Golden Globe Nominees Reactions: 47 of Hollywood’s Most ‘Grateful,’ ‘Thankful’ and ‘Humbled’

Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt among those who are “excited” and “surprised”

Last Updated: December 11, 2014 @ 1:51 PM

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning and those in Hollywood lucky enough to be recognized are offering up their expressions of “gratitude,” “joy” and “honor.”

Here are some of the nominees’ reactions, as told to TheWrap:

Reese Witherspoon, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Wild”
“I’m extremely thankful that the film is being recognized in this way. ‘Wild’ is truly my baby and was a labor of love from the beginning. Cheryl Strayed was so brave in putting her life’s journey into words and it makes me happy that this type of recognition will hopefully drive more people to experience it on film‎.” ‎

Emma Stone, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, “Birdman”
“I have no words. I am so incredibly honored and grateful for this and feel insanely lucky to have had the chance to work with Alejandro, Michael, Edward, and the whole cast and crew of the beautiful madness that is Birdman. Now can someone please explain who this ‘Meryl Streep‘ woman is?!”‎

Michael Keaton, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, “Birdman”
“I’m so honored the HFPA has recognized my performance in BIRDMAN. It’s not every day you get to work on this kind of project or with an ensemble of actors as talented and inspiring as this cast and I am so grateful to our director, Alejandro Iñárritu, for the opportunity.”

Amy Adams, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, “Big Eyes”
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor. It’s so exciting to be nominated for a film I really enjoyed making and I’m so proud to have been a part of Tim Burton‘s vision in sharing Margaret Keane’s story alongside Christoph.”

Emily Blunt, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, “Into the Woods”
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for embracing the Baker’s Wife and recognizing this film that I am so proud to be a part of. Playing this part made me stretch myself as an actor and muster up any courage I could to find my singing voice. It was so worth it to be a part of Rob Marshall’s beautiful and moving film that means so much to me.”

Keira Knightley, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, “The Imitation Game”
“I felt so lucky to have portrayed Joan Clarke, such an extraordinary woman who defied convention and was part of a moment in history. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign press for this honor, and for recognizing our film. I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.”

Michelle Monaghan, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, “True Detective”
“I’m over the moon! Sincerely. I am so proud to be a part of a series as great as ‘True Detective.’ I think this might be MY “alright, alright, alright” moment. Woody and Matthew are a dream to work with. They make a gal look good!”

Ralph Fiennes, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“I’m thrilled and delighted to be nominated for a Golden Globe. Thank you.”

Quvenzhane Wallis, Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, “Annie”
“I am so excited to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. It was an honor to play a role that means a lot to many people and it’s awesome that we were able to bring this great story to a new generation of kids. I had so much fun filming Annie with the best cast and crew and am happy to receive my first Golden Globe nomination for Annie.”

William H. Macy, Golden Globe Nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, “Shameless”
“When it comes to great ways to make a living, I’m pretty much at the front of the line.  The writers and directors and designers on ‘Shamless’ are the best and brightest in the business. And I get to hang out all day with Emmy and Jeremy and Cameron and this stunning cast that acts me under the table on a regular basis.  So when Felicity woke me up this morning and said I’d gotten a Golden Globe Nomination, I giggled. I’m not proud of it, but I giggled like a twelve year old.’

Jim Skotchdopole and John Lesher, Producers “Birdman”
“We are thrilled that the HFPA have fallen in love with ‘Birdman.’ We hope this recognition on a passion project can be an inspiration for filmmakers around the world. Congratulations to all the nominees.”

Jon Voight, Best Performance by Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Ray Donovan”
“It’s a wonderful thing.  It’s a very prestigious award and I’m grateful for the glow that these nominations give our show. I know our team deeply appreciates it.”

 Sarah Treem, Best Television Series — Drama, “The Affair”
“I am beyond grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this extraordinary honor. And to Showtime’s David Nevins for taking a risk on this unconventional show. On the behalf of our whole cast and crew, Hagai [Levi] and I want to express how humbled and excited we are to be included in this truly extraordinary group of nominees.”

Graham Moore, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, “The Imitation Game” ‬
“It’s an honor and the thrill of a lifetime to be recognized by the HFPA for being a part of bringing this little-known true story to the screen. Through this amazing recognition the HFPA has helped us to shine a little more light on the important and powerful legacy of Alan Turing, and for that I could not be more grateful.‬”

Will Gluck, Best Original Song, Motion Picture (“Opportunity” from “Annie”)
“Thank you to the HFPA for recognizing our new song ‘Opportunity.’ I am thrilled I was able to collaborate with the massively talented Sia and Greg Kurstin on something I hope can live up to the original, brilliant ‘Annie’ music. I’m excited for audiences to get to see the film in theatres soon, and hope this will be a song that stays in their hearts and mind in the days to come.

“I’m also incredibly grateful and so proud of Quvenzhané Wallis for her nomination in this film. She is truly a remarkable actress and makes me really feel bad about myself for what I was doing at age 11.”

Rosamund Pike, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, “Gone Girl”
“It is as if a magic carpet picked me up last year and it is astonishing and exhilarating that it has taken me all the way here. I am nothing but grateful to have had the opportunity to dive into a role like this. All thanks really go to David Fincher for his guidance and for allowing me to play Gillian Flynn’s incredible, confounding character. I’m very honored to be nominated alongside actresses I have long admired. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this nomination!”

Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Director — Motion Picture, “Birdman”
“This film has brought me joy and warmth and heat,” he told TheWrap. “When I was putting it together, I was trying to look for precedent, and there were not a lot for this kind of filmmaking. I was scared, because I didn’t know if I could find the internal rhythms of the film to make it work. And the fact that it came out good and hasn’t just been seen by my mom and my aunt is a miracle.”

“Although at times it felt we were flying without a net in this crazy film experiment, this has brought enormous joy to me. I am so proud of my actors and the whole team. It’s a good day.”

Edie Falco, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, “Nurse Jackie”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press has been so kind and supportive of me over the years. I’m so grateful for being acknowledged for a show I’ve so deeply loved to work on.”

Dean DeBlois (writer/director), Best Animated Feature Film, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Over three years ago, we started this journey on a research trip to Norway and Svalbard. As a filmmaker, what has been so gratifying is to have had the experience of traveling all over the world and seeing how Toothless and Hiccup have resonated with audiences.  I’m so proud of our cast and crew and also want to congratulate the other nominees.  It’s been a great year for animation and I’m humbled to be in their company. Today’s nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press is the icing on the cake of an amazing year for us — so thanks to all at the HFPA for a great wake-up call.”

Bonnie Arnold (producer), Best Animated Feature Film,  “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“What a great way to wake up! I can’t wait to get to the studio and celebrate with our crew.  It seems like yesterday when we debuted this film overseas at Cannes and then at the Annecy Film Festival. To see the reaction from international artists and audiences was overwhelming and today, to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press, is such wonderful feeling. I am so proud of our director/writer Dean DeBlois and to see his passion for the characters and vision for telling such a heartfelt story honored with a nomination. Thanks to everyone at the HFPA for making our day!”

Allison Tolman, Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Fargo”
“Saying I’m excited about ‘Fargo’s’ Golden Globe nominations is a bit of an understatement. I’m over the moon. This project changed my life in incredibly concrete ways so win, lose, or draw — I’m just thrilled to keep the dream (and the, party) going a little longer.”

Liev Schreiber, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama, “Ray Donovan”
“Many thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press. Thrilled to be back on the Globes roster with dear old Dad.”

Dominic West, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama, “The Affair”
“I’m honored to be nominated in this category and would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I’m thrilled that the show and my dear friend and co-star Ruth Wilson have been nominated too. I am very proud of ‘The Affair’ and my special thanks go to Sarah Treem, David Nevins and all at Showtime.”

Colin Hanks, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Fargo”
“Working on ‘Fargo,’ with such an immensely talented group of artists, was a dream come true. I’m thrilled to be included with my co-workers, as well as the other nominees for this year’s Golden Globes. Not a bad way to start a Thursday…”

Cathleen Sutherland,  Jonathan Sehring, and John Sloss, producers, “Boyhood”
“We are ecstatic with the 5 Golden Globe nominations the film received today, and are so thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for showing so much love for this film. The nominations are a recognition of the work and commitment that so many people put into this film over a dozen years of filming, and a true testament to the brilliance of our visionary writer-director and fellow producer Richard Linklater.”

Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, Best Screenplay — Motion Picture, “Birdman”
“To say that we are grateful and humbled is an understatement. Our most sincere thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press and to the audiences who have been so incredibly supportive. Alejandro challenged us to stand on a ledge, find our faith, and leap with him. We will be forever grateful.”

New Regency [Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston], “Birdman”
“On behalf of New Regency, we are incredibly grateful for the support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and honored by the tremendous recognition they have shown the artists both in front of and behind the camera. It’s so rewarding to see the film embraced with such passion.”

Antonio Sanchez, Best Original Score – Motion Picture, “Birdman”
“I’m really honored to be Golden Globe nominated. I’m thankful to Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu for the opportunity to work on this masterful film, and everyone that was involved in the process of helping it come to fruition. Being a jazz musician in our modern culture involves being cloaked in relative darkness when it comes to popular media attention, so I really hope this nomination helps propel our music and industry to a higher plane.”

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, Best Animated Feature Film, “The Lego Movie”
“We are so excited to be nominated for a Golden Globe. The only kind of globes we have are made of cardboard or whatever normal ones are made of. We’re incredibly proud of our accomplice Chris McKay, along with the rest of an amazing crew and cast who brought so much passion and artistry to a film that could have easily been so much less. It’s a great year for animation and we’re grateful that a film called ‘The LEGO Movie’ can be appreciated and recognized in this way. Everything in the world may not actually be awesome, but this really is.”

Uzo Aduba, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Orange is the New Black”
“I am beyond grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this nomination. Being a part of ‘Orange is the New Black’ is a gift, and I’m so proud to belong to such an incredible family. My deepest thanks Jenji Kohan and all of our writers, the entire cast and crew, and Netflix for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”

John Legend, Best Original Song — Motion Picture (“Glory” from “Selma”)
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Glory’ with a nomination for Best Original Song! Common and I wrote this song for ‘Selma’ as a labor of love in honor of this magnificent film and the incredible men and women whose struggle the film chronicles. As we continue to march for justice and equality in 2014, we are so inspired by their work.”

Andrey Zvyagintsev, Best Foreign Language Film, “Leviathan”
“Today’s nomination of ‘Leviathan’ for a Golden Globe is a truly important event for all of us. This honor by the esteemed members of the HFPA is a cause for celebration. The final decision in this competition rests in the hands of Fate and I hope that Fate will look favorably on our film.”

Ruben Ostlund, Best Foreign Language Film, “Force Majeure”
“It’s amazing and at the same time a real relief. The nomination has been buzzing around in the back of our minds for some time. We have had such a good response to ‘Force Majeure’ since our Cannes debut and the theatrical release in the US that we actually began believing and hoping this might happen. There were a lot of strong films competing in this category but we were fortunate. I don’t want to sound cocky but it is easy to get pampered and want more.”

Ronit Elkabets, Best Foreign Language Film, “Tangerines”
“This is incredible! I am both surprised and thrilled. We wrote Vivian’s story based on the very simple fact that still today in Israel a women must get her husband’s consent if she wants a divorce. I am happy and proud that we have brought Vivian’s voice and struggle for freedom to the world. The film asks that women be allowed to live their lives with dignity and basic human rights. This nomination is an incredibly important recognition of women’s struggle for freedom and independence, once and for all.”

Zaza Urushadze, Best Foreign Language Film, “Tangerine”
This is unbelievable!. This is the most beautiful day of my life. It compares to the days my daughters were born. All Estonia is pretty much in shock — the audience here loved the film, but nobody knew it could fly so high. It makes us very proud to be here among these other four remarkable films.”

Teddy Schwarzman, Ido Ostrowsky and Nora Grossman, producers, “The Imitation Game”
“Thank you so much to the HFPA for recognizing The Imitation Game in five categories. We’re overjoyed to be honored alongside such great films. This movie was a true passion project for everyone involved. All were dedicated to ensuring that Alan Turing’s legacy received the appreciation it so deserved. We are incredibly proud of Benedict, Keira, Graham and Alexandre for their nominations, and for the entire team who, alongside director Morten Tyldum, made this story come to life.”

Greg Kurstin, Best Original Song — Motion Picture (“Opportunity” from “Annie”)
“I’m thrilled to have been nominated along with Sia and Will Gluck for our song ‘Opportunity.’ ‘Annie’ has a long, iconic legacy of classic songs, so to get the chance to join that legacy is a true honor.  I’m grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for the nomination and also for recognizing the importance of the song in this film.”

Pawel Pawlikowski, Best Foreign Language Film, “Ida”
“Wonderful news to be nominated for the Globes and to find ourselves in the company of some of my favorite films this year… I’m very happy and very surprised. Who could have suspected that our small black and white film from a distant time and place, would strike a chord with HFPA in Los Angeles.  A bit of a fairy tale.”

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