2020 Golden Globes Nominees React: From ‘Beyond Excited’ to ‘Truly Blessed’

Could-be-winners are also “proud,” “honored” and “grateful”

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The nominations are in for the 77th annual Golden Globe awards — and so are the reactions from those who were lucky enough to get a nod.

As per usual, there are many “honored,” “grateful,” “thrilled” and “proud” could-be-winners in 2020’s pool, including Martin Scorsese, Ben Platt, Saoirse Ronan, Peter Morgan, Scarlett Johansson, Kathy Bates, Emma Thompson and Sacha Baron Cohen. Actually, some are “beyond thrilled” and “beyond excited” and even “truly blessed” to have received recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this year.

See statements from all the overwhelmed nominees below. Readers can find the full list of 2020 Golden Globes nominations here.

Martin Scorsese, Best Director – Motion Picture, “The Irishman”:
“It means so much to all of us–to me, Bob, Joe, Al, and the whole team–to be recognized with these nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for our work on The Irishman.”

Saoirse Ronan, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Little Women”:
“Getting to play Jo March, one of the most inspiring characters in literature, still today, has been an honor. I am eternally grateful to Greta Gerwig for her guidance and partnership, and for her fierce perseverance that brought this incredible cast together and created an environment for us to become a real family and tell this very special story. My performance in this film belongs to Greta as much as it does myself and I share this recognition completely with her.”

Al Pacino, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture, “The Irishman”:
“I am honored and grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press. My congratulations goes out to Joe Pesci for his nomination, as well, and I’m deeply thankful to Robert De Niro who gave me the opportunity to be in this film.  It was his selfless and nuanced portrayal that drove the movie and gave the film its perspective, allowing these characters to excel. My congratulations also to our director Martin Scorsese for his great vision.”

Michael Ellenberg, Best Television Series – Drama, “The Morning Show”:
“I am so grateful to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘The Morning Show’ and Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s outstanding performances. A huge thank you to Apple TV+ for their incredible partnership and the remarkable cast and crew, who I’m honored to share this nomination with.”

Scarlett Johansson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Marriage Story”:
“Making ‘Marriage Story’ with Noah Baumbach and our incredible cast was one of the highlights of my career. This morning’s nomination by the HFPA is a beautiful way to celebrate the work we did together.”

Ben Platt, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “The Politician”:
“I am beyond excited and honored to be nominated for my first ever Golden Globe along with our series! Everyone in our Politician family has worked so hard on our show and done so with such love, so I’m very grateful that the HFPA has recognized us and I’m proud of my extraordinary ensemble. Congratulations to all the other very deserving nominees (especially my best friend Beanie Feldstein)!!”

Peter Morgan (creator), Best Television Series – Drama, “The Crown”:
“Beyond thrilled – for the show of course, but in particular for our new cast. We all knew how hard it would be to follow the previous gang – but they have done that and more. We could not be happier with the audience response around the world and thank the HFPA for this acknowledgement.”

Daniel Pemberton, Best Original Score – Motion Picture, “Motherless Brooklyn”:
“I got my parents to watch the film with me for the first time yesterday and my dad told me it was one of his favourite things I’ve ever done so it is doubly ace to get two wonderful tricky-to-get accolades in less than 24 hours – my dad AND the HFPA. I cannot say enough how much this wouldn’t ever have existed without Edward Norton, whose passion, enthusiasm and vision really helped push me into creating a score that I’m incredibly proud of. I loved working with him and am thrilled to both have that work recognised by the HFPA and to be nominated for a Golden Globe alongside such an inspiring collection of fellow composers.”

Alexandre Desplat, Best Original Score – Motion Picture, “Little Women”:
“I am very grateful to the HFPA to have nominated my score for ‘Little Women.’ Greta Gerwig is a visionary and a wonderful artist and I am proud that she and Amy Pascal invited me to be part of their team. This music was recorded thanks to Solrey’s musical taste and expertise with the best NYC musicians and I share this moment with them all.”

Mimi Leder (director and executive producer), Best Television Series – Drama, “The Morning Show”:
“What a beautiful morning for The Morning Show! Feeling grateful to be able to bring this story to light alongside a most brilliant group of artists – our cast and crew who worked passionately from their hearts and souls to continue the conversation of power, greed, and toxicity in the workplace. It is an important time, and a privilege, to be able to tell stories and create art that reflects the times we are living in. Thank you HFPA for this incredible honor and for also recognizing Jennifer and Reese. Working with them is a dream come true. Kerry, Michael and I are blown away!”

Susannah Grant, Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Unbelievable”:
“This is thrilling, especially given Unbelievable’s challenging subject matter. To see all the hard work of our whole team honored by the HFPA in this way is really exciting. It’s equally thrilling to see Toni, Merritt and Kaitlyn to all be individually recognized for their remarkable performances. They’re a dream team of actors who each brought so much to Unbelievable, and are all fully deserving of this great honor.”

Kathy Bates, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “Richard Jewell”:
“Thank you HFPA for the recognition, I am so proud of this film and it was an honor to work with Mr. Eastwood on telling this important story along with the incredible Paul, Sam, Olivia, Jon, Nina, Ian and Niko. I hope our film brings justice and peace to Richard and Bobi Jewell in telling their truth and honoring his heroism.”

Bong Joon Ho – Best Director – Motion Picture/(director) Best Foreign Language – Motion Picture/Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, “Parasite”:
“My WhatsApp is very busy today with the news about Parasite! I am so honored by the three nominations and thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing our film. This couldn’t be possible without the excellent work by and wonderful collaboration with my actors, department heads and crew.”

Emma Thompson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “Late Night”:
“I am thrilled beyond measure to have been nominated for one of my favourite roles ever – I owe so much to Nisha Ganatra and EVERYTHING to the one and only Mindy Kaling!”

Sacha Baron Cohen, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “The Spy”:
“A heartfelt thank you to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this honour. I have long wanted to move away from comedy and do something uncommercial, not reliant on jokes, that few people would see – which I achieved with the ‘The Brothers Grimsby.’ I am hugely proud of ‘The Spy’ and thrilled that it has been seen and embraced by audiences around the globe. I share this recognition with Eli Cohen’s family and everyone who worked on ‘The Spy.’ I’d also like to express my thanks to the brilliant team at Netflix and to our visionary writer/director Gidi Raff.”

Kaitlyn Dever, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Unbelievable”:
“Wow. I can’t believe this!!! Thank you to the HFPA, Golden Globes for your support and nominating me for my first Golden Globe. I feel so blessed to be recognized alongside such a talented group of women. To my fellow “Unbelievable” cast, and the extraordinary producers, congratulations! It was a team effort to bring Marie’s story to the forefront and do her justice. THANK YOU to everyone who put their trust in me to portray Marie. I’m incredibly honored and overwhelmed”

Hildur Guðnadóttir, Best Original Score – Motion Picture, “Joker”:
“My deepest gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press for the great honor bestowed on me with this Golden Globe nomination! It is wonderful to be recognized by this esteemed group of international journalists, some of whom I had the pleasure to meet in LA, and to feel such strong ties between Europe and Hollywood. Congratulations to Todd and Joaquin on their Golden Globe nominations for their incredible work, I feel truly blessed to be part of this team. Helping find the internal voice of Arthur Fleck was an artistic dream. This is a year for outstanding and innovative music and I celebrate with all Best Score nominees and am happy for their nomination as I am for mine.”

Anthony McCarten, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, “The Two Popes”:
“Delighted and grateful to the HFPA for this recognition, which I accept on behalf of the entire Two Popes team. That a story of two people talking about faith and common ground should receive this honour fills me with tremendous optimism and pride.”

Craig Brewer (director), Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, “Dolemite Is My Name”:
“Many thanks to the HFPA for nominating Dolemite Is My Name this morning. This honor is a testament to the amazing actor that is Eddie Murphy, an incredible cast and a creative team that fought with endless passion to bring Rudy Ray Moore’s story to the screen and to highlight his everlasting contribution to the entertainment industry. I’m sure Rudy would be beyond thrilled to know he made it to the Golden Globes!”

Roman Griffin Davis, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, “Jojo Rabbit”:
“Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for my Golden Globe nomination. I am amazed and so grateful. Playing Jojo Rabbit was the most important experience in my life. Taika’s story about a little boy who was influenced by hate during WW2 but found the ability to love and accept all others was a responsibility I could not have achieved without the talents and support of Taika, Carthew, Rachel and my fellow cast and crew. I see this nomination as a gift to everyone involved in the film. And thank you to Fox Searchlight, for the opportunity to have missed so much school.”

Billy Porter, Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, “Pose”:
“Everybody has a story. Stories create empathy. Empathy creates a pathway to the respect of our collective humanity. Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press Association for seeing POSE and helping to illuminate and share our stories with the world. The Category is…LOVE!”

Beanie Feldstein, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, “Booksmart”:
“What a ridiculously surreal, special morning. Thank you to the HFPA for this beautiful nomination amongst the most extraordinary women. And to get to be there with my partner on this journey – Kaitlyn Dever, my life partner – Ben Platt, and my Lady Bird – Saoirse Ronan, is too much for my heart.”

Helen Mirren, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Catherine the Great”:
“I’m absolutely thrilled.  I’m sure Catherine herself would have been thrilled.  I hope it encourages more women in life to seek positions of power.”

Paul Rudd, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “Living With Yourself”:
“What an honor to be nominated for a Golden Globe and I’m grateful to the HFPA. I’m humbled to be included in a group that’s so talented and respected.”

Jennifer Lopez, Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in Any Motion Picture, “Hustlers”:
“I could not be more proud to be recognized by the HFPA! Ramona was a complicated character and it was an honor and challenge to bring her to life. ‘Hustlers’ was a labor of love, sweat and perseverance that was written, directed, produced, edited and starred a group of badass women. I am proud and honored to represent them and this film.”

Cynthia Erivo, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama & Best Original Song “Stand Up,” “Harriet”:
“Bringing Harriet Tubman to life for the first time on the big screen has meant the world to me, and to do so with an incredibly talented and diverse group of filmmakers has been an absolute honor. To be nominated for both my performance and the song I had the privilege to co-write for the film is a testament to Harriet’s enduring legacy and a celebration of her incredible story, which is long overdue. I am grateful to the HFPA for this recognition and feel truly blessed and humbled to be included on a list of such incredible artists.  To say that this is overwhelming and a dream come true is putting it lightly.  I’m excited to attend my first Golden Globe awards, and to share the night with friends and people I love is icing on the cake. This is beyond my wildest dreams.”

Pedro Almodóvar (director), Best Foreign Language – Motion Picture, “Pain & Glory”:
“Many thanks to the HFPA for this nomination. Although I’ve been nominated before, it always feels as special and important as the first time. I am also very happy to share the nomination with Antonio, who’s the soul of ‘Pain and Glory.’”

Taika Waititi (director), Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “Jojo Rabbit”:
“There are only two things I let interrupt my beauty sleep: fire alarms and the Golden Globes nominations. Thank you HFPA for acknowledging that comedy can be a powerful tool against hate and supporting ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ Congrats to everyone who worked on the film and especially to our Jojo, Roman Griffin Davis, for his well-deserved nomination.”

Alan Arkin, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “The Kominsky Method”:
“Good news! This must mean I’m still alive.

Adam Driver, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Marriage Story”:
“I’m incredibly honored to be among this list of actors and extremely grateful to the HFPA. My experience with this movie has felt rare from the start because of the environment that Noah created in the script and on set, the actors and crew I got to work with, and the support that Netflix gave us along the way. A moment like this is hard to describe. I can only repeat how lucky I am to be a part of this movie.”

Eddie Murphy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “Dolemite Is My Name”:
“I am humbled and honored that the Hollywood Foreign Press has chosen to recognize ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ and my performance in the film.  This film was sixteen years in the making, and was a true labor of love for everyone involved in its’ creation.  I am beyond grateful that both audiences and critics have embraced it so enthusiastically, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say that everyone who worked on the film shares in these nominations.”

Jonathan Pryce, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, “The Two Popes”:
“I am thrilled that my work has been recognized for this extraordinary film from our director Fernando Meirelles, and I thank the HFPA for the honor they have done our film and everyone involved in the making of it. Congratulations to all of the nominees especially my fellow pope Anthony Hopkins.”

Anthony Hopkins, Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in Any Motion Picture, “The Two Popes”:
“I am so grateful to the HFPA for their acknowledgment of this film and my part in it. I also want to thank Fernando, Anthony and the entire creative team involved with making this timely movie. Finally, I want to specially thank Jonathan who was a perfect partner in bringing this story to life.”

The 2020 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, take place Sunday, Jan. 5 starting at 8/7c on NBC.

Meher Tatna is president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro, executive chairman of Dick Clark Productions, Mike Mahan, CEO of Dick Clark Productions, and Barry Adelman, executive VP of Television at Dick Clark Productions, will serve as executive producers for the telecast.