Golden Globe Nominees React! Who Said What?

Some of TV’s biggest stars and producers were treated to an extra-early wake-up call Thursday morning, but they didn’t mind because of what came along with it: a Golden Globe nomination! Stunned, appreciative and downright delighted about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s nod, this year’s nominees let TVLine know what they think about the honor.

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Here’s what the actors and showrunners we’ve talked to so far have had to say — keep checking back from more throughout the day!

127950_1188r1Connie Britton on her Drama Actress nomination for Nashville: “I’ve never been nominated for a Golden Globe before. This was really honestly not even on my radar. I’m kind of shocked and over the moon about it. This show is so much work. It’s so ambitious. It’s so demanding — for everybody. Our poor crew, I practically cry for them every day as I cry for myself. [Laughs] So it is nice to get this nomination. And it’s awesome that [co-star] Hayden [Panettiere] was nominated. I feel like we’re going to go represent.”

Greg Berlanti, co-creator and executive producer of Political Animals, on the show’s TV-movie or Miniseries nomination: “It’s incredibly exciting. We are all so proud of Political Animals and grateful for the cast, crew and every executive at USA and Warner Horizon who helped make the show great. And finally we’re thankful for everyone at the HFPA for recognizing our efforts. It’ll be my first time going so I’m especially excited… and also curious to see if the liquor is as free-flowing as it seems on TV.”

Don CheadleDon Cheadle on his Comedy or Musical Series Actor nomination for House of Lies: “I’m over the moon for the nom. This is a great show and a great cast and this is a recognition of all of us… But mostly me.”

Matt LeBlanc on his Comedy or Musical Series Actor nomination for Episodes and the show’s Comedy or Musical Series nod: It’s an incredible honor to be nominated again for a show that I am so proud to be a part of. And I am thrilled that the show has been recognized, as well, because everyone involved works so hard.  Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press.”

ggreax_greenfieldMax Greenfield on his Supporting Actor nomination for New Girl: “Holy s—t! It wasn’t even on my radar. I went to sleep fine last night… It would’ve been nice if the show was nominated, because it means you get to spend the entire night with your cast. I’m sure it’ll be just like the Emmys – me, [nominated co-star] Zooey [Deschanel] and [Girls'] Lena Dunham. We got to sit next to each other, and we had so much fun.”

Mandy Patinkin on his Supporting Actor nomination for Homeland: “I am thrilled to be a part of this company. Working on Homeland has been one of the joys of my life. We have such gifted writers — I have to pinch myself every day that I get to be a part of this company. Still – the real big news we are all waiting for is [co-star] Claire [Danes’] baby. When I get that call, the fireworks will really start.”

GalleryDamian Lewis on his Drama Actor nomination for Homeland: “Just so happy to have a really good reason to stop Christmas shopping for a day. Opening a bottle immediately to celebrate my Golden Globe nomination for Homeland. I’m thrilled that Claire and Mandy were also nominated for their performances, and look forward to celebrating with the whole cast in Los Angeles in January. Thank you HFPA!”

Hayden Panettiere on her Supporting Actress nomination for Nashville: “I am floored. I don’t even know what to say. I am ecstatic. I’m in shock. Oh my gosh, I started crying hysterically. I woke up – because I set my alarm, they asked me to be ready at 7:20, they were like ‘Just in case,’ if there’s a blue moon, you know… I took my phone out and put it on my chest and went back to sleep. Then it started vibrating. I picked up the phone and I said hello, and all I heard was [makes lots of noise into phone]. And I was like, either something amazing’s happened or something terrible has happened. And it was this! I was there by myself in my bed and I was crying, and I didn’t know what else to do so I made myself a grilled cheese. A celebratory grilled cheese. [Laughs] It’s all hats off to these amazing characters that Callie Khouri has developed. Just the material and the layers that she gives us to work with everyday – it’s unreal. It’s unreal that I have been put in this position.”

megan hilty katharine mcpheeSteven Spielberg, executive producer of Smash, on the show’s Comedy or Musical Series nomination: “Everyone who is involved with Smash, whether on the outskirts or at the epicenter, is thrilled and dancing in the aisles this morning on this wonderful news.”

Steven Molaro, executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, on the show’s Comedy or Musical Series nomination: “I’m really happy to be recognized for the Golden Globe. The show is continuing to grow, and that’s incredible and flattering to all of us.”

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13 Comments
  1. Kaycee says:

    I’m so happy for Connie Britton, I think she’s overlooked a lot. She was fantastic in Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story, but she generally goes overlooked, (having never one a GG or Emmy)

    • Zandra says:

      I never watched FNL so was not familiar with Connie Britton or Kyle Chandler but heard a lot about them over the years. Must say that they are both intriguing to me now. I’ve seen her on Nashville and him in the preview for the new Kathryn Bigelow movie and both have good screen presence. Much respect for both actors.

  2. Maggie says:

    Max Greenfield is fantastic!

  3. MrMank says:

    Was expecting noms for Homeland, Claire Danes and Damien Lewis, but having Mandy Patinkin get one as well is truly awesome! On the flipside, once again I’m disappointed in the lack of love for Sons of Anarchy. Kurt Sutter is right, though…the payoff is in the fan turnout, not in some statuette.

  4. TMW says:

    I’m pretty annoyed by some snotty responses by a few TV pundits re Panettierre’s nomination. Do they watch Nashville? She’s wonderful in it. She deserves recognition for her work in it.

    • Lauren Rife says:

      I agree! I think Hayden is fantastic in that role. She totally deserves the recognition.

    • nads377 says:

      People tend to forget it’s a character… She plays a stuck up little brat and everyone decides she doesn’t deserve this. She has been phenomenal in her portrayal of this character and cannot wait to see what comes next!

    • keja says:

      I agree. I responded on another thread to someone who dismissed Hayden’s nom with a “Seriously?”. The answer is YES, SERIOUSLY, folks. Hayden was never really on my radar before, but her performance so far on Nashville has impressed the hell out of me. She’s got chops and deserves her nomination.

  5. lily says:

    I’m so happy for Connie and Hayden, Nashville is awesome and it’s well deserved for both of them. And of course I’m really happy for Damian and Claire, they did an amazing work on Homeland and are totally terrific in it.

  6. T says:

    Totally OVER “over the moon” as response to happy news. I am totally for more crying and then making a grilled cheese. Best nomination reaction quote ever by Hayden Panittiere.

  7. takethat says:

    Hey, Steve Molaro. You DO know if you quit with the dumbarse relationship-y storylines and disturbing Amy Farrah Fowler sexual desperateness, you might even DESERVE your nod, right?

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