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"I'm pumped!" James Cameron said before hopping a plane from New York to Los Angeles, where he hoped to celebrate with the cast and crew of best drama nominee "Avatar" at a screening Tuesday night. "It's been a 4 1/2-year journey, and this is not typically the kind of film that critics love, it being a genre movie and being seen as a big commercial movie." Cameron, also nominated for a best director Golden Globe, was pleased the movie also got some love in the music category. "I think this is James Horner's best score to date," he says. But he says he is sad his actors got short shrift. "Maybe there's a sense that acting for performance capture isn't the same as acting for a lens, which is going to take an education. I think that will eventually go away. Do I think they deserve it? Absolutely."


 
Morgan Freeman was shooting lions in South Africa when he got the news of his best actor in a drama nomination for "Invictus." "No shooting -- except with cameras," he corrected by phone, crackling over the long distance. "I'm actually in one of those game vehicles you ride through the bush." Freeman, who's been nominated four times before -- and won in 1990 for "Driving Miss Daisy" -- was still hoping to see elephants a week into his safari. But for the moment, he's happy to have tackled such a gigantic role as Nelson Mandela. "Of course, it carries special weight," he said. "This was a big project for me. 'Are you going to do it credibly? Are you going to make a fool of yourself?' It's a big thing! I get the impression from 95% of the South Africans who have seen the movie that we did good. So now to get a nomination -- wow! Very pleased, very pleased."


 
Anna Kendrick was seconds from heading onto the stage of the "CBS Early Morning Show" when she saw her name being read on the TV in the green room. "I was literally being pulled away from the monitor as they were reading Vera's name and my name," Kendrick says. "They were like, 'We need to mic you ...' And I was like, 'I'm kind of in the middle of something here!' " Kendrick's nomination for best supporting actress -- along with "Up in the Air" co-star Vera Farmiga -- is her first, and one of the film's six noms. Her celebration plans post-interviews include taking her brother Christmas shopping and looking for a new gig (she has "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" in the can and awaiting release next year). "I'm just trying to enjoy this moment right now and not think about if that means something better," she says of any potential future accolades. "Because right now, this is really good."

Sandra Bullock
says of her dual best actress nominations for drama "The Blind Side" and comedy "The Proposal": "I am beyond stunned. Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired through the years, has left me slack-jawed with awe. It is truly an honor just to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and I will cherish this moment with all the artists I have worked with behind the scenes, who truly make me look good! Thank you very much."


 
Tobey Maguire, nominated for best actor in a drama for his role in "Brothers," sat in his hotel room in New York watching the nominations with his son, wife and a friend. "I was genuinely surprised and excited when they said my name. I couldn't hear all of my name because, well, it got really loud," he says. Maguire's performance in the war drama is emerging as a dark horse, fueled perhaps by a party thrown in his honor last week at the Chateau Marmont by his pal Leonardo DiCaprio. "I was bit embarrassed about the idea of it, but he said, 'There's no agenda, let's celebrate your performance. I've been talking to folks who are excited about your performance. I just want to throw you a party, you're my boy, blah blah.' I honestly didn't expect it. And today, just hearing those names, there's some really talented folks, and getting to be a part of that was a real thrill."

Robert Downey Jr., whose performance in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" translated into a nom as best actor in a comedy, said: "My heartfelt thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this wonderful nomination. I share this honor with Jude Law and all of my castmates, my great director Guy Ritchie and the rest of the team whose collaboration and camaraderie helped make this new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes possible."

Jeff Bridges fielded his fourth nomination -- he first earned a nom 25 years ago for "Starman" -- for best dramatic actor in "Crazy Heart," but he had childhood hunger on his mind Tuesday morning. "I plan on doing a lot of work towards ending childhood hunger in our country," Bridges said, referencing recent Department of Agriculture statistics of 16.7 million kids living in "food insecure homes." "(President Obama's) direction is that we need leadership and resources, so I'm helping on that side of it." Bridges has worked with the End Hunger Network for nearly 30 years, including providing materials for Live Aid, but he's worried about the under-funded safety net. "Kids, they're a compass to keep us on track, on course," he says. "We gotta get back on it." As far as getting back to his nomination, Bridges was happy to share it with musician-friends Stephen Bruton and T Bone Burnett. And his wife, who was next on his phone list. "I'm looking forward to getting on the phone with my wife and talking to her about it," Bridges said. "I figured I'd let her sleep a little bit."

"Brothers" director Jim Sheridan has known Bono and the rest of U2 since the early '80s. The collaboration has now led to a third original song nomination, for "Winter," U2's contribution to the movie's soundtrack. "People think of songs that are involved in movies like this as non-integral," Bono said. "And this is not the case here. We were involved in the very earliest stages of this movie -- before it was a script!" Bono, who now has six Globe nominations, and the boys are currently in New York recording. (As a group, they won the Globe for "The Hands That Built America" in 2002 from Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York.") "I really jumped on the idea of trying to get into this guy's head," the singer said of writing for Tobey Maguire's war-survivor character. "I am so pleased it turned out very well. We are very proud of it. Songs like this, if you're a songwriter, don't come about every year."

T Bone Burnett
, nominated with Ryan Bingham for penning "The Weary Kind (Theme from 'Crazy Heart')," says that the HFPA recognizing their song should help it attracted broader attention among the listing public. "We're in an interim period here, where an old system is dying and a new one is being born -- but hasn't been born yet," Burnett says. "So it's difficult to get recognition for anything musically these days. It's just so tough to get things heard." Bingham adds, "A year ago, I would have never imagined that I would be receiving such amazing news this morning -- and I couldn't be more excited! It's already been such a remarkable experience being a part of this film, and working alongside such incredible talents as T Bone Burnett, Jeff Bridges, and Stephen Bruton. To be recognized today by the Hollywood Foreign Press for "The Weary Kind" -- together with musical legend T Bone Burnett -- is such an honor! What amazing company to be a part of."

"Not a bad way to start a Tuesday," says George Clooney, nominated for best actor in a drama for "Up in the Air." The film also received five other noms. Another film starring Clooney, the animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox," also earned a Golden Globe nom.

Composer Marvin Hamlish, nominated for his work on "The Informant!," says, "I'm very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press and very thrilled for this nomination. It means a great deal to me. It is wonderful to return to scoring movies!"


 
Helen Mirren has already won three Globes, but, speaking from her home in Los Angeles, she says: "This never gets old. Actually, I think you start off a bit cynically but come to realize the incredible importance of it for a film like 'The Last Station,' which doesn't have a big budget for marketing. You come to realize how important that is. And it's an kind of an ensemble film ... so I was also very happy that Chris (Plummer) was also nominated."

"The Hollywood Foreign Press have just given me time out from my 20-year midlife crisis," British actor Colin Firth says of his nomination for best drama actor for his performance as a gay man weathering the death of his longtime companion in "A Single Man." "My heartfelt thanks to them."

"These days it seems like the world's becoming one big international family, and that's a good thing!" Joseph Gordon-Levitt remarked after receiving a nom for best actor in a musical or comedy for his portrayal of a love-besotted young man in "(500) Days of Summer." "That said, I'm particularly happy and grateful to be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press, an association defined by it's international, or shall we say 'global,' character. Moviemaking is so collaborative, the work I did in '(500) Days of Summer' wouldn't even exist if not for the film's director, Marc Webb, screenwriters, Scott Neustadter and Michael Webber, and, of course, my dear friend and sister-in-craft, Zooey Deschanel."


 
"I'm feeling crowned," jokes Emily Blunt, who was nominated for best actress in a drama for playing the regal title role in "The Young Victoria. "I'm just happy for the film because it needs this kind of buzz to be seen. Otherwise they can sit gathering cobwebs on a shelf." Blunt, who spoke by phone from the New York set of "The Adjustment Bureau," has been nominated twice before, winning for the TV movie "Gideon's Daughter" in 2005. "I might have champagne at lunch, which is probably bad because I'm on set right now," she says about a potential impromptu celebration. "I'm working with Matt Damon today, who's got a double-header" -- he was nominated for "Invictus" and "The Informant!" -- "so I just gave him hell because he's apparently trying to steal my thunder. He's the worst." With three days left on the "Bureau" shoot, Blunt is excited to "take a nice breather" and head back to London to spend the holidays with her family. "I've been playing a dancer in this movie, so I've had to be on this boring diet," Blunt says. "So I'm going to eat anything I want over Christmas. It's going to be good."

Julianne Moore, nominated for best supporting actress for "A Single Man," says: "I am so honored and thrilled to be among the Golden Globe nominees this year. I am happy for everybody -- particularly my friend Colin Firth!"

"Coraline" producer Bill Mechanic says of the pic's best animated film nom: "It is a very pleasant surprise and honor for our movie to be recognized with this nomination. The hundreds of artists who worked so hard and for so long on 'Coraline' all share in the joy."

Of "Fantastic Mr. Fox's" best animated feature nomination, Jason Schwartzman says, "It's such an honor for the film to be nominated especially considering the competition. I'm very proud for Wes and everyone who worked so hard to transform such a unique book into such a unique film."


 
The first people Carey Mulligan called, upon learning of her nomination as best drama actress for "An Education," were her mother and brother. "My mum was shopping in High Wickham in Marks and Spencer and she was trying not to squeal in a very discreet way in a grocery aisle. And my brother, he never has his phone on, and remarkably, today of all days he had his phone on." She says she tried to go back to sleep after the calls, but was too excited.

"I am so honored to be nominated for 'Nine,' says best supporting actress nominee Penelope Cruz. "I had an incredible time working on the film with such an amazing director, Rob Marshall, and with this extraordinary cast. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing me. I am also thrilled that 'Broken Embraces' was nominated. Pedro has once again made a very brave and beautiful movie and I was very lucky to be a part of it."

Marion Cotillard, who was nominated for a Golden Globe two years ago for "La vie en rose," received her second nom for her turn as a wronged wife in the musical "Nine." "Each time is unique in its own way," Cotillard says. "It was my dream as a kid to be in an American musical. It's an amazing movie and a very special movie, and I hope that people will be made more aware of it by this."

Gabourey "Gabby" Sibide, best actress nominee drama for "Precious," made a party out of the noms, watching the telecast live on E! with her roommate and manager. "My roommate bought a bottle of super super cheap champagne. We were going to have mimosas just in case I was nominated. And we did!" And the moments before her name was called were tense ones. "I just crossed my fingers and hoped really really hard," she recalled. "Precious" is her first acting credit, so while she had no real marker to gauge the movie against, others during the filmmaking process thought something extraordinary was being made. Sibide said the accolade didn't change her plans for the day, which included lunch with her father and a ugly Christmas sweater party in the evening.

"Elated. Amazing. Grateful. Blessed. Exuberant." Those were the words "Precious" producer Sarah Siegel-Magness used to describe her feelings Tuesday morning. She says the first person to call her was the movie's director, Lee Daniels. "I answered the phone, and I heard screaming. That's it. And I was like, 'Lee, are you all right?' And soon we all started to scream." Siegel-Magness also says the movie's long road only made Tuesday's milestone all the sweeter. "I think that the most blessed moments are usually that one that have a long road. And that everything great requires time and patience as well as perseverance and faith in the project that you choose to spend your time and invest re could a writer ask for? I am beyond honored to have been nominated, but absolutely share this nomination with everyone who worked so hard to make District 9 the success that it was."

Abel Korzeniowski, composer of the score on "A Single Man," and a first-time Globe nominee, says: "It tastes great! 'A Single Man' has this incredibly sophisticated visuals and acting that goes very deep. You don't have car chases. Everything happens inside and you have to get there. The score has to help connect the moviegoer to the characters emotions."


 
Christoph Waltz, nominated for best supporting actor in for "Inglourious Basterds," says, "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press, who have transported me from the unbelievable into the unimaginable."

"I am absolutely thrilled for my friend Helen Mirren and am so proud to find myself included in such glorious company," says Christopher Plummer of his supporting actor nomination for his role as Leo Tolstoy in "The Last Station," for which Helen Mirren also drew a drama actress nom.

Although "Nine" picked up five noms, include a best comedy or musical mention, its director, Rob Marshall, was shut out, but he issued a statement saying: "We're so thrilled to be included in such a varied and exciting year for film. I am incredibly proud of this extraordinary cast and the amazing amount of dedication and passion they gave. Working with all of them was pure joy for me."

"A hearty thank you to the members of the HFPA. I am delighted and very grateful to be included," says Daniel Day-Lewis, a best comedy/musical actor nominee for "Nine." "Congratulations to all fellow nominees and eternal thanks to Rob Marshall."

It seems almost unfathomable that after 10 seasons on "Friends," Courteney Cox is only now receiving her first Globe nom -- for actress in a TV series, comedy or musical, for ABC's rookie comedy "Cougar Town." Cox said she was "beyond excited" to receive her first Globe nom: "It is such an honor to be included in a category with such talented women and I feel blessed to go to work every day with an amazing cast and crew on 'Cougar Town.' "


 
"I'm thrilled to be in such great company, and it underlines my conviction that the best writing for women today is on television," TV drama actress nominee Glenn Close said of her 10th Golden Globe nomination and second for "Damages." Close, who was busy filming the FX drama and won the Globe in 2008 for her role as Patty Hewes, attributed the nom to the people behind the scenes: "I know I wouldn't have received this wonderful nomination if it weren't for our writers on 'Damages.' "

On location in Shreveport, La., for an upcoming film, Kevin Bacon, nominated for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his role as Lt. Col. Mike Strobl in "Taking Chance," woke up early, then went back to sleep. When he did get up for good, he turned on his phone. "And then you check to see if you got any messages. If you didn't get a lot of calls, then you know you're in trouble. Fortunately, I got a lot of calls." He says when he read the list of nominees, he was humbled. "Such great actors. How the hell did I get on the list with all these guys?"


 
Nominated for her seventh Globe, and first for Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," Edie Falco was all business -- unlike her outspoken character on the show. "I have loved every moment of working on this show ... and every person involved in the process," the former "Sopranos" nominee says. "It's a true honor and thrill to also have been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press."

Lead actress in a comedy Emmy winner Toni Collette continued to collect accolades for her portrayal of a woman with dissociative identity disorder on Showtime's "United States of Tara." "Insomnia is not usually this much fun," she said in a nod to the early-morning Globes announcement. Collette, who has been nominated for three previous Globes, received her first for best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical on Tuesday. "I am ridiculously happy for our show. What a thrill." " 'Prayers for Bobby' is a project close to my heart, and it means so much to have the Hollywood Foreign Press acknowledge my work and the importance of this small but powerful film based on a true story," says Sigourney Weaver, nominated for best actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie.


 
Michael C. Hall, better known as serial killer Dexter Morgan, tipped his hat to "Dexter's" Trinity Killer -- fellow nominee John Lithgow -- after he received news of fourth Globe nomination for actor in a drama as well as the Showtime show's best drama recognition. "Thanks to the HFPA for this collective and individual recognition," he says. "I'm very gratified that John received an individual nomination as well. His performance as Trinity is an instant classic."

Matthew Morrison, who plays club director Will Schuester on "Glee," says he was humbled by the attention the rookie show received from the HFPA. "I mean, c'mon, it's just ridiculous. I can't even believe it. This moment is not lost on me at all. I'm just going to enjoy the evening with no expectations of wining at all," said the first-time nominee, who's up against Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, David Duchovny and Thomas Jane in the lead actor in a TV series, comedy or musical. Of "Glee's" writers, he says, "They can make Jane Lynch say anything she wants, and it comes out great. ... We just won Sectionals, and now 'Glee' is going to the Golden Globes. It's been a good week for us."

"It's such a great honor to be nominated this morning. I'm so proud of this past season of 'Big Love,' and am thrilled to share the nominations with our loyal cast and crew," says Bill Paxton, nominated for his portrayal of a Mormon head-of-extended-household in the Showtime drama. "A special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for their support. Your organization has championed us from the very beginning. We really are a family, and without my three beautiful wives I would not have made it on this short list of actors so I truly do share this with (co-stars) Jeanne (Tripplehorn), Ginnifer (Goodwin) and Chloe (Sevigny)."


 
"Glee's" Lea Michele turned her TV on to see if the Fox freshman hit was going to be nominated, and the "first thing I heard was that I got nominated," she said of her first nomination. "It's probably the most incredible moment of my career thus far. To say that my first nomination ever in my life was for a Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy is incredible. I feel so honored that Ryan Murphy wrote this incredible role, Rachel Berry; she's so much fun to play. To have moments like this is completely mind-boggling. I can't even believe it. I'm just a girl from the Bronx who's from musical theater, and now here we are!"

For husband-and-wife producing team Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin, the Golden Globe nomination for the TV biopic "Georgia O Keeffe" brought them full circle. With their four-month-old daughter in tow, the duo was inspired to make the project during a visit to the O'Keeffe museum in Santa Fe. When Witlin asked her husband whom he wanted to play the part of O'Keeffe, Maurer answered "Joan." They immediately called "Joan," their friend Joan Allen, who quickly said yes. And it was Joan who called Maurer and Witlin on Tuesday morning to let them know the project had been nominated. Maurer and Witlin's movie set the historical precedent of having been the first film to be shot in O'Keeffe's home.

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David Shore was going to join the writers and "have some champagne in the office -- and get no writing done after that, at least not very good writing," to celebrate "House's" third best drama Golden Globe nomination. "It means a little more because we're in our sixth season," he says. "We worked very hard to try not to have the show get tired and to keep it fresh. It's very gratifying to get accolades in Season 6." As for whether series star Jennifer Morrison will return, the writer/executive producer remained mum.

-- Laura Butler, Carl DiOrio, Jay A. Fernandez, Lesley Goldberg, Gregg Kilday and Borys Kit
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