Yes, they're thrilled just to be nominated

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Despite the sometimes nasty nature of her character, Patty Hewes, on FX’s ‘‘Damages,’’ Glenn Close insists she really is a nice person. Close learned of her nomination for best TV drama series actress from a friend in Florida while visiting her hometown of Greenwich, Conn. The multiple award-winner, who won a Globe in 2005 for ‘‘The Lion in Winter’’ and was nominated in 2006 for ‘‘The Shield,’’ said her character gets noticed because it’s rare for a woman her age to get such a role. ‘‘She keeps people off balance all the time, and people are intrigued by that.’’

Shortly after finishing up an interview with ‘‘The Today Show’’ in New York, Ellen Page was told of her nomination for best actress in a comedy. ‘‘I’m excited,’’ Page said. ‘‘Diablo Cody wrote one of the best screenplays I’ve ever read.’’ The character Juno was one the 20-year-old actress had never seen before. ‘‘She had this character ... devoid of stereotype. It was a unique, witty and absolutely genuine screenplay. I read it. I loved it. I became obsessed about playing this role,’’ she said. Page will celebrate her first Golden Globe nomination with a Manhattan dinner and then head back to her native Nova Scotia for the holidays. ‘‘There will be a lot of celebrating and hanging out with my friends,’’ she said. ...


‘‘Hairspray’’ producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were once a rare pair in Hollywood pushing traditional movie musicals, but Thursday morning saw their latest film nominated for best musical or comedy. ‘‘A few years ago there were no musicals nominated in this category,’’ Meron said. ‘‘Craig and I made it our mission to bring them back, first on TV with ’Gypsy’ ’Cinderella,’ and ’Annie’ and then in film. If it wasn’t for the success of [our project] ’Chicago,’ there probably wouldn’t be a ’Dreamgirls’ or ’Sweeney Todd.’ What a change.’’ Their track record helped convince John Travolta to don a dress. ‘‘We felt a great burden of responsibility when we talked to John about doing his first musical in nearly 30 years,’’ Zadan said. ‘‘We promised him we could take this all the way, so it was wonderful to see him nominated. And just a year ago, (best musical actress nominee) Nikki Blonsky was scooping ice cream!’’

Tom Wilkinson related that he was polishing shoes at his house in the U.K. when he got the call that he was nominated for his supporting role in ‘‘Michael Clayton.’’ ‘‘It’s a great feeling in the sense that even at my great age I’m still doing decent work which people are interested by,’’ he said. ‘‘And I love the Golden Globes — have I ever won one? No, no, I don’t think I have — but it’s always the best time. It’s a thrilling little gathering, and I really look forward to going again.’’

‘‘I’m so excited — it’s mother and daughter getting nominated,’’ Nikki Blonsky quipped about her ‘‘Hairspray’’ nom for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical, and that of her co-star John Travolta in the supporting actor category. Blonsky, who heard the news in Toronto, where she also filmed the movie a year ago, said the moment her name was uttered was as shocking and exciting as the moment she found out she got the part. ‘‘It was a huge shock to me, a huge and utter shock. I was crying, jumping and throwing things,’’ she said. ‘‘But I’m big on peace and harmony, so despite a strike, I hope we can all attend the ceremony and have the exciting time that we should have.’’

Producer Kathleen Kennedy woke up to see her flight from New York to Los Angeles canceled because of a snowstorm and two of her films nominated: ‘‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’’ and ‘‘Persepolis.’’ They’re in an unlikely category for oft-nominated Hollywood vet: best foreign-language film. ‘‘This is exactly what the Academy Awards should be about: promoting films that don’t have the resources of some with an $80 million-$100 million marketing budget,’’ she said. ‘‘The only frustration is ’Diving Bell’ not being qualified for the foreign-language Oscar, which is and will continue to be confusing to people, but the writing and directing nominations are a big help.’’

‘‘It was a very civilized 8 a.m. when I got the phone call,’’ nominee John Hamm said. ‘‘It’s a good way to wake up.’’ Hamm, who received his first nomination ever for the lead role in AMC’s ‘‘Mad Men,’’ said he’s been pleasantly surprised by the audience’s reaction to the series and his ‘‘strongly American’’ character, Don Draper. ‘‘You make these things and you hope people like them, so a positive response is gravy,’’ he said. ‘‘But [a nomination] is whatever goes on top of gravy.’’

Julie Taymor sat in bed in New York and watched the nominations live. ‘‘It’s wonderful to be a dark horse because it means people are voting with their heart,’’ the ecstatic ‘‘Across the Universe’’ director said of her film’s inclusion in the best musical lineup. Her hope now is that more people will see the film. ‘‘It’s about tremendous joy and inspiration, and that’s what I want to hear — that people were moved and transformed by the work.’’ The nomination topped off what was already shaping up as a good day for Taymor.

Golden Globe nominations are no stranger to ‘‘Charlie Wilson’s War’’ screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who received noms for the politically themed films ‘‘A Few Good Men’’ (1992) and ‘‘The American President’’ (1995). ‘‘ ’Charlie Wilson’s War’ shouldn’t be confused with other political stories,’’ Sorkin said. ‘‘It’s not what you’re going to read on the front page yesterday. It’s an outrageous true story that very few people have heard.’’ Sorkin learned of his third nom at 5:30 a.m. when he was awakened by a phone call from his publicist. He said he was disappointed the film’s director, Mike Nichols, was not nominated, but thrilled that star Tom Hanks is in the race for best actor in a comedy. ‘‘We were hoping that’s what they would do,’’ he said of the comedy nom. ‘‘It’s a serious movie, but it’s told in a funny way.’’ The writers strike didn’t put a damper on the nomination either. ‘‘I want the strike to be over like everybody else,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s just a nice thing; a really nice day.’’ Sorkin’s celebrating will include picking up his daughter from school. ‘‘I’m sure there will be Gummi bears.’’

Christina Applegate was in Laguna doing a photo shoot when she learned of her best actress nom for ‘‘Samantha Who?’’ — her second Globe nomination for best actress in a television series since 1999. ‘‘I feel fantastic about it. I’m so excited,’’ she said. ‘‘This is the first time where it happened that I couldn’t sleep, and I actually got nervous and didn’t know where it was going to go. It’s my baby. The show has been embraced, and I’m grateful. We love working together. It’s a good day.’’ As for the strike, she said, ‘‘It stinks. We’ve been off for five weeks now, so I don’t know what to do with myself. I miss my crew, and I miss my cast. I just want it to be over as soon as possible. We have four episodes that we’re holding. We’ll just wait until everyone relaunches.’’ Will she attend the ceremony if the strike is still going? ‘‘Of course I’m going to go. Regardless. I’ll be there with bells on. Now comes the task of finding what to wear.’’

Ricky Gervais wasn’t able to accept his Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series in September and he’s not taking any chances on the Golden Globes. ‘‘If Steve Carell wins I’m going up there like he did for me and I’m going to keep it.’’ Gervais, who won a Globe in the same category for ‘‘The Office’’ in 2004, is just happy that HBO’s ‘‘Extras,’’ now in its final season, has stayed hot on the heels of his other successful comedy series. But, he also said it would be nice to get his Emmy back from Carell. ‘‘I don’t care if he goes down for this,’’ he said. ‘‘Actually I do, because I want ’The Office’ to be syndicated. I’m all for forgiveness, I just deserve the Emmy, really. What good is it to him with my name on it?’’

Saoirse Ronan’s agent told her to ‘‘keep a lookout’’ for a possible best supporting actress nom for ‘‘Atonement,’’ but the 13-year-old Irish actor tried not to think about it. ‘‘It’s so easy to get disappointed, but this mornin’ Dad got a call, and I heard him say, ’Yes!’ ’’ Her driver on the Pennsylvania set of ‘‘The Lovely Bones’’ wasn’t surprised. ‘‘She said, ’It’s all over base camp already,’ ’’ Ronan said, laughing. ‘‘I’ve written stories and won a few school awards, but I’ve never gotten a Golden Globe for writing about my trip to the zoo.’’

Of the animated film nom for the Paris-set ‘‘Ratatouille,’’ director Brad Bird said: ‘‘What’s gratifying about it is that it’s the international press and the movie — admittedly we made it here — but it is sort of an international film. We were trying to capture the rhythms of another country and make it feel true to that without being over the top.’’ He is looking forward to seeing ‘‘so many of my heroes,’’ including nominees Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey at the ceremony. Bird added: ‘‘Steven Spielberg gave me my first shot, so the fact that he’s getting the Cecil B. DeMille Award is nice.’’

‘‘My phone rang at 5:55 and I heard this deep voice say, ’Congratulations.’ It was Denzel. He was literally my wake-up call,’’ said ‘‘The Great Debaters’’ producer Todd Black, whose film was nominated for best drama. The two had a lot to celebrate: Washington’s ‘‘American Gangster’’ won a best picture nom and he won a best actor nom for the film. The two also overcame a Globes and Oscar shutout for Washington’s 2002 directorial debut ‘‘Antwone Fisher.’’ That was difficult for us, but it was his first film so it was very different.‘‘ Black was also heartened by the whopping seven best picture-drama nominees. ’’Hopefully it will encourage studios not to be afraid of dramas rather than just lightweight films.‘‘

When Mary-Louise Parker’s publicist called to tell her about her nomination, she burned the waffles. ’’The kids love it when the fire alarm goes off. It’s loud and exciting,‘‘ she said, laughing. Parker, who received her third nomination for the role of Nancy Botwin on ’’Weeds‘‘ — she won in 2006 — said she is surprised people still relate so well to drug-dealing suburban mom. ’’I thought people might be kind of horrified by her. But whenever people identify with a character that is embroiled is something even slightly to the left, it’s a good thing because it takes them out of their own personal narrative and they can empathize with somebody else.‘‘

Casey Affleck woke to the news that he had been nominated for his role as Robert Ford in ’’The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford‘‘ — and he was going to begin his celebration with an ’’incredible‘‘ breakfast. ’’I’m really proud of the movie,‘‘ he said. ’’This really belongs to everyone involved. ... Andrew [Dominik] wrote a character whose life was very moving, and he directed me according to his vision. His direction was always very helpful. [He] challenged me and pushed me. It has to be shared with the filmmaker.‘‘

Rose Byrne, nominated for supporting actress for her role as Ellen Parsons on ’’Damages,‘‘ said from New York: ’’I’m very surprised and I’m so proud of the show. It’s surreal. We’ve been picked up and we start after the strike ends. I think FX will be thrilled. It’s great.‘‘ Resonating with audiences ’’is the genre of the show and how they structured the one case over one season. Also, the timeline and the writers were so clever, and I’m so proud of them.‘‘

’’I’m in L.A. getting all these phone calls from New York with people whispering because they woke me up. Like I’m going back to sleep!‘‘ said ’’Gone Baby Gone‘‘ supporting actress nominee Amy Ryan. ’’It’s such a surprise, but at the same time it feels familiar because I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time.‘‘ Director Ben Affleck made her dream a reality. ’’I thought, ’I’ll never get this part because no one knows me.’ He said ’I don’t care that no one knows you.’ ‘‘ She says this and her role in Sidney Lumet’s ’’Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead‘‘ were ’’two great gifts from two great men.‘‘ So what’s next? ’’I’m going to go to the set [of ’The Changeling’], congratulate Angelina and Clint and go to work.‘‘

An exuberant Ernest Borgnine awoke to find himself nominated for his first Golden Globe since his win as best dramatic actor for ’’Marty‘‘ in 1956. ’’The first one since ‘Marty'! Jesus Christ, it’s hard to believe, I swear! My kid called me up from Hawaii and said, ’Dad! What the hell did you do?’ ‘‘ he said, laughing. ’’I got a call at 5:20 this morning and a guy said ’You’ve just been nominated!’ At 5:20 in the morning you don’t expect to be nominated for anything!‘‘ He is nominated for best actor in a motion picture made for television for Hallmark’s ’’A Grandpa for Christmas.‘‘ ’’Maybe it’ll open the eyes of some casting directors that 90 is not old. It’s about working. That’s what keeps us young, and that’s not just actors. That’s everyone in this world! It’s not just a young man’s game. Hey, as long as I can stand up and do my work, I’ll be right there knocking on doors saying ’Hey guys! Let’s go!’ It keeps you going. As long as you love what you do it’s better than breaking rocks!‘‘

’’I’m very excited. I’m in London. I literally just found out about an hour ago. My publicist rang me up and said, ’Congratulations!’ and I thought it was about a job I just signed on for, and then it dawned on me,‘‘ said Andy Serkis, a nominee for best supporting actor for ’’Longford,‘‘ speaking about his role as real-life child killer Ian Brady. ’’It was a really sensitive issue,‘‘ he said of the role. ’’In [the U.K.] they (Ian Brady and Myra Hindley) represent the benchmark of evil. I wanted to research his relationship with Myra and the way he was brought up, how he created his own moral universe. He actually wrote a book, a treatise on evil. For myself, I had to find something more personal, like what my life is validated by and that would be the birth of my children, the purity of that moment seeing them born. I applied that to Ian Brady where the most comparable moment was taking life.‘‘ As challenging as the role was, he said, ’’Of course when you set out to play a role like that you have to find a connection for yourself and one for the audience so that there’s a debate. Otherwise, what’s the point?‘‘

Popping awake at 4:30 a.m., ’’Hairspray‘‘ director Adam Shankman’s early morning cable watching of ’’It Happened One Night‘‘ became his own ’’it happened one morning‘‘ as he heard ’’Hairspray’s‘‘ nominations announced live purely by chance. ’’All of a sudden my BlackBerry started going off, and I switched the channel,‘‘ said Shankman, who hopes nominees Nikki Blonsky and John Travolta will revel in this moment and not let the ongoing strike dampen any excitement. ’’These were extraordinary risky kinds of roles,‘‘ he said. ’’I feel that I promised them that this would turn out a certain way, and I hope they feel I delivered on my promise.‘‘


The Hollywood Reporter

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