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12/11/2008 AT 01:00 PM EST
The Golden Globe nominations
are in – and many of the new nominees are expressing their excitement, gratitude and surprise.
Some stars, like first-time nominee Kevin Connolly, were woken up by the news at 5.a.m. L.A. time. The elated Entourage
actor wasn't exactly dressed for the occasion. "I'm pacing around on my cordless phone in my underwear," he told PEOPLE.
, who rose early to help announce the
nominations, was thrilled for friend Tom Cruise
nabbed a Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Musical nod for his nearly-unrecognizable turn as a fat, balding movie executive in Tropic Thunder
. "I'm so glad for him!" Shields told PEOPLE. "I think it's ironic, all the work that he does [and] that's what he gets
nominated for. I think he's done tremendous work so I think he's probably
chuckling about it too."
Here's what Brad Pitt
, Angelina Jolie
and other Golden Globe hopefuls have to say about their own nods. (Read
reactions from Heath Ledger
's family to his Best Supporting Actor nod.)
"I am honored to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press in a category with so many extraordinary women. What an amazing experience,
having the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood on a film I care so deeply about."
– Angelina Jolie
, Best Actress in a Drama for Changeling
"I am pleased to be nominated for this award and would like to also
congratulate David, Eric and Alexandre on their nominations. We're all very
proud of the film and thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for
recognizing our work." – Brad Pitt
, Best Actor in a Drama for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
"Honestly, I had no clue that these things were today. I was in
dead sleep. I heard voices on my answering machine. I thought 'That's weird,
somebody is yelling in my answering machine at 5:30 in the morning.' . . .
It's crazy! I called my mom and she's screaming. My mom is excited because
I'm going to take her as my date."
– Kevin Connolly
, Best Actor in a
Television Comedy or Musical for Entourage
, to PEOPLE
"I am so honored to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association for Doubt
along with John Patrick Shanley, Meryl
Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis. Helping to bring John's
Pulitzer Prize-winning play to the screen was one of the most rewarding
experiences of my career."
– Amy Adams
, Best Supporting Actress for DoubtFor more reactions from Diddy and other stars, go to the next page.