Golden Globe nominations: Reactions from Matthew McConaughey, Kerry Washington & more

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Several sleepy stars are already reacting to today’s big news — their Golden Globe nominations. See statements from celebs including Matthew McConaughey, Kerry Washington, and Amy Adams below; we’ll update this post as more pour in.

Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Drama, for Dallas Buyers Club): “I’m excited and honored that the HFPA has recognized my performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof was a revolutionary for the human spirit, and I was blessed to tell his story. I’m looking forward to spending the evening at the Golden Globes on January 12th.”

Kerry Washington (Best Actress in a TV series, Drama, for Scandal): “I’m enormously grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor. It’s humbling to be nominated alongside such talented and hard-working women whose work inspires me.”

Amy Adams (Best Actress, Comedy or Musical, for American Hustle): “I am so honored that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has recognized my work alongside such brilliant actresses. Also a huge congrats to the amazing writers, directors, and casts of American Hustle and Her for their nominations. Truly a day for gratitude.”

Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor, Comedy or Musical, for Her): “Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing Her. Spike wrote a wonderful story and I couldn’t be more pleased for him.”

June Squibb (Best Supporting Actress for Nebraska): “Today is marvelous.  I’m thrilled that Nebraska is now being seen by so many people and they realize what a special movie it is.  And I’m honored to be in the company of my fellow nominees.”

Steve McQueen (Best Director for 12 Years a Slave): “Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for acknowledging our efforts in making 12 Years A Slave.  I am delighted for my cast and crew who worked so hard on this film to shine a light on a forgotten American hero, Solomon Northup.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical, for Veep; Best Actress, Comedy or Musical, for Enough Said): “I’m thrilled and so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press. One question: does this mean I need two dresses?”

Beau Willimon (Best TV series, Drama, for House of Cards): “All of us at House of Cards are thrilled by the nominations.  It’s such an honor to have the collective efforts of our wonderful cast, crew, designers, directors and writers embraced by the international community and recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press. I’m particularly happy for Kevin, Robin and Corey – such a fierce trio of talent. They bring the best out of everyone they work with.”

Asghar Farhadi (Best Foreign Film for The Past): “It is great news to have my film nominated for the second time. [Asghar's film  A Separation was nominated and won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes in 2012.] My special thanks are to Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I have great memories from being at the Golden Globes ceremony last time, and I’m looking forward to going there again.”

Hans Zimmer (Best Original Score for 12 Years a Slave): “Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing such an important and timeless film.  Scoring a project for Steve McQueen of this caliber was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I could not be more grateful for the love that he, the cast, and the film have received.”

Idris Elba (Best Actor, Drama for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie for Luther): “I’m truly humbled and honored to be acknowledged for two projects that, though very different from one another, are both extremely personal and special to me.  Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for your support, and I would also like to give a special thank you to Mr. Mandela, who will be forever missed.”

Kirk DeMicco (Best Animated Feature for The Croods): “Thanks, HFPA, for the best  wake-up call ever!  ”The Croods’ has been an eight-year labor of love and to be recognized with a Golden Globe nomination is  pretty amazing.   We set out to make a film that everyone in the family – especially fathers – can relate to:  a story about the power of change.    Creating an original film takes a village, and from the support of the studio leadership at DreamWorks Animation to everyone on our crew, we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough –  and if cavemen knew what a Golden Globe was, they would thank you as well!”

Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor, Drama, for 12 Years a Slave): I’m humbled and honored to receive this nomination from the HFPA and thrilled for my friends Steve, Chiwetel and Lupita.  I feel this is such an important film so thank you to the HFPA for all their support championing Solomon Northup’s story.”

Jeff Pope (Best Screenplay, for Philomena): “I’m thrilled that a story which is simply about love and forgiveness has been recognized with this nomination.”

Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Drama, for Captain Phillips): “I’m honored. The HFPA puts on a good party and I am happy to be invited.”

Kate Winslet (Best Actress, Drama, for Labor Day): “I’m extremely surprised and absolutely thrilled to be included this year!!‎ Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

Alexander Payne (Best Director for Nebraska):  “People talk about this being a ‘competitive’ year for film, when really it is an ‘excellent’ year — so many wonderful movies internationally and at home.  I’m happy Nebraska is part of the discussion, and I’m especially gratified by the attention Bruce Dern and June Squibb are receiving at what we hope is the mid-point of their careers.”

Bruce Dern (Best Actor, Comedy, for Nebraska): “What’s wonderful about this nomination is that we started the journey a long time ago and it’s so fantastic that people are supporting Nebraska.  We are so happy that the Hollywood Foreign Press has given this movie a lot of love.  With teammates like June Squibb, Will Forte and the rest of the cast, Alexander Payne gave us the best that we could have asked for.”

Helena Bonham Carter (Best Actress, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for Burton and Taylor): “I’m thrilled to receive a nomination for Burton and Taylor. But I couldn’t have done it without Dominic West or Elizabeth Taylor so I’m accepting the honor on their behalf.”

Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine): “I would like to thank the HPFA with all my heart- I’m so surprised and truly honored. Making this film with Woody Allen & Cate Blanchett & the rest of our cast & crew was the most wonderful experience and very special to me. I’m so delighted for Cate too. I am overwhelmed. Thank you.”

Cate Blanchett (Best Actress, Drama, for Blue Jasmine): “Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this wonderful news coming to me in the middle of the night in Sydney! And I’m thrilled that my “sister” Sally was nominated. Going back to sleep now. Good night!”

Oscar Isaac (Best Actor, Musical or Comedy, for Inside Llewyn Davis): “Working with the Coen brothers on Inside Llewyn Davis was a life changing experience. I’m grateful and humbled that the HFPA recognized my work in the movie.”

Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress, Drama, for 12 Years a Slave): “I can’t express the excitement I felt hearing my name called while listening to the nominations from Paris this afternoon.  I screamed and the tears started immediately; I was so overwhelmed! I am so happy for Chiwetel, Michael, Steve, John, and Hans. 12 Years a Slave means so much to me and having the Hollywood Foreign Press recognize it as it did, is just beyond words.”

Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor for American Hustle): “I’m humbled that the HFPA recognized American Hustle in such a big way. I’m so happy for David O. Russell and really proud of this film. To work alongside Christian, Amy, Jeremy, Jen and the entire cast of this film is a real honor.”

Sandra Bullock (Best Actress, Drama, for Gravity): “The reason I am lucky enough to receive this wonderful nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is because Alfonso Cuaron awarded me the most extraordinary experience, which was to work with him.”

Monica Potter (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for Parenthood): “This was a completely unexpected wonderful surprise! I’m so thankful to the HFPA for recognizing all the hard work we (cast/crew) put into “Parenthood.” And, i’m so honored to be in the company of such talented women. I can’t wait to go to the party of the year!”

Alex Ebert (Best Original Score for All Is Lost: “I woke up to my love shaking me, warmly, grinning. ‘Wake up! Wake up!!  Take out your earplugs!’ she yelped. (I sleep with earplugs  we live right in the thick of it on Frenchmen St., New Orleans). ‘You were nominated for a Golden Globe!’ I found myself in total jubilated shock. The feeling is truly profound. I am gratitude incarnate right now. Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for thinking to honor those things they are touched by — I am very grateful to be nominated. To the entire All Is Lost team, congratulations on such a special and poetic movie.”

Robert Redford (Best Actor, Drama, for All Is Lost): “This was unexpected, but well received. J.C. Chandor has created a unique and wonderfully designed frame for me to step into as an actor.  I enjoyed the experience, I enjoyed him, and I am appreciative of this acknowledgment by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

Liev Schreiber (Best Actor, Drama, Ray Donovan): “While it is exceedingly difficult to feel worthy of anything at 5:30 in the morning, I have gathered my thoughts since and want to add my gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press for the nomination. Great Morning. Thank you.”

Janet McTeer (Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for White Queen): “Oh my goodness I am THRILLED!!!… for the whole creative team , for the BBC and for STARZ… ! My sincere thanks to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press.  And as for my daughter Rebecca I am so so very excited for her. What a sunny treat on this cold New York morning.”

Jacqueline Bisset (Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television, for Dancing on the Edge): “I’m delighted.  It is encouraging, which is something we all need.”

Rebecca Ferguson (Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television, for The White Queen): “I’m honoured to be nominated in this category and would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I am very proud of The White Queen and my special thanks go to Philippa Gregory, Emma Frost, Starz, the BBC and Company Pictures.”

Andy Samberg (Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine): This is a bittersweet day for me. On the one hand, I’m grateful to the HFPA for the nomination, and for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to be acknowledged, but on the other hand I auditioned for Sandra Bullock’s part in “Gravity” and didn’t get it, so her nomination is some real salt in the actor wound. Onwards and upwards I guess! (Unless you’re in space‎).”

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