Golden Globe nominees react to their good fortune. Keira Knightley, Sarah Jessica Parker, and others tell EW about their mornings
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Ever wonder what it feels like to get nominated for a Golden Globe? Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley, and James Schamus, co-president of Focus Features, can tell you firsthand, having received nods from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association just this morning. Parker and Knightley will square off in the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy category for their respective turns in The Family Stone and Pride & Prejudice, while Schamus celebrated the fact that his company’s Brokeback Mountain leads this year’s pack with seven nominations. Here’s what they had to say about their newfound kudos:

EW senior writer Dave Karger spoke with Parker, who’s been previously nominated seven times (with four wins) for her work on Sex and the City. She told him she had no idea the Globes nominations were being announced today (which makes some sense, given that The Family Stone was hardly a top contender). Nonetheless, she was awake at 8:30 a.m., helping her son James get ready for school. Here’s how she got the good news: ”My friend Amy Harris, who was a writer on Sex and the City, in the past has been the first person to call me. And she called and said, ‘Good morning. Just in tradition I have to call you and say congratulations.’ And I said, ‘What are you talking about?”’

Meanwhile, EW’s Christine Spines spoke with first-time nominee Knightley about her nomination: ”I got a call from my American agent at about 6:30 this morning just to say, keep your phone on at 1:30 your time because the nominations are coming out. So I said, okay, fine right. And my lovely British agent came over at midday and we sat and had a cup of tea and she taught me how to make lasagna and we waited for the phone to ring. And it was a little bit tense for a minute or two. They said that if I did get the nomination, there would be a car to take me to a hotel to do a couple of interviews and if I didn’t the car would drive off. So I was kind of looking out the window to see if the car drove off. That would tell me whether I got one or not. But it didn’t. It stayed. So that’s good.”

Naturally, when Schamus was asked about Brokeback‘s multiple nominations, he had no complaints: ”I try to affect a blasé attitude. But I have to say, aside from having all these nominations, the Globes are actually really fun. So usually these things are just like, ‘Okay, I have to keep my ego in check, plus I have to go eat some rubber chicken.’ But with the Globes, you’re actually happy you got invited back. It’s very pleasurable.” Which isn’t to say that everyone else at the ceremony will feel exactly the same way: ”I’m surrounded by people who are professionally capable of making themselves look like they’re having fun. I’m sure none of them are having any fun at all. They’re all acting.”