Travolta and other stars react to Globe nominations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ John had not done a musical since “Grease” which was released the same year that he received his first Oscar nomination for :Saturday Night Fever.” He was Oscar nominated again in 1995 for “Pulp Fiction.” “As I get older, I get more appreciative of this,” he said of the award nominations. “I realize they are far and few between. As the years go by, the competition gets harder and your abilities are tested further and you feel very lucky to be in the running.” Tom Wilkinson, nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in “Michael Clayton,” called from London where he was preparing to celebrate by going out for a sushi dinner with his family. “It’s a wonderful bonus, I feel thrilled to death. It’s not something that happens very week so it’s sort of like it’s happening for the first time.” This is the third Globe nod for the actor who was previously nominated for “Normal” and was Oscar-nominated for “In the Bedroom.” “What’s not to like? You come over and everybody is really nice to you, nice sleek cars are waiting to pick you up and cater to your every whim and everyone is very charming. You get to meet some very interesting people and then at a certain point, you get to go home and forget about it.” Marion Cotillard, nominated for best actress in a movie (musical or comedy) her performance in “La Vie En Rose,” called from Paris and was still processing her good fortune: “I couldn’t have imagined one year ago that I would be talking to you right now about a Golden Globe nomination. It is crazy for me, it is not something you can imagine when you are a French actress in a French movie. Deeply, deeply, I don’t care about awards. But I’m starting to have sparkles in my heart. So I asked myself, ‘Well, you do like that. Be honest.’ Really, I enjoy it, i have to confess that I enjoy it. For me, it means that people who saw the movie liked it.” Amy Ryan was the first call this morning and her best supporting actress nomination for “Gone Baby Gone.” “Oh my God it’s so crazy,’ she said. “I just want to sit back and appreciate it and not take it for granted.” She is clearly the front runner after picking up honors from the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, The New York Film Critics Circle, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, The Boston Society of Film Critics and The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Ryan is currently filming “The Changeling” directed by Clint Eastwood who knows a thing or two about awards season: “He has actually been quite helpful telling me, ‘It’s actually a really nice night. You’ll enjoy it.” I was really excited to talk to David Duchovny who was nominated for “Californication.” By coincidence, I just finished watching the last two episodes of his show last night on DVD. I got hooked and watched all 12 over the course of three days. “Is that out on DVD?” he asked, sounding a bit puzzled. Nope. Just got a set from the studio. “Well good, then you’ve seen them all.” David won a Globe several years ago for “X Files” and is happy to be back in the running: “It’s different for me because it’s in comedy and it’s nice to be recognized in a different vein. But what’s best and most satisfying is the show getting nominated, I’m so happy that the show gets a nod. It’s really about the writing for any actor getting nominated for any award. We interpret. When they give an actor an award, they are really giving it to the writer.” David called the Globes “the most fun because they serve alcohol.” And yeah, he’d love to get a matching trophy to go along with the “X Files” Globe: “If I’m gonna go, I want to win!” Didn’t get to talk to all the nominees, of course, but they were nice enough to provide prepared statements. Here are some of them: Jodie Foster, nominated for best actress-drama for The Brave One: “The nomination is so exciting and surprising at the same time. Never saw it coming… It’s strange to continue to feel a character in your blood long after it wraps. I am so proud of The Brave One, of where Neil Jordan took the character of Erica Bain. The experience of playing her has moved me deeper than anything I can remember. I can’t wait to have some rubber chicken and listen to the unscripted banter with all of those fine actresses.” Denzel Washington, nominated for best actor-drama for American Gangster: “It is an amazing honor to be recognized for one’s work. In addition to the “American Gangster” nominations, including Ridley Scott for Best Director, I am so proud that all the kids who star in “The Great Debaters” will be able to share with me in this Best Picture nomination.” Hugh Laurie, nominated for best actor in a television drama for House: “I’m extremely honored to be included in such company. But now, especially now, I have to emphasize how much I owe to David Shore and all the writers on House. Without them, I wouldn’t even know how to finish this sentence without….you know…” Nikki Blonsky, nominated for best actress- musical or comedy for Hairspray: “Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this wonderful honor. I’m so proud to have been a part of Hairspray and given the opportunity to play the strong, confident Tracy Turnblad. The entire experience, working with the divine Queen Latifah, legendary John Travolta, Neil Meron, Craig Zadan and Adam Shankman has been a dream come true!” Javier Bardem, nominated for best actor in a movie-drama for No Country for Old Men: “Working with the Coens has always been a dream of mine, and to be recognized for my work in one of their films is truly an honor. Muchas gracias to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association!” The Weinstein Company received four nominations, including Denzel Washington’s and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Great Debaters” for Best Picture, Cate Blanchett for Supporting Actress in “I’m Not There” and Clint Eastwood for Best Score and Song in “Grace is Gone.” Harvey Weinstein said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has recognized Denzel Washington, Oprah, Cate Blanchett and Clint Eastwood on their well deserved nominations. We are excited that The Great Debaters will be released on Christmas Day and today’s nomination is a great launching point. My brother and I are especially excited that The Great Debaters has received a Best Picture nomination and honored that our films have received Best Picture Nominations for twelve consecutive years in a row.” To read a full list of nominations, click here. Read Hernandez’s Hollywood Joe blog by clicking here. Read Hernandez’s gay Hollywood blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are an awful lot of happy people in Hollywood today. No, the writers strike is not over, but the Golden Globe Award nominations were announced very early this morning. I’ve chatted with all kinds of people so far this morning but it got kind of crazy at one point: “I’m sorry, I can’t talk to John Travolta just yet because Tom Wilkinson is calling from London in three minutes.” Hey, that’s showbiz. Thankfully, I got to talk to them both – among many others. Here is some of what they had to say about their Golden Globe nods: John Travolta was nominated for best supporting actor in a movie. He is a previous Golden Globe winner for “Get Shorty” and happy to be back in contention for his performance as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray.” He was very upbeat when we chatted just a week after meeting last week at the Women In Entertainment breakfast: “I feel relief because there were so many people who wanted good things for this movie,” he said. “I didn’t want to let anybody down. Going out on a limb and giving up my male ego to portray this paid off. You don’t know if it will when you are doing it.”last_img

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