Chiwetel Ejiofor, lead actor in ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Dancing on the Edge’
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Golden Globes nominations 2014: Nominee reactions

Chiwetel Ejiofor, lead actor in ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Dancing on the Edge’
Where are you?
I’m in London. It’s a quarter past 2. I was just round the corner at a hotel and recently got in from Paris. It came on the TV and was then relayed to me immediately. It’s really amazing, and great for the film, as well as the show [“Dancing on the Edge”]

Between this and the SAG nominations, it’s been a good week for you.
It’s been an amazing week. I’ve sort of been talking about the film since we opened it up in Telluride, and I’ve been excited to talk about it. It hasn’t been a labor. It’s been a really engaging process, and people have come at it with open hearts and embraced the story we’re telling.

This movie has been a front-runner for months. After these nominations, do you feel like the pressure is off?
It was exciting to have the nominations, but I didn’t feel pressure about it. The film was really one of the greatest working experiences I’ve had.

What will you do to celebrate today?
I think I’m going to have a large dinner and a glass of wine. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Ron Howard, director of ‘Rush’
To hear you tell it, sounds almost like an emancipation to not have to play by Hollywood or studio rules.
“For me, in tackling a project like this you make some sacrifices. You commit a great deal of time, so there has to be a reason for it. For me, the reason as a filmmaker was this was not an opportunity I wanted to let go. I believed it would be thrilling to work on, gratifying and fascinating but had no idea about it commercially. It wasn’t an economic decision. [laughs] Artistic ambition overpowers commercial ambition.” (Jaap Buitendijk / Universal Studios)
Zooey Deschanel, lead actress in ‘New Girl’
Reaction to the Times:
“I’ve been up for 20 hours, I’m not fully alive,” Deschanel joked. “I went back to my trailer to deliriously take my costume off and saw a bunch of messages. I’m running out of places to pinch.”

How she’ll celebrate:
“I’ll be celebrating by going to work,” Deschanel said. “Maybe some ice cream. Wait, it’s too cold for ice cream. Champagne would be unprofessional. Maybe sparkling cider. Or wait, no, no -- maybe some hot chocolate.”

On Twitter:
I’m so thrilled! Thanks to the HFPA for this incredible honor! @goldenglobes
@ZooeyDeschanel (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Rob Lowe, supporting actor in ‘Behind the Candelabra’
On Twitter:

Looking forward to joining Matt and Michael at the Golden Globes. Always a fun night. #BehindTheCandelabra -- @RobLowe (Amy Sussman / Associated Press)
David O. Russell, director of ‘American Hustle’
It’s been a whirlwind two weeks for “American Hustle.” Does it feel disorienting?
We’ve been killing ourselves in this intense period of time. We thought it was alive and these characters were special, and we all looked at each other as we were finishing the film and said we hope we’re not the only five people to feel this way. And then the NY Film Critics came out and I texted my actors and said, “See, we’re not crazy.” It was very emotional for me.

“Silver Linings Playbook” had a big Toronto screening and then burned slowly through the fall and into the new year — “Hustle” seems to be hitting all at once. How different is it for you?
Well, whenever you roll it out you know quickly if it’s excitement or if it’s a pause. We’re glad it’s excitement. But it is different from last year. I think the biggest difference is that last year people didn’t really know Jennifer [Lawrence], and they didn’t know Bradley [Cooper] was a force. It wasn’t on the radar as much. The hardest thing with this film is we’ve been on the radar. You never know how people are going to feel when you’re on the radar. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press)
Don Cheadle, lead actor in ‘House of Lies’
On Twitter:

Once again, thank you tweeple for your words of congrats! Much appreciated.

-- @IamDonCheadle (Eric Jamison / Invision)
Emma Thompson, lead actress in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’
I’m thrilled with my nomination ... I was up and about 8:30 a.m. wrapping Christmas presents, so I gave a little woop of excitement and then, of course, thought of what to wear and where to hide the band-aids.

How did you approach playing P.L. Travers, such a such a complex and contrarian character?
She was a scary character to play because of her complexities ... She was terribly unpredictable. I love the fact that she was honest and direct. I value that as I get older ... She had no respect for the medium of film. She thought of herself as a poet.

What other performances/films have you admired this year?
I haven’t seen them all. I wrote a letter to Cate Blanchett [}Blue Jasmine”] ... It was a consummate performance. I’ve met ladies like the character she played in the Hamptons. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Robert Redford, leading actor in ‘All is Lost’
What I’d like to emphasize here — and I’m not being falsely modest — is that I think J.C. Chandor receives the lion share of the credit here. He built the frame and allowed me to do something that I was missing over the years — to go back to my roots in New York theaters in the ‘60s. I went from directing to producing to developing Sundance, and I wasn’t quite aware that it took me further away from the love of the game.

On “All is Lost”:
The project was original and very independent — it’s a pure cinematic experience. It’s not dependent on special effects. There’s no voiceover and very little dialogue. That’s what to me made it so rare. But you never know how something is gonna go. I never think about the outcome of a project, so I haven’t looked back on my own career to realize what’s there, but this was such a livable experience. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
Scott Rudin, producer of ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
I understand you helped persuade Paul Greengrass he’d be right to direct “Captain Phillips.” Can you tell me about that?
“In truth, it wasn’t that hard to do. [laughs]”

What did you say to him? He told The Times his concern was this material could have gone in any number of different directions.
“That it was a very rare chance to make a tough-minded political film about a very modern subject with the backing of a major studio and a great actor in it. It’s very easy for Paul to get any job he wants in Hollywood. Any movie he wants to do, anybody would be thrilled to have him do. For it to be a movie that suits his own personal desire is a different thing. Because he’s a very political filmmaker. It’s a movie about globalization. And that globalization story is subsumed by a thriller ¿ by the tropes of a suspense film. It sort of uses 100% of what he has, and not every movie does that.”

Moving on to “Llewyn Davis,” you have a long and fruitful working relationship with the Coen brothers. “It’s fantastic. I cannot tell you how much I value it. It started when we worked together on “Blood Simple,” which was 25 years ago. When I bought the rights to “No Country,” I was only interested if I could get them to do it. It was not a piece of material I think I would have done with anyone else. They asked me to do “True Grit.” And we joined together on this based on a common interest in the subject. This they worked on for a very long time. This has been percolating for many years.”

Tell me about them bringing this material to you and developing it.
“They historically have done really brilliantly with a story of an outsider in a landscape. That’s what it is, but set in New York? It’s an amazing opportunity for them. Realistically, it’s very, very hard not to love this music. They have a giant penchant for American roots music and a huge knowledge of it. It was pretty clear from the second word, them doing this with T-bone, would be something people would be interested in and be excited by and great. Add to it the kind of mythological elements, the spiritual elements in it, it’s kind of astonishingly smack in their wheelhouse.” (Craig Barritt / Getty Images for The Harold And Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust)
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee - directors of ‘Frozen’
What did you do when you learned about your nomination?
Chris Buck: I texted my wife, and after I told her I said, ‘Please take the trash out, cause today is trash day.’
Jennifer Lee: I got a text from my mom saying, ‘Bono got nominated too. Maybe you’ll get to meet him.’

In addition to the film’s nomination, ‘Let It Go’ also got a nominated for best song. Is that gratifying?
CB: I wrote Bobby and Kristen and said ‘Does anybody feel like going to the Globes?’ There’s a lot of bounciness going on in that house. They’re a huge part of this team.
JL: That song means so much in the movie. We rewrote it because of it.
 (Claudio Onorati / EPA)
Greta Gerwig, lead actress in ‘Frances Ha’
How are you?
I’m, um, I’m really great. I’m totally shocked and excited and grateful. I did not expect this. This is just as the coffee is hitting me. Hopefully I’ll be able to make sentences that aren’t grateful, blubbering blurbs.

Have you been crying?
As soon as you said that, I just started to cry. I’ve just been laughing. I can’t believe it. I had always read about this — all of my favorite actors who have been nominated getting this call. I still feel like I can’t believe it because it’s been such an amazing year for women — especially in comedy.

You’re one of the younger people in the race this year. How does it feel to be among a group of veterans?
I’m such an avid award show viewer. I feel like when they call the actress nominees every year — it’s always the dream team. You’re looking at their face on the screen, and they look magnanimous and generous and talented and artistic. Every year feels like it’s the big guns. But I feel that way about Jennifer Lawrence, and she’s 22 and a big gun. I don’t think it’s about the age. It’s about the weight of their character and talent.

On her love for award shows:
My friend Becky and I used to put on thrift store gowns and do our hair and makeup to watch award shows. We’d have sparkling apple cider. I’ve been really into this. ... It was always like a beauty pageant for actors and directors. (Markus Schreiber / Associated Press)
Rashida Jones, actress on ‘Parks and Recreation’
On Twitter:
Congrats to @parksandrecnbc, my tv baby daddy @RobLowe and Amy P. on Golden Globes noms!! So deserved.

-- @iamrashidajones (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Oscar Isaac, lead actor in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Where are you now?
I was actually doing the ‘Today’ show this morning. They took a gamble and had me on. If I hadn’t been nominated, it would have been a little more intense. They would have fully shamed me. I was overwhelmed.

Did the nomination feel like validation of some kind?
I don’t know about validating, but it’s a huge honor. From the moment I was cast, this has opened up doors for me. A little approval goes a long way. It’s a business that’s operated from a place of fear — and for the Coens to take chances and be bold was amazing.

Are you looking forward to the award ceremony?
I think I’ll be able to enjoy it. There’s not a whole lot to do, at that point. You can’t screw it up at that point. I’ll look forward to it. It’s a movie I’m so proud of, even that word is not enough to explain it.  (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Kerry Washington, lead actress in ‘Scandal’
On Twitter:
THANK U guys for your @goldenglobes nom congrats! Im so grateful to the #hfpa & crazy humbled to be nominated alongside such talented women!
@kerrywashington (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Taylor Schilling, lead actress in ‘Orange is the New Black’
How are you feeling?
I feel like... I don’t know. I feel like it’s adult Christmastime.

“Orange Is the New Black” is such an ensemble show. How does it feel to be representing it for the first time at the Golden Globes?
It feels extraordinary. Nobody stands alone on our show. It really does feel like representing this extraordinary group of actors that we create this world together via Jenji Kohan’s really brilliant vision. It’s really a brilliant example of everything being greater than the sum of its parts. It feels kind of exciting to be able to go in and I really know that to be true. I feel incredibly, incredibly lucky to be representing everybody. This is a dream. I’m talking on the phone with you, I just woke up. I have yogurt and some really yummy blueberries. Life is good. (Todd Williamson / Invision/AP)
Idris Elba, lead actor in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ ‘Luther’
On his nominations:
I’m truly humbled and honored to be acknowledged for two projects that, though very different from one another, are both extremely personal and special to me. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for your support, and I would also like to give a special thank you to Mr. Mandela, who will be forever missed. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Lena Dunham, lead actress in ‘Girls’
On Twitter:
So excited/grateful/excited to just stare at Lupita N’Yongo’s gorgeous face and plop myself in some weird laps.
@lenadunham (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Aaron Paul, supporting actor in ‘Breaking Bad’
On Twitter:
Thank you @goldenglobes for this incredible honor. Can’t wait to join the #BB family once again at the best party of the year! #Cheers
@aaronpaul_8 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Leonardo DiCaprio, lead actor in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
On the nomination:
I’m truly honored to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. today. Getting this movie financed and off the ground was a dream of mine for over six years, and is a testament to the true collaboration between Red Granite, Sikelia, Appian Way and Paramount. This film would not have been possible without the genius of Martin Scorsese, and this incredibly talented cast and crew. Making “Wolf of Wall Street” was one of the highlights of my career. Thank you again to the HFPA for their support. (Christophe Karaba / EPA)
Monica Potter, lead actress in ‘Parenthood’
On Twitter:
WOW! So grateful and so honored... Thank you HFPA! @goldenglobes :):)
@monicapotter (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)