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The nominees were announced Thursday morning for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg are set to host the 76th annual awards show, which will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Jan. 6, from the Beverly Hilton.
See the nominees’ reactions, below.
"I was asleep! (Laughs) It literally is the first time I haven't woken up to watch them. I love the sort of ceremony of waking up in the morning and watching, but I just did not think it was going to happen for me this year, so I decided to sleep in. Then the phone rang, and I'm just overjoyed. This whole reboot is really just miraculous as it is, and then to be honored in this way is just more than I could have imagined."
Cuaron was in Italy with his kids when he heard about the film's nominations. "I was with my son, so I said, 'Hey, you want to come to the Golden Globes?'" says the director, whose black-and-white movie is based on his own upbringing and centers on a character inspired by the nanny who helped raise him. "What's so special to me is how people from different corners of the world are embracing the film in such an emotional way. The human experience is one and the same."
"I'm living in 1860s Massachusetts currently [while filming Greta Gerwig's Little Women adaptation], so I feel as far removed from all of it as possible. But I'm beautifully thrilled, and thrilled for a few of my dearest friends who were honored today. … It really means the world to stories like this to continue this conversation and the narrative about really a cultural shift away from shame and the opportunity for truth for people with traumas, whatever it may be, and that survivors are really the only people we need to hear from."
John David Washington
"I'm so excited to be representing Spike Lee and Spike Lee getting love," says the first-time nominee, who stars in Lee's movie about a black police detective infiltrating the KKK. "Spike has been representing people of color for a long time." The movie, which premiered at Cannes, has been screening for months and Washington says he has appreciated both the positive and negative audience reactions: "Even the people who are hyper-critical of it, they seem to be passionate about their criticism. So, it's alright if we still got a reaction." As for how he found out about his nomination? "I was watching it with my old man. When they called the name, it was like super slow-motion. I heard the 'Johhh' and then he grabbed me and we hugged for what felt like 10 minutes. We just held on to each other. And then my mom was on speaker phone because she was on a flight headed to an audition — she is up for a Hamlet in Chicago — so she was in the zone going to an audition. But she was crying and saying she loved me and was proud of me. It was a straight tear session."
Weisz had just finished dropping her son off at school when she got the call from her publicist that she'd been nominated, but she says she was glad to find she wasn't the only one. "I was very thrilled that [co-stars] Olivia Colman and Emma Stone and I were all nominated together, it's a really, really lovely feeling. We really had a blast making it," she says, adding, "It was challenging and really interesting and a lot of fun. It's lovely that we'll be celebrating it at the Beverly Hilton. We're really good buddies the three of us, so I’m really excited to see everyone there." The actress, who is no stranger to the awards circuit, also has some advice for the first-time nominees: "Take a really deep breath and look around you at all the people in the room that you admire that you can chat to. If you can stay calm, there's a lot of great people to meet."
"I'm actually in Prague, so it's evening here now. I was on a walking tour of Prague, visiting Prague Castle and literally just stepped foot into a beautiful gothic cathedral when I felt my phone start blowing up in my pocket. But I waited until we got out of the cathedral to check in. It's the warmest welcome to season two. The Golden Globes and the HFPA were such a part of the beginning of our story. It was a similar situation last year — the show had just aired, and we found out we'd been nominated, and it really helped people find the show. … I'm incredibly grateful to be invited back to the party, and I'm a huge fan of other actresses and the other shows that were nominated. That part never gets less crazy amazing."
"I would follow her to the end of the world at this point," say Pike of late journalist Marie Colvin, whom she portrays in A Private War. "Unwittingly, we went to make a film about Marie, and then made a story for our time about journalism and truth and committing to something with zeal and passion to something that you feel is right, especially in a world where right can be pretty murky." Since the movie's Nov. 2 release, Pike has had many memorable interactions at screenings, recounting, "One woman came up to a screening in L.A. and said, 'I served in Vietnam. Thank you for making a film about PTSD, because this is what we live with and it is not always discussed as honestly as it is in this film.' And that meant a lot."
Jon M. Chu
"The last time I went to the Globes, I was Justin Bieber's plus one," reflects the director on how much his life has changed. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians (the first contemporary film featuring an all-Asian cast in 25 years) earned a nomination for best comedy/musical while its lead actress, Constance Wu also earned a nod. "I was jumping up and down when I heard Constance's name," says Chu. Of the film's runaway success, he adds: "When you put your heart into a movie and do something that's truthful to yourself and your family, you never know how much that spark can ignite so many people. This is what true pride feels like — I had never felt that before. I thought I had, but I had never felt that before."
McKay found out about Vice's leading six nominations while munching on a chicken sandwich for lunch in London. "It's this giant character portrait of this mysterious character that changed American history, and to see that and so many actors acknowledged is just thrilling for all of us." But McKay has one big announcement he wants to make: "We feel great being in all these categories with these different movies and tremendous artists. It's not really a competition except for one movie, and we are coming for [Mary Poppins Returns]. Dick Cheney will take down Mary Poppins. We're putting her on notice." McKay says that he let Emily Blunt know at the New York Governor's Ball and "she looked at me like I was a crazy person. But I've been making that joke constantly. It just makes me laugh so hard that the two of them are in the same category."
"What a thrill and an honor to be nominated alongside phenomenal actresses. Today was a triumph for Sharp Objects. Working on this limited series was a remarkable process and I'm grateful to have been a part of it."
Not only did newcomer Stephan James receive his first Golden Globe nomination for his role opposite Julia Roberts in the Amazon drama series Homecoming, his film If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for best motion picture, drama. "I found out [about the nominations] when my manager and my publicist woke me up at 5 a.m. screaming, and I didn't know what they were talking about. And then I think I heard the word 'nomination,' and I put two and two together. It definitely feels incredible to be nominated for the Golden Globes and to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press. What an incredible thing. I'm honestly overjoyed," James told THR. As for celebration plans, he hasn’t really had time to think about them. "I'm just going to be around good people — friends, family and hopefully some of the cast and crew for these projects — and I think we'll all celebrate together," he said, adding, "It's been crazy, but I'm honestly so proud of both of the things, and we put a lot of work into both of them. They both hold a really, really special place in my heart and I couldn't be prouder that they're coming into the world at the same time."
"I'm happy. When my alarm went off at 4:50, I was like, 'Really? It's raining and freezing.' Then I jumped out of bed with a big coffee, and I was so excited to be up. I've been jumping around ever since. I'm on month nine being here [at Amazon], and to be able to celebrate all the things that I kind of inherited … all the incredible work makes me really proud, not only for myself, but also for my team that's worked so hard on everything."
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
The pair was in London doing an interview about the film when they got the news. "Someone leaned in and waved and gave us a thumbs up," Lord says. Adds Miller, "We're grateful to the HFPA for embracing Miles Morales' story. We've been texting the directors and crew to congratulate everyone. We started this four years ago, and everyone on the team was really passionate about using animation to tell a universal story in a groundbreaking way."
"It's kind of hilarious. I was sound asleep in my bed, and my son came in to see if he could go downstairs to look for his Elf on the Shelf. Then I noticed my phone was ringing, and I literally thought I had forgotten an interview. … Needless to say, I was not aware the announcements were this morning and slept right through it. I was totally surprised and extremely grateful and gratified. It was such a lovely surprise."
Of how he got the news: "I was coming out of the fog of sleep. I found out through the out-of-focus face of my wife." Looking back, he recalls that when he and Pixar made 2004's The Incredibles, “there were only a couple other superhero movies, so we had a lot of elbow room and we were an original film. Now, when I had the idea for this film, I was worried that there are so many superhero films for about 10 seconds. But I remembered that I wasn't doing a film about superheroes, but a film about a family that happened to be superheroes."
"I'm kind of in shock, but also just enormously grateful and excited. I was sleeping, well…my phone is always on Do Not Disturb mode till about 7 a.m. except for my alarm still goes off. So, I guess I just didn't realize a) it would be so early, and b) my phone is always on Do Not Disturb mode. So, I woke up to a bunch of missed calls and texts, some really lovely messages from this cast full of such wonderful and talented people. It's really great to have shared the experience of making this movie with them. I mean, what a way to wake up! I talked to Jon M. Chu, the director of the movie, and I'm so excited for him because he directed a Golden Globe-nominated movie! He is the leader of this movie and this movement. Celebrating together with him was really cool. I'm probably gonna celebrate with pizza and beer, my favorite things."
"I'm just so surprised that my film's been nominated for the 76th Golden Globe Awards! It gives me great joy to think that my film could reach a wider audience, and more people could enjoy my little film. Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this honor."
"I was making breakfast for my kids before school. I have two shifts, [I had] the early shift. So, I was up. The TV was on in the kitchen and my son gave a brief acknowledgment. No, he was excited. He thought it was cool. And now I've got to get kid number 2 to school. But it's really all about Adam [McKay] and the actors. We're just really thrilled that the Hollywood Foreign Press supported his style of filmmaking and storytelling that Adam started with on The Big Short. We're really proud of the film. It's surprising how informative and entertaining this film is playing for people, which is great. It's a high degree of difficulty given the subject matter. It's great to make a film that both connects dots, in the way that Adam did with The Big Short, and helps to explain things, while also being entertaining."
"It's 10:30 in Perth and I just landed today, so I'm a little jet-lagged. But I'm wide awake now. I grew up in Perth, but my family lives in Melbourne and I live in L.A. And I've lived in L.A. for the time that they've lived in Melbourne. Basically long story short, I haven't been to Perth in a really long time, even though that's where I kind of consider home. I just landed here for the first time in probably about two and a half years, or something like that, so I'm in my childhood house, in my childhood bed for the first time in a really long time. I was about to fall asleep and my phone went off and I found out that I got nominated. The rest of my family is still on the flight in. They haven't landed. I would've told them in person, but I got too excited so I texted them. I assume once they land they'll find out on their phone. We'll probably go out for breakfast when they get in."
Richard E. Grant
"Well, it's lunchtime in England — because I'm in London — and I was eating lunch with my wife in a restaurant. It's a very busy, noisy restaurant and my agent called me and was shouting. I thought something catastrophic had happened. Then I heard voices in the background of her office going 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!' making all the right noises and then I realized what she was talking about. I was so unexpectedly overwhelmed that I couldn't talk. My wife leant across and said, 'Is something wrong?' And I turned my phone to her. There was a text from somebody in capital letters shouting, 'You've been nominated for a Golden Globe.' And then a waitress came over and said, 'Are you alright?' Because I was really emotional, very, very thrilled. It still feels like it's happening to somebody else. It's surreal.”
When he first heard that he had been nominated, Shaiman says his first gut reaction was one of relief. "Because the movie just means so much to all of us working on it. So the idea that it can get recognized in any way it can is nice, I think that will help people want to go see it," he explains. Calling the experience a "dream come true," he says that receiving recognition for his score "takes [him] to a surreal level of happiness." With a laugh he adds: "As a Jewish man, that's hard for me to wrap my head around, the idea of pure happiness. But I'm doing my best today." As for where he looked to inspiration for his work, Shaiman explains that he didn't need to revisit the original Mary Poppins because "it is so strongly in my blood and guts and DNA I didn't need to go back and listen, I just took what was already in me and applied it to the new story we were telling."
Before his mother called him crying this morning, Farrelly first heard from Green Book producer Octavia Spencer to congratulate him on the film's five nominations. "She was the first text I got. She wrote, ‘'Congrats, you're nominated for screenplay.' She's the best. She probably sent me 15 texts this morning: 'You got this, you got that. You should be happy about that. I'm so proud of you!' She's really something. I love her." Farrelly recalls hearing from Harry Belafonte after he saw the movie: "He reached out through mutual friends and sent me the kindest email about how it struck him and how it hit home for him. He knew Don Shirley and had an office across the street from him. And to hear from him, that I captured it and it was on the nose … he's a national treasure and a guy who put everything on the line just because it was the right thing at his own peril — that meant so much to me." While Farrelly won't be going out to celebrate this evening because he has to get up for work in the morning, he jokes, "Tomorrow night, I'm getting hammered."
Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
Normally, yhe Americans producers and writers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg aren't in the same place on award nominations mornings — but this year was different. "This one comes at a time of year where we're in the same room. We're about two and a half feet from each other," says Weisberg. Adds Fields of how he learned of the show's three nominations: "I dropped my kids at school and I'd completely forgotten because I just assumed that there wouldn't be a nomination. I was heading down into the subway and my phone buzzed and it was a text from [FX publicist] Lana Kim and it just said, 'Congratulations,' and I thought, 'That's odd! What could that possibly be about? She must have texted the wrong person.' And then a bunch of other texts came in and it was very, very nice." Weisberg, for his part, was having dim sum with a friend: "I didn't want to be the guy who keeps looking at his phone when he's out having breakfast with a friend, so I just was like, 'I'll just find out afterwards because we probably didn't get nominated anyway.' And then, of course, the second we parted, I whipped out my phone and had a bunch of emails telling me the news." Not only did the FX drama receive a series nomination, stars Kerri Russell and Matthew Rhys nabbed their own noms in the acting categories. "Emails have been pouring in," says Weisberg, with Fields explaining, "One of the very nice things that you don't think about with something like this is that we're disconnected from each other now since we're no longer making the show, and so there's something really nice about us all being back in communication. It inspires and creates a special kind of reunion.”
Sacha Baron Cohen
"I appreciate the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing me, which luckily is something that none of the guests on the show did. This is such a special honor for me as the HFPA are always among the first to really appreciate my ever evolving humor. I am humbled to be recognized among such a wonderful group of nominees, all of whom I admire. This show was a labor of love for over two years. It is a shame they overlooked the amazing performances by the rest of the cast, particularly Dick Cheney and Roy Moore. Meanwhile Ms. Palin, despite being cut from the show, I hope you will accept my invitation to be my date for the ceremony."
"I am immensely proud of the work of the entire cast and crew on Homecoming. And I am thrilled to see Julia's and Stephan's incredible performances recognized, they are a remarkable talent. On behalf of all of us, we are truly honored and gratified to be in such great company. Thank you to everyone at the HFPA. And I'd also like to add a shout out to my boy, Rami Malek [nominated for best actor in a drama film for Bohemian Rhapsody], he deserves all the praise and more."
Hurwitz says he was "very, very excited" to hear the news of his nomination, which he says he learned about while watching the announcement on his phone. "It was like 5 a.m. so I was very much in bed," says Hurwitz. The composer, who previously won an Oscar for his work on La La Land, says he would love to return to musicals, although he enjoyed his work on the space drama: "I feel like I want to do a couple more dramatic films like this, but I had such a fun time working on La La Land that I would love to go back to do another musical if the opportunity presented itself."
Desplat found out about his nomination in his natural element. "Well, actually, I was on the podium conducting the Orchestre National de France in Paris. And we're playing tonight, my work and a lot of my compositions for cinema including The Shape of Water and Harry Potter. I'm actually going back on the podium now in a few minutes to conduct for the concert." Having long been fascinated with Japanese culture, Desplat was pleased that "everything in the film was paying a respectful homage to Japan" and praises Isle of Dogs director Wes Anderson for "the imagination and creativity he brings to every shot." The composer recalls that "what some people told me they remember from the film is the tune of the boy. The tune of the boy is the marching Japanese drum that takes us from the beginning to the end of the film."
Although he's grateful for his nomination — which he says he first learned of when his wife woke him this morning — Göransson says he's most grateful for the reactions he received from the West African musicians he learned from in the course of his research for the Black Panther score. "When they saw this movie and heard their instruments being represented on the big screen for the whole world, they called me up and were really happy with that. I was most grateful for that," he says.
John C. Reilly
"It was a little bit of an odd thing to be singled out because I literally could not have done what we did in the film without Steve [Coogan] both onscreen and off. Steve has an amazing comedic mind, and he and I worked really hard together on this. Not just for the onscreen stuff, but behind the scenes working on the script and figuring out the comedy routines. I was singled out today, but I'm carrying the banner for not only the whole film, but Oliver Hardy himself. That's why this has special resonance for me — Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel were huge influences on me as long as I can remember, and this film is just a great way to point people back towards their work, which is still relevant after all this time. It's still really funny and it still works, which you can't say about every movie that was made 100 years ago. And it's certainly a movie that has some empathy in it and that's about people getting over their differences. That's definitely a tonic for our time, for sure."
"Thank you ever so much to the HFPA! I'm blown away and over the moon. I delighted in playing every aspect of this extraordinary and iconic character. The entire experience working on it was spellbinding and that's largely to do with the incomparable Rob Marshall, who took on this project with great love, depth and courage in his heart. I'm thrilled for [Lin-Manuel Miranda] and for the recognition for our beautiful score as well as the film as a whole. Thank you again."
"WOW! Thank you to the HFPA for supporting and embracing our show. And to Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk and the Pose gang for believing in us. I'm so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day when the stories of LGBTQ people of color are front and center! The category is…LOVE!"
"What a great morning," Spencer says, adding that when he got the news he sent a text to directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, who are in South America (heading to Sao Paulo) doing press for the film. "I'm on the way to the office to congratulate the team."
"We've had a good run at the box office to date, and it's so important to get the nominations because it supports the expansion of the film. It really is important. It's great news and I’m really grateful," Guiney tells THR about the film's nominations. Of the ceremony, the producer says he already has his date picked out. "My wife of course! What'd you expect me to say," he says, laughing. And he says if he could pick any one of the other nominees' brains, it would be the cast and crew of Vice. "Oh, my God. I haven't seen the film but I'm so fascinated about Dick Cheney and Christian Bale, and I'd love to find out more about how he approached it, I'm very curious."
"The first thing I did was text Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga to say 'Thank you so much,' because it's the film and the performances that made this song get its hooks in everybody," says Ronson, who was in London when he found out about his nomination. He says he didn't know the song would be such a significant part of the story when he first co-wrote it. "I couldn't believe it when I first saw the parking lot scene because I didn't know that it was going to be worked into the script. I was moved," says Ronson, who is in London for a show with Miley Cyrus, whom he worked with on the new song "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart."
The former Game of Thrones star scored his first-ever Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Bodyguard, a BBC One drama series that also streams on Netflix. Madden describes getting nominated as a "very strange" experience because he didn't expect it. "It wasn't even in my thoughts, so I'm overwhelmed. I'm just really thrilled for everyone who worked on the show. It's just amazing that it's traveled over the water and that people have enjoyed it," he says. "It's been a crazy few months. It's been a whirlwind." As for why the show has landed so well abroad and in the U.S., Madden isn't quite sure. "I wish I knew, because then I'd apply it to all my jobs," he says, with a laugh. "I think it might be what attracted me to the job, which are these complicated characters that don't lie in one camp or another. They're morally ambiguous and I think that can reflect on humans quite accurately. Within this kind of destruction, we find lots of beauty and empathy and selflessness within lots of selfishness. I think that's a tangled thing that we're interested and intrigued by because it's in all of us."
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