Awards season if officially upon us, folks! And on Thursday (December 13), the 70th Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is the most-nominated film, but judging from their reactions, all the nominees are excited to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
While Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" doesn't officially hit theaters until December 25, the film is already causing quite the stir, garnering multiple nods including Best Director Motion Picture, Best Screenplay Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture Drama for Tarantino.
"It's very gratifying to get this many nominations from the HFPA for a film I worked so hard on and am so passionate about." Tarantino said in a statement. "I look forward to having fun at the Golden Globes with my cast mates and fellow nominees."
But, perhaps it was Taylor Swift who got the best birthday present on Thursday when she found her "Hunger Games" track, "Safe and Sound" (featuring the Civil Wars), had been nominated for Best Original Song - Motion Picture. She tweeted, "Best birthday surprise EVER-just found out that Safe&Sound is nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE!! Thank you @goldenglobes and HFPA! #hungergames."
Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman is up for two awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for "Paperboy" as well as Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn." She said in a statement, "As an actor you look for roles that are rich, complicated, and that stretch you and this year I was blessed to find two. To have the chance to play them was a gift in itself and to then be acknowledged this way is icing on the cake. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press!"
Her co-star, Clive Owen, also got showered with some Golden Globes love for their work in "Hemingway & Gellhorn." He's up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television. In a statement, he said, "I'd like to say a big thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. I am really thrilled as this recognition is for a piece of work I'm very proud of and had such a good time on."
Naomi Watts scored a nom for her work in "The Impossible." she's up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. "I'm very grateful for the way we shot it," she said. "When you're in the water tank and reaching for air, it's not fun, but if it was all done by CGI, it wouldn't have been the same."
Tim Burton's flick "Frankenweenie" scored a nod for Best Animated Film. He said in a statement, "I'm thrilled to be recognized by the HFPA. 'Frankenweenie' is a very personal project for me and the nomination goes as much to the animators who labored frame by frame to bring this film to life."
Over in TV land, "Girls" star and creator Lena Dunham used emoticons to express how excited she is by her noms. She is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her cult-loved HBO comedy. The show itself is up for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. " 'I called three times. Does your cell phone not tell you or do you just not care? Cool either way.' --My father. Good morning" she wrote shortly after the announcement, adding, ":) :) :)"
"Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere's bad-girl role on the show earned her a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. "I'm in total and utter shock, I'm literally still lying in bed and feel like a kid in a candy store right now," she said, also showing love to co-star and fellow nominee Connie Britton. "I'm so floored by it and I think Connie would agree that the show's creators give us so much to work with that it makes it easy for us to come every day and do our jobs."
The 70th Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13, 2013 and hosted by "Saturday Night Live" alums Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The ceremony will air on NBC.