James Franco dished to “Today” show host Matt Lauer about how he felt upon finding out that he’d received a Golden Globe nomination (he’s “grateful”), and now more and more stars are reacting to the news that they will be competing for a trophy at the awards show next month.
Nicole Kidman, a Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee for her work in “Rabbit Hole,” said in a statement, “It took more than four years to get our little movie off the ground, and to be recognized for my work in a film that means so much to me is truly such an honor. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press [Association] for your continued support.”
“Black Swan” is up for four Golden Globe nods, including Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Darren Aronofsky, who explained, “I am very thankful to the HFPA for this honor. The prestige of the nominations draws attention to independent films like ’Black Swan’ and I think helps get these small films made. I am also so thrilled for my actors Natalie [Portman] and Mila [Kunis] who gave me their spirits to film and risked losing toe nails every day.”
Six-times-nominated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who got acknowledged this year for “The Social Network,” called his latest honor “humbling” and gave props to the others who helped shape the film. “I’ve had the time of my life working alongside my colleagues on ’The Social Network’ and I’m grateful to the HFPA for recognizing their great, hard work,” he said. “On a personal note it’s humbling to be nominated alongside six of the best screenwriters in town.”
“The Social Network” producer Scott Rudin added, “I couldn’t be more thrilled for my colleagues that we were recognized so richly this morning. Huge thanks to the HFPA for a big vote of confidence in our film — we’re very grateful and very honored.”
“The Fighter” managed to scoop up a number of nominations, including one in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category and nods for actors Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams. Producer Ryan Kavanaugh told MTV News, “We never expected to have this number of nominations. It’s overwhelming and incredible and shocking. Mark said to me this morning, ’I just kissed the ground and thanked God.’ It’s been such a labor of love for everyone involved and the movie is about perseverance and winning against all odds, and that’s what this movie has done.”
Reprising his role as Gordon Gekko paid off for Michael Douglas, who received a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his work in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” The veteran actor, who has been battling throat cancer, said in a statement, “To be selected with these extraordinary nominees is an honor and boy was I ready for some good news!”
In the TV world, Jennifer Love Hewitt scored a Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television nod for her role in “The Client List.” The star reacted by saying, “I am so thrilled and grateful for this nomination. When I first read the story that inspired the movie, I knew it was powerful material, and I’m so happy I had the chance to bring it to life.”
The Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 16, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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