2016 Golden Globe Nominations: Stars React

Hear what celebrities are saying about their honors

By Francesca Bacardi Dec 10, 2015 2:37 PMTags
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The nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes were announced Thursday morning, and while there were some snubs and some surprises, the stars who did get nominated are in disbelief. Actors and actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence and Matt Damon, who were snubbed from the SAG Awards nominations yesterday, received validation for their work when America FerreraChloë Grace MoretzDennis Quaid and Angela Bassett read their names and others' names during the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's live-stream, so here is what the stars are saying upon hearing their names and movies/TV shows called out from the podium.

Daniel Pemberton, Best Original Score – Motion Picture (Steve Jobs): "Wow! I just got nominated for a Golden Globe - that is proper bonkers! I wanted to 'Think Different' in how I approached this score and working with a cinematic visionary like Danny Boyle meant I could. Since Steve Jobs was brilliantly written by Aaron Sorkin in three acts I took three different musical approaches, so Danny got three scores for the price of one - Bargain of the year!"

Regina King, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie (American Crime): "I am so elated and honored to be nominated for my first Golden Globe for a role that resonated with the viewers. I want to thank my fellow cast members and the whole crew of America Crime as it takes a village and I couldn't have done it without them."

Amy Schumer, nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category for Trainwreck, reacted to the news on NBC's Today. "Yay! I got nominated! It feels so good," she told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. "It really feels good, and I'm proud of what I accomplished, but yeah, it really is more about the revenge."

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Jennifer Lawrence, nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category for Joy: "I am incredibly grateful to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press for my role in Joy. It was an enormous privilege to play such an amazing women. And it is an honor to be among the other extraordinarily talented women in this category. I share this with David O. Russell and the incredible cast and crew."

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, Best Original Song ("See You Again," from Furious 7): "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing 'See You Again' with a nomination for Best Original Song. We aimed to write something that truly honored the legacy of Paul Walker and are humbled it has touched so many people."

Brian Wilson, Best Original Song ("One Kind of Love," from Love & Mercy): "My life, my love, my Melinda—God only knows what I'd be without her. She was the inspiration for 'One Kind of Love' and just woke me to tell me the song has been nominated for a Golden Globe—my mind is blown! Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press and everyone involved in telling my story. And a huge hug to Paul Dano for his nomination this great morning! I'm now going back to bed for some sweet, sweet dreams. Love & Mercy, Brian Wilson..."

Gina Rodriguez, nominated in the Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy (Jane the Virgin). "Thank you! I mean really to be very honest I don't think I could've asked for anything more," she told the Today co-hosts. "I'm driving to work right now just so super thankful. It's pretty pretty exciting and I'm shaking, so I'm trying to keep my hands on the steering wheel." 

Brie Larson, nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (Room): "What the heck, you guys? I can't even figure this whole thing out...so, I was sitting between my parents and I still can't tell if this is a dream or not. It feels so special," she said on Today. "I mean this is beyond anything I could've ever imagined." 

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Rob Lowe, nominated in the Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy (The Grinder): "So proud and honored to be recognized. It's truly a reflection of what a great part The Grinder is and more about my amazing collaborators that make me look good."

Bob Odenkirk, Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama (Better Call Saul): "What an exciting surprise for me! The Hollywood Foreign Press have been so supportive and willing to see what we came up with on Better Call Saul, that means that they watched our work with an open mind. My fellow cast mates Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian and all the others are the reason why I'm doing good work, acting opposite their excellence would make anyone better. Of course the writing is primo! Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould continue to outdo themselves with unique story, and the switched character that I am ridiculously lucky to get to bring to life. I'd also like to take this nomination opportunity to also thank Bryan Cranston and the Breaking Bad gang for inspiring us and setting such a great standard we continue to try to emulate."

Jeffrey Tambor, Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy (Transparent): "It's so wonderful, and I'm so honored and the Hollywood Foreign Press is just so cool," he said on Today. "It's such an ensemble effort. It's a good day."

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Sylvester Stallone, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Creed): "This is an unexpected honor. I am incredibly grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association."

Jenji Kohan, Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy (Orange Is the New Black), "Very cool to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Thanks Globe people!"

Idris Elba, Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (Luther) and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Beasts of No Nation), "Wow thank you to the HFPA, who have always been so amazingly supportive of me throughout my career. I'm so excited, in particular, to be recognized for both Luther and Beasts of No Nation. For Luther, what better way to celebrate the end of a great run than with this stellar acknowledgement. As for Beasts, I can only hope this attention will get more people to see the brilliance of all that is Cary Fukunaga and my extraordinary co-star Abraham Attah. I share in this exciting moment with everyone who poured their hearts into these projects and for who I could not have done this without."

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Best Director – Motion Picture (The Revenant), "I can't believe this time last year we were in Calgary shooting The Revenant, and right now I'm in London and just heard the good news! I'm thrilled for our incredible cast and crew. Any nominations for this film are an acknowledgement of them, their hard work and great passion. I'm especially happy for Leo, his emotional performance and what he does is truly remarkable. This film is very personal for me; so I think I will have a drink with my daughter tonight to toast to everyone who was a part of it. Thank you to the HFPA, this is very nice."

Alicia VikanderBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Ex Machina) and Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama (The Danish Girl), "I am truly thrilled and grateful to the HFPA for both these wonderful nominations! To be considered amongst all these brilliant actresses and their outstanding performances is such an honor. Working on The Danish Girl and Ex Machina were such gifts in themselves, and for this to happen is all so wonderful. Thank you."

Eddie Redmayne, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (The Danish Girl): "I am incredibly grateful to the HFPA for having included me in such a brilliant troupe of actors. I'm equally thrilled that Alicia and Alexandre have been recognised as well. Having the opportunity to help tell Lili and Gerda's story has been a great privilege for me, and I am hugely grateful for the guidance, generosity and insight given to me by the transgender community."

Joanne Froggatt, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie (Downton Abbey): "I'm on set right now and just heard this amazing news. I am absolutely blown away! I couldn't be more grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination and their continued support. Downton Abbey and Anna Bates have been a big part of my life for some years now. It has been the most exciting journey alongside the most wonderful people. I feel so lucky to have portrayed this character and to be recognized along side these incredibly talented actresses, who have given such strong, inspirational performances. I couldn't be happier!!!!"

Jane Fonda, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Youth): "I'm honored and grateful for the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association."

Patrick Wilson, Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (Fargo): "I'm humbled and honored to be nominated alongside such a stellar group of actors. My only wish is that there was a category for best ensemble because I honestly believe the cast of Fargo is one of the finest out there. Thank you to the HFPA!"

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Alan Cumming, Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie (The Good Wife): "I thought this season couldn't get any better for Eli and me! It really feels fantastic to be recognized for work I am so proud of and so enjoying. Life is sweet in Alan Land, very sweet!"

Queen Latifah, Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (Bessie): "Thank you to the HFPA who have always been so supportive of all of my projects. This film is such a special one to me and I am thrilled to be recognized for my work as Bessie."

Sarah Hay, Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (Flesh and Bone): "I've never been more grateful and excited in my whole life. Thank you so much."

Kirsten Dunst, Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (Fargo): "So proud and excited to be nominated! Congratulations to Patrick and our show!"

Michael Shannon, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (99 Homes): "I'm so grateful to be acknowledged by the HFPA for my work. I know they are true devotees of the cinema and I can tell every time I speak with one of them how much they care about what they do. I am very much looking forward to this ceremony and seeing them all again."

Paul Feig, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Spy): "I can't thank the HFPA enough for recognizing funny movies. We are absolutely thrilled to have our international comedy Spy and its amazing star Melissa McCarthy nominated. We'd also like to request four extra bottles of wine at our table that night. Woo hoo!!!"

Uzo Aduba, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie (Orange Is the New Black): "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing both myself and our entire Orange Is the New Black family. We go to work so inspired to share the stories of these characters, and I am beyond grateful for this tremendous honor. Thank you, HFPA!"


Jamie Lee Curtis, Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy (Scream Queens): "As I am recovering from foot surgery, you could call this morning the agony and the ecstasy. Thrilled to represent for the crew, the #SQsquad of talented youngins and our writers Ryan, Brad and Ian. This has been a wonderful creative year and this a nice way to keep it going!"

Paul Dano, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Love and Mercy): "WOW! Amazing. Touched. Humbled. Thrilled. One of the great honors and pleasures of my life to know Brian Wilson. He has made me and so many others SMILE with his music and spirit. So proud to tell his story and be a part of Love & Mercy. And I am so happy to be thought of by the Hollywood Foreign Press! A true honor. Smiling big. Love. Paul Dano."

Lady Gaga, Best Actress in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (American Horror Story: Hotel): "Thank you to the HFPA for this nomination, and to the talented cast, crew, and creators of American Horror Story. I am too excited for words at this recognition for my work! I dreamed endlessly of being in television & film. This is a real honor for a waitress/singer/actress from New York!"

Mark Rylance, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Best Actor in a Limited-Series or TV Movie (Bridge of SpiesWolf Hall): "I want to thank the members of the HFPA for nominating my work in both Bridge of Spies and Wolf Hall. My work does not stand alone, and only comes together with the help of all the talented craftspeople I have had the pleasure to work with on Wolf Hall and Bridge of Spies, particularly Peter Kosminsky and Steven Spielberg who are directly responsible for my performance in both pieces. I would especially like to acknowledge my friend Tom Hanks. I don't think you can isolate my playing of Abel from Tom's playing of Donovan. It is the friendship between us as characters that should be awarded. Many blessings."

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Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Best Animated Feature Film (Anomalisa): "We are excited and honored to be recognized by the HFPA, especially alongside such great animated films. We share this honor with our immensely talented cast — Jennifer, David and Tom — and the best team of animators, designers, craftspeople and technicians who worked with such passion to bring Anomalisa to life."

David O. Russell, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Joy): "I am grateful to the HFPA for recognizing Joy and the picture's leading light, Jennifer, who has taken new risks, across the lifespan story of this picture that can spread inspiration to everyone who has a dream that might have been forgotten. And I'm grateful to all of our remarkable cast who made this story of the ordinary becoming extraordinary in life, come true."

Gael García Bernal, Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy (Mozart in the Jungle): "I'm tremendously delighted by the Golden Globe nominations for Mozart in the Jungle. Huge congrats to Amazon for letting us all have a blast and creative freedom doing this show. I can't wait to celebrate with all my accomplices from the show. I'm very glad that this show, that deals with beautiful abstract tangents such as music, gets this attention from the HFPA members as well as the audience. I'm going to begin the festivities as of NOW!"

Eva Green, Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama (Penny Dreadful): "Thank you to the HFPA for the wonderful compliment and recognition. I am absolutely thrilled with the nomination."

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Michael Fassbender, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Steve Jobs): "I'm very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the nomination. This film, and working with Danny Boyle and our amazing cast, has been one of the most creative and amazing experiences of my professional life. It's lovely to be honored."

Kate Winslet, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Steve Jobs): "I am completely over the moon and feel so honored to be nominated for a Golden Globe by the HFPA for this film. I am genuinely ecstatic."

Lee Daniels, Best TV Series, Drama (Empire): "I am humbled by this recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To everyone tuning in week after week, embracing our stories and characters, I thank you. And a very special thanks to my partner in crime Danny Strong and the team that made this happen – cast, crew, and everyone at Fox. And Taraji [P. Henson], Yes God! Thank you for breathing life into Cookie. Again so humbled and honored. 

Will Smith, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Concussion): "I generally frown upon being slapped and awakened by my wife screaming at me at at 5:30 in the morning, but when she's ecstatic I make an exception. I'm grateful to the HFPA for recognizing Dr. Omalu's inspiring and heroic story and I couldn't feel more honored to be included with this group of phenomenal actors. Congratulations, Dr. Omalu. See you at the Globes." 

Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (The Revenant): "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I am incredibly grateful for their nomination, as well as the recognition they have given to this film and to Alejandro's vision as its director. Making The Revenant was a true honor for me. I also want to extend congratulations to all nominees this season. Thank you again to the HFPA."

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (The Hateful Eight): "Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing two projects that mean so much to me. Getting an acting nomination for my role as Daisy in The Hateful Eight is a testament to the great Quentin Tarantino and would not have been possible without the cast (especially the one I was handcuffed to, Kurt Russell). Anomalisa is a project so close to my heart and Charlie and Duke's film is mind-blowing. I'm so happy people are loving it as much as I do. I never get such great news while making my son's lunch in the morning!!"

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Ridley Scott, Best Director—Motion Picture (The Martian): "We are all very excited and very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for embracing our film and Matt's brilliant performance so warmly. Making The Martian was one of the highlights of my career and the fact that it is being recognized in such a generous way is fantastic and very much appreciated."

Mark Ruffalo, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Infinitely Polar Bear): "Infinitely Happy about Infinitely Polar Bear Golden Globes nomination. Didn't see that coming at all. No campaign, no schmooze, no ads. Just the HFPA remembering it all these months later. It's a very special kind of honor, one that I will never forget. Thanks HFPA for allowing this little gem of a movie to shine on its own through the din and glare. Also very grateful for all the acknowledgment Spotlight is getting, another little gem, that has shown through. So proud to be part of both films. So proud to be nominated as a cast as an honest ensemble. What we did in that movie is rare, we all went deep to serve the film and shine as a whole. The best group of actors led by the amazing Tom McCarthy. Thanks."

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