On Thursday (December 15), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the Golden Globe Awards.
Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Gerard Butler all woke up bright and early to present the list of names, and one of those announcers even found herself with a nod. "Modern Family" star Vergara is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and she quickly took to Twitter to share her excitement. "Celebrating with cake at 5am my Golden Globe nomination," she wrote.
She is hardly the only person excited about the recognition. "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese, up for Best Director, quickly released a statement. "Making 'Hugo' was an extraordinary experience for me. It gave me a chance to work in 3D, which I've wanted to do since I was young; it allowed me to make a child's adventure, the type of picture that I loved when I was young; and it provided an occasion to pay tribute to one of the cinema's greatest pioneers, Georges Méliès," he said in a lengthy statement.
"Given the support they've provided to the Film Foundation in our efforts to restore many films over the years, the recognition of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this particular picture has a very special meaning for me," he added.
Angelina Jolie's Bosnia-set "In the Land of Blood and Honey" is up for Best Foreign Language Film. "I am grateful that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is honoring our film," she said in a statement. "This was a true collaboration and I am forever indebted to our cast and crew, who experienced their own personal tragedies in the Bosnian War and gave me an authentic perspective into the conflict. This nomination is a tribute to the collective talent and passion of this extraordinary cast."
"50/50" producer and star Seth Rogen spoke to The New York Times about that film's nods. "I think you can make a comedy about any subject if you approach it correctly," he said of the so-called cancer comedy. "The truthfulness of the story, in this case, was key. I don't think we would have even thought to make the movie if we hadn't experienced it."
"My Week With Marilyn" star Kenneth Branagh, up for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture spoke of his turn as Sir Laurence Olivier in a statement to MTV News. "To be recognized for portraying one of the greatest actors of our time is truly an honor, and I am incredibly thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their continued support of our film," he said. "Working alongside Michelle [Williams] was an extremely rewarding experience, and I'm thrilled that both she and our excellent team of filmmakers have also been recognized for their incredible work. I feel very blessed to be nominated for a role that is so close to my heart."
Black-and-white silent film "The Artist" is up for six awards, including Best Motion Picture — Comedy Or Musical. "Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this incredible gift. To be recognized alongside such brilliant actors is an honor," star and best actor nominee Jean Dujardin, said in a statement. "The Golden Globe nomination for 'The Artist' has left me speechless!"
His nominated director, Michel Hazanavicius, added, "It's a great privilege and an honor for us to be nominated for a Golden Globe award by the HFPA. This movie is a love letter to Hollywood, and it's an indescribable joy to receive this news. I feel lucky, proud and excited to be included alongside such brilliant movies. Thank you."
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