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Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Paula Patton, Peter Krause, Golden Globe Nominations Announcers

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The first step in a long process is scoring the nomination, but let's face it—these stars have their eyes on the prize!

A slew of A-listers announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globes Thursday morning, and the talented celebs who have received the honor from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association couldn't be more thankful or appreciative!

Here are what the TV and movie stars have to say so far, but keep checking in as we add more reactions throughout the day!

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective, Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "To Rustin Cohle- I miss that man. Thanks to Nic for the creation and to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the nomination."

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "I am shocked and awed by this nomination, especially in a year when the show itself is honored. The standard of writing on The Good Wife is unparalleled, but matched by the grace of our glorious leader Jules. Thanks HFPA for making it easier to have my hair painted with a silver Sharpie this morning!"

Ricky Gervais, Derek, Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series

Jennifer Aniston, Cake, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama: "I mean my gosh—my jaw is on the ground. To be recognized for doing something that I love, something so refreshing, it's amazing. I have found this whole process so exciting and especially taking on a part that's so challenging—and then for that to be acknowledged, is extraordinary."

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everthing, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama: "I was in the middle of attempting to do all my holiday shopping in a day when I got the call. I am beyond thrilled to be nominated alongside such a stunning quartet of actors. The fact that Felicity, Jóhann, and the film are nominated means the world.  I am hugely grateful to the HFPA – and to Professor Stephen Hawking for his personal support in helping me to share his story with the world."

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama: "It's absolutely fantastic. It was a tremendous moment to get the news. I just found out, and it's just brilliant."

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama: "Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor. I'm so thrilled."

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Emma StoneBirdman, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: "I have no words. I am so incredibly honored and grateful for this and feel insanely lucky to have had the chance to work with Alejandro, Michael, Edward, and the whole cast and crew of the beautiful madness that is Birdman. Now can someone please explain who this 'Meryl Streep' woman is?!"

Lena Dunham, Girls, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical: "It's a true joy to return to the Golden Globes this year. We are so grateful to the HFPA for their continued recognition, and we at Girls are honored to share a category with such formally daring, forward-thinking shows. We are mega-fans of every one of these programs. As for my fellow comedy actresses, this category continues to be my dream sleepover."

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "It's a wonderful thing. It's a very prestigious award and I'm grateful for the glow that these nominations give our show. I know our team deeply appreciates it."

David Oyelowo, Selma, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama: "Nothing quite prepares you for all of this," he told Today. "It's a great great ride."

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: "I felt so lucky to have portrayed Joan Clarke, such an extraordinary woman who defied convention and was part of a moment in history. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign press for this honor, and for recognizing our film. I can't wait to celebrate with everyone."

Reese Witherspoon, Wild, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama: "I'm extremely thankful that the film is being recognized in this way. WILD is truly my baby and was a labor of love from the beginning. Cheryl Strayed was so brave in putting her life's journey into words and it makes me happy that this type of recognition will hopefully drive more people to experience it on film‎." 

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama: "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this recognition. It was my job to fit into the skin of this ridiculously original person Dan Gilroy had written on the page, and I loved every ounce of this opportunity.  I'm incredibly grateful to Dan and the fantastic team on Nightcrawler."

Ava DuVernay, Selma, Best Director—Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Big Eyes, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical: "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor.  It's so exciting to be nominated for a film I really enjoyed making and I'm so proud to have been a part of Tim Burton's vision in sharing Margaret Keane's story alongside Christoph."

Clive Owen, The Knick, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama: "This nomination is also a testament to the writers of The Knick who provided such rich and riveting material, the fantastic cast and of course to the great Steven Soderbergh. A huge thank you to them and of course the Hollywood Foreign Press for this wonderful honor."

Allison Tolman, Fargo, Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "Saying I'm excited about Fargo's Golden Globe nominations is a bit of an understatement. I'm over the moon. This project changed my life in incredibly concrete ways so win, lose, or draw- I'm just thrilled to keep the dream (and the, party) going a little longer."

John Legend, Selma, Best Original Song—Motion Picture: "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Glory' with a nomination for Best Original Song! Common and I wrote this song for Selma as a labor of love in honor of this magnificent film and the incredible men and women whose struggle the film chronicles. As we continue to march for justice and equality in 2014, we are so inspired by their work."

Will Gluck, Annie, Best Original Song—Motion Picture: "Thank you to the HFPA for recognizing our new song 'Opportunity.' I am thrilled I was able to collaborate with the massively talented Sia and Greg Kurstin on something I hope can live up to the original, brilliant Annie music. I'm excited for audiences to get to see the film in theatres soon, and hope this will be a song that stays in their hearts and mind in the days to come."

Michelle Monaghan, True Detective, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "I'm over the moon! Sincerely. I am so proud to be a part of a series as great as True Detective. I think this might be MY 'alright, alright, alright' moment. Woody and Matthew are a dream to work with. They make a gal look good!"

Lana Del Rey, Big Eyes, Best Original Song—Motion Picture: "I'm so grateful to Tim for letting me into his wild world and to Harvey for encouraging me to continue to write for films. I'm honored that the Hollywood Foreign Press has nominated my song."

Dominic West, The Affair, Best Perfromance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama: "I'm honoured to be nominated in this category and would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I'm thrilled that the show and my dear friend and co-star Ruth Wilson have been nominated too. I am very proud of The Affair and my special thanks go to Sarah Treem, David Nevins and all at Showtime."

Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical: "I am so excited to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. It was an honor to play a role that means a lot to many people and it's awesome that we were able to bring this great story to a new generation of kids. I had so much fun filming Annie with the best cast and crew and am happy to receive my first Golden Globe nomination for Annie."

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical: "The Hollywood Foreign Press has been so kind and supportive of me over the years. I'm so grateful for being acknowledged for a show I've so deeply loved to work on."

Common, Selma, Best Original Song—Motion Picture: "I don't even know if I can express how excited I am to be nominated for a Golden Globe alongside John Legend for our song 'Glory'. To be here with John Legend whom I love and respect so much makes the moment even more meaningful. We created Glory from our hearts and being a part of Selma has been a life changing experience. Congratulations to all the other nominees and congratulations to my Selma family. Blessings to all. Whoo!"

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama: "It is as if a magic carpet picked me up last year and it is astonishing and exhilarating that it has taken me all the way here. I am nothing but grateful to have had the opportunity to dive into a role like this.  All thanks really go to David Fincher for his guidance and for allowing me to play Gillian Flynn's incredible, confounding character. I'm very honored to be nominated alongside actresses I have long admired. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination!" 

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press Association. What a wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning!  And my heart felt appreciation to Ryan Murphy for bringing all us freaks together, cast and crew alike."

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical: "It's tremendous to be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This is a transformative time with a  transformative cast and Jill has created a series that has touched so many lives. We're like The Little Engine that Could and this is a remarkable step on our journey."

Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical: "I am overjoyed by this fabulous news. Working with Tim and Amy on this very special movie felt like an award in itself. Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen of the HFPA for this extraordinary honor and recognition."

Martin Freeman, Fargo, Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "Thanks to all at the HFPA- what a pleasure to be recognised for something I'm very proud to be a part of."

William H. Macy, Shameless, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical: "When it comes to great ways to make a living, I'm pretty much at the front of the line. The writers and directors and designers on Shameless are the best and brightest in the business. And I get to hang out all day with Emmy and Jeremy and Cameron and this stunning cast that acts me under the table on a regular basis. So when Felicity woke me up this morning and said I'd gotten a Golden Globe Nomination, I giggled. I'm not proud of it, but I giggled like a twelve year old."

Lorde, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Best Original Song—Motion Picture: "I am so shocked and happy to know that 'Yellow Flicker Beat' has been included in the running for Best Original Song. I thought Katniss was one of a kind when I first laid eyes on her in a cinema in 2012 - a rough, sparkling diamond of a mind. It was a privilege getting to step inside her head and speak her thoughts, even for a brief moment. Getting to write a song for a film like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is a truly singular experience, and I am blown away that that experience got me nominated for a Golden Globe. I'll see you there."

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Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama: "I have just come out of the studio playing Richard the 3rd to this extraordinary news. Wow...I am so thrilled. Also for the recognition the film has got with these nominations. It's so exciting and rewarding enough to be in such an extraordinary collection of brilliant performances. Thank you so much."

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: "Today is a great day! Thank you so much to the HFPA for this tremendous honor. It was an absolute pleasure working with J.C. Chandor and my dear dear friend Oscar Isaac on this special film. I'm thrilled to see the work we did together honored. #AMostViolentYear #GoldenGlobes."

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: "I'm incredibly grateful to the HFPA, and happy for the entire cast, HBO, and Ryan Murphy. Being a part of this story was a dream come true, and I hope this leads more people to watch the film."