Fresh off his win at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night, Donald Glover scooped up two Golden Globe nominations for his freshman comedy “Atlanta” on Monday morning.
After the Globes noms were announced, the groggy, post-awards show actor and creator of the breakout FX series hopped on the phone with TheWrap en route to catch a plane from Los Angeles to New York.
“It feels pretty surreal,” said Glover, who was also recently cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming “Star Wars” spinoff film based on young Han Solo. “A lot of my life feels that way … It feels very weird.”
The 33-year-old won Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards for “Atlanta” and was nominated on Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Best Performance by and Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The series also got a Globe nod for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. They are Glover’s first ever Golden Globe Awards nominations. (No, he never got one for his longtime role on “Community.”)
He discussed shows like “Atlanta” and also Issa Rae’s HBO series “Insecure,” which both offer fresh viewpoints on the lives of young black Americans. “I think me and Issa — I get very happy that we’re on at the same time. It allows people to see different perspectives. I don’t feel pressure from it. I just want to make s— that’s cool to me. In watching her show, it looks like she doesn’t feel the pressure of it either. It’s cool and really an honor. But I try not to overthink it.”
Glover apologized for being “out of it” and indicated he was up late celebrating. “I was planning on waking up, but because of last night and the [Critics’ Choice] win craziness, I didn’t wake up early,” Glover explained, saying, “I woke up to a lot of iMessages of balloons and confetti — very appropriate. I wasn’t expecting a lot. I always try to go in — not with the worst expectations, but to taper my expectations. It’s very strange and exciting.”
Up next: Glover has to call his mom.
“This is kind of a big deal. My mom keeps sending me the phone emoji. We haven’t talked yet.”