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Best Golden Globe Nomination Reactions: Issa Rae, Lily Collins, Deadpool, Sterling K. Brown, and More

Stars react to nominations for the 2017 awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

by | December 12, 2016 | Comments

2017 Golden Globe nomination announcement reactions
 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominations for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards on Monday morning, and nominees expressed their gratitude for the honor all day — some on social media, some via official statement. Rotten Tomatoes has collected some of the best reactions.

Real-Time Reactions

Nominated for her first TV series Insecure, we got a peek at star and creator Issa Rae’s real-time reactions when her costar Yvonne Orji Facetimed her and shared it on Instagram.

Lily Collins got her first Golden Globe nomination as an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Rules Don’t Apply. Good thing her mother was taking pics just in case.


Phemale Photo Bomb

Jessica Chastain, nominated for Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture for Miss Sloane, tweeted a picture with her costars from The Help: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone, who all happen to be nominated too — Davis for Fences, Spencer for Hidden Figures, and Stone for La La Land.

Evan Rachel Wood, nominated for Westworld, also congratulated her fellow nominees.


First-Timers Club

Many other talented actors also experienced their first ever Golden Globe nomination, like This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz:

The young stars of Stranger Things got up early and heard that both their show and star Winona Ryder got nominations. They tweeted this video that’s not from the Upside Down:

Riley Keough, nominated for The Girlfriend Experience, kept it simple:

Sterling K. Brown, nominated for playing Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, made a long post thanking his family on Instagram:

#hfpa Y'all crazy for this one…& I couldn't be more grateful! Thank you for such a tremendous honor! What a wonderful way to finish off the year…wow! In recognition that no one gets to this place in their career by themselves, I have to first thank my wife and two children for giving me such a clear purpose for being. Ryan, Andrew, Amaré…you guys make this all worthwhile! Jennifer Wiley Stockton…thank you for doing so much, so that I can stay focused on the task at hand. Let us never part. Michael Geiser, you are unsung, sir! (And if you erase this from my statement, we'll have words)! Love you, buddy. To my agents at Innovative Artists, especially my man, David Rose, thank you for giving your boy all the support he could ask for. St. Louis, I rep you 'til the day I die! To all my family and friends there, thank you for making your boy feel special. #ChocolateCardinal y'all know I luvs you! To my artistic family from NYC, including (but not limited to) my friends and faculty at the grad acting program at NYU, thank you for keeping your boy nourished and fed. Literally and spiritually. Namaste #goldenglobes #peoplevsojsimpson

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Deadpool Cracks Another Joke

Comic book movies don’t usually get awards love, so it’s a big surprise that Deadpool got a Best Motion Picture nomination. Good thing Golden Globes has a separate category especially for Musical or Comedy. Of course, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy nominee Ryan Reynolds tweeted a joke.


Political Statements

Julia Louis-Dreyfus only plays a president on TV, but she made a joke about the latest Russian hacker news when she was nominated again for Veep.

Kerry Washington used her nomination for playing Anita Hill in Confirmation to speak out on behalf of others brave enough to speak out.


Pre-Flight Nomination Check

Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role in The Edge of Seventeen, got this tweet off before taking off.


Foreign Press

Gael García Bernal, nominated for Mozart in the Jungle, tweeted his thanks en Español.


Sharing the Love

Many of the actors nominated for the same series or movies took the opportunity to congratulate each other today, like these statements from Mr. Robot nominees Rami Malek and Christian Slater.

Malek said: “I’m incredibly grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing me in this group of distinguished and accomplished actors. I’m thrilled to be sharing this moment with my co-star and fellow nominee Christian Slater. I am so thankful for the brilliant mind of Sam Esmail, USA Network, Universal Cable Productions and the exceptionally gifted cast, crew, and writers of ‘Mr. Robot.’”

Slater added: “I am so grateful for this incredible recognition and privileged to be included in this category beside these wildly talented actors. Thank you so much to the HFPA, and a huge congratulations to my dear friend and co-star, Rami Malek. I’m so thrilled to be celebrating this nomination with him. I also share this with the entire ‘Mr. Robot’ family — Sam Esmail is a true creative genius and I am blown away by the talent on this show: Portia, Carly, Grace, Stephanie and the entire cast and crew.”

John Turturro hasn’t tweeted since December 5, so it was up to his costar Riz Ahmed, also nominated for The Night Of, to congratulate him.

Mandy Moore congratulated Chrissy Metz, who plays her grown-up daughter on This Is Us.

Both Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga were nominated for their work in Loving.

Edgerton said: “It is such an incredible honor to be recognized by the HFPA for Loving. I’m also so happy for Ruth, who is a truly astounding actress. Working opposite her was one of the greatest experiences and I feel very lucky. And none of it would be possible without the brilliance of Jeff Nichols crafting such a beautiful and resonant film. Together the whole team took on the great responsibility of depicting this true story with the integrity it deserves. The work shines through on all fronts and I have all those people to thank too. I hope the recognition leads more people to see the film and become aware of two incredible people: Richard and Mildred Loving.”

Negga said: “I am profoundly grateful for this recognition… I can’t thank the HFPA enough for their support, this is such an honor. I am humbled to be in the company of all of these extraordinary, talented, and powerful women. It has been such a gift to share Mildred and Richard Loving’s important story with the world. I share this honor with my partner in the film, Joel Edgerton, our incredible director Jeff Nichols and everyone involved in bringing Loving to life.”

The Black-ish cast also shared the love.

Felicity Huffman also touted American Crime’s Best Limited Series nomination while giving thanks for her acting nomination.

Tom Ford directed Aaron Taylor-Johnson to a Supporting Actor in a Drama nomination and made sure to congratulate him in a statement.

“I am extremely honored to have received today’s Golden Globe nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay,” Ford said. “I am incredibly proud of this film and to be in the company of such accomplished directors and screenwriters is humbling. I am also very happy that Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s work was recognized with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. I am very grateful as these nominations are also a testament to the brilliantly talented cast and crew who helped to bring NOCTURNAL ANIMALS to life.”

Taylor-Johnson reciprocated: “Waking up to this news in an early dawn light made going into the darkness to bring this character alive all the more worthwhile I’m truly grateful to the HFPA for recognizing the transformation I went through to create this role with Tom Ford. This is all very overwhelming and exciting. It’s such a tremendous honor.”

Outlander congratulated its leading lady:


Keeping It Real

Some nominees just kept it direct and sincere, expressing their thanks for receiving nominations.

Viola Davis, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Fences:

Barry Jenkins, Best Director and Best Motion Picture, Drama for Moonlight:

Rachel Bloom, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend:

Gina Rodriguez, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for Jane the Virgin:

Thandie Newton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Westworld:

Director Travis Knight, Best Animated Motion Picture nominee for Kubo and the Two Strings issued a statement:

“My heartfelt thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for honoring KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS with this wonderful distinction. Working with the team of wizards and geniuses at LAIKA to bring KUBO to the world has been the most rewarding, most moving experience of my professional life. I’m grateful for it. And I’m grateful that the lovingly handcrafted efforts and brilliance of our extraordinary cast and crew have been so meaningfully recognized with this nomination. At LAIKA, our great hope is that our stories reach, resonate with, and enrich the lives of people around the world, and so it means a great deal to us that the Hollywood Foreign Press, representing so many different countries and cultures, has found our work worthy of recognition. I’m elated.”

Find out who wins on January 8 when the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards show airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


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