Fact-based dramas dominated the
Leto was nominated for his turn as the sharp-witted transgender woman Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club,"
Reached from his rock band's tour bus between Chicago and St. Louis, Leto said, "It was a complete physical transformation; it was a complete internal transformation as well. The role of a lifetime. I'm really proud to be able to have brought this beautiful creature to life."
To lose the weight, Leto said he basically "just stopped eating" and added, "It changes the way you talk, the way you walk, the way you think, the way that you move, the way people treat you. So it's a great asset."
The Globe nomination is Leto's first.
Bruhl was nominated for his role as the relentless Formula One race car driver Niki Lauda in the
Speaking from Italy, where he's shooting a film with Michael Winterbottom, Bruhl said he was "jumping around the streets of Siena" after learning of his nomination. "I think the people think I'm crazy, but I'm so, so delighted."
Of playing the battle-scarred F1 champ Lauda, Bruhl said, "I didn't have any experiences in my life which come even close to what he has gone through. I had to get his accent right, his body language, and I was just hoping to have a good relationship with him because I really wanted to know so much and learn from him … He's a very competitive guy, as you have to be when you're a Formula One race driver, so I think he will be very happy for these nominations."
The Globe nomination is the first for the Spanish-born German actor.
First-time actor Abdi was recognized for his portrayal of the Somali pirate Muse in
Reached from that city by phone, Abdi described his nomination as "unbelievable." Of playing Muse, who comes off not as a one-dimensional villain but as a man who does desperate things in a desperate situation, Abdi said, "At times you need empathy, to try to be in the character's shoes … I would try to put my mind on that as best I can and try to be the character."
Fassbender was nominated for his role as the vicious plantation owner Edwin Epps in
A day after being overlooked by the
Supporting performances passed over for this year's Globes include
The Golden Globe Awards will be presented Jan. 12.