Nominated Monday morning for performance by an actress in a television series by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., star of ABC's "black-ish" Tracee Ellis Ross released a statement in response to her first Golden Globes nod.
“I’m very grateful to the HFPA for recognizing 'black-ish' and also mine and Anthony's work on the show, in a year of such incredible work," she wrote. "So many of the projects that I love in film and television were acknowledged, and I’m honored to be a part of this great class of nominees. I'm thrilled to be included in a category of talented women of all different ages and races, each telling such different stories.
"As an actress, I’ve dreamt of being at the Golden Globes since I can remember – it seems like the best party of the year. I’m 44 years old, third series in. This is a thrilling moment, and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s because of 'black-ish.'”
Just a little over a week after the much-discussed season finale of "Westworld," creators Jonathan Nolan, who also goes by Jonah, and Lisa Joy were excited to learn the HBO series had been nominated for three Golden Globe awards: TV series, drama; supporting performance by an actress in a drama for Thandie Newton; and performance by an actress in a drama for Evan Rachel Wood. We caught up with the couple to discuss that news and ask a couple of burning questions.
It must have been nice to see not only the show nominated but also Evan and Thandie.
Nolan: We’re just thrilled. It’s been a long journey to the screen with this show and we’re so excited to share their performances with the audiences. To see their talent and their fearlessness and their brilliance recognized, it’s fantastic.
With really good marketing and sheer force of will, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has, over the last decade, turned the Golden Globes from a scandal-riven booze fest into a highly rated, influential awards ceremony, a metamorphosis that has never been clearer than this year.
The diverse slate of film acting nominees it announced on Monday sent a clear, early message to Oscar voters dogged by the #OscarsSoWhite label: There can be no excuses this year.
When they received news of their Golden Globe nominations, actors, writers and filmmakers expressed surprise, delight and gratefulness. But in this politically charged year, in which issues such as racism and sexism were front and center during the presidential election, many nominees talked about the social relevance of their work.
Jessica Chastain, who received a nod for best actress in a drama for her role in “Miss Sloane,” a film about women in Washington, talked about the opportunity to bring gender equality to the forefront.
“I've really been looking at the role women have in our society and we, for some reason, attack women for being prepared and ambitious,” Chastain said Monday, referring to criticisms of Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. “You hear that being said about actresses or musicians or people who really work hard at their profession that are women, but you don't say that about men. We need to change the perception of women, of what a woman is supposed to be.”
We found John Carney, director of “Sing Street,” at his home in Dublin, Ireland, soon after the news came out that his film had been nominated for a Golden Globe in the comedy/musical motion picture category. The song “Falling Slowly” from his earlier musical romance “Once” won the 2007 Academy Award for best original song. Here’s how he reacted to the news of his most recent nomination.
Where physically are you? Where were you when the nominations were announced this morning?
I was in my car, driving to get some firewood for our house. It’s coming up to Christmas and it is cold in Ireland, unlike how it is in Los Angeles, apparently. So I was actually getting firewood and I was getting things for Marcella, my partner, to make a Christmas pudding. So stuff like whiskey and Guinness, stuff that supposedly goes into a pudding but now it’s going to go somewhere else.
Viggo Mortensen was in Spain, one of the places he keeps a home, when word came Monday that he'd been nominated for a Golden Globe in the actor in a drama category. His portrayal as an unconventional dad raising six children off the grid in “Captain Fantastic” helped the film — directed and written by Matt Ross ("Silicon Valley's" Gavin Belson) — earn scores of positive reviews and the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.
Here's what he told us over the phone about his reaction to the nomination news:
On where he was this morning, and was he surprised?
Following his successful House of Toys benefit concert (which raised more than $500,000) this weekend, Stevie Wonder woke up to another accolade in a career spanning decades -- a Golden Globe nomination. His song "Faith" is featured in the animated film "Sing" from Illumination Entertainment.
A duet with singer Ariana Grande, "Faith" is up for original song in a film that seems filled with pop hits. This is not Wonder's first time seeing a song of his compete for a movie award, though. "I Just Called to Say I Love You," from the film "The Woman in Red," won the original song Golden Globe and Academy Award in 1985.
Here are Wonder's comments acknowledging the Golden Globes nomination:
I thank you, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this amazing honor. It’s been over 30 years since I was nominated for a Golden Globe award. I am so thrilled to be sharing this nomination with my co-writers Ryan Tedder & Francis Farewell Starlite for ‘Faith,' which is a song and belief dear to my heart.
Lionsgate led its rival studios in Golden Globe Awards nominations Monday, thanks to the acclaimed movies “La La Land,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Hell or High Water.”
The Santa Monica mini-major studio secured 13 nominationsin film categories from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., including three out of the 10 best picture contenders. The robust total is a big improvement over last year, when when the studio’s major awards contender, “Sicario,” failed to get any love from the association.
“La La Land,” a throwback musical set in present-day Los Angeles, received seven honors, the most of any film, including best picture, actress (Emma Stone), actor (Ryan Gosling) and director (Damien Chazelle). The World War II-set “Hacksaw Ridge,” a career comeback for director Mel Gibson, and the modern-day western “Hell or High Water,” released with CBS Films, each nabbed three.
Denzel Washington was appreciative of his Golden Globe nomination as lead actor in the film "Fences," but he gave all credit to August Wilson, whose play led to another major award nomination for Washington.
Washington previously won the Tony Award for lead actor in a play in 2010 for his role as main character Troy Maxson in the stage play of "Fences." And now he returns to that part in the movie adaptation.
What an honor to speak the poetry of August Wilson's words and then be recognized by the HFPA this morning. Thank you!
Washington has been nominated eight times for Golden Globe Awards, including winning lead actor for 2010's "Hurricane" and supporting actor for 1990's "Glory." He was also awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award last year for his overall accomplishments.
It’s fun and it’s poetic and it’s political. It’s an interesting cocktail for cinema. ... and it creates, I think, a beautiful mirror of our societies.
Pablo Larraín on 'Neruda'
We reached Pablo Larraín at his home in Santiago, Chile, where it was late morning, five hours ahead of time in Los Angeles, when the Golden Globe nominations were announced. The foreign language film nomination for his drama "Neruda" is the director's second nod in a row from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Last year, the group nominated his film "The Club."
Over the phone, he said he was excited not only for his own recognition, but for Natalie Portman's nod in the drama category, acknowledging her performance in "Jackie," which he directed.
"It’s interesting," he said of having both films singled out, "because it’s the perspective of the foreign press there, and it’s not necessarily what everybody else sees. It’s the group point of view and it’s fantastic because 'Jackie' is out now and 'Neruda' will be released on Friday, so this will probably deliver more attention to the film and more people will get to see it. That’s always amazing. It’s just exciting ... so many years of work and other people involved. It’s great news and it gives a very beautiful attention to the film, which is always a blessing.