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.
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!
Connie 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 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.”
Max 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.”
Damian 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.”
Steven 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.”