Globes nominees react to announcements

David Cronenberg really was surprised to learn of “A History of Violence’s” two noms (picture and actress, Maria Bello).

Pic’s helmer-producer — who first learned of the news from his sister, costume designer Denise Cronenberg — forgot the nominations were announced on TV, and surfed the ‘net for news articles; the wrong articles. “What I thought were nomination lists were actually just writers listing top contenders, and from what I saw, we were not mentioned.”

He should have been checking Variety.com.

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“This achievement really belongs to David Shore. It’s his conception of the character that makes House so fascinating. He’s an endless round of contradictions and that makes it all the more exciting to play him,” said Hugh Laurie (actor in a TV drama), speaking from the set of “House.”

“A nomination like this is all the more meaningful to me because I have never been entirely sure that I am really an actor. I have never really felt that I am in the right place at the right time doing the right job, and so an affirmation as big as this is terrifically important to me. It’s like the decision I made 20 years ago to do this for a living turned out to be not such a crazy one, and I feel very grateful for that.”

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“I am very proud of ‘Munich’ and everyone who had a hand in bringing it to life, and I am extremely grateful to the HFPA for acknowledging the screenplay as well as my contributions as director.” — Steven Spielberg, “Munich” (director)

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“‘North Country’ is a very important movie to me, so I am so thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing me in the role of Josey Aimes. Working with Niki Caro was an incredible experience, and the fact that Frances McDormand was nominated for her performance is icing on the cake!” — Charlize Theron, “North Country” (actress in a drama)

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“I am absolutely thrilled and very honored to have been nominated today for ‘Proof.’ I feel real tremendous gratitude towards the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing this film of which I am very proud. They have made my day to say the least!” — Gwyneth Paltrow, “Proof” (actress in a drama)

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“I am so proud and honored to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for my role as Julian Noble in ‘The Matador’ and for all my friends and colleagues who helped make the movie. Bravo. Bravo.” — Pierce Brosnan, “The Matador” (actor in a drama)

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” “Mrs. Henderson Presents” was the most joyous film experience I’ve ever had — obviously the joy shows.” — Bob Hoskins, “Mrs. Henderson Presents” (supporting actor)

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“‘Hustle & Flow’ is a film about people with dreams and this year has really been a dream come true for me. I am so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing my work in Craig Brewer’s magical film. I have been embraced by so many of my peers and people in the film community since this film premiered at Sundance, and today is now another day where I really feel the love.” — Terrence Howard, “Hustle & Flow” (actor)

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“We congratulate all of our nominees and we thank the HFPA members for their recognition. We love making the movies we do, and we’re so glad that the HFPA supports our filmmakers and talent.” — David Linde and James Schamus, co-presidents, Focus Features

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“My heartfelt thanks to the HFPA for these two nominations. It was an honor scoring the film for Ang Lee, and I loved writing the song ‘A Love That Will Never Grow Old’ with Bernie Taupin for Emmylou Harris to sing. They are all masters, and I am proud to have collaborated with them on this beautiful and important movie.” — Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain” (Best Score, and Best Original Song)

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“It’s a real honor to be a part of a movie that has been as well-received as ‘Brokeback Mountain’ has, and I’m so proud of it.” — Heath Ledger, “Brokeback Moutain” (actor)

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“My deepest thanks for this recognition. I am so touched that the HFPA members have honored so many of the people who worked on ‘Brokeback Moutain.’ With the support of these nominations, this universal love story will be seen and heard by more and more people all over the globe.” — Ang Lee, “Brokeback Moutain” (director)

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“On behalf of everyone who was on the eight-year journey to make ‘Brokeback Mountain”s epic love story into a motion picture, I thank the HFPA members for these wonderful and much-appreciated nominations.” — James Schamus, producer of “Brokeback Mountain”

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“We are thrilled that our film is receiving so much recognition. And our wonderful family on ‘Brokeback’ — Ang and every one of our cast and crew-deserves tremendous credit. It is a true collaboration, in every sense. As screenwriters, we feel both humbled and incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on material with such depth, resonance and power.” — Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, screenwriters of “Brokeback Mountain”

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“My heartfelt thanks to the HFPA for these two nominations. It was an honor scoring the film for Ang Lee, and I loved writing the song ‘A Love That Will Never Grow Old’ with Bernie Taupin for Emmylou Harris to sing. They are all masters, and I am proud to have collaborated with them on this beautiful and important movie.” — Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain” (score composer and co-songwriter)

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“We all felt that this was such a special film from the beginning as it was being made and to see this kind of reaction from the public and now the Hollywood Foreign Press – we are all so excited.” — Bill Pohlad, “Brokeback Mountain” (executive producer)

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“I am simply elated by this nomination – and thrilled that the movie and our director, Fernando Meirelles, were nominated as well. The HFPA’s support and encouragement of ‘The Constant Gardener’ has been so gratifying.” — Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener” (supporting actress)

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“This is thrilling for all of us who journeyed around the world to make ‘The Constant Gardener.’ I’m so thankful to the HFPA for recognizing the film and Rachel this morning. It’s a great day.” — Fernando Meirelles, “The Constant Gardener” (director)

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“This is very exciting news, a fantastic start to the awards season. We’re thrilled and particularly delighted for Fernando Meirelles and Rachel Weisz.” — Simon Channing Williams, producer, and Gail Egan, executive producer, “The Constant Gardener”

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“We (Tim, Eric and I) are thrilled; its such a great honor. Its fantastic to be in such good company.” — Paul Webster, producer, “Pride & Prejudice”

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“We’re delighted that our leading lady is a Golden Globe Award nominee, and we’re thrilled that the HFPA members have embraced our movie – it was a joy to make.” — Tim Bevan (Working Title Films), producer, “Pride & Prejudice”

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“It’s great to be recognized so fresh out of the gate,” “Prison Break” actor nominee Wentworth Miller said of the show’s two nominations. Miller, who is in Chi lensing the drama added: “I am indebted to this crew. They make me look good, day in, day out.”

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“I’m thrilled and gratified by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s nomination for their prestigious Golden Globe Award. Their annual recognition of selected scores contributes greatly to the awareness and appreciation of music in film and I feel privileged that they’ve included “Memoirs of a Geisha” among the many fine choices they’ve made this year.” — John Williams, composer, “Memoirs of a Geisha”

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