Reactions to Golden Globe noms

Nominees share their thoughts

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“We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring Heath’s performance in “The Dark Knight.” This nomination is deeply appreciated and is not lost on those of us who continue to love and miss him. We are so proud that our boy’s work is being recognized in this way.”
Kim Ledger in a statement from the Ledger family

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“Sam (Mendes) very much set this film up tonally as a play and actors workshop, which helped draw different reactions out of each other. It was kind of emotinally draining and exhausting, like doing some really intense stage production. It was a hard movie to make but really satisfying at the end of the day.”
Leonardo DiCaprio, lead actor in a drama, “Revolutionary Road”

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“I was lying asleep in bed and my agent called screaming and hyperventilating, I had to hold the phone a few inches from my head. To be honest it was a bit of a surprise, but a nice surprise. I told (director Martin McDonagh) not to cast me but thank God he didn’t heed my advice.”
– Colin Farrell, actor, “In Bruges”

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“I’m such a big fan of Woody Allen and I love the movie so much, it’s hard to be objective when you’re a part of it. When he gave me the script I had two hours to read it and give an answer, but he’s such an incredible, master filmmaker, I was just so happy to have the chance to be a part of one his films. I’m grateful to him for giving me this character and I’d love to work with him again. I’m getting ready for a special night with my good friend Bono, who is being honored by the Nobel Prize [organization]. We have so much to celebrate!”
– Penelope Cruz, actress, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

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“I’m slightly groggy as I am also doing ‘The Seagull’ on stage. This was the first time playing a character in this vein. She had no defenses and wasn’t seducing anyone. There was nothing artificial about her. I wanted to go for that. I’m interested in portraying abadonment and isolation the way real families would.”
— Kristin Scott Thomas, actress, drama, “I’ve Loved You So Long”

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“Happy-Go-Lucky” star Sally Hawkins was in a cab on her way from a doctor’s appointment when she received a text from her mother.

“I don’t know how she knew ahead of anyone else. I didn’t believe her at first but she’s linked to some incredibly efficient Google alert system, and hearing it first from her made it even more special.”
— Sally Hawkins, actress, “Happy-Go-Lucky”

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“I’m so happy that the film is being recognized. The whole experience was great and I really owe a lot to Judd [Apatow] and Seth [Rogen] and David Gordon Green for giving me the chance to be in a movie like that and play that kind of role. It was a blast. There’s just so much improvisation and it really insists on having fun.”
– James Franco, actor, “Pineapple Express”

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Anna Paquin was enjoying lunch in her trailer while shooting a film in Latvia when her phone started ringing. “I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s incredibly exciting for all of us. I guess it means people are really responding to what we did. I love playing Sookie because I get to do everything. She’s sweet but strong and she gets into crazy scrapes. I fought really hard to get this role and it’s been incredibly rewarding because I get to work with such amazing actors, writers and directors, and thanks to HBO, we have the resources to do some pretty high level film quality work without having to censor the subject matter or content.”
– Anna Paquin, actress, “True Blood”

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“The response to this season was great. I loved the scene when Vince asks me, ‘Can I act?’ And say, ‘It remains to be seen.’ In the past, Ari would deflect and scream at E, but we’ve gotten to something deeper about them. I couldn’t be more thankful. Times are incredibly tough and to have a job like this is wonderful.”
Jeremy Piven, supporting actor, “Entourage”

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“I woke up to a series of text messages from representatives and friends. I took that as a good sign. It’s particularly gratifying this year because the show is nominated as well and it’s a very collaborative process so we can all share in the recognition. Pay cable has really set the standard in terms of taking chances artistically with the shows they’re able to put on the air. It’s less constrained by or beholden to sponsorship, it’s driven by their subscription base and as a result, I think their shows are a bit more trendsetting and boundary-breaking and I’m certainly fortunate to ride that wave. “
– Michael C. Hall, actor and co-exec producer, “Dexter”

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“As one of the executive producers, I consider it an honor for our entire show and hopefully more people will watch it now. We want to get a third season and that’s what’s important. It’s not about me, it’s about us. I’m part of an ensemble so I’m just representing all the hard work that everybody is doing. It’s a very talented group of people and we hold each other up.
– Christina Applegate, actress, “Samantha Who?”

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“It all comes down to good scripts. It’s an instinctual thing and the quality of the scripts really made me wanna do them. HBO has been very brave and they’ve been wise to be that way because they produce such fantasically high-quality stuff. The larger networks have to be more conservative, but HBO is very uncompromising so it can stick with something and see its (creative vision) to the end.
– Tom Wilkinson, actor “Recount,” supporting actor, “John Adams”

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“Nobody wants the phone ringing at that hour. The funny part is I had no idea it was this morning. I like to believe we’re still building an audience. We keep discovering new fans. Doug (Ellin) made it a point this season that Eric Murphy serves a purpose in Vince’s life.”
Kevin Connolly, actor in a TV series, comedy or musical, “Entourage”

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“My publicists called and woke me up and it was a very nice surprise. It’s great that people have been paying attention to the movie, and hopefully this will get more people to see it.”
Marisa Tomei, supporting actress , “The Wrestler”

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Last year’s winner David Duchovny echoed what many in the cable arena often say, especially having come from a network. “Cable allows you certain freedoms that network TV doesn’t. There are really funny shows on network TV like ‘The Office’ and ‘30 Rock’ but once you have access to more adult situations, and even language, the result can be so much funnier and realistic, so there’s a slight advantage there.”
— David Duchovny, actor, “Californication”

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“The interesting thing is the moment we began showing the picture we had an extraordinary reaction. I don’t think people thought a film about post-war Germany would be an audience picture. People tend to bring me difficult books. Nobody gives me a nice little thriller. The person I’m most pleased for is Kate (Winslet), who stepped in at short notice. It’s very hard to join a film that’s up and running and come through with a performance like this one. She was extraordinary.”
David Hare, screenwriter, “The Reader”

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“I’m in Vienna and it’s much better receiving this sort of news in central Europe because you can just go straight from the nominations to getting completely wasted. A film like this is not an opening weekend movie, it’s a word-of-mouth film and Ron (Howard) and I always felt that if people saw it, they’d tell their friends to go. “
— Peter Morgan, screenwriter, “Frost/Nixon”

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“As a composer, you try not to step on anyone’s toes and come up with something. Ron (Howard) and I developed these ideas together. We spent a couple of weeks in the studio before he shot the movie, trying ideas and talking about music. A lot got developed from the stage play. Also, I had seen Nixon on TV and he was playing the piano. He played a note badly and you could see his anger, hitting the next note rather hard. I used that.”
Hans Zimmer, score, “Frost/Nixon”

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“This always feels great. It challenged my imagination. I got permission to start from scratch and wanted to respect the F. Scott Fitzgerald material. David (Fincher) and I have a close relationship and I don’t want to disappoint him and he doesn’t want to to disappoint me. It took about a year plus, with the usual number of rewrites. These movies take a long time. My involvement was about seven years.”
Eric Roth, screenwriter, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

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“I’m very excited this morning. I was hoping to get into the competition but last night I just said ‘whatever happens, happens.’ It’s an honor to be in the company of these other four terrific foreign films. It’s great that the foreign press is giving the film this kind of recognition, which it needs in the United States because we’re still looking for a distributor here. The story of the Baader Meinhof group isn’t as well known in the States. My sons who grew up here had no idea what it was, but that kind of terror organization really existed in Germany in the ’70s.”
– Uli Edel, director, Foreign-Language nominee “The Baader Meinhof Complex”

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“This one was definitely personal and unique to my tastes. Nobody can beat our own expectations. We’re the most critical of our own stuff. We’re just trying to make a great story.”
Andrew Stanton, “Wall-E” helmer

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“This is incredible. I’m very happy, and not just for me but all the people who made the movie. It talks about the problems that are global. The fact that the movie is so well-received around the world is proof that it works. After the screening at Cannes, we realized the movie was talking with an audience. That was the first important test.”
Matteo Garrone, director, “Gomorrah”

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“We’re always learning something new. We explore and go beneath the characters. I’m a big fan of the cable shows — especially ‘True Blood’ and ‘In Treatment’ — and cable can be genuinely original. So to be the only broadcast show nominated and be in their company is a huge honor.”
— Katie Jacobs, exec producer, “House”

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“This movie is so special, it’s like no other movie I’ve ever seen, that’s what’s so fabulous about it. David (Fincher) created something that’s never been done before. He’s such a master, I just feel really lucky to have worked with him and I’m glad there were so many nominations because they’re much deserved.”
>-Alexandre Desplat, composer, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

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“One of the things that the film does boldly is take an unflinching look at dark stuff but has the courage to finish on a note of optimism. I think that’s bold in storytelling terms. The message is resonating, and not just because America is feeling optimistic with a fantastic new president. Everywhere, I think, it’s OK to find hope and joy in trying circumstances.”
— Christian Colson, producer, “Slumdog Millionaire”

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“(The Sony publicist) had to tell me because it wasn’t announced on the air, but that’s the sad state of affairs for TV movies. The acknowledgements are so heartwarming but it does point out that the network TV movie is in peril. The category used to be filled with network output.”
— Neil Meron, producer, “Raisin in the Sun”

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“The thing that made me happy was that (late producers) Anthony (Minghella) and Sydney (Pollack) would be really, really proud. It makes me cry a little bit. I love Stephen Daldry and I know it’s a serious subject so this is a real vindication for serious pictures and following somebody’s vision. Hopefully this will inspire a lot of people to go and see it.”
— Donna Gigliotti, producer, “The Reader”

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“(Ed Zwick’s) movies have great musical opportunities and whether you like them or not, you can see he’s very respectful and appreciative of music. It seemed like a really interesting, dynamic story that I could relate to personally because my family is Jewish and from eastern Europe so this story could’ve been about them somewhere. The acting is amazing and getting to work with Josh Bell was the icing on the cake.”
— James Newton Howard, composer, “Defiance”

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“We are incredibly happy about the nomination, all the more because the international competition this year was enormous. For all of us who worked on the film, the nomination is a great recognition of our work.”
— Bernd Eichinger, writer-producer, “The Baader Meinhof Complex” Foreign Language Film

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“What’s scary going into the second season is that I was really worried we had nothing left. I was proud of how it turned out. To see it get recongized like this is great. I’m always hopeful but never expect it.”
— Matt Weiner, exec producer, “Mad Men”

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“It turned out to be incredibly challenging. I had so much respect for the material and was so fascinated by the subject. I was exhausted at night, as much as with any of the more logistic films I’ve done. The intensity of the detail and challenges of the material excited me. The play was so effective in its own right, as many of its best ideas were theatrical.”
Ron Howard, director, “Frost/Nixon”

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“That character was so challenging and multilayered, you wanted to do it justice. You just hope people see it. People felt sorry for the character. It was definitely a roller coaster ride.”
Blair Underwood, actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries of motion picture for TV, “In Treatment”

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“I felt this was our best season, and the most dramatic, obviously. It’s tough because it’s a wish-fullfilmment show about a movie star and his life. It can be tough to care about his problems. There are new challenges out there in seasons ahead but the show will keep maturing.”
– Doug Ellin, exec producer, “Entourage”

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“Woody (Allen) gave me an overwhelming amount of confidence in my ability. He did very little in the conventional sense of what directors do. I was in safe and supportive hands.”
Rebecca Hall, actress in a motion picture (comedy or musical), “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

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