deliver a speech at Wembley Stadium. "It's just one note repeating endlessly, as if he's stuck. It comes back when he recalls the childhood nightmares [the upbringing that caused his stutter]. He can't evolve, he can't go on. The music conveys this same sensation. Music conveys the sensation you can't see." -- Tim Appelo

Todd Lieberman and his co-producer David Hoberman spent six years trying the get The Fighter made. Today, the film racked up six Golden Globe nominations including best picture, drama, as well as best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting actress for Amy Adams. The accolades, said Lieberman, are “extremely satisfying.” “This particular movie was challenging to get made,” added Lieberman. “It was a multi-year journey with lots of different people contributing lots of different things along the way. The fact that it’s getting recognized and receiving some critical awards is just satisfying. But everyone believed in it. Everyone had the same amount of passion. And the people that joined along the way from Mark Wahlberg, who then brought on [director] David O. Russell, and his passion and his vision, everyone along the way had equal passion in the story. And we shot it in 33 days. We had limited resources and the fact that it’s getting the attention it’s getting is extremely satisfying.” -- Marisa Guthrie

Stuart Blumberg won’t have much time to celebrate his first Golden Globe nomination for best screenplay for The Kids Are All Right. “I’m under a tight deadline to finish a TV pilot for ABC,” Blumberg said. “So I’m going to be in a café writing my butt off and drinking coffee.” With much buzz about which of the film’s leading ladies would be nominated – and in what category – Blumberg shows a bit of relief that both women made the cut. “I’m happy both of the moms got recognized,” he said of Annette Bening and Julianne Moore’s noms. “It’s wonderful to know that Lisa and I created characters that people thought were compelling and funny.” With his pilot nearly complete, Blumberg is looking forward to making the switch to the small screen next year: “It’s about a secret society of immortals for ABC, so it’s basically the same project [as Kids].” -- Leslie Bruce

Making friends is easy when you're movie is critically acclaimed. In The King's Speech screenwriter David Seidler’s case, fellow Best Screenplay motion picture nominee, Aaron Sorkin, who he calls “my new best friend,” has now become the competition. “We’ve become friends by email and we’re both looking forward to finally meeting each other and bending an elbow together,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter of hitting the awards circuit. As for that pesky same category nom? “Golden Globes put adapted and original screenplays together, so it doubles the competition,” says Seidler. “Aaron and I agree that we are both mutually relieved not to be in each other’s category for most.” In the meantime the writer won’t be resting on his laurels. “I have a revision for my next movie, The Lady Who Went To Far, due on Friday,” he says. -- Lauren Schutte

The first person with whom director Lee Unkrich, riding high on his Toy Story 3 being nominated for best animated movie, shared his news was his wife, at their home in San Francisco, but this being the second decade of the 21st century, it wasn’t by voice it was by text. “I got a smiley face form my wife,” Unkrich says. “That said it all.” Despite the track record of Pixar films scoring awards left, right and center, Unkrich said accolades didn’t enter anyone’s mind while making the movie. “It didn’t occur that anybody would be interest in giving awards to a movie with the number three in the title. I felt that yes, a lot of the other Pixar films that we’ve made were critically acclaimed but I figured that this wasn’t going to be one of those." While there’s been talk of Toy Story 3 making a run for best picture, Unkrich pointed out that HFPA rules keep animation movies from competing with live action films, although Toy Story 2 won the best picture (comedy/musical) in 2000, before the category was created. While some animators bristle about being separated, not so Unkrich. “Every awards group has its own rules. We’re happy to be here and to be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press.” -- Borys Kit

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie: “My friends and I at Nurse Jackie are thrilled to be recognized for the work we love to do.”
 
Sara Colleton, executive producer, Dexter: "Getting a Golden Globe nomination is an honor and a thrill. It's the best company and the best party of the year!"

Sylvain Chomet, The Illusionist: It's a thrill and an honor to be nominated for a Golden Globe. I'm obviously delighted The Illusionist is getting recognized on the highest of global platforms -- but more than that -- I am deeply touched by how people are taking this wonderful film to their hearts.

Critically praised How to Train Your Dragon was nominated in the best animated feature category. The film's co-director Dean DeBlois said he was not expecting a Golden Globe nomination for the critically praised DreamWorks’ film. “I didn’t now how many nominees there were going to be [in the animated feature category],” he said. But he praised the inventiveness of fellow nominees: Universal’s Despicable Me, Django Films’ The Illusionist, and Disney’s Tangled and Toy Story 3. “I think it’s a really nice representation of the good work that’s been done this year,” said. “There’s so much innovative work that’s been done. It’s a very proud moment for the entire crew. Now that I’m working on the second installment … it only gives us more confidence for our work going forward.” -- Marisa Guthrie

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