December 14th, 2010
11:03 AM ET
"The King's Speech" received the king's ransom of Golden Globes nods Tuesday, nabbing nominations in seven categories.
Best supporting actor nominee Geoffrey Rush, who plays Lionel Logue in the film, thinks today's nominations show just how much this story, about Britain's King George VI and his attempts to overcome his speech impediment as he reluctantly takes the throne, resonates around the world.
“Playing an Australian commoner called upon to teach a reluctant English King some life lessons for me was fascinating in itself," Rush told CNN in a statement. "To have it embraced by American audiences and to be so honored by the HFPA only endorses how global this story has become. Seeing a small scale project play into an international arena makes this all the more worthwhile."
"King's Speech" producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman reflected on the making of the film, remembering that “This time last year we were knee deep in snow in a small town in the midlands shooting scenes to accompany Colin Firth's final speech," they said in a joint statement. "A year later to be nominated for seven Golden Globes is truly incredible. We all hope to be better versions of ourselves and that's what makes 'The King's Speech' timeless. Audiences are connecting with Bertie's struggle and his enduring friendship with Logue at a time when we can easily forget what is important in life.”
Colin Firth, who's up for a best actor in a dramatic motion picture Golden Globe, said in a statement: "I'm truly grateful to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign press for this film, and euphoric to be in the company of so many of my colleagues."
Pixar's "Toy Story 3" has also had an acclaimed ride this year, and is now up for a best animated feature Golden Globe. Director Lee Unkrich said in a statement that the family friendly movie "has been an amazing journey for me and everyone at Pixar. These characters are like family to us, and we long thought their story felt unfinished."
Unkrich added, "We owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone at Disney and Pixar, but especially to the audiences around the world who embraced 'Toy Story 3.' Many thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for honoring us with this nomination."
"Toy Story 3" faces stiff competition in the best animated feature category, going up against other hits like "Tangled." Director Byron Howard said of Disney's spin on the Rapunzel fairy tale, "'Tangled' has been a labor of love since its beginning, and the passion and dedication of our crew shows in every frame." Director Nathan Greno added that “It's a true highpoint in our careers to have 'Tangled' acknowledged by the Hollywood Foreign Press. The nomination is a real thrill and an incredible way to honor Walt Disney Animation's 50th feature film."
Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin considers NBC's "30 Rock" to be "back, bigger and better than ever!" The hit show snagged three nominations, including a best TV comedy or musical nod and a best actor in a TV comedy or musical nomination for Baldwin.
Claire Danes, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the eponymous HBO film, was nominated Tuesday for a Golden Globe in the best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Danes said. “Temple Grandin is an extraordinary, revolutionary and inspiring woman. I feel deeply privileged to have been chosen to tell her story.”
The awards buzz for James Franco in “127 Hours” is likely only going to get louder now that the film was nominated for three Golden Globes, including a best actor in a dramatic motion picture nod for Franco.
“I’m especially grateful to the HFPA for this honor and I’m excited to see ‘127 Hours’ being recognized this awards season,” Franco said in a statement. “I’m happy for Danny Boyle and his team and our DP’s Quique and Anthony who were there with me down in the canyon! I am so proud of the film and that Aron Ralston’s story has been well received!”
“127 Hours” director and screenwriter Boyle added, “We're absolutely delighted to be included in the nominations for the Golden Globes, especially as HFPA were so generous to us on 'Slumdog' two years ago. I'm particularly pleased for James, as it's such a brave and exhilarating performance, and for Aron Ralston, who took such a leap of faith in letting us tell his story in such an uncompromising way.”
Last but not least, Michael Douglas - who was undergoing treatment for cancer at the same time his film, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" arrived in theaters in September - said of his nomination in the best supporting actor in a motion picture category, “To be selected with these extraordinary nominees is an honor and boy was I ready for some good news!”
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