Golden Globe Nominees React: ‘Delighted’ ‘Flattered’ and ‘Over the Moon’

2019 award show’s could-be-winners are also “proud,” “thrilled,” “honored,” and “grateful”

Last Updated: December 6, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

The nominations are in for the 76th 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” as could-be-recipients in 2019’s pool, including John David Washington, Nicole Kidman, Emily Blunt, and Viggo Mortensen. There are even some “flattered,” “delighted,” and “over the moon” hopefuls.

See their statements — and more — below.

Rami Malek, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Bohemian Rhapsody”: “To play Freddie Mercury was a profound honor. To be a part of telling a story like this, of lives like these, is something I will forever cherish. I am eternally grateful to Brian May and Roger Taylor, and to Graham King, Denis O’Sullivan, 20th Century Fox and New Regency. I feel deeply fortunate and grateful to be acknowledged by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Thank you. Finally, my most heartfelt and humbled thank you to the man this is for and because of, Freddie.”

Emily Blunt, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy “Mary Poppins Returns”: “Thank you ever so much to the HFPA! I’m blown away and over the moon.I delighted in playing every aspect of this extraordinary and iconic character. The entire experience working on it was spellbinding and that’s largely to do with the incomparable Rob Marshall who took on this project with great love, depth and courage in his heart. I’m thrilled for Lin and for the recognition for our beautiful score as well as the film as a whole. Thank you again.”

Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “Mary Poppins Returns”: “We are so thrilled and grateful to be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press today. ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is a true passion project straight from our hearts — so to be recognized in this way feels like a magical adventure Mary Poppins herself would have dreamt up!”

Adam McKay, Best Director – Motion Picture, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “Vice”: “I’m so happy for our amazing cast of ‘Vice’ being acknowledged with multiple nominations. Lord knows they deserve it. And the Best Picture nomination is a nod to our entire crew who went way above and beyond to make this film. Thank you to the HFPA and also to Annapurna, Plan B and Gary Sanchez.

Kevin Messick, Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, “Vice”: “We’re grateful for the recognition this morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for ‘Vice.’ Adam McKay continues to break new ground as a filmmaker and the support of the HFPA in recognizing him and the incredible performances by Christian, Amy and Sam is truly an honor.”

Amy Adams, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture, “Vice”; and Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Sharp Objects”: “I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the acknowledgments. I am blessed to have been involved in these two amazing productions this year and am grateful to everyone who has contributed for their hard work and dedication.”

Richard E. Grant, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”: “I am utterly stunned and astonished to be nominated by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Humbled and enormously THRILLED to be sharing this honor with Melissa McCarthy, my true partner in crime!!! Gratitude abounds for our brilliant director Marielle Heller.”

Melissa McCarthy, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”: “I am thrilled and amazed to be nominated by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press. I’m so proud of my non-biological brother – Richard E. Grant – on his nomination.  Forever grateful to Marielle Heller, our brilliant ship’s captain.  I’m humbled to be in the company of the other dreamy nominees.”

Barry Jenkins, Best Screenplay, Best Motion Picture – Drama, “If Beale Street Could Talk”: “On behalf of the entire Beale Street family, it’s an honor to have our film recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, particularly alongside such varied and wonderful work by our peers. It’s a critical time to be telling stories and creating art that reflects the world we live in. We’ll take this recognition as an affirmation to continue to do so.”

Jeremy Dawson, Best Motion Picture – Animated, “Isle of Dogs”: “Thank you to the HFPA for the nomination for ‘Isle of Dogs!’ The film was a huge group effort that took years to make and I know that all of our many brilliant animators and craftspeople were very proud to have been part of bringing Wes’ vision to life in this special film and are especially thankful and flattered today for this recognition of their work. Also truly pleased to have our amazing composer, Alexandre Desplat, join us in this honor.”

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language, “Never Look Away”: “I am thrilled to be nominated with a film that is so close to my heart, and that aims to inspire people to overcome their suffering through art. But above all, I see this Golden Globe nomination as a tribute to the inspiring talents of all my actors, and of my crew, including my genius director of photography Caleb Deschanel and my genius composer Max Richter. It was an honor to work with them. An honor to have our work considered by the members of the HFPA. And an honor to be on the same list as the other extraordinary filmmakers who were nominated this year. Thank you, HFPA!”

Timothée Chalamet, Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “Beautiful Boy”: “WOW! Have woken up with a rush of gratitude and excitement this morning! I see the other men in my category, some of whom I’ve already gotten a chance to meet, and I am humbled to even be considered alongside their wonderful performances. Thank you to the HFPA for supporting another indie-minded film, I am soaking up all the gratitude I can. Thank you!”

John David Washington, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama, “BlackKklansman”: “Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this incredible honor and for your support of BlacKkKlansman. My deepest appreciation to the legendary Spike Lee – we stand on your shoulders, sir. Thank you to the most talented group of actors and the crew, and to Focus Features for their unwavering support. Most importantly — Ron Stallworth, you’re a hero. Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow. Thank you.”

Spike Lee, Best Director – Motion Picture, “BlackKklansman”: “I found out about these Golden Globe Nominations for ‘BlackKklansman’ in between advising my NYU Grad School students because I teach on Thursdays.  The first word that came to mind was ‘BOOM SHAKALAKA’. Thank you to the HFPA!”

Adam Driver, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “BlackKklansman”: “I’m very thankful to the HFPA and pretty blown away by all of this. To be at the Golden Globes in January representing ‘BlacKkKlansman’ with Spike and John David means a great deal to me. I’m very proud to be in their company.”

John C. Reilly, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “Stan & Ollie”: “I am so honored to receive this nomination from the members of the HFPA. I’m honored on behalf of Sony Classics and our entire film to be included in such an impressive group of actors but most of all, I’m so pleased to see the great Babe himself, Oliver Hardy acknowledged in this way. He’s got a sweet grin on his face this morning wherever he is, just like me. Long live the eternal clowns Laurel and Hardy.”

Nicole Kidman, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama, “Destroyer”: “I am so grateful to be nominated for such an untraditional female character. Erin Bell is complicated, raw and dangerous, and it was a privilege to portray her. I share this with Karyn Kusama as well as all of the cast and crew. It was truly a passion project for all of us. A huge thank you to The Hollywood Foreign Press.”

Viggo Mortensen, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, “Green Book”: “I am grateful to the HFPA for this recognition, and proudly share it with Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini and the rest of ‘Green Book’s’ wonderful cast. Thank you, Peter Farrelly, for making a movie that inspires hope and compassion. By inviting audiences to laugh and be genuinely moved, and also to think profoundly about our society’s past and present, you have given us a story equal to the best work of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges.”

Peter Farrelly, Best Screenplay, Best Director, “Green Book”: “I am so happy, it feels like Christmas in December. I am also so very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press and to Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, Linda Cardellini, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Octavia Spencer along with the entire cast and crew of ‘Green Book’. This is truly an overwhelming honor.”

Mahershala Ali, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “Green Book”: “I’d like to thank the HFPA for this extraordinary honor. I’m humbled that all our work has been recognized in such a broad capacity, especially that of my friends Viggo Mortensen and Peter Farrelly. Green Book offered a unique opportunity to embody a man with breadth, virtuosity and complexity. I’m so grateful that our story has resonance in a time that calls for empathy.”

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, Best Motion Picture – Animated, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”: “We couldn’t be more honored by the HFPA’s recognition today. Four years ago, with the support of Sony and our bold, amazing Producers, we left our comfort zones and challenged every department on our movie to approach things in a new way. There were many times we questioned whether that approach was working — usually centered around the talking pig. We weren’t even sure we’d finish the movie in time. If it’s possible for a Spider-Man movie with a gargantuan international release schedule to be an underdog, we are one, and recognition like this is so meaningful for us and the multiverse of artists who worked with such care to bring Miles Morales story to life. Thank you.”

Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg, Best Motion Picture – Animated, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse”: “We are grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for embracing the story of Miles Morales. He is a new kind of hero – he is flawed and dealing with all kinds of relatable challenges. And as filmmakers we wanted this movie to inspire young people to become heroes. Inspire grownups to help young people become heroes. And remind us all that we’re not alone.”

Glenn Close, Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, “The Wife”: I’m beyond thrilled and especially thankful for Meg Wolitzer who wrote the novel and Jane Anderson who wrote the screenplay fifteen years ago, and for Rosalie Swedlin and Claudia Bluemhuber who had the crazy passion to bring it to the screen.  I share this with the brilliant Jonathan Pryce, who was the only one to received a Nobel Prize for literature this year, even if it was just in a movie…. and most of all director Bjorn Runge who made my performance possible.

Lucas Hedges, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Boy Erased”: “Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination, which I proudly share with the LGBTQIA community as well as with Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, the rest of the cast and crew, and most of all, with Garrard.  I was honored to be a part of this story which will hopefully one day help put an end to conversion therapy in the United States where it is currently still legal in 36 states.”

Lupita Nyong’o, Best Motion Picture – Drama, “Black Panther”: “I am deeply proud that ‘Black Panther’ has been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To see an epic, aspirational story about people of African descent told on such a global scale, to see myself and people like me reflected back to me on the screen, and to know that hundreds of millions of people have shared that same uplifting and validating experience, has been one of the greatest joys of my life. To have the film honored in this way is incredibly special and appreciated.”

Claire Foy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “First Man”: “It’s such an honour to receive this nomination today. I’m so proud of ‘First Man’ and share this nomination with all the cast and crew. I also share this with the entire Armstrong family who have been so generous and kind throughout the whole process of making this film. Thank you so much HFPA…see you in January!!!!”

Olivia Coleman, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “The Favourite”: I am absolutely bowled over and thrilled to be nominated for the Golden Globes. Being part of ‘The Favourite’ was such a treat anyway, it’s the gift that just keeps on giving! I can’t wait to be there with Emma and Rachel and Yorgos. I would very happily go everywhere with them all. A million thanks to the HFPA, woohooo! I’m so excited. Thank you.”

Eric Beckman, (GKIDS Founder and CEO), Best Motion Picture – Animated, “Mirai”: “Mamoru Hosoda is a great, humanist filmmaker — more than an animator – he is a great filmmaker whose chosen medium is animation. He wrote and directed a beautiful, sensitive film from the heart, a deeply personal story about family, love, life, and the passage of time that brings laughter and tears in equal measure. I am grateful to the HFPA for nominating ‘Mirai,’ and so happy that Hosoda-san is getting this most deserved recognition.”

Graham King, Best Motion Picture – Drama “Bohemian Rhapsody”: “I am so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ among this incredible group of films. Filmmaking is a true collaboration and I couldn’t be more proud of this team and what we created. What Freddie Mercury and Queen did so successfully, and what Queen still does to this day, is bring people together through their music — no matter what age, background or culture– and that’s what we worked hard to do with this film as well. I’m so proud of our leading man, Rami Malek, as he deserves this recognition for one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.”

Rachel Weisz, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “The Favourite”: Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘The Favourite.’ I’m so proud to be nominated alongside such a brilliant group of actresses, including my incredible co-star Emma. And all hail our nominated Queen Olivia! These honors are a testament to the brilliance of our director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Emma Stone, Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, “The Favourite”: “Thank you to the members of the HFPA for this honor! It was an unbelievable joy to get to work alongside my two true loves, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz on this film, along with all the other wonderful actors, Tony, Deborah, and our incredible producers. ‘The Favourite’ wouldn’t exist without the visionary that is Yorgos Lanthimos. Thank you especially to Yorgos for your guidance, brilliance, and friendship.”

Jon M. Chu, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy “Crazy Rich Asians”: “Can I put emojis in a quote? Because not in my wildest dreams did I ever think our movie would be embraced to this magnitude by the audience and now the HFPA. What an honor to be included on such a beautiful list of diverse human experience stories amongst storytellers I have looked up to my entire life. I could not be more proud of our movie, our cast, our community and our industry. In response to Eleanor Young, we were always good enough.”

Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer, Best Motion Picture – Animated “Ralph Breaks the Internet”: “All of us involved with ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ are so grateful for this nomination. In a world where the internet is both an incredible technology that connects people across the globe and a dangerous place to be preyed upon, we loved the idea of exploring it through the eyes of Ralph and Vanellope and having it deeply challenge their friendship. Thanks to all our cast and crew for taking this ride with us and thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this honor.”

Hugh Grant, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Limited series or Motion Picture Made for Television,  “A Very English Scandal”: “Very very kind of the Hollywood Foreign Press. Am opening a jumbo jar of Vaseline in celebration. “

Sam Esmail, Best Television Series — Drama, “Homecoming”: “I am immensely proud of the work of the entire cast and crew on ‘Homecoming.’ And I am thrilled to see Julia’s and Stephan’s incredible performances recognized, they are a remarkable talent. On behalf of all of us, we are truly honored and gratified to be in such great company. Thank you to everyone at the HFPA. I’d also like to add a shout out to my boy, Rami Malek, he deserves all the praise and more.”

Steven Canals, Best Television Series – Drama “Pose”: “I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring the years of passionate work that went into bringing our show ‘Pose’ to life, and especially for ‘seeing’ our show and acknowledging the gorgeous community of people it depicts.  It has been a journey, to say the least, to convince anyone in Hollywood that the show was not ‘too niche’–so I must thank first and foremost Ryan Murphy for shepherding the show into the world as only he can.  I’m a boy from the Bronx who grew up watching the Golden Globes, never imagining I’d be a nominee, so to say this is a dream come true is an absolute understatement.  I thank everyone at FX, Fox 21 Television Studios, all of my fellow producers, and congratulate our entire cast and crew–with a special shout-out to the great Billy Porter on his much-deserved nomination.  Finally, we share this nomination with our incredible viewers who have opened their hearts and minds to our story, and look forward to bringing them another season of ‘Pose.'”

Janet Mock, Best Television Series – Drama, “Pose”: “‘Pose’ has given those rarely reflected access to a mirror to see themselves more clearly. A cast and crew of unknown trans and gay actors have been given a chance to tell their own stories, as their own heroes. I am most overjoyed by this recognition of our show and the talents of our leading man Billy Porter because it has the potential to bring more people to ‘Pose,’ convincing those who may not believe a family drama like ours is for them. Trust me, it is.”

Billy Porter, Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama, “Pose”: “WOW! Thank you to the HFPA for supporting and embracing our show. And to Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk and the ‘Pose’ gang for believing in us. I’m so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day when the stories of LGBTQ people of color are front and center! The category is…LOVE!”

Penelope Cruz, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “The Assassination of Gianna Versace: American Crime Story”: “I’d like to thank the HFPA for this extraordinary honor. I’m humbled that all our work has been recognized in such a broad capacity, especially that of my friends Viggo Mortensen and Peter Farrelly. Green Book offered a unique opportunity to embody a man with breadth, virtuosity and complexity. I’m so grateful that our story has resonance in a time that calls for empathy.”

Antonio Banderas, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Genius: Picasso”: “Thanks to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press for this recognition that I share with the phenomenal team of great professionals that National Geographic put together to create this complicated, controversial and amazing Genius. I would love also to mention my home town of Málaga, birth place of Picasso too, for its continual effort to become a referential city of culture.”

Michael Douglas, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “The Kominsky Method”: “It is such an honor to be nominated as a comedy actor for The Kominsky Method.”

Ben Stiller, Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Escape at Dannemora”: “I am honored the HFPA has recognized our show.  We’re grateful to Showtime for believing in this production and supporting it so fully, and the people of the North Country and Clinton Correctional for helping to bring it to life.  I’m so proud of Patricia for her fearless work, and our whole cast and crew who worked so hard to tell this story.”

Jed Mercurio, Best Television Series — Drama, “Bodyguard”: “Everyone involved in making Bodyguard is immensely flattered by the series being nominated, and congratulations to Richard Madden on being recognised for his incredible performance.”

Patricia Clarkson, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Sharp Objects”: “What a thrill and an honor to be nominated alongside phenomenal actresses.  Today was a triumph for ‘Sharp Objects.’ Working on this limited series was a remarkable process and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.”

Marti Noxon, Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Sharp Objects”: “I am so grateful to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Sharp Objects.’ From the moment I read Gillian Flynn’s mesmerizing book, I knew it could make an impact on TV, but this is beyond anything I’d hoped for it. I’m also so thankful to the folks at HBO, Blumhouse, eOne, and WME for supporting our vision. I’m excited to share this recognition with all of the incredible people who helped bring ‘Sharp’ to life – especially,  Gillian, Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlon, Jean Marc Valle and producer Jessica Rhodes.”

Sacha Baron Cohen, Best Actor in a TV comedy or musical, “Who is America?”: “I appreciate the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing me, which luckily is something that none of the guests on the show did.  This is such a special honour for me as the HFPA are always among the first to really appreciate my ever evolving humour.  I am humbled to be recognised [sic] among such a wonderful group of nominees, all of whom I admire.  This show was a labour of love for over two years.  It is a shame they overlooked the amazing performances by the rest of the cast, particularly Dick Cheney and Roy Moore. Meanwhile Ms. Palin, despite being cut from the show, I hope you will accept my invitation to be my date for the ceremony.”

Regina King, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, “Seven Seconds”: “I cannot even put into words how I feel right now hearing this exciting news from set. Just elated. So proud of these two amazing and beautiful projects. I’m incredibly lucky and humbled that these roles chose me. For ‘Beale Street,’ honoring the words and legacy of James Baldwin is truly special. Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press!”

Connie Britton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Dirty John”: “Wow this was a true surprise this morning. I am really grateful to the HFPA who have been so supportive and always ask questions that go deeper. And for everyone at Dirty John who worked so hard to bring this complicated story to life, and my partner in crime Eric Bana, as well as the rest of our incredible cast. Thank you thank you and let’s keep talking about it!”

Stephen James, Best Performance by An Actor in a Television Series – Drama, “Homecoming”: Wow. Thrilled by the HFPA’s recognition of me and two projects I’m very proud of. Overjoyed to share this with Julia and the “Homecoming” family as well as Barry Jenkins, Regina King and the cast and crew of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk.'”

Chuck Lorre, Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, “The Kominsky Method”: “What an incredible honor! I’m so thrilled for the nominations ‘The Kominsky Method,’ Michael and Alan received this morning. This show is so special to me and I’m deeply touched to be recognized among all the other nominated shows. Thank you to our extraordinary cast and crew as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for all their support!”

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”: “This is wonderful news for us, Michael Douglas, and everyone associated with the show.”