Penelope Cruz, drama actress, film “Volver” : “Wow, I feel so excited, I cried so much when I heard my name because I was trying not to think about it for a month. Everyone is telling you not to think about it, but it’s hard. Pedro [Almodovar] has made an amazing movie and it’s very special that it happened on a Pedro movie because he’s a very special person in my life.
Dolce & Gabbana threw me a party until three in the morning so I haven’t slept since last night. But I didn’t drink because if I did I wouldn’t be able to wake up.
I’m going to Spain next week to celebrate with my family. This is the first time it’s happened to a woman from my country. I found out in a hotel bedroom, on a bed with 15 people, eating pancakes!”
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“When Harvey and I had met in a restaurant, he said he had something for me, typical Harvey,” said Bryan Adams, whose contribution to the “Bobby” soundtrack earned him a nom for original song. “I had to think about what kind of music would be appropriate and the only thing I could think of would be a hymn. I wrote it in the Caribbean, while I was visiting these little churches. What occurred to me while I was down there was the devotion these people have to God and their faith. I think after witnessing such a horrible thing (RFK’s death), you have to search inside for solace, and if you believe in something, your faith will get you through it.”
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“Babel” composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who won the score Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain” and the song Globe last year, said he is thrilled to be part of a new generation of film composers. “I’m a big fan of (fellow nominees) Clint Mansell and Carlos Siliotto. Movie music is moving beyond the traditional and it’s wonderful that it’s being appreciated,” Santaolalla said from his native Argentina, where he was finishing several projects and getting started on Walter Salles’ version of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
Kate Winslet, actress nominee for “Little Children”: “My husband [director Sam Mendes] and I were dropping my son off at preschool, I switched my phone off in a classroom full of 3-year olds, the second I turned the phone on it was Sam, screaming congratulations. It’s so great — you never get used to this stuff. We will probably have a quiet little celebration at home, some champagne. I have to be honest, it feels really special, this film consumed me so completely.
I was surprised and overwhelmed to see the best picture nom. This is a film that was really really tough to make because of the subject and the characters we had to play. I’m a little bit speechless — it’s great to get the screenplay nomination.
This is an extraordinary role for a woman to play. I love and prefer playing characters who are less than pretty, it’s much more interesting when you look like crap, it’s much more fun than looking great and oddly less pressure — that’s who the character is; make her look worse, bigger hair, bushier brows, no makeup.
I have so much respect for Todd Field and the whole experience of making the film has been such an inspiration, it’s an emotional relationship drama, films like that don’t often hang around and I’m so proud it’s holding its own against some brilliant movies. I’m so grateful to the HFPA for recognizing a film this dark and challenging and I’m unbelievebaly happy.”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, film director, “Babel”: “I am thrilled. I was at a party and I arrived at my house at 5:30 and was surprised to find my wife watching TV. When I heard my name I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t expecting her to be up watching TV, but my wife jumped up and gave me a hug and I couldn’t understand what was happening. This has been such a huge journey and a huge challenge that we’ve confronted. It’s a blessing, it’s a gift. I am honestly humbled. I never expected such recognition. I am so excited, I am shaking. I am really thrilled by it.”
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Jay Roach, producer, comedy film, “Borat”: “I just checked my email — Jim Gianopolous gave us first notice. We’ve been calling each other. Sacha’s in London — he won a comedy writers award last night. I just talked to Larry who’s completely excited.
It is so rare for a comedy where people are laughing that hard to be noticed for awards. What Sacha’s doing is completely new; it’s fresh and original and audiences are experiencing one of the funniest movies ever. His performance is a high wire act — there’s so much suspense to what he’s doing. It’s a new genre and kind of groundbreaking .
It’s amazing a studio made something so self-deprecating, so fresh and controversial.”
Justin Kirk, TV supporting actor, “Weeds”: “I was out late last night drinking so I was in bed. Probably more of the same, trying to make it two nights in a row and by that I mean 342 nights in a row. I love my job in general and this one in particular and I’m glad it happened on a gig like this one.
One of the things that is great about this job is the writers are not particularly static and I don’t know what to expect. Showtime has been incredibly supportive with the show — they’ve really championed the show.”
Holly Wiersma, producer, drama film, “Bobby”: I’m in New York and I got a phone call from Michelle Krumm, head of acquisitions at the Weinstein Co. I was completely surprised and I’m so happy for Emilio because every frame of this movie is him.
Hopefully it willl stay in theaters longer and people will go see it and see what RFK stood for.”
Larry Charles, director of “Borat” : “My blackberry started buzzing at about 6:30 in the morning. Jim Gianopolous was the first email I got saying congratulations. It’s the first time a film I’ve been involved with has been nominated. I’m very proud of Sacha. To have all the dominoes fall your way and have it become a social phenomen and to have this be the culmination is exciting.
I have no plans whatsoever to celebrate — I’m just trying to savor the moment. I think all the films are great and I think they actually picked the best films in that category this year. The competition is fierce but our movie has done a great job and it has a good a chance as any. ”
Katherine Heigl, supporting actress nominee for “Grey’s Anatomy”: “This is my first anything — once when I was 14 I got a trophy for basketball, that was the only time I ever won anything. I’ve dreamt of this since I was 12 so it’s surreal for it to be coming to fruition and I’m so grateful. I got really lucky. I think back on the pilot and never thought it would happen. I can’t believe it was only three years ago.
My mom called me, I was asleep. My first thought was something was really wrong, my mom was crying, she told me and I was in a weird panic place, it took me 10 minutes to wrap my brain around it, I still feel like somebody didn’t get it right.
I don’t know how I plan on celebrating but I should do something. I’m thrilled for Ellen and Patrick — it’s so deserving, they work really hard.”
Guillermo Arriaga, writer of “Babel”: “I was sleeping here in my house in Mexico City — my agent called and my wife woke me up.
I tried not to have a single expectation for these things because then I might get hurt but I’m confident of the movie and proud of it. I’ve never been to Japan or Morocco, I had to write on pure imagination.
Fortunately people around the world are responding to it. It’s a movie that makes a point about miscommunication. People have much more in common than differences.
I’m gonna take my family to have lunch together and have a big Mexican meal — share it with the people I love.”
Adriana Barrazza, supporting actress nominee for “Babel”: “I was watching E! on TV and I missed the movie nominations. Paramount people knocked on my door and told me, they told me in English and I didn’t’ understand very well. I cried and cried and I told my daughter in Argentina. My husband and I already celebrated this morning kissing each other a lot.
This afternoon I’m going to a cocktail party with Salma Hayek and another screening party for ‘Babel,’ then taking a plane tonight to go to Dubai.”
Speaking with the aid of an interpreter, “Babel’s” other supporting actress nominee, Rinko Kikuchi, confessed, “I’ve been working as an actress in Japan for 11 years on movies that were sort of underground and not as mainstream, so the experience hasn’t hit me yet. I was just excited about the chance to work with Alejandro (Gonzalez Inarritu); it had nothing to do with awards or the level of recognition I’m getting now. I should call my mother and father to let them know!”
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John Lasseter, director of “Cars”: “I’m so excited the HFPA would think there’s enough quality animated films being made these days to create the category, and to be nommed for the first ever is such a thrill.
‘Cars’ is the first Pixar film I’ve directed since ‘Toy Story 2’ and this nomination is special because it was a banner year in the animation industry. I love that the industry is so healthy.”
A perennial nominee for original score, composer Hans Zimmer found out about his nomination for “The Da Vinci Code” in the midst of recording the score for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” “I don’t think I have time to celebrate, I’ll probably just get drunk later on. When I read the book, I found it to be full of exposition, but I felt that maybe I could help the story on film. I’m always surprised. You know, you work within the confines of your own paranoia.”
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Rock ‘n’ roller Sheryl Crow learned of her original song nom from “Home of the Brave” upon landing in New York on a flight from Nashville. “I didn’t even know they were announcing today, so it was a sweet surprise. When I saw the movie, the images were so alarming and realistic, I felt very stirred and compelled to write for the song for the end credits.”
Forest Whitaker, actor for “The Last King of Scotland”: “I’m feeling good. It’s a good day man. I can’t say I anticipated it, I worked really hard, I tried to do the best I can and the fact critics have been so positive has been nice. Phone started ringing this morning. I thought it was a great opportunity to play a great character.
Kevin wasn’t sure I was the right person to play the part. I thought that the role was really complicated. It was cool, I got to go to Africa. I have always wanted to go and I have never been. It was a no brainer. The only question I had was am I gonna perpetuate more images of mad people of color. They’ve been painted in such a way. In the beginning, I tried to show some clarity and paint a different picture.
Things aren’t as black and white as people wanted. I’m gonna get with some of my family and friends, go out to dinner, and go through the day like Snoopy. I can honestly say I never would’ve imagined the critical response. I’m proud of my performance, this movie is a word of mouth movie, the regular public. The studio is hoping the nominations get the film in the public eye, and hopefully they’ll step up and promote it more. I’ve been overwhelmed by the whole process. I’m trying to enjoy every single moment.”
“Dexter” star Michael C. Hall said he was asleep when news came of his nomination — but when the phone woke him up, he had a feeling that the news might be good.
“I had been reminded yesterday afternoon by my hopeful representatives that the nominations were coming out,” Hall said. “It’s a thrill. It’s not why you do it, but it sure is nice to be recognized for your work. It’s great news for everybody, for the show too. This experience is the result of so many people stepping up and doing their part too.”
Death has been very good for Hall, who now plays a serial killer; his previous series, “Six Feet Under,” was set in a mortuary.
“I can’t seem to get away from it,” he quipped. “But now I’m on the supply side.”
Jennifer Hudson, nominated for “Dreamgirls”: “The TV told me. I was actually getting ready to sing during an interview for ‘The Today Show.’ I was so nervous but anxious and before they even got my name we were screaming and hollering, didn’t wanna mess up my makeup, never really got myself together. I was out there and didn’t even know what I was saying. I was feeling so many different emotions at one time. Wow, with my family, every time I get good news, my record deal, the role, I’m always away so I’d like to go home and celebrate with my family. Chicago is home.
It’s just been like a dream. From the director, Bill Condon, who put his heart in it and did such an unbelievable job, nice to see a black film be received the way it has been internationally. I definitely give Idol credit because had it not been for them I would’ve missed out on this incredible opportunity. It makes tears well up in your eyes and you appreciate it even more. To put together singing and acting, I was blessed to be able to work with an unbelievable director. I’m watching Beyonce and Eddie and Jamie and learning from them. I would love to team up with Beyonce outside of the film. It never even crossed my mind how critics would respond. I just wanted to give it my all and do the film proud.”
Henry Krieger, songwriter, “Dreamgirls”: “I’ve won a Grammy, been nommed for Grammy work, but this is my first film, so a Golden Globe is a whole new world and I’m very grateful to them. It’s mind-boggling.”
Jason Reitman, writer/director, “Thank You For Smoking”: “I was lying in bed, Melissa from Fox called me and told me the incredible news, and it came as a huge surprise. I was in my 5 a.m. squash game and I was rudely interrupted. This is the real deal, people say it’s a complete surprise but for me it’s true. I’d been trying to make this for six years. It spoke to me as a writer-director like no other piece of material. Non apologetic, politically incorrect and hilarious.
Aaron is one of the most talented actors of his generation and what really excited me was to see him get the accolade he deserves. I knew the film would love or die on the shoulders of Nick Naylor and it can only be attributed to how well he played that role.
Funny, my Dad’s on a plane. I don’t think he knows.”
Aaron Eckhart, “Thank You For Smoking”: “People called me crazy for doing the movie, Jason was not well known, and there are other things to do. The writing was so strong and Jason’s vision for the movie was absolutely clear, I felt I couldn’t pass this up as an actor.”
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German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck found his film “The Lives of Others” in good company in the foreign-language category. “I’m nominated with Clint (Eastwood) and Mel (Gibson), and I always hoped one day to be mentioned in the same breath. Michael Barker called me first and he said, ‘You did it!’ It’s weird to be praised for getting a nomination. It’s so completely out of one’s hands, I can’t even construe it as praise for the film.
“My lead actress has gone to Russia and told me how audiences have reacted with 15-minute standing ovations and people crying — the topic is still so alive in the Eastern Bloc. It’s great to see the HFPA consider something so currently political.”
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Peter Saraff, producer, “Little Miss Sunshine”: “I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I watched it on CNN television. It’s been an amazing ride. It feels like a wild journey and we had a ton of fun making the film. Unfortunately, we’re (the cast and crew) all scattered into the wind. I am gonna see Arkin, he’s in NM, sending bottles of champagne, Abigail is in Tokyo, Tony is in Australia, Steve is in R.I. Greg is in LA. Plenty of opportunities to see each other but not today. ”
Mark Wahlberg, supporting actor nominee, “The Departed”: I was in New York and my agent Ari called me and said ‘I think you got nominated’ and I said ‘you wanna call me back when you know?’ He’s trying to be more and more like the character on Entourage every day.
Duffy, the police consultant called me to congratulate me. I’m going to take my mother out to dinner. ”
Ben Affleck, nominated for “Hollywoodland”: “I play George Reeves and it’s funny, he really craved this kind of attention and I think he would’ve really loved to go to the parties.
For me, any performance that is worth anything is predicated on the script. I need to have a good script, it benefits me as an actor and I learned a tremendous amount from my co-stars. I was really lucky to work with them. We just missed each other on the phone. ”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, nominated for “Sherrybaby”: “To be nominated for a movie like this which is so tiny, is great. I helped get it made and financed and distributed. I feel so proud. Hopefully this will alow more people to see it. Kate Winslet called to congratulate me.
It’s the first night of Hanukkah so my Jewish mom and I might come over and light the candles. I’m a new mom so celebrating won’t be too crazy. ”
Marcia Cross, actress for “Desperate Housewives”: “I wasn’t expecting to be nominated so I had my manager and my publicist leave a message on my cell phone. I got to celebrate with my husband beore he headed off to work. No alcohol involved because I’m very pregnant.
To be recognized three times in a row and supported by the HFPA is great. The show is on fire this year, the writers have it together and the show is funny and dark and mysterious and delivering on the promise of the first season. As an actor, you have to count your blessings everyday.”
Patricia Arquette, a TV drama actress nominee for “Medium,” slept right through the phone call that her character might’ve known was coming. Fortunately, husband Thomas Jane answered and delivered the good news. “At first I thought, Oh no, there’s been an accident,” she said. “Who’s dead, what happened? I’m also trying to celebrate being done with my Christmas shopping.”
Mega-producer Harvey Weinstein is resting easy after watching “Bobby” score a nomination for drama. “Honestly, the nomination didn’t come as much of a surprise to me because it’s been very well received internationally, in Vienna, and it competed rather well in Venice. The HFPA has always been enthusiastic supporters of the film.”