Daniel Day-Lewis, Morgan Freeman and others react to receiving Globe nods as award season officially kicks off

By Catherine Donaldson-evansJoyce Chen and Paul Chi
Updated December 15, 2009 02:45 PM
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The race for golden statuettes starts now – and those in the running are expressing shock and gratitude for their recognition by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

“I am beyond stunned,” said Sandra Bullock in a statement for her two Golden Globe nods: Best Actress in a Drama for The Blind Side and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for The Proposal. “Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired through the years has left me slack-jawed with awe.”

Others like Marion Cotillard, Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical nominee for Nine, were awakened in the wee hours with the good news. “I got a phone call that woke me up and heard ‘Congratulations,’ and I knew what it was about,” Cotillard told PEOPLE. “I’m just so happy! How couldn t I be?”

Here’s more on what Bullock and Cotillard had to say, along with Morgan Freeman, Robert Downey Jr. and other Golden Globe hopefuls on their own nods:

• “I am so honored to be nominated for Nine. I had an incredible time working on the film with such an amazing director, Rob Marshall, and with this extraordinary cast. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing me. I am also thrilled that Broken Embraces was nominated. Pedro [Almodovar] has once again made a very brave and beautiful movie and I was very lucky to be a part of it. – Penélope Cruz, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Nine

• “My heartfelt thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this wonderful nomination. I share this honor with Jude Law and all of my cast-mates, my great director Guy Ritchie and the rest of the team whose collaboration and camaraderie helped make this new incarnation of Sherlock Holmes possible.” – Robert Downey Jr., Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Sherlock Holmes

• “I am honored and thrilled that the Hollywood Foreign Press has recognized my work on Mad Men and placed me in such excellent company. I’d also like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Jones and to Matthew Weiner and the writers and producers for the recognition they’ve received as well. I’d also like to come up with something witty and off-the-cuff to add, but it’s so, so early out here, and I’m so, so tired.” – Jon Hamm, Best Actor in a TV Series for Mad Men

• “I am so honored and thrilled to be among the Golden Globe nominees this year. I am happy for everybody – particularly my friend Colin Firth!” – Julianne Moore, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for A Single Man

• “It is TRULY an honor just to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and I will cherish this moment with all the artists I have worked with behind the scenes who truly make me look good! Thank you very much.” – Sandra Bullock, Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for The Proposal and Best Actress in a Drama for The Blind Side

• “A hearty thank you to the members of the HFPA. I am delighted and very grateful to be included. Congratulations to all fellow nominees and eternal thanks to Rob Marshall.” – Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Nine

• “I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this tremendous honor. Congratulations to Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon on their nominations, and I extend my deepest gratitude to my producing partner Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of Invictus for their tireless work to make a film befitting of Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Playing Mandela was the greatest honor of my career, and I hope that I have done him proud.” – Morgan Freeman, Best Actor in a Drama for Invictus

• “I was just screaming and jumping up and down in my living room. I had to hear it and see it about five or six times until I actually believed that it was real. I still don t believe it’s real. I’m in such shock! It’s such a dream come true. It s something that I really didn’t think it was possible.” – Lea Michelle, Best Actress in a Television Series-Comedy or Musical for Glee

• “Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for making my mum cry in the grocery store. I’m honored and completely speechless.” – Carey Mulligan, Best Actress in a Drama for An Education

• “Prayers for Bobby is a project close to my heart, and it means so much to have the Hollywood Foreign Press acknowledge my work and the importance of this small but powerful film based on a true story.” – Sigourney Weaver, Best Actress in a TV mini-series for Prayers for Bobby

• “I feel so good! I’m so, so, so happy! I’m so happy for the movie and I’m so happy for all the people who worked so hard with us because this film really was an ensemble job that we all did. We can’t separate anyone from all these nominations This nomination is very special. It was my dream when I was a kid to do a musical, so already to be part of this adventure – especially with Rob Marshall who is a genius This [is] a dream that became true for me and a reality.” –Marion Cotillard, Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Nine

• “I have loved every moment of working on this show … and every person involved in the process It’s a true honor and thrill to also have been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press.” – Edie Falco, Best Actress in a Television Series for Nurse Jackie

• “It’s such an honor for the film to be nominated, especially considering the competition. I’m very proud for Wes [Anderson] and everyone who worked so hard to transform such a unique book into such a unique film.” – Jason Schwartzman, for Best Animated Film for Fantastic Mr. Fox. Schwartzman voices the character Ash in the film.