They may not have been on hand to take home their Golden Globes on Sunday night, but Hollywood’s top actors – including Johnny Depp and Daniel Day-Lewis – expressed gratitude for the honor Monday.
Said Entourage winner Jeremy Piven: “I was on the set working last night and I heard my name called and then I heard a lot of yelling from the trailers. The cast broke out some champagne. I feel really lucky – except for the fact that I didn’t get to be on the same stage as Steven Spielberg.”
Piven, who won best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie, says he’s one of the lucky ones. Not only did he get the Globe, but he gets to work in the middle of the strike. (He was on the set of the new Will Ferrell comedy, The Goods.)
Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor in a drama for There Will Be Blood, was on a plane from L.A. to Ireland when the announcements were made – and he kept his statement short and sweet: “I’m delighted.”
And Johnny Depp – best actor in a comedy or musical for his turn as the murderous barber in Sweeney Todd – thanked everyone from his costar to his family. He released the following statement:
"I would like to thank my beloved friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing such an honor on me. It is a humbling experience, especially in the company of such talent. For many years the HFPA has supported my work and for that I have always been truly grateful. While this is indeed a happy day for me, I am overjoyed at the recognition the film as a whole is receiving. Tim [Burton] is a dear friend and a true artist whose vision and skill inspire us all. He is a genius. Without his unwavering trust and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am today."
"Also, big thanks and respect to Helena [Bonham-Carter], whose simply staggering performance as Mrs. Lovett is a wonder to behold. I must send a behemoth salute to the wonderful crew and cast of Sweeney Todd and all at Dreamworks/Paramount and Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition, I’d also like to extend my sincere gratitude to, first and foremost, my cherished friend and agent of forever ago, Tracey Jacobs; the extraordinary man and producer, Richard Zanuck; the mastermind Stephen Sondheim; and, of course, my precious family, Vanessa, Lily-Rose and Jack, for all of their love, support and pure and absolute happiness everyday. Overall, I believe it to be a proud achievement for everyone involved and on behalf of us all, I thank you."
• Reporting by MAUREEN HARRINGTON and BRENDA RODRIGUEZ