December 15th, 2009
07:45 PM ET

A few more amusing Golden Globe reactions

As you may have deduced by now, most nominees send out press statements with their reactions, especially if they don't feel like being interviewed (or aren't available) on nomination day.  Most at least seem heartfelt, thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their collaborators – it's a farly straightforward script.  But a few manage to make us chuckle in the process:

"The Hollywood Foreign Press have just given me a time out from my 20 year midlife crisis.  My heartfelt thanks to them." – Colin Firth, up for best lead actor in a drama for "A Single Man"

"We are completely thrilled to be nominated for a Golden Globe.  The Globes have a long and illustrious history... we are happy to spoil that.  Thank you HFPA." – Todd Phillips, writer/director of "The Hangover," nominated for Best Feature – Comedy

"Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for making my mum cry in the grocery store.  I'm honored and completely speechless." – Carey Mulligan, up for best actress in a drama for "An Education"

December 15th, 2009
07:26 PM ET

"Crazy Heart" and a crazy coincidence

Jeff Bridges is earning rave reviews for playing a singer/songwriter on a downward spiral in "Crazy Heart," and this morning the role brought him his fourth career Golden Globe nomination.  Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell co-star in the drama, and he thanked them all in his reaction to being nominated... but see whether another name he mentions seems familiar:

"The Hollywood Foreign Press has been mighty fine to me over the past 30 years, and this year is especially sweet.  I'm happy to share this nom with my buddies T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for our 'Crazy Heart' theme song, and with our writer-director Scott Cooper and co-stars Maggie, Bob and Colin who who helped make Bad Blake such a genuine character.  I would like to dedicate this recognition to the memory of the late, great Stephen Bruton who brought his musical touch to every part of the picture."

Yes, T Bone Burnett is a music legend, but did you catch his collaborator's name?  Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter who's gained some notice of late.  Coincidentally, "Ryan Bingham" is also the name of George Clooney's character in "Up In The Air" – and, as it happens, Clooney is nominated opposite Bridges for lead actor in a drama, along with Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus," and Tobey Maguire for "Brothers."  (If you spot any more Ryan Binghams floating around this awards season, please let us know.)

December 15th, 2009
05:13 PM ET

The Golden Globes honor TV, too!

We don't mean to exclude this morning's television nominees!  Showtimes "Dexter" picked up three nods: Best Television Series – Drama, a lead actor nomination for Michael C. Hall and a supporting actor nod for John Lithgow.  It's the fourth straight year the HFPA has nominated Hall for playing the forensics expert/serial killer, and he was thrilled for himself, his co-star, and the show: "Thanks to the HFPA for this collective and individual recognition.  I'm very gratified that John received an individual nomination as well.  His performance as Trinity is an instant classic."

HBO's "Big Love" is also up for the best drama series prize, and its star, Bill Paxton, will square off against Hall for lead actor.  Paxton, too, was generous with his praise: "It's such a great honor to be nominated this morning.  I'm so proud of this past season of 'Big Love,' and am thrilled to share the nominations with our loyal cast and crew.  A special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their support.  Your organization has championed us from the very beginning.  We really are a family and without my three beautiful wives I would not have made it on this short list of actors so I truly do share this with Jeanne, Ginnifer and Chloe."

Some nominees were more succinct in their statements.  Hugh Laurie of "House," also up for best actor in a drama, said merely "I feel very honored, and very very lucky."  Of course, it's not just luck: he's won twice before.  Another two-time Globes winner, Alec Baldwin, is nominated again on the comedy side for "30 Rock," and was equally brief: "I'm grateful for anything that helps the show."

December 15th, 2009
03:36 PM ET

Michael Lohan arrested and charged

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Lindsay Lohan's father Michael Lohan was arrested and charged with criminal contempt for violating an order of protection against him on Monday.

According to the Suffolk County Police Department on Long Island, Lohan, 49, was arrested in the police station on the misdemeanor charge. Police had no further comment on Tuesday and would not say which restraining order Lohan was in violation of.

In June, a judge said Michael Lohan would avoid prosecution on another misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment if he stayed out of trouble for a year.

Lohan denied a claim by prosecutors that he threatened to kill his girlfriend, Erin Muller, and himself if she ended their relationship.

A representative for Lindsay Lohan and Michael's ex-wife Dina Lohan confirmed that Dina currently has an outstanding restraining order against Michael.

Michael Lohan did not immediately return a call for comment.

Lohan has reportedly been estranged from his famous daughter, who recently returned from filming a documentary on child trafficking in India.

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December 15th, 2009
02:34 PM ET

"Hurt Locker" isn't hurting for honors

This morning's Golden Globe nominations included the latest kudos for "The Hurt Locker," a small film that's receiving a lot of attention this awards season.  The HFPA nominated the drama, about a U.S. army bomb disposal unit serving in Iraq, for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director.  She's up against James Cameron (her ex-husband) for "Avatar," Clint Eastwood for "Invictus," Jason Reitmand for "Up In The Air," and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."

This is Bigelow's first Golden Globe nod, but accepting honors for "The Hurt Locker" is getting to be old hat: the movie has received top honors from the New York and Los Angeles film critics, and both groups named Bigelow best director as well.  Here's how she reacted to this morning's nominations:

"I am thrilled that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has chosen to honor 'The Hurt Locker' this year alongside so many other great films.  It is doubly exciting to be recognized for my work as as director on this film which is so very close to my heart, and which shines a light on the impossible situation overseas."

Another oft-repeated name this awards season is Christoph Waltz.  The Austrian actor has received raves and honors for his role as a Nazi colonel in "Inglourious Basterds," including Best Actor at Cannes, and this morning he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, along with Matt Damon for "Invictus," Woody Harrelson for "The Messenger," Christopher Plummer for "The Last Station," and Stanley Tucci for "The Lovely Bones."  Waltz's reaction:

"Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press who have transported me from the unbelievable into the unimaginable."

December 15th, 2009
01:03 PM ET

Bullock's double play

What a year it's been for Sandra Bullock.  Not only are two of her films from this year among the top 20 earners for 2009, but now she has a pair of Golden Globe nominations to show for her work in "The Proposal" and "The Blind Side."  Here's what she had to say about being recognized for both movies:

"I am beyond stunned.  Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired through the years has left me slackjawed with awe.  It is TRULY an honor just to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and I will cherish this moment with all the artists I have worked with behind the scenes, who truly make me look good!  Thank you very much."

Since she mentioned them, here are the "amazing women" with whom Bullock is nominated:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"

Sandra Bullock. "The Blind Side"

Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"

Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Sandra Bullock, "The Proposal"

Marion Cotillard, "Nine"

Julia Roberts, "Duplicity"

Meryl Streep, "It's Complicated"

Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

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