Nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning. You’ve heard our thoughts on the surprises, snubs, and sure things, but what about the nominees themselves? Reactions are coming in; here’s what some of this year’s nominated class has to say:

Mila Kunis, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Black Swan: “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet … [Darren Aronofsky] is truly one of the greatest directors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. [The movie] was truly made from tears and love and for all the right reasons … [To celebrate], I’m taking my dogs to the vet. It’s pretty exciting, right? They’ll get their nails clipped, they’ll get a bath and won’t be stinky. It’s a good day for the household.”

Mark Wahlberg, executive producer of Boardwalk Empire (nominated for Best TV Drama), nominated for Best Actor for The Fighter: “I’m kind of under the weather. I’ve been so in the world of The Fighter that I hadn’t thought too much about Boardwalk Empire. But it was certainly a nice wake-up call to get, even though it woke up our 11-month-old daughter, whose crib is right beside our bed.”

David O. Russell, nominated for Best Director for The Fighter: “We had a screening in New York last night hosted by Robert De Niro — which just meant the world to us, because he liked the film so much — and then this morning I was awoken by a banging on the hotel room door. It’s just so great. It’s just so fantastic to be recognized in a year with such good movies. You just want to savor the moment, you know? Take it in and appreciate it because you never know when you’ll be back here again. We’re flying back to L.A. now for another screening and then I’m sure I’ll have drinks with some friends.”

Geoffrey Rush, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The King’s Speech: “I went out and had my late-night supper as I’m doing a play here [Diary of a Madmen] in Sydney and then experienced the curious phenomena of not being able to connect to the Internet. I was in a complete technological funk — I couldn’t get onto the wifi at my hotel, I couldn’t find a TV channel that was broadcasting the announcements, so my 15-year-old son in Melbourne was holding his phone to the television there to get the information. [The nomination news] was a kind of dad-and-son thing, which is really quite nice. It’s 1:45 a.m. And I should be out clubbing but I have to get to sleep now as I have a matinee tomorrow … We just took [The King’s Speech] from square one and tried to make it as vivid and as lively and as intriguing as we possibly could and that seems to be radiating out to the office, which is great.”

Halle Berry, nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for Frankie and Alice: “Just a few weeks ago I didn’t know if this movie was going to come out. It’s just a testament to just hold on. You never know what’s right around the corner. None of us gave up hope on it. We just believed that eventually it would find its way. I know I held onto that thought. And look what happened. It’s finding its way. There are amazing women out there, and I just wish that some of these women were in movies that were bigger. Somebody brought it to my attention the other day that all the big movies have great parts for men, but where are the women? The women are in the smaller, independent, more boutique movies. And that’s okay because at least we’re there. I hope people will make an effort and get to see them.”

Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for Winter’s Bone: “It’s unbelievable. I know that people say this all the time and we don’t like it, but just to be nominated in that category of women is enough for me. The movie is so close to my heart. All of us worked so hard days and nights in the freezing cold. We really believed in what we were making. And to think that it could mean something to anybody, all the attention it’s getting is truly unbelievable.”

Natalie Potman, nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for Black Swan, via statement: “I’m very honored by the HFPA nomination, and to be included in this group of actresses I so admire. The experience of filming Black Swan with Darren Aronofsky and our incredible crew is already the most fulfilling experience of my career. The audience appreciation of the film is only furthering how grateful and proud I am to be part of the film.”

Darren Aronofsky, nominated for Best Director for Black Swan, via statement: “I am very thankful to the HFPA for this honor. The prestige of the nominations draws attention to independent films like Black Swan and I think helps get these small films made. I am also so thrilled for my actors Natalie [Portman] and Mila [Kunis] who gave me their spirits to film and risked losing toe nails every day.”

Nicole Kidman, nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for Rabbit Hole, via statement: “It 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.”

James Franco, nominated for Best Actor in a Drama for 127 Hours, via statement: “I’m especially grateful to the HFPA for this honor and I’m excited to see 127 Hours being recognized this awards season. 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!”

Danny Boyle, nominated for Best Screenplay for 127 Hours, via statement: “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.”

Michael Douglas, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, via statement: “To be selected with these extraordinary nominees is an honor and, boy, was I ready for some good news!”

Katey Sagal, nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for Sons of Anarchy, via statement: “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the news this morning, which is not only a testament to the impact my character Gemma Teller has had on audiences, but more importantly how Sons of Anarchy has made a mark. Without my fellow castmates, especially Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, and Maggie Siff and the genius of our creator and writer Kurt Sutter, I wouldn’t be getting such an exciting 5 a.m. wake-up call. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

Hugh Laurie, nominated for Best Actor in a Drama for House M.D., via statement: “I am thrilled and honoured. I am now going to turn the house upside down looking for that other cufflink.”

Alec Baldwin, nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, via statement: “30 Rock is back, bigger and better than ever! We are very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press.”

Robert Carlock, executive producer of 30 Rock, nominated for Best Musical or Comedy TV series, via statement: “It is truly an honor to be nominated. We couldn’t be more thrilled. Our table will require two vegetarian meals. Is now the time to deal with this?”

Carrie Underwood, nominated for Best Original Song for her performance of “There’s a Place For Us,” from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: “I am absolutely thrilled by this wonderful honor today … It was such an exciting endeavor to have been asked to create music for the film. I grew up with the books and have been a fan of the earlier two movies. I can’t wait for the Golden Globes!”

Julia Stiles, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Dexter, via press release: “It’s bizarre receiving the news in such a remote place where internet access is difficult and phones are impossible, but I’m glad I checked my email! I’m beyond thrilled! It was an honor to be part of the show, and to have my work recognized by the [Hollywood Foreign Press Association]. I am so grateful!”

(Additional reporting by Dave Karger, Sara Vilkomerson, and Sandra Gonzalez)

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