The 2018 Golden Globes nominations have been announced. The top film nominee is Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” with seven nominations and, with multiple nominations for “Call Me By Your Name” and “The Post,” there’s a wide range of choices and no clear front-runner. And thanks to HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” leading the TV field with six, followed by shows like FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu, stories about women are taking center stage. Here is the Los Angeles Times’ complete coverage of the nominations including the full list of nominees, reactions, snubs, surprises and more.
There was a time when the Golden Globes nominations were taken seriously only as potential Oscar indicators.
If the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. decided to give a corny, crowd-pleasing musical like “The Greatest Showman” more nominations than a culturally relevant satire like “Get Out,” or ignore female directors in the middle of the #MeToo moment, it would be seen as just another quirky misstep by a group known more for taking selfies with stars than its taste-making abilities.
But not this year. After two years of #OscarsSoWhite, and as prominent men step down amid sexual misconduct allegations from all levels of the entertainment industry, nomination slates are being parsed not just for the names but inclusion and cultural messaging.
Just three days before nomination ballots for the Golden Globes were due, Sony Pictures screened a rough cut of “All the Money In the World” for the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
Were you up and watching the nominations this morning?
No, I was not. I was asleep. The publicist called. I know, I know. It was amazing.
This is actually your first Globe nomination?
It is my first. I’ve actually never been. It always looks like such fun, it just looks like a real party. I’m excited to go.
What does it mean to be recognized for this role in particular?
Maybe it connected with people. All of the nominations the film got is heartening. Whenever you make a movie, you want it to connect with people, you want it to connect on an emotional level. That’s the reason you made it. And when it does, it’s just, to be back in high school, it’s just really cool.
Your character finds himself as an unlikely co-conspirator in spiriting away the creator. Is there anything in particular you enjoyed about the character?
I love somebody who does something that they’re terrified to do. So you know they’re doing it for a good reason. It’s not easy for them, it’s just really hard. And they’d do anything to get out of it, but they go through with it. It’s what the movie is about, it’s about love, his love for Eliza [Sally Hawkins] and his understanding finally that she is his dearest friend.
I think it’s really speaking to people to see these outsiders come together.
I think there’s no justice a lot of times, and once in a while there is some justice in the show business world. And for Guillermo [del Toro, the director], it is justified and it’s beautiful. He’s like nobody else. This whole group was just a great group of people. Sally is the best, Octavia [Spencer] is the best, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, it’s an incredible group. And you know it when you’re filming it, but you just don’t know what will happen when the movie comes out.
Have you seen any of your other nominees in theaters?
I haven’t seen anything. But I did see “Lady Bird.” That’s about the only one that I’ve seen. And I loved Laurie Metcalf in it, and I just love Saoirse Ronan. I thought they were just frickin’ incredible.
"Words cannot express my sheer excitement and gratitude for being nominated by the [Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.] this morning for portraying ‘Hannah Baker,’ a young woman whom I have come to truly love and understand.
Hannah's story resonated with so many people, and I feel truly grateful to Netflix, Paramount TV, Brian Yorkey, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez and all of our tremendous producers … and to our incredibly talented cast — who are also my dear friends, and our wonderful crew for bringing this story to life.
Most of all, my sincere hope is that the recognition continues to shine a light on so many of the important life issues and struggles we portray in ‘13 Reasons Why.’ I’m forever grateful to have been given this opportunity and will continue to work hard to bring dignity, respect and grace to such a powerful character.”
Thank you so much to the [Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.] for this honor. I am thrilled to share this with my dear friend, Ridley Scott, and my new friend, Christopher Plummer. This has been quite the journey that I am proud to be a part of. Also, a big congratulations to Hugh Jackman and my fellow castmates from ‘The Greatest Showman.’
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez were watching the Golden Globe nominations Monday morning when news hit of a pipe bomb explosion in Manhattan. Then, after they were nominated in the original song category for “Remember Me” from the animated feature “Coco,” the wife and husband took their 11-month-old kitten, Finn McCool, to the veterinarian to have him put down. He was dying of a terminal illness.
“So, it’s been a day,” Anderson-Lopez said by phone from New York.
The songwriters are not strangers to awards season, having won an Oscar for their “Frozen” anthem “Let It Go.” But they said getting nominated is never anything you expect, or get used to.
“It’s such a cliché, but just being nominated is such a huge honor,” said Anderson-Lopez, adding that now they have to figure out what to wear to the big party in Los Angeles. “We’ve been in writing mode, with all of the eating and drinking involved.”
“Coco” and “Remember Me” were a long time coming. Lopez remembered that when they were first pitched on the project, the story brought tears to their eyes. They dove deep into researching the vision of creator and co-director Lee Unkrich, including themes revolving around Dia de los Muertos. Two years passed before they put pen to paper.
“It was so inspiring, and the way they’ve realized it is so marvelous,” Lopez said of the film. “We’re so grateful and blessed to be a part of this project.”
When they finally did start writing the song, Anderson-Lopez remembered her husband coming up with the melody while noodling on the piano in his pajamas one morning. She recorded it on her iPhone and listened to it over and over again until the lyrics came to her on the subway.
The couple always test their songs on their children, ages 8 and 12. “Remember Me” went over big.
“They are our little focus group,” Lopez said.
Tonight the family plans to celebrate — and decompress — by seeing “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
“Talk about highs and lows,” Anderson-Lopez said.
A number of this year’s early Oscar front-runners, including “The Shape of Water,” “The Post,” “Lady Bird,” “Dunkirk” and “Call Me by Your Name,” made strong showings in this year’s Golden Globes nominations — while several potential contenders like “Get Out,” “All the Money in the World” and “I, Tonya” also received a leg up.
In short, what has been to date the most open-ended and unpredictable awards season in memory remains — for now, at least — just that, and Oscar prognosticators will have to wait for nominations from Hollywood’s various guilds to roll in over the coming weeks to get a clearer picture of the state of the horse race.
For those in Hollywood who received the wee-hours-of-the-morning call that they were among this year’s nominees, though, the news was greeted with unambiguous joy — even if they were in the shower, like “Downsizing” actress Hong Chau, or driving in their kid’s school carpool, like “Lady Bird” costar Laurie Metcalf.
Say this for the Golden Globes: Nowhere else is Nick Jonas likely to be nominated for an award taken home in recent years by the likes of U2 and Bruce Springsteen.
A former boy-band heartthrob who can still measure his success in squeals, Jonas is up for best original song with “Home,” his thumping electro-pop ditty from the animated feature “Ferdinand.”
Tales of women in conflict, including “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” dominated the TV nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes on Monday.
True to form, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which hands out the Golden Globes, honored an eclectic mix of new and returning series from cable networks, streaming services and broadcast networks, with perennial awards favorites HBO, Netflix and FX once again leading the TV pack.
General audiences won’t get the chance to see Hong Chau’s breakthrough performance in Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” until the film is released on Dec. 22, but film festival viewers have already been raving about her heartfelt comedic turn. And now the rising star has a Golden Globes nomination for only her second major movie.
Congratulations! How are you feeling this morning?
Thank you! Well, I took a red eye to New York from Los Angeles so I got in at 6, battled traffic to get into the city, checked into the hotel, took a shower, and I was in the middle of my shower when I got the news — I had to wash out the shampoo, but I had to put conditioner in my hair because it was a tangled mess, so by the time I finally got out of the shower I had all of these messages and voice messages on my phone from people congratulating me. It was just so nice that people were up at 6 am in Los Angeles calling me.
What have the past few months been like for you, taking this movie around and talking with people about it?
Honestly it’s been a little up and down, but we’ve had some really great screenings lately where people have gotten to see it for a second time. Somebody told me that the first time he watched the movie was through Matt [Damon]’s perspective, and then he watched it again through mine, and I thought that was sweet and nice that people were thinking about it like that because Alexander [Payne]’s work does warrant repeat viewings.
What does it mean to you to see a character like this recognized with a nomination, and to see audiences respond to her?
It’s so great. Janet Yang, one of the major Asian American producers, saw the movie a couple of weeks ago and was so nice. She did another screening that had predominantly Asian Americans in the audience and the funny thing she said to me was, “I laughed even harder the second time and I don’t know if it’s because everyone in there was all Asian.” (Laughs)
Your nomination is going to be a validating nod for audience members of color and especially the Asian American community, who rarely get to see characters like yours — a strong Asian immigrant woman — featured prominently in films.
It’s funny because people have asked me a lot about representation and what it means to me. The way I grew up I didn’t quite think that way, but it’s hitting me now when people, particularly Asian Americans come up to me and they’re so excited — I feel this joy that I couldn’t have anticipated feeling that it means so much to them to see a person who looks like them onscreen in a major role that is integral and vital to the story. It’s a really nice feeling and I couldn’t have anticipated it.
What were some of the other performances of 2017 that really moved you?
The smaller movie that nobody’s really talking about, because everyone’s talking about “The Shape of Water,” but Sally Hawkins in “Maudie” was so great. I mean, she’s always good. Oh gosh, there are so many. All of the women in the supporting category – I love Laurie Metcalf and Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer. I saw Mary J. Blige at a photo shoot from far away and I waved to her and she waved back and I almost died.
I'm shocked...[in] disbelief... What a surreal experience to be embraced by the community against innumerable odds.
‘Get Out’ was born out of the genius mind of Jordan Peele to whom I will be forever grateful for believing in me and allowing me to help him tell a story so dear to him. A true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Salute to the cast, crew and King Peele.
Greta Gerwig on Monday celebrated the four Golden Globes nominations for her film “Lady Bird,” including one for best motion picture comedy and another for her screenplay. Like an awards-season pro, she fielded a question about her glaring absence in the director category with grace.
I was going to ask if you were in Sacramento, but clearly not.
I'm actually in L.A. at the moment, but there's been lots of phone calls from Sacramento. It's very heartening that so many people from my hometown have gone to the movie and reached out to me. It feels like a real moment for the city. People have been taking selfies at different locations from the movie, which I love. It's the place that gave me roots and wings. I was just in France and England, and after screenings, people would say, “I feel like I'm from Sacramento, even if I'm from Paris." And I was like, "Uh, it's very different." But I think it's a response to the understanding of what home feels like — how home is a place that really only comes into focus as you're leaving it.
You always dreamed of leaving Sacramento. Do you appreciate it more now?
I think I always knew that I loved Sacramento and it was a special place. I go back all the time, but as I get older, I also see how many of the things I've been able to do are because of where I'm from. It makes you feel like everything is full circle, that this was made there with so much love and support from the community. It was a way of embarking on a new part of my career, but also coming home. That synchronicity is very special.
The movie got four nominations, but you — nor any other woman — got a directing nod. How do you feel about that?
In any given year, there are so many directors whose great work goes unacknowledged. There's always great female directors who I wish would get more recognition. But it's such a good year for female films. Talking to different directors this season — meeting Dee Rees, Maggie Betts, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Valerie Faris — it's been heartening. There's so much work and that feels like it's all moving in the right direction. Every year, I think, “Hey, where's this woman or that woman?” But I do think the work is being acknowledged. Collectively, it's hard to feel anything but thrilled.
What's it like to have a movie come out when women in Hollywood are at the center of so much cultural conversation?
I think it's really important, the national and international discussion we have going on. It's critical it's happening now — it could have happened earlier — but I'm heartened by the fact that it is happening now. Hopefully, all of these women who've done this great work will usher in the next generation of women doing great work and holding positions of power. It means so much to see women taking charge and shifting the conversation and trying to be part of that. I think it's amazing time to have a movie out and be in this place. I remember when we did the L.A. Times roundtable, I was there with Angelina Jolie and Kathryn Bigelow. ... It feels so good to have it be half women, or close to half.
What will you do to celebrate today?
I'm sort of, like, pacing around. I have a couple of friends from Sacramento who are here in Los Angeles, and I'll be getting a lot of food with them. I couldn't be happier. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm totally beside myself! I think I'm gonna get on a Skype with Saoirse [Ronan, star of “Lady Bird”] so we can scream at each other's faces.
Who are you going to bring to the Globes with you? Your mom? Noah Baumbach?
I don't know! I brought my mom and dad to the Gothams with me, and later, my dad was like, "I'm a little upset I didn't get to talk to James Franco." He was kidding. They were on opposite sides of the table. I wish I could bring all of Sacramento with me, including my brother and sister.
Nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie talks to The Times about the movie and the female-driven films of 2017.
Where are you?
I’m here in L.A., I’m at home.
Were you up this morning to watch the nominations?
No, I was asleep. I woke up to do some prep before meetings this morning and my phone was blowing up, I had like 70 messages. And I thought, oh God, has the world ended? And then I opened them and saw everyone was saying congratulations.
What do you think that people are responding to in the movie?
I don’t know, it’s not a traditional biopic, the script and the film really break the mold when it comes to what you expect to see in a film. And I think people appreciate that, it’s more refreshing and engaging that way.
There’s been an overwhelming response. We were doing a Q&A last night at the Dome, at the ArcLight, and it was completely packed and it was wild to realize that so many people were interested in our film.
Considering your role as a producer, not just as an actor, that must feel even better.
Absolutely, when you produce a film you really devote years of your life to it. The idea of putting so much time and effort into something and no one even wanting to see it would be heartbreaking, so to have so many people not only want to see it but to respond so positively towards it is just the most incredible feeling.
Why Tonya? What do you think it is about her story right now that’s connecting with people?
There are so many elements of the story and the script and our film specifically. It’s a very entertaining film, people get swept up in the ride of it, but there is also a bigger conversation there, about class in America, and the disenfranchised and media and how we consume it without question. And the idea of what a woman is supposed to be, what we’re told we have to be to fit in.
There’s just so many bigger conversations, that even when we were making it we didn’t realize would be so topical at the time. That right now it just all seems to have come to a head, both when the film comes out and with society reaching this point this year. I think it’s incredibly relevant, terrifyingly relevant, in fact, but also entertaining, which is all we want to do as filmmakers, is entertain and challenge an audience. If you can do both in the one film, then I think that’s something really special.
People have talked about there being so many strong, female driven films this year, with “I, Tonya,” “Lady Bird,” “Wonder Woman,” “Molly’s Game” and others. What does that mean to you? What do you think when you see so many of these female-driven films doing well this year?
I’m thrilled, obviously. It’s funny, I’m not surprised, because I know so many brilliant women. Not just in this industry, I mean my friends back home are doing incredible things and just proving time and time again that women are so often underestimated and overlooked.
Everyone is really letting their voices be heard this year, and I think it’s fantastic. When you see Sofia Coppola win at Cannes, and you see ‘Wonder Woman” smash the box office, it’s so encouraging for everyone who is really trying to let their voice be heard.
“I, Tonya” is directed by a man, Craig Gillespie, and many people today are talking about the fact that there weren’t any women nominated for directing. So even when it seems things are advancing, you still bump up against some kind of ceiling.
There is still a long way to go and, of course, there’s always things I think we need to work on and do better as a society, as an industry, as individuals.
But we also really need to take the time to celebrate the wonderful achievements, and I think today is a day for celebrating.
It must be exciting for you to see Allison Janney nominated as well.
It’s incredible. From the second I read this character, I thought she is going to smash it, and she did. She really did something spectacular with this character and working with her has honestly been one of the highlights of my career.
I am so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for continuing to recognize our work. None of it would be possible without the extraordinary cast & crew of this highly functional dysfunctional family. Big love and gratitude to my lady Macbeth and the greatest scene partner on God’s green earth, Paula Malcomson.
“Aziz and I and the whole team behind the show are thrilled and honored by the nomination. We're especially excited to eat dinner in a big ballroom with some of our heroes, like Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and the fish man from "Shape of Water." Very curious to see which entree he'll order, the chicken or the steak. Pretty sure it won't be fish, because that would be weird. We'd also like to thank Netflix, Universal, and of course the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the recognition!”
Rachel Brosnahan, star of the new Amazon series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," woke up to learning she was among the nominees for this year’s Golden Globes.
Below, she talks about series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the importance of women’s voices on TV, and her fear of freaking out Issa Rae of “Insecure” on awards night.
How’s your morning?
I’m in New York, I’m currently walking my dog and tying my shoe.
How did you find out?
I was asleep. I think I might still be asleep. My dog woke me up. My dog made a noise and I habitually picked up my phone and had lots of well wishes, which was very exciting.
The show just came out, were you surprised to be embraced so quickly?
I’m thrilled and surprised and so honored that the show’s gotten this recognition so fast. We’re in incredible company and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Is there anyone you’re excited to be in a room with?
You should see my face right now. Issa Rae is a hero of mine and I’m going to try not to completely creep her out. I love “Insecure.”
It’s one of my favorite shows on right now and I love how smart and capable specifically the two main characters are but, as any woman in their 20s can relate to, they’re struggling to get it together despite how amazing they are. I love the friendship between Issa and Molly so much. You don’t often see true depictions of a female friendship on TV that way, and I need to see Season 3 already.
Your show is about a friendship of sorts.
It’s a blossoming friendship. They’re still in denial about it -- or at least Susie [Alex Borstein] is.
I’m not sure they have much in common and I think that’s what’s exciting about it. I’m used to one-dimensional female friendships. It’s become a kind of trope. That’s what’s so exciting to me about it. They feel completely different from one another. Susie and Midge’s [relationship] is at completely different time but the friendship between Issa and Molly is one that I totally recognize. One where you can cuss each other out and tell each other that you hate each other and show up at their door the next day and drink wine and move through it. It’s complicated and it’s flawed and it’s beautiful.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is about this very specific scene and very specific time period in New York. Why do you think modern viewers are embracing it?
First of all it’s a fun show, and the world is on fire and it’s nice to escape for a little bit. But additionally I don’t think there are many women like Midge on TV, and there should be more.
I think a lot of the women in this category represent that -- different kinds of women and different kinds of stories, and there are still so many more that need to be told. I hope that the success of this show and shows like “Insecure” and “SMILF” encourage people to make more content like this and tell more women’s stories.
And it’s about women in comedy, which is something we’re still having conversations about in 2017.
I would argue that our show hasn’t quite reached the conversation on a deeper level about women in comedy. At this point it’s still about this woman whose life has fallen apart, struggling to reinvent herself and find her voice. As we move forward we’ll get more into the conversation about what it means to be a woman in comedy.
There’s this repeated idea that people ask if Susie and Midge can sing because you’re not valuable unless you have other skills, because women can’t just be funny. Jane Lynch’s character [Sophie] says to her, you want them to laugh at you, not want to ... you. You need to be a character, or you need to have a [penis].
I think that’s also frustrating for Midge. That’s been Sophie’s experience of the world up to that point. Midge defying that is valid, but Sophie’s feeling that is also in response to her own experience.
Amy Sherman-Palladino's dialogue is known for being really fast. Were there any lines that gave you particular trouble or kept you up at night?
Yes, there were quite a few I think I still remember. The one that I had a lot of trouble with, I think it’s in Episode 2 where she says, “I could be a cool chick with a doorman and a Kelvinator Foodarama refrigerator, can’t I?”
Also there’s one later on where Midge and Imogene are packing goodie bags for her son’s birthday and she says something like, "You’re putting the tiny Tina baby carriages in the boys’ bag." I could not get that one out of my mouth. There is so much B-roll of my saying “the Tina Turner baby carriages.”
I also yelled at Amy at one point for naming my children Ethan and Esther. Trying saying “Ethan and Esther” five times fast.
So how do you prepare for that? Do you just say “rubber baby buggy bumpers” over and over?
I actually do. I do a full Shakespearean mouth warm-up and just vats of coffee. It’s really all of that, all those tongue-twisters -- red leather yellow leather, unique New York unique New York. Or just saying the lines on repeat.
The reason I can say them is because I spent so much time rehearsing them. [Really, really fast] “You’re putting the tiny Tina carriages in the boy’s bag. You’re putting the tiny Tina carriages in the boy’s bag.” Just to try to get it out of my face.
So when do you go back to work?
We have a Season 2. I don’t know exactly when we’ll start, but I’ve been hearing rumors of sometime in the spring.
What are you up to until then?
Currently I’m at the dog park. Holidays coming up, so I am going to go see some family. I have a project or two swirling I may be able to squeeze in before we start again. But it’s up in the air in a lovely way.
Have you seen any of the nominated movies or shows?
No, I’m so behind. I don’t have a TV and I’ve been trying, I’m excited to see all of these projects, all of these movies, now that I’m back and all of the screeners are coming. I’ve been trying to put the technology down a little bit.
“Lady Bird” is top of my list. I can’t wait to see “I, Tonya.” It looks amazing. I saw “The Big Sick,” that was one of my favorite movies this year.
So before Midge, did people recognize you as Rachel from “House of Cards,” and do you feel like Midge is erasing that?
That’s probably the one I get recognized from the most. But it’s only when I look like death and I’m leaving the gym or have gone to the dog park with pink zit cream on my face. I don’t know what that says.
I think one of the things I enjoy about acting is the transformation and part of that is certainly the physical transformation. If people are confused forever, wondering where they have seen me before, that feels like exactly where I want to live. It feels like something’s working.
How does it feel going into an awards season at a time when the industry is going through a serious reckoning about the treatment of women?
As somebody who’s never really previously been involved in the awards scene generally, I’m curious what that will feel like in person.
I’m hoping… it feels like we’re on the cusp of a major shift in this industry. I think shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” are one part of a very multifaceted solution to this problem. This is a show that is written, produced, directed, created by an extraordinary woman, and produced by an extraordinary man [Daniel Palladino] who loves extraordinary women, about an extraordinary woman at a time when women weren’t encouraged to be extraordinary.
This is a show that lifts women up, that highlights some of our battles and employs us behind and in front of the camera. Amazon gave and continues to give the money to make this production great, and so I hope that the success of shows like this is part of this new frontier in Hollywood.
There are so many other women’s stories out there that need to be told and I hope we recognize that as the way to move forward.
The German-French production “In the Fade” earned a nomination Monday in the foreign-language film category for the Golden Globes, where it will face off with Chilean, Cambodian, Russian and Swedish-German-French movies. The Times caught up with director Fatih Akin soon after he got the news — a little earlier than he expected.
Where were you when you heard the news of the nomination?
I was at home in Hamburg, Germany. I mixed up the time. I thought the live stream was at 5 p.m. German time but it was at 3 p.m. My driver was calling me. He’s become a good friend and he was the first to call. I was like, “Wow.”
Your film is about a woman’s quest for justice after her son and immigrant husband are killed in a neo-Nazi bomb attack. What does this story say about the world we live in today?
It is a reflection of the world we live in. I did the film because I needed a catharsis. Neo-Nazi attacks in Germany have happened all my life. They started in the 1980s with skinheads. It always seemed like a personal attack on me, so I needed a catharsis. That’s why I did my film. But somehow this project of mine became relevant all over the world, including the U.S. This need for catharsis seemed to be everywhere. What happened with neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Va., is not just a coincidence. This is a globalized world we’re living in. What happens in the U.S. is connected to what’s happening in Germany.
How was the film received in Germany?
Mostly positive. I took a real event and made fiction out of it. Germans mostly don’t like that or they get confused with that. They like a particular order. What is reality? What is fiction? But they didn’t have a problem with this film, which surprised me. I expected the reaction to be much more divided. The most positive and moving reactions I got were from women. Female film critics by far liked the film more than men. Maybe that’s because of Diane Kruger’s performance.
It was your first time working with Kruger, who plays your protagonist, Katja. What was that like?
I will use a cliché, but she was like a sister. She really was. It was a partnership. I came with half an idea and she came with half an idea, and together we made one idea out of it. Writing the character was not very difficult for me. I live with a woman, and I observe her and her friends. So when Diane came, it was never like a woman wouldn’t do this. It was more like, “Don’t you think we could create more suspense if the character did this?” Diane has a very great sense for the whole thing, not just her performance. “
This is your first Golden Globe nomination.
“Yeah, man. I was too much underground before.”
"On behalf of the entire cast and crew of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' thank you to the HFPA for this recognition. We are honored.
Cheers to the incredible Elisabeth Moss and Ann Dowd for their nominations, and thank you to Margaret Atwood for the terrifyingly relevant book on which the series is based."
Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing our second season and our Chief’s phenomenal performance! To be nominated again means so much to us, and it’s a real testament to the incredible work by our very special cast and crew, who put so much heart into making this show.
We are also thankful for the support of our incredibly loyal fans, who inspire us daily — and are making great use of the Hopper dancing GIF today!
Where are you and how did you first hear about your nomination?
I am in my hotel room in New York City. I just got in last night to do "I, Tonya" press. So I got up very early this morning and had forgotten that this was Golden Globe morning because I was dealing with a bit of jet lag and trying to get into hair and makeup. I found out when I had just finished my segment on “Good Morning America.” My publicist came in with a huge grin on her face and said, "You've been nominated!"
I was so glad that they'd recognized the movie and of course, Margot. It's a really, really special morning for me and all of us. And it makes it even more special for me because of my friendship with Steven Rogers, who wrote the screenplay and wrote this part with me in mind. So it just couldn't be a more gratifying day.
Who is the first person you told?
Well, let me see. Actually, I didn't tell anyone, everyone told me! All of a sudden my phone blew up. I had like 30 text messages so I was busy trying to respond to all of them. Everyone knew before I knew. These days it's hard to break the news of anything happening to anybody.
What was your immediate reaction?
I was just incredibly proud and happy. Because of my friendship with [Rogers], it was even more special. We've been trying to work together for many years and it's never worked out until this one so I feel like it was meant to be. I'm very proud of him and all of us, the entire cast and crew worked so hard it was just an impossible amount of scenes to shoot in 30 days — over 200 scenes to shoot in 30 days! — and Craig Gillespie is just a genius at the helm. Everyone was bringing their A-game and really happy to be telling this amazing story and one that's very different from the original one.
We first heard about this story back when it happened.` It was a simple narrative of one good girl and one bad girl. [But] it's a lot more nuanced than that so it was nice to be able to get the story told from so many different characters' points of view. It's a really interesting biopic. Not the ordinary or traditional biopic. I love the way they broke up the form.
How does it feel being nominated alongside Margot?
I am so proud of her. I mean, she's the one that set the bar for this whole movie. Commitment, passion to this role and everything she had to learn to do: the skating, the accent and everything. She worked her ass off and she just made us all step up our games. Really proud of her. And I'm really happy that the movie got recognized too because so many people made us look good too.
It's been a strong year for female-driven film. Do you think Hollywood is finally becoming more inclusive?
I think it's a good step. I think yes, there's always room for improvement but it is looking like things are maybe a little more equal in the world of casting and films. There’s still a long way to go but it's a great start.
You've had a celebrated television career. How does it feel to be nominated for your first film Golden Globe?
Yeah, I mean it's a different category and it's thrilling. I'm really proud to be in this category and I love working in films. I love film, so to be included in this conversation and this world and this arena is a real thrill for me. I'm very proud of it.
What's your favorite thing about the Golden Globes?
I think of what a fun party it is. I've been before in the TV world and everyone is very celebratory. There's actors from every arena and you get to see a lot of old friends and you get to make new friends, you get to be star-struck. It's just a lovely party with great food and drink so it's a lot of fun. And I'm grateful that I've gotten to go before, but this time I will be with a wonderful movie so I'm very excited.
How do you plan to celebrate today?
Well, I just got two bottles of Champagne delivered to my hotel room from Tom Quinn, the head of NEON, one of the distributors for "I, Tonya." Steven Rogers and I will be doing some Q&As tonight after the "I, Tonya" screening so after that I think we'll come back to my room and drink Champagne [laughs].