What the Nominees Are Saying About Their Golden Globe Noms

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Tom Hooper, fielding his first Globe nom for directing The King’s Speech, notes that his movie has the longest pedigree, since writer David Seidler, also nominated for his screenplay, was alive when the events took place. “His journey started as a child with a severe stammer listening to King George VI on the radio during the Second World War and thinking, That man’s my hero,” says Hooper, whose grandfather was killed in the war. “It was a big strong personal connection for me. The war cast a long shadow.” On the phone from Melbourne, Hooper has recently been opening the film for Australian audiences, who “know how to laugh.” With its struggle for financing and central affectation -- the king’s debilitating verbal tic -- Speech was far from a sure thing in terms of awards recognition. “When I started this film, I never imagined that this would happen,” says Hooper. “I was aware of all the things that could go wrong. It felt like a big mountain to climb to get it right. So it’s funny how these things work out.” Indeed, Speech emerged with the most Globe noms of any film, but any potential celebration for Hooper will have to wait. “You can’t plan on, 'Tonight I’m going to get seven Golden Globe nominations, therefore I better have a party,’” Hooper says. “To be honest, it’s a challenge. It’s Melbourne, it’s two in the morning, the city’s asleep, I’m alone in my hotel room. I know the junket for Tangled is going on in my hotel so maybe I can kick them all out of bed.” -- Jay Fernandez

Laura Linney, The Big C: "I feel extremely honored to be nominated amongst such a talented group of women and I'm absolutely thrilled for our show, The Big C and would like to congratulate all of the cast and crew on their nomination."

Producer Richard Zanuck, Alice in Wonderland: “I’m thrilled for Tim [Burton] and grateful, because the whole picture came out of his brain. I’m here in London, actually, working with Tim on Dark Shadows. Johnny [Depp] is nominated twice [for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical, in Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist]. He’ll have to fight it out with himself, a thing he’s been trying to do for years. He’s winning! We won [2008 Golden Globes] for Sweeney Todd [as best picture, comedy or musical], and Johnny won. But the show wasn’t broadcast because of the strike. So they had to send the globes to us. It was too bad to win but not get to get up to accept it. Hopefully this time we’ll get to. Tim is very pleased for the picture [Alice in Wonderland], and doubly pleased because Helena’s picture [Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech] got into the drama category, and that her film got more nominations than anyone’s. There’s no jealousy — quite the reverse. They’re so in sync.” -- Tim Appelo

"In the early stages, there was a lot of skepticism about doing a ballet thriller," says Black Swan producer Brian Oliver. "I really loved the project and could see that there would be more appeal than just the art house." Nominated for best picture, drama, Swan scored three other nominations, including those for actress Natalie Portman and director Darren Aronofsky, who nurtured the psycho-sexual project for a decade. "I'm extremely happy for Natalie and Darren," Oliver says. "The work that they both put into this movie, they're the ones who should be celebrating. It's much deserved. For Darren, this is just another feather in his cap, because he's figured out a way to satisfy the critics and the masses." Speaking by phone, Oliver was on his way back from dropping off his pre-teen kids at their L.A. school. "They just ask, 'When can we see the movie?' " he says."And I say, 'In ten years.' " -- Jay A. Fernandez

Jennifer Lawrence was at a loss for words when she got the news that she'd been nominated in the same category as Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and Michelle Williams. "Umm ... gosh ... I don't even ... Just to be in the same sentence as those actresses, I don't even know how to describe how amazing that feels," she told THR of her Winter's Bone best actress in a drama nod. Ironically, the person who told her the news, was more concerned with her holiday plans. "My brother just texted and said, 'Congrats, you got nominated for something, when are you gonna be home for Christmas?" When she wrote back to ask him what for, he said, " 'Something about a globe.' And I went, 'Are you telling me I just got nominated for a Golden Globe?!' and he goes, 'No, I was just asking when you were coming home for Christmas.' He still doesn't know what a Golden Globe is, right now." The actress, who is currently filming X-Men: First Class in London, took a few moments to herself to let the nomination sink in. "I had to calm myself down in my trailer, because I knew if I walked out I would've done cartwheels screaming, 'I just got nominated for a Golden Globe,' and then I wouldn't have any friends anymore." But, it didn't take long for word of her nom to spread. "I told the hair and makeup girls, and of course that's where all the rumors originate anyway, so it didn't take long for it to get all the away across set." After putting in a full day on set, she's planning to celebrate with cast and crew at her London digs. "We're just going to get dinner, cause I have to get up early tomorrow." As for her future plans: "The only thing I have on my mind after this wraps is sleeping. And then I'll start focusing on which movie to do next," she says.  -- Lauren Schutte

Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right: “It really hasn’t been the worst week [with a Golden Globe nomination and New York Film Critics Circle award]. I’m a little tired and very excited. (So is her dog, who barks with what sounds like pride.) It took us close to five years to get it from soup to nuts. We wrote in earnest, trying to invent deep, lived in characters and say things that resonate, while dealing with things like having a kid and two actors living on opposite coasts. What doesn’t kill you makes you funny. It did give us a chance to work with Annette [Bening], a great dramaturg herself, and not just for her part. Stuart [Blumberg, cowriter] challenged me to be less polite, and I challenged him to push deeper into his characters. I pushed wider outside of my margins. And so we did and it was a good cocktail. It’s great to be perceived as a comedy/drama. It would’ve beenmuch easier to stop at the drama part.” -- Tim Appelo

Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet was enjoying his first Golden Globe nomination with his Twitter family and was completely amused that the first person to tweet their congratulations was a stranger: @LisaTook. "I don't know her, but it's just funny that she was on it before anyone else was -- four minutes before my publicist called," said Stonestreet. The Emmy winner tipped his cap to the supporting actor nominees including The Good Wife's Chris Noth, Temple Grandin's David Strathairn, Glee's Chris Colfer, but wished castmates Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson had picked up mentions. "Jesse texted me congratulations this morning, and he knows the drill: Neither one of us are anything without the other and none of us are anything without each other or without [creators] Steve [Levitan] or Chris [Lloyd]," he noted. "Any individual attention is attention for all of us."  -- Lesley Goldberg

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, producers, The King's Speech: "This time last year we were knee deep in snow in a small town in the midlands shooting scenes to accompany Colin Firth's final speech. A year later to be nominated for seven Golden Globes is truly incredible. We all hope to be better versions of ourselves and that's what makes The King's Speech timeless. Audiences are connecting with Bertie's struggle and his enduring friendship with Logue at a time when we can easily forget what is important in life.

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy: I couldn't be more thrilled with the news this morning, which is not only a testament to the impact my character Gemma Teller has had on audiences, but more importantly how Sons of Anarchy has made a mark. Without my fellow cast mates, especially Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff, FX Network and the genius of our creator and writer Kurt Sutter, I wouldn't be getting such an exciting 5 a.m. wake-up call. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association."

Scott Rudin, producer, The Social Network: "I couldn’t be more thrilled for my colleagues that we were recognized so richly this morning.  Huge thanks to the HFPA for a big vote of confidence in our film — we’re very grateful and very honored."

Dana Brunetti, producer, The Social Network: "A huge thank you to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I am thrilled and extremely grateful that The Social Network has been acknowledged. I am eternally grateful to David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin for creating a film of which we are all so proud."

“It’s brilliant! Fantastic!” says 127 Hours co-writer Simon Beaufoy, who won the best screenplay honor from the HFPA in 2008 for writing Slumdog Millionaire. “Slumdog was a surprise to everyone, and I guess [the 127 Hours nom] gives the lie to that well-worn cliché that Hollywood only likes its blockbusters. This is the antithesis of a blockbuster in all sorts of ways. And it’s great that there’s room for the kind of challenging, emotionally hard-hitting, uncompromising film that this is. It’s brilliant to be recognized because it means it’s got more exposure and more people will go to see it, and that means more films like it in the future.” On the phone from Oxford, Beaufoy described the core challenge of adapting the extraordinary story of Aron Ralston, who was trapped under a boulder in a Utah crevasse for five days before making his escape. “It was one of the most difficult screenplays one can imagine writing,” says Beaufoy, “and very exciting to have to dig very deep in one’s craft skills to keep people on the edge of their seats for 90 minutes when everyone knows what happens.” Hours also scored star James Franco a best actor nomination and A.R. Rahman a best original score nod, but Beaufoy’s co-writer Danny Boyle wasn’t named in the directing category. “It surprised me only because I think it’s his best feature directing,” Beaufoy says. “This is orchestrated by a real master of his craft. The words fly off the page because of James and Danny. So it’s a shame.” Just the same, Beaufoy is looking to hoist a pint for both of them. “I genuinely wasn’t expecting it, but I am going down the pub this evening, that’s for sure.” -- Jay Fernandez

"I am so excited!" says In a Better World director Susanne Bier. "I really didn't expect it, because the Golden Globes always seemed like such an inaccessible entity. When was the last time a Danish film was nominated? It was like 20 years ago. It's not something you can just count on. The movie has done really well with awards -- I think it's very timely, an exciting story about real issues. Revenge [and school bullying], suddenly it's very -- how do you say? Almost pushing upon our conscious in a very forceful manner. Maybe not even in the conscious, but the subconscious." "In Europe, the Golden Globes seem very, very American. I know it's not an American body, but the Globes broadly celebrate American cinema even more than the Oscars. You kind of feel with many of the movies nominated for the Golden Globes, you're very much engaging in American society." -- Tim Appelo

Gareth Unwin, producer, The King’s Speech: "I am deeply honored and very thankful to the HFPA to see the film, our Director, its cast, the script and score recognized with these 7 nominations. We are all immensely proud of the film we have made and seeing it recognized in this way is really quite humbling."

The self-described “Susan Lucci of the Golden Globes,” songwriter Diane Warren scored her fifth nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “You Haven’t Seen the Last Me,” Cher’s anthem from Burlesque. But she said being nominated is always an honor and she thinks the fifth time may finally be the charm. Warren described “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” as “definitely the best song I’ve ever written for a movie, but I think it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever written in my life.” “I really tapped into Cher,” she added. The song is “like her life statement. And when she heard it, the felt the same way. We never see the last of her. She’s going to be touring in a wheel chair when she’s 150 and we’re going to love it. She’s going to outdo all the other bitches. It’s going to be the “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” tour. It so it’s just fun to tap into that.” But the song almost didn’t make it into the film. But Cher insisted that it stay in. “I’m grateful for that. She really had my back.” Burlesque has two songs in the original song category: Samuel Dixon and Christina Aguilera’s “Bound to You” also scored a nomination. And the film is nominated for best picture musical or comedy.  Warren thinks the 64-year-old Cher has hit a high note in a career marked by them. “She’s just amazing. I’ve done so many songs with her. I’ve been working with Cher over 20 years and she’s never sounded this good. It’s like how are you hitting those notes? But I also think it’s because it really is her truth. When she sang that song, as much as she gave me shit for writing a song that was quote unquote so fucking hard to sing, she nailed it.” -- Marisa Guthrie

After all the controversy surrounding the nudity in his film Love and Other Drugs, Jake Gyllenhaal couldn’t be happier with his and co-star Anne Hathaway’s nominations. “I feel like so much has been made about the nudity in this film. I think the wonderful irony about this is that I think people got carried away with that and the thing that makes the film so special and so important to me was the intimacy between the two characters and what Annie [Hathaway] and I share on screen and what we shared with [director] Ed Zwick while we were making it,” he says. In fact, the actor, who is in L.A., wasn’t expecting the early-morning announcement at all. “My phone kept ringing at home and it was 6:30 in the morning and I had had like 25 emails, which is either awesome, or disconcerting at certain times in your life.” But, he’s not upset about the lack of sleep. “There are times when it’s so awesome to be tired, and this is one of those times.” So what was Gyllenhaal, whose next film Source Code is out April 1, 2011, going to do to celebrate? “Some form of caffeine is definitely in order,” he joked. “I’m planning on heading to meet my family soon for the holidays, which really, ultimately, I’m looking forward to the most. So, I’m just gonna be packing and smiling.” -- Lauren Schutte

Darlene Hunt, creator/writer and executive producer of The Big C: "The Golden Globe nominations are such a thrill and such well deserved recognition of Laura and the entire team of people who helped make the first season of this dream of mine a success. I've been trying to live more like Cathy who is learning that celebrating every single moment is what life is about and this is certainly a great reason to celebrate. Maybe I'll go ride a ferris wheel today, or drive through Krispy Kreme."

Producer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Tourist: "Three Golden Globe nominations for The Tourist is a dream come true. No one is more fun to watch than Johnny [Depp] and Angelina [Jolie]. They are great artists, and in my book, they deserve every nomination and award on the globe."

Luca Guadagnino, director of I Am Love: “I feel unstoppable joy, achievement, surprise, and it’s a very good feeling. Something I’ve been dreaming of feeling for a long time. But I must add that all the people involved in the film found in Hollywood and the American cinema world a home. We did I Am Love in Italy in a big number of troubles. Italy has been a sort of strangely cruel mother to the film. I feel like Rapunzel in the film Tangled. I think they didn’t want to get this movie, they didn’t pick the film for the Oscars. I don’t think the movie is the kind that sells in Italy now, which is basically dramedies about men that are not able to grow up and be a man. Vitteloni syndrome without Fellini. This Globe nomination is a sort of really strong warning for the Italian culture. Beware! When you don’t support what’s good, what can make your country stand out, then the image of your country goes down and down and down. They chose another movie, instead of one that was internationally well received, particularly in the U.S. But it’s all right. Right now the moment is cheer, and I’m very cheerful. It’s a great day!”

Robert Carlock, executive producer of 30 Rock: "It is truly an honor to be nominated. We couldn't be more thrilled. Our table will require two vegetarian meals. Is now the time to deal with this?"

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