Golden Globes: The Winners' Reactions
UPDATED: Winners at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards include Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Immediately after being played off the awards show stage at the Beverly Hilton, Sunday night's Golden Globe winners shared their sentiments about their latest honor with the press.
Jennifer Lawrence, who won for best supporting actress for American Hustle, said she's still overwhelmed by all the awards attention. "It's kind of unbelievable, really genuinely unbelievable, I can't process it. It's just a huge honor. It's just amazing."
Lawrence, who worked with director David O. Russell on Silver Linings Playbook, said that it was the opportunity to work with him again that got her interested in the project. "Before I even read the script, I knew I wanted to do it. Then I read the script and I fell in love with Rosalyn. She just kept evolving and it was just so exciting for me."
The actress was asked if she'd ever like to do work behind the camera, and surprisingly revealed she's interested in directing some day. "My passion for directing happened at the same time as I did my first movie. So I would love to direct, but I don't want to suck." When asked what her plans were to celebrate tonight, Lawrence said: "I need to catch up on my drinking. That's not a good answer," she admitted.
Amy Adams, who won for best actress in a musical or comedy, also for American Hustle, said she hadn't really thought about winning tonight. "I don't think about that. I worry more about the red carpet. I know that sounds silly but I'm very self-conscious on the red carpet." The actress, who gave Her director Spike Jonze a hug before talking to reporters backstage, had kind words for Hustle director David O. Russell. "He is completely unique and clearly he embraces female characters in a way that I so appreciate."
Adams, who said she's gearing up to shoot Zack Snyder's Superman sequel, said she plans to celebrate her win by "hanging out with her man. We're just going to go to some parties, drink a lot of champagne and try to go home with some dignity."
Director Steve McQueen, whose film 12 Years a Slave won for best picture, drama, told reporters backstage, “I think it’s important that one reflects on that point in history… it’s exhilarating that the public has embraced this film.” Star Chiwetel Ejiofor also spoke to reporters about taking on his lead role in the film: “It’s had a huge impact on me, and on my life just in telling the story, and learning about the story.”
The producers of American Hustle, winner, best picture, comedy or musical, gave credit to David O. Russell for the success of the film. Russell, who mentioned a few scenes between Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner that had to be cut, said of working with his cast: “You push them and you write as much as you can, and you have to pick. I believe a movie should move fast.” Russell himself credits his mother for inspiring his strong female characters. As for being called a comedy? “I implicitly find human beings if they’re real, heartbreaking but also funny,” said explained.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who took home the lead actor in a musical or comedy statuette for The Wolf of Wall Street, praised his frequent director and collaborator when talking about his win backstage: "I'm glad that Scorsese is still this punk rock, this vital, at 71 years old. There's no one like him." The actor said that he was doubly proud of his win because it had been a passion project for so long. "This came from spending time with Jordan [Belfort] and reading his novel. I've been obsessed with this project since 2008 and the crash. This level of hedonism, this world needed to be portrayed authentically onscreen. This became an obsession of mine."
Matthew McConaughey, who won for best actor in a drama for Dallas Buyers Club, said of making the film: “The material was so good. That’s what helps an actor relax.” Backstage, the actor was asked to look at his career over the past year. “I honestly haven’t really backed out of myself to be a voyeur in my career. I have been choosing roles that shook my floor,” he said, adding that he looks for “men with real identities.” The actor, who underwent a dramatic transformation for the role, added that he’s “more interested in life than ever before. My life outside of my career is extremely interesting to me.”
After winning for best supporting actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto told reporters backstage that he didn’t know where he’d keep his statue. “I’m still trying to breathe right now. It’s kind of surreal. I didn’t expect that I would win tonight at all. I’m shocked and honored and grateful.” The actor said his time away from film helped him prepare for this challenging role. “I don’t think I could have played the part if I hadn’t taken six years away from film,” he said. “I recommend six years.”
Behind the Candelabra best actor in a miniseries or TV movie winner Michael Douglas said being the frontrunner in the category made him as nervous as he was when One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was competing at the Academy Awards in 1975. "I was more nervous tonight than I was at the Emmys because of the momentum this has taken on," he revealed, recounting how nervous he was after Cuckoo lost the first four Oscars before winning the next five. The actor, who confessed he wasn't sure if he'd ever work again following his battle with cancer, called his role as Liberace "one of the best parts" he's ever had and told reporters he wished he could share the awards recognition with co-star Matt Damon. "For a leading man of his stature to take this gamble and perform as well as he did is inspirational," Douglas said.
When Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron indulged one reporter's theory that Sandra Bullock's character was, in fact, stuck in purgatory through the duration of the film, he offered up another alternative: "A better ending would be Sandra taking two steps and George Clooney's body falling on her." In all seriousness, the director added that his movie embodied his general attitude toward his work: "There are no rules in filmmaking," he said with a smile.
"I couldn't be more surprised. It's a cliché but I forgot to thank HFPA and my parents, that's how surprised I was," Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg said of winning a Golden Globe in his first time out. "The two things I had to say besides [thanking] my wife and I forgot." The former Saturday Night Live castmember turned leading man added that all he "ever wanted to do" was be on the show and noted that everything else has been icing on the cake. "This is beyond my wildest expectations," he said, noting that SNL will "always and forever" make him laugh. Samberg also acknowledged the difference between filming the NBC sketch show and the Fox comedy. "It's more of a grind but it's less stressful than Saturday Night Live," he said, noting that he's become a better actor, "which is something I never really thought I would say."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine executive producers Dan Goor and Mike Schur were in shock after the Fox freshman comedy stunned the Beverly Hilton and took home the Globe for best comedy series. It was the icing on the cake for the duo, who also saw star Andy Samberg and Amy Poehler of NBC's Parks and Recreation -- which the duo also executive produce -- score wins on Sunday. "As far as the show goes, that's insane. No one thought this would happen," Schur said backstage, adding that Globes host Poehler "deserves a thousand trophies, and one is a good start."
The duo both heaped heavy praise on Samberg, whom they noted contributes frequent notes on scripts -- many of which they wind up using. As for a second-season renewal, Schur joked that it would be a "pretty baller move" if Fox topper Kevin Reilly were to not grant the rookie comedy a second season.
Globes co-host Amy Poehler was so surprised to take home her first career best actress in a comedy win that she may have sacrificed her acceptance speech to ensure the live telecast came in on time. "I didn't expect to win, I've been to awards shows many times and have never won. I don't really remember my speech but being that I knew it was live TV and we were four minutes over, I tried to keep it short," the Parks and Recreation star said backstage. The actress, who was seated with her Parks co-stars -- and next to extended family Brooklyn Nine-Nine -- said the freshman Fox comedy's win "felt like a shared victory." With a night filled with so many highlights, Poehler singled out "kissing [U2 frontman] Bono" and the best parts of Sunday's ceremony.
Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan told reporters backstage following the AMC drama's first drama series win, for its final season, that he wants his former co-stars to cameo on AMC's upcoming prequel series, Better Call Saul.
"We are plugging away on Better Call Saul -- in our fourth week in the writers' room on that -- and [executive producer] Peter Gould and I will be hitting up all these wonderful actors for cameos at some point," Gilligan revealed. "We have to figure out how to work that out, story-wise."
He went on to note that he was happy he wrapped up the series when he did.
"Was it the right time to end it when we did? As much as we miss the cast, the crew, the city, I feel at peace that we ended it when we did. It's better to go out [on top] then, 'Aw crap, is that still on the air?'"
Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck spoke about the wide appeal of Frozen, which won for best animated film. "What we wanted to show is that if you make great characters, female, male, but they're all relatable to everyone, people will come," said Lee. When asked about the massive success of the Disney animated picture, she said, "We're still shocked. We did show it to an audience back in June, and we had the most surprising response. Boys, girls, men, women. I think that's when we knew something was happening."
Writer-director Spike Jonze, winner of the best screenplay award for Her, could barely contain his excitement for Her actress Amy Adams (who won for American Hustle) when she walked into the backstage bullpen. Before ceding the stage, he did talk about one of his favorite moments working on the film: "We spent the first two weeks of our shoot in the apartment where he lived, the Watermark in Downtown L.A. It was about 10 of us in this little apartment -- very intimate, which is rare for a movie. It was about trying to create an environment where Joaquin Phoenix felt alone in the apartment, these almost embarrassing moments." Jonze also laughed off the current meme of iPhone personal assistant Siri, dismissing questions about his similarly themed film. "She's a little jealous of Scarlett [Johansson]," he said.
Robin Wright, winner of lead actress in a drama for House of Cards, had more than just a Globe to celebrate backstage. The actress also took the night to announce her engagement to actor Ben Foster. "I'm in shock right now," she confessed. "I don't know what's going on right now. We're still talking about where, when and how -- but we couldn't be happier."
As for her longevity in the industry, the 47-year-old credited her ability not to ever get stressed. "There's so much spiritual warfare to get to here. I'm so full of joy. I have so much good in life. I'm just grateful." Her evening plans will also likely include a fast food run: "I really want to go to In-N-Out burger right now."
Elisabeth Moss, who won for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, was greeted backstage by several reporters curious about her take on Mad Men's notorious lack of acting wins.
"It's one of those things where I would not presume to answer," she said. "I don't know how it works. Jon [Hamm] won [a Globe], which was deserved. It's an ensemble show. I don't know why anyone wins, necessarily, though I'm glad I did this year."
As for her own victory, Moss continued to praise her mother. "I was so proud I didn't cry up there," she said. "Now I'm going to be an idiot. … She's a wonderful woman and a wonderful mother. " When asked about her immediate plans for her trophy, Moss said she's probably going to sleep with it.
Executive producer Jerry Weintraub recounted the long road it took for Behind the Candelabra to get to the screen after the HBO telepic took home the Golden Globe for best miniseries or TV movie on Sunday. "I do stuff that nobody else does. This was something nobody wanted to do. It took me 10 or 11 years to put this together and after I did, I still couldn't find a home for it," he said.
The prolific producer, who has an overall deal at HBO, was approached by the premium cable network to bring the Michael Douglas-Matt Damon project there but hesitated before saying yes. The turning point came after HBO said that they'd produce three TV movies during the year rather than their typical five and the rest was history. Asked how Liberace would have felt about the movie, Weintraub was all smiles about the man he calls a friend. "He would have loved every minute of it," he said.
When Jacqueline Bisset went backstage to talk to reporters after winning for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for Dancing on the Edge, she said she couldn't even remember what she had just said (and didn't say) onstage. "I was told that my category was coming up second from last, so I was absolutely stunned," she told reporters. "I didn't think I was going to win. Did it take forever? I saw Jon Voight on the way there, and got a kiss from him, which was lovely."
The actress said that she doesn't often get emotional like she did while onstage. "I don't get emotional that much. I got my control pretty in place. This surprised me enormously. … Of course I'm deeply emotional, but I try not to put it out there because it's embarrassing to some people. And it inhibits other people's feelings, so I try to keep it together." As for the reason she won for her role in Dancing on the Edge? "I think the fact that I completely transformed myself physically has something to do with it."
Backstage after winning best song for "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2's Bono told reporters about the time he spent with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. "The one that is probably most powerful was to be, myself and the Edge, with the great man on Robben Island, and hearing his voice crack as he spoke about his experiences spending so much time on that island. He's so stoic and so kind of dismissive of his own pain, the first moment in our entire relationship where I saw him almost lose it." Bono also had glowing things to say about producer Harvey Weinstein, whom he said he had worked with early on in his career. "He fights for the things he believes in," he said. "It's brute force, and it's intelligent and it's taste." The Edge revealed that the group had put their next album on hold to work on the song. "We're getting back to it now. We're really excited."
Alex Ebert, the winner of best original score – motion picture for All Is Lost said of his award, "For a songwriter, it was very, very liberating to do a score." He told reporters backstage that he wants to make movies and is currently writing screenplays. "I think movies are still the most powerful form of recorded art." When asked about writing the score for the film, which has nearly no dialogue, he admitted that the process was "a little harrowing.
"The feeling was really just setting foot into a negative space because I started writing before I saw the movie." He was also asked about the difference between winning an award at the Globes versus a music awards show such as the Grammys. "I think the composing category is less filtered through a framework of fame and glitz," he said of the Globes. "It's less a popularity contest. It's got a lot of integrity, this category."