Golden Globes 2019: Constance Wu, John David Washington, Elsie Fisher, more react to nominations

Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe awards were announced Thursday morning, and the full list of the nominees includes films like Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, and A Star is Born, with Vice leading the movies pack with six honors. The Good Place, The Kominsky Method, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are all television contenders, but The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story led the TV offerings with four nominations.

Stars of the big and small screens reacted to the honors with surprise, gratitude, and a lot of excitement. Read below to see how the nominees responded.

Constance Wu, nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, for Crazy Rich Asians:

Crazy Rich Asians director John Chu also expressed his excitement:

“Can I put emojis in a quote? Because ???❤️  Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think our movie would be embraced to this magnitude by the audience and now the HFPA. What an honor to be included on such a beautiful list of diverse human experience stories amongst storytellers I have looked up to my entire life. I could not be more proud of our movie, our cast, our community and our industry. In response to Eleanor Young, we were always good enough.”

John David Washington, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for BlacKkKlansman:

“Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for this incredible honor and for your support of BlacKkKlansman. My deepest appreciation to the legendary Spike Lee — we stand on your shoulders, sir. Thank you to the most talented group of actors and the crew, and to Focus Features for their unwavering support. Most importantly — Ron Stallworth, you’re a hero. Thank you for allowing me to tell your story on screen. This is a surreal moment, wow. Thank you.”

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee followed up Washington’s statement with his own:

“I found out about these Golden Globe Nominations for BlacKkKlansman in between advising my NYU Grad School students because I teach on Thursdays.  The first word that came to mind was ‘BOOM SHAKALAKA.’ Thank you to the HFPA!”

Hugh Grant, nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for A Very English Scandal:

“Very very kind of the Hollywood Foreign Press. Am opening a jumbo jar of Vaseline in celebration.”

Rachel Brosnahan, nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:

“I’m in Prague and because of the time difference I was a little bit confused about when all this would be going down so I actually was on a walking tour of the city and had just stepped foot inside a large gothic cathedral when my phone started buzzing, I was trying not to look at it out of respect to the church! But it’s great to know we’re not the only ones who are proud of it and we’re just so grateful that people continue to love the show as much as we do. The real win was to be able to play a role like this with creators and writers and directors that I admire so greatly and with this cast, I mean, come on! All of this stuff is just icing on the cake and it’s nice to be invited back to the party. It sounds so cliché but it’s so true, I’ve already won.”

Viggo Mortensen, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, for Green Book: 

“I am grateful to the HFPA for this recognition, and proudly share it with Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini and the rest of Green Book‘s wonderful cast. Thank you, Peter Farrelly, for making a movie that inspires hope and compassion. By inviting audiences to laugh and be genuinely moved, and also to think profoundly about our society’s past and present, you have given us a story equal to the best work of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges.”

Nicole Kidman, nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for Destroyer:

“I am so grateful to be nominated for such an untraditional female character. Erin Bell is complicated, raw and dangerous, and it was a privilege to portray her. I share this with Karyn Kusama as well as all of the cast and crew. It was truly a passion project for all of us.”

Elsie Fisher, nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, for Eighth Grade:

Jameela Jamil was ecstatic to see The Good Place nominated for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy:

John C. Reilly, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, for Stan & Ollie: 

“I am so honored to receive this nomination from the members of the HFPA. I’m honored on behalf of Sony Classics and our entire film to be included in such an impressive group of actors but most of all, I’m so pleased to see the great Babe himself, Oliver Hardy acknowledged in this way. He’s got a sweet grin on his face this morning wherever he is, just like me. Long live the eternal clowns Laurel and Hardy.”

Adam McKay, nominated for Best Director for a Motion Picture, for Vice:

“I’m so happy for our amazing cast of Vice being acknowledged with multiple nominations. Lord knows they deserve it. And the Best Picture nomination is a nod to our entire crew who went way above and beyond to make this film. Thank you to the HFPA and also to Annapurna, Plan B and Gary Sanchez.”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Animated, and directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman were thrilled:

“We couldn’t be more honored by the HFPA’s recognition today. Four years ago, with the support of Sony and our bold, amazing Producers, we left our comfort zones and challenged every department on our movie to approach things in a new way. There were many times we questioned whether that approach was working — usually centered around the talking pig. We weren’t even sure we’d finish the movie in time. If it’s possible for a Spider-Man movie with a gargantuan international release schedule to be an underdog, we are one, and recognition like this is so meaningful for us and the multiverse of artists who worked with such care to bring Miles Morales story to life. Thank you.”

Directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, and producer Clark Spencer released a joint statement for Ralph Breaks the Internet‘s nomination for Best Motion Picture, Animated:

“All of us involved with Ralph Breaks the Internet are so grateful for this nomination. In a world where the internet is both an incredible technology that connects people across the globe and a dangerous place to be preyed upon, we loved the idea of exploring it through the eyes of Ralph and Vanellope and having it deeply challenge their friendship. Thanks to all our cast and crew for taking this ride with us and thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this honor.”

Willem Dafoe, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:

“Waking up in the dark this morning, getting ready and heading out to film into the freezing Canadian Rockies, I received this wonderful news. Today will make for a much warmer day.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, for Mary Poppins Returns:

Darren Criss, nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story:

Penélope Cruz, nominated for Best Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story:

“Playing Donatella, who I admire so much was a huge honor and working with Ryan was a truly wonderful experience. I am so grateful to the HFPA for this nomination and even more excited that Edgar, Darren and the show are being recognized as well. Thank you.”

Edgar Ramírez, nominated for Best Actor in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story:

“After a long night of shooting in South Africa, I woke up to this beautiful news. I am so happy and touched to share this honor with Darren, Penelope and everyone involved in The Assassination Of Gianni Versace. Playing Gianni has been a transforming experience in my life, for which I will always be grateful, and I thank Ryan Murphy for the opportunity. I am truly thrilled. Thank you to the HFPA.”

Antonio Banderas, nominated for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for Genius: Picasso:

“Thanks to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press for this recognition that I share with the phenomenal team of great professionals that National Geographic put together to create this complicated, controversial and amazing Genius. I would love also to mention my home town of Málaga, birth place of Picasso too, for its continual effort to become a referential city of culture.”

Patricia Arquette, nominated for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for Escape at Dannemora:

Ben Stiller, executive producer and director of Escape at Dannemora, which was nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

“I am honored the HFPA has recognized our show. We’re grateful to Showtime for believing in this production and supporting it so fully, and the people of the North Country and Clinton Correctional for helping to bring it to life. I’m so proud of Patricia for her fearless work, and our whole cast and crew who worked so hard to tell this story.”

Troye Sivan, nominated for Best Original Song for “Revelation,” featured in Boy Erased, was surprised, to say the least:

Caitriona Balfe, nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama, for Outlander:

Sam Esmail, creator of Homecoming, which was nominated for Best Television Series, Drama:

“I am immensely proud of the work of the entire cast and crew on Homecoming. And I am thrilled to see Julia’s and Stephan’s incredible performances recognized, they are a remarkable talent. On behalf of all of us, we are truly honored and gratified to be in such great company. Thank you to everyone at the HFPA. And I’d also like to add a shout out to my boy, Rami Malek, he deserves all the praise and more.”

Jed Mercucio, showrunner of Bodyguard, which was nominated for Best Television Series, Drama:

“Everyone involved in making Bodyguard is immensely flattered by the series being nominated, and congratulations to Richard Madden on being recognized for his incredible performance.”

Billy Porter, nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama, for Pose:

“WOW! Thank you to the HFPA for supporting and embracing our show. And to Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk and the Pose gang for believing in us. I’m so grateful to have lived long enough to see this day when the stories of LGBTQ people of color are front and center! The category is…LOVE!”

Pose was nominated for Best Television Series, Drama, and director Janet Mock and co-creator and executive producer Steven Canals were thrilled:

“Pose has given those rarely reflected access to a mirror to see themselves more clearly. A cast and crew of unknown trans and gay actors have been given a chance to tell their own stories, as their own heroes. I am most overjoyed by this recognition of our show and the talents of our leading man Billy Porter because it has the potential to bring more people to Pose, convincing those who may not believe a family drama like ours is for them. Trust me, it is.” — Janet Mock

“I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring the years of passionate work that went into bringing our show Pose to life, and especially for ‘seeing’ our show and acknowledging the gorgeous community of people it depicts.  It has been a journey, to say the least, to convince anyone in Hollywood that the show was not “too niche” — so I must thank first and foremost Ryan Murphy for shepherding the show into the world as only he can.  I’m a boy from the Bronx who grew up watching the Golden Globes, never imagining I’d be a nominee, so to say this is a dream come true is an absolute understatement.  I thank everyone at FX, Fox 21 Television Studios, all of my fellow producers, and congratulate our entire cast and crew — with a special shout-out to the great Billy Porter on his much-deserved nomination.  Finally, we share this nomination with our incredible viewers who have opened their hearts and minds to our story, and look forward to bringing them another season of Pose.” — Steven Canals

Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, which was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama, described his feelings on the honor:

“I am so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for including Bohemian Rhapsody among this incredible group of films. Filmmaking is a true collaboration and I couldn’t be more proud of this team and what we created. What Freddie Mercury and Queen did so successfully, and what Queen still does to this day, is bring people together through their music — no matter what age, background or culture — and that’s what we worked hard to do with this film as well. I’m so proud of our leading man, Rami Malek, as he deserves this recognition for one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.”

Mary Poppins Returns producers Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt reacted to their film’s nomination for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy:

“We are so thrilled and grateful to be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press today. Mary Poppins Returns is a true passion project straight from our hearts — so to be recognized in this way feels like a magical adventure Mary Poppins herself would have dreamt up!”

Linda Perry, nominated for Best Original Song for “Girl in the Movies,” from Dumplin’:

“At 6:20 a.m. a friend sent me a tweet saying congratulations on the nomination. Honestly, I was like ‘nomination?’ I immediately started searching the storage in my memory, then another congrats came in saying for Golden Globe Nom. Then I was like ‘Yay Dolly!’ I love her so much, and of course I’m happy for myself, but I am SO HAPPY for Dolly. She walked into my life and turned the lights on, and I have not been able to shut them off since. So proud and honoured to be part of each other’s Journey. Thank you to the HFPA for recognizing Dumplin’ and ‘Girl in the Movies.’”

Justin Hurwitz, nominated for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture, for First Man:

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. Thank you to Damien for making this beautiful film and pushing me to dig deep for the themes and moods of this score. In writing this music and thinking on the subjects of love, loss, loneliness, perseverance, and family, I felt a lot and revealed a lot of myself. I’m grateful to the HFPA for recognizing the work.”

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