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Category: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Golden Globe 2011 nominations: Andrew Garfield on 'Social Network'

Andrew Garfield Taking some time out from filming his newest role as Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield said he was pleased that his last film, "The Social Network," took so many Golden Globes nominations (six), including one for him in the  supporting actor category. Other nominations for the film were for best drama picture, best director for David Fincher, screenwriting for Aaron Sorkin, lead actor for  Jesse Eisenberg, and score for Trent Reznor.

Here's what the actor said in a statement: 

"I'm very touched to have been nominated by the HFPA this morning and am thrilled that 'The Social Network' has been recognized, as well as David, Aaron, Jesse and Trent. The process of making this movie was an incredibly creative and joyous experience and to see the film honored in this way is truly a thrill and is something for which I'm very grateful."

Photo credit:  Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Johnny Depp does double duty

Johnny depp 
Johnny Depp had the rare distinction Tuesday of receiving two Golden Globe 2011 nominations -- in the same category. Taking two of the five lead actor in a comedy/musical movie slots, Depp was nominated for his work as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" as well as for his star turn with Angelina Jolie in the just released action movie "The Tourist."

Here's what the actor had to say in a statement:

 ďOne nomination would, of course, be a great honor but two is simply astonishing. I am floored, truly, by the [Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s] kindness and generosity. I wish to thank them dearly, as well as all those many wonderful souls who made the films in question possible. My deepest gratitude and respect goes out to you all.Ē

Photo: Johnny Depp. Credit: Associated Press


Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Simon Beaufoy on writing '127 Hours'

Working again with Danny Boyle, his "Slumdog Millionaire" cohort, Simon Beaufoy should know how to live the high life -- given the number of awards that little movie swept through a couple years ago. But, it seems, Beaufoy's not yet ready to act like a big shot. So, where was he when he learned that their latest film together, "127 Hours," had pulled in a few Golden Globes nominations, including one for screenplay?

"Iím in Oxford. I was in bed when I heard about the nomination. I can remember when I found out that I had been nominated for ďThe Full Monty,Ē I was clearing cat sick off the floor. I really must get a more glamorous life one of these days! But Iím afraid that will never happen."

The big fear among award watchers for this movie was that audiences (and hence, voters) wouldn't be able to handle the scene in which lead actor James Franco, playing real-life hiker Aron Ralston, must sever his arm to free himself from the boulder that has pinned him in a canyon. A fear, it turns out, that never crossed Beaufoy's or Boyle's minds.

"The funny thing is, it never occurred to us to worry about that particular thing. Itís because itís the one thing that every single person in the cinema knows is going to happen. Our worry was: How on Earth are we going to give the story momentum when the guyís not moving? How are we going to make them forget what they know happens? The bit thatís caused all the controversy, we didnít worry about at all.

"127 Hours" is just one of many films that are based on real people and events this awards season. But Beaufoy doesn't think it's just voters looking to these kinds of stories, it's the public in general.

"In the midst of global recession," he said, "in the face of uncertainty about whatís going to happen next, film looks for inspiration to real people. And not just our film. This story has been a huge inspiration to me and a lot of people. Itís about never giving up, giving back to people. That people will somehow pull you through. In times of trial, for inspiration, people want to look to real people rather than to fiction."

--Chris Lee

Simon Beaufoy photo by Genaro Molino / Los Angeles Times


Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Love & Other Drugs'

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Jake Gyllenhaal was doubly delighted at his Golden Globe nomination as lead actor in a comedy-musical. Why? Because his "Love & Other Drugs" co-star, Anne Hathaway, will be right there at the Jan. 16 ceremony with him.

Here's what he had to say in his statement:

ďIím genuinely excited that the HFPA has recognized both Annie and me for our work in 'Love & Other Drugs.' Iíve always felt the movie is a classic romance because itís about the nature of love.  So, in acknowledging the performances, the HFPA is affirming the heart of the film and the voice and talent of our great director Ed Zwick.  I am also deeply honored to be in the company of so many other amazing actors this year, a category with two Johnny Depps, a Paul Giamatti, and a Kevin Spacey.Ē

Jake Gyllenhaal photo by Reuters

Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Christopher Nolan on 'Inception'

Chris Nolan 
Christopher Nolan's "Inception," nominated for a Golden Globe award Tuesday morning, was especially popular with tech-savvy young thinkers who saw it as an of-the-moment statement on pixelated life and virtual reality. But as the director told The Envelope this month, that's not how he sees it.

The story, and all the best of science fiction really, is about the humans inside the machinery of the story. ďIt's ideas, characters and stories that resonate, not the trappings. But if you can combine those with the large canvas of film, the scale of it and the visual power of it, that can be something very special,Ē he said of the story idea he has been thinking about on and off since he was 16.

The Hollywood Foreign Press responded to those human elements with its nomination, for which Nolan is grateful. Here's his statement:

"I'd like to thank the HFPA for recognizing all of our hard work on 'Inception.'  It is particularly gratifying to be recognized for a film you've carried with you so long, and shared with so many incredible artists and craftsmen across six countries.  It is a great honor and we are thrilled to be a part of such a prestigious group of nominees."

Photo: Christopher Nolan. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Nicole Kidman on 'Rabbit Hole'

Nicole Kidman Nicole Kidman received a lead actress Golden Globes 2011 nomination for her role as a grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole." The actress played another role in the film as well, as producer.

Here's her statement about Tuesday's nomination:

ďIt took more than four years to get our little movie off the ground, and to be recognized for my work in a film that means so much to me is truly such an honor. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for your continued support.Ē

Nicole Kidman photo by the Associated Press

Golden Globes 2011 nominations: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu

Inarritu Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was just this side of conscious Tuesday morning when he took in the news that his film "Biutiful" had made the list of Golden Globes 2011 contenders for best foreign-language film. The film, starring Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, revolves around a dying man's last efforts to heal his family before he dies of cancer.

Even through his sleep stupor, Inarritu said he was very happy.

"Barely I could open my left eye. Barely I could see something. It was still mushy when I heard the news. I havenít talked to [Javier]," he said, because he is "very respectful of the time when people sleep. Iím very neurotic with that. I want to wait one hour more before I call him," he said early on Tuesday. "Heís still in L.A. Tonight is the premiere. It will be a good time for celebration."

The director, while respecting his star's need for sleep, had nothing but praise for Bardem. "This film couldnít have been done without Javier. He did a monumental thing. Itís recognition for all of this very hard work."

"This is a movie that shakes people," continued Inarritu, who has been nominated twice before in this category -- for "Amores Perros" and "Babel," for which he won. "I'm sure the [Foreign Press] were not indifferent. They want to put the film there so it has the potential to shake people."

Putting the bleakness of the film aside for one night, Inarritu noted that it was a privilege to have it be one of the five selected from 65 submissions, and that he would soon show his appreciation. "A lot of tequila will run in our veins tonight."

--Nicole Sperling

Photo: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / AFP/Getty Images


Golden Globes nominations: Halle Berry

Halle Berry Earlier this year, Halle Berry wasn't sure the drama she produced and stars in, "Frankie and Alice," would ever get a theatrical release. On Tuesday, Berry awoke in Los Angeles to learn she had received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film as a woman whose multiple personalities include a white racist.

"We had a hard time finding a distributor because people said, ĎWho wants to see this?í"  Berry said. "These movies are becoming dinosaurs -- movies about complex issues and characters. Studios are interested in animated movies and comedies."

"Frankie and Alice" was shot in 2008 and 2009 and sat on the shelf without a distributor for more than a year until Freestyle Releasing acquired it in the spring. After a one-week academy qualifying run this month, the film will open on 400 screens Jan. 28.

This wouldn't be the first time a movie that had languished in distribution limbo became a late-to-the-season awards contender. Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for "Crazy Heart," a film scheduled to go direct-to-DVD before Fox Searchlight acquired it in July 2009, and 2009 best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire" was left searching for a buyer when its original distributor, Warner Independent, went out of business.

Berry's performance in "Frankie and Alice" required more than the usual actorly preparation. "I broke it down like I do every character," Berry said. "I normally create a journal, create a life for a character. Only this time, instead of doing it for one character, I did it for three."

Now an audience of tens of millions will watch Berry play herself on the Golden Globes red carpet less than two weeks before the film's release.

"With this recognition, hopefully, that will inspire people to check it out," Berry said.

-- Rebecca Keegan

Photo: Halle Berry. Credit: Reuters

Golden Globes nominations: Danny Boyle on '127 Hours'

Danny Boyle 
Danny Boyle is a busy man but never too busy to be humble. He's currently in London rehearsing the stage production of "Frankenstein" at the National Theatre, where, on a lunch break Tuesday, he was told of his Golden Globe nomination, with Simon Beaufoy, for the "127 Hours" screenplay, as well as the nods the film received for best score, by A.R. Rahman, and lead actor, James Franco, who plays hiker Aron Ralston, who was pinned by a boulder in a canyon for days.

"Itís very, very cool. Iím very pleased. Especially for James," Boyle said. "I think itís an extraordinary performance. Without the right actor, youíre dead. It doesnít matter what else youíve got in the film; the cameraís on him the whole time. Heís insane like that. An actor always has that instinct to want to be looked at. God bless him for wanting to tackle a role like this, though."

The film, difficult to watch in parts, particularly as Ralston decides he must cut off his trapped arm to free himself before he dies of dehydration or exposure. Some audience members have been known to faint at the graphic scene. But apparently, it wasn't too tough on members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

"That has been the best thing. This is the best-reviewed film Iíve had in my career. I donít really measure it. But I was pretty astonished. Itís lovely. You hope more and more people will see it for Jamesí performance alone, that this additional publicity will get it over the hurdle of what people think itíll do to them. It rewards you in quite a deep way. Itís not a cheap thrill."

The film, adapted from Ralston's own book about his life and his ordeal in Utah, took some liberties with the tale. But the drama itself had played out on news pages across the country when Ralston was first rescued. How do you present a movie as something fresh when people already know the story?

Boyle said he didn't see it as a challenge. "I never saw it like that. I saw built-in momentum. Thereís a momentum that Aron has -- he never gives up. He had moments of terrible despondency. When he knows nothing good is going to happen, and he keeps trying. Itís an emotional journey. He changes as a guy, according to the people that he casually left behind.

"I never thought of it as a film about climbing and surviving. Itís something a lot of blokes would recognize. In adversity, you recognize whatís important. You want to rectify things, to get back to people. A lot of blokes are guilty of that. It was really personal to us in a strange way."

-- Chris Lee

Photo: Danny Boyle. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times



Golden Globes nominations: Kelly Macdonald of 'Boardwalk Empire' needs a dress

If you watch "Boardwalk Empire," chances are you can't take your eyes off the beautiful and compelling Kelly Macdonald.

Looks like the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agrees. Macdonald was nominated for her supporting role in the HBO series that stars Steve Buscemi, who also was nominated.

"This is a total surprise," she said. "I'm not sure what the Golden Globe voters responded to but the writers do such a really amazing job with this character. She's had a really amazing arc."

Macdonald says the recognition makes her tense because she's got to figure out what to wear.

"That will be more stressful than anything," she said.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

Photo: Kelly Macdonald in Beverly Hills. Credit: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times


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