By Laura Rooney

Golden Globe Nominee Reactions

The best reaction, was the first reaction … “”Best Motion Picture, Drama … Rampart opens January 27, but I don’t see it on the list here. There’s a lot of things left off the list here, I just wanna say …” – Woody Harrelson, reading the list of nominees for Best Motion Picture, Drama – which did not include Rampart.

“I’m so proud of all my girls. We were the little movie that could. Everybody poured their hearts and souls into this movie.” — Pamela McClintock on the nominations for The Help

“I wasn’t expecting this at all. The first nomination was massive, but two years in a row is colossal!! Wow. I can’t wait to swap ‘How surprised were you?’ stories with Ricky Gervais. Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press and go Luther!!” – Idris Elba, nominated for Luther

“They said I was crazy to take on making a black and white, silent movie, but I had a feeling THE ARTIST could be something special, something magical.   I’m so thankful that audiences are taking a chance and embracing it with a spirit of adventure and love of cinema.  And today we are grateful for the incredible honors we received from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.” – Thomas Langman, producer of The Artist

 “It’s a thrill to share this honor with Steve Zaillian and have Moneyball nominated alongside these four fantastic screenplays. I hope people really are judged by the company they keep.” – Aaron Sorkin, co-writer of Moneyball

“I was very pleased with and proud of the movie before this happened, but it’s obviously really nice when anyone recognizes what you’ve done. Believe me, I’ve done stuff that people hate, so whenever that doesn’t happen, I’m … psyched.” – Seth Rogan on the nomination for 50/50

“I’m thrilled to be included in this beautiful group of actors and actresses. I’m very proud of our movie and look forward to seeing everyone at the party in January.” – Meryl Streep on her nomination for The Iron Lady

“The fact that people like it and it’s getting these nominations, it’s like … like, cake and ice cream” – Zooey Deschanel on her nomination for New Girl

“I’m thrilled not only for myself and the entire Downton Abbey cast, but also for my 2 husbands — Hugh Bonneville, my tv husband and Simon Curtis, my real-life husband who directed “My Week With Marilyn.” We all look forward to putting on our glad rags for the awards.” – Elizabeth McGovern, nominated for Downton Abbey

“Since I am working in Luxembourg today, how appropriate to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association!  How exciting this all is!  And how many times can I say how happy I am to be sharing this wonderful journey with Glenn.” – Janet McTeer on her Globes nomination  

“I’m very touched by the HFPA’s recognition of The Descendants among so many other fine films this year, and I’m particularly gratified by theinclusion of Shailene Woodley along with George Clooney for acting honors. I’m looking forward to the Golden Globes dinner and hope they provide a low-sodium option.” – Alexander Payne on nominations for The Descendants

“Of course, if you want to nominate anyone, and escape with your life, then you’d better first nominate the Pope.” – Jeremy Irons, nominated for The Borgias

“To be recognised for portraying one of the greatest actors of our time is truly an honour, and I am incredibly thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their continued support of our film. Working alongside Michelle was an extremely rewarding experience, and I’m thrilled that both she and our excellent team of filmmakers have also been recognised for their incredible work. I feel very blessed to be nominated for a role that is so close to my heart.” – Kenneth Branagh on his nomination for My Week with Marilyn

“”What a great wake-up call for our entire cast and crew. We can’t wait for the ceremony. To quote the cat himself, Antonio Banderas, ‘Me-Wow!’ ”  – Chris Miller, nominated for Puss inBoots

“I am very happy with my Golden Globe nomination for my latest film ‘The Skin I Live In’.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always been very generous with me and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I’m competing with other foreign films that are so fabulous; I don’t mind being defeated by any of them. For me, the award will be being at the Beverly Hilton sharing dinner and mineral water with so many people I admire.”  –  Pedro Almodóvar on behalf of the nomination for The Skin I Live In

“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.”  – Michel Hazanavicius on his nomination for The Artist 

“A Golden Globe nomination is unbelievable!  I am so happy, and am very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and to audiences across America, for their support of THE ARTIST.” – Berenice Bejo on her nomination for The Artist 

“It’s Gore (Verbinski) doing animation, Angie (Jolie) directing, and Marty (Scorsese) doing this kind of genre and in 3D,” he summed up. Just don’t ask him to choose a favorite or root for one more than the other. “I don’t have favorites,” he says. “I treat my children all the same.” – Graham King, producer of nominees Rango, Hugo and In the Land of Milk and Honey

“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. 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.” – Martin Scorsese on his nomination for Hugo

 “I am grateful that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is honoring our film. 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.” – Angelina Jolie on the nomination for In the Land of Milk and Honey

“I am absolutely delighted for myself and for everyone involved in ‘The Guard,’ especially writer/director John Michael Mc Donagh, who gave me the gift of Sergeant Gerry Boyle. I love that something so culturally specific can receive such prestigious international recognition. It renews the faith!” – Brendan Gleeson, nominated for The Guard

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon