Golden Globes: The Winners' Reactions

Debbie Emery
The Hollywood Reporter

Immediately after being played off the awards show stage at the Beverly Hilton, Sunday night's Golden Globe winners shared their sentiments about their latest honor with the press.

Jennifer Lawrence, who won for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle, said she's still overwhelmed by all the awards attention. "It’s kind of unbelievable, really genuinely unbelievable, I can’t process it. It’s just a huge honor. It’s just amazing."

Lawrence, who worked with director David O. Russell on Silver Linings Playbook, said that it was the opportunity to work with him again that got her interested in the project. "Before I even read the script, I knew I wanted to do it. Then I read the script and I fell in love with Rosalyn. She just kept evolving and it was just so exciting for me."

The actress was asked if she’d ever like to do work behind the camera, and surprisingly revealed she’s interested in directing some day. "My passion for directing happened at the same time as I did my first movie. So I would love to direct, but I don’t want to suck."

When asked what her plans were to celebrate tonight, Lawrence said: “I need to catch up on my drinking. That’s not a good answer," she admitted. 

Elisabeth Moss, who won for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie was greeted backstage by several reporters curious about her take on Mad Men's notorious lack of acting wins.

"It's one of those things where I would not presume to answer," she said. "I don't know how it works. Jon [Hamm] won (a Globe), which was deserved. It's an ensemble show. I don't know why anyone wins, necessarily, though I'm glad I did this year."

As for her own victory, Moss continued to praise her mother. "I was so proud I didn't cry up there," she said. "Now I'm going to be an idiot...  She's a wonderful woman and a wonderful mother. " When asked about her immediate plans for her trophy, Moss said she's probably going to sleep with it.

Executive producer Jerry Weintraub recounted the long road it took for Behind the Candelabra to get to the screen after the HBO telepic took home the Golden Globe for best TV miniseries or movie on Sunday. "I do stuff that nobody else does. This was something nobody wanted to do, it took me 10 or 11 years to put this together and after I did, I still couldn't find a home for it," he said.

The prolific producer, who has an overall deal at HBO, was approached by the premium cable network to bring the Michael Douglas-Matt Damon project there but hesitated before saying yes. The turning point came after HBO said that they'd produce three TV movies during the year rather than their typical five and the rest was history. Asked how Liberace would have felt about the movie, Weintraub was all smiles about the man he calls a friend. "He would have loved every minute of it," he said. 

When Jacqueline Bisset went backstage to talk to reporters after winning for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries, or TV movie, for Dancing on the Edge, she said she couldn’t even remember what she had just said (and didn’t say) onstage. "I was told that my category was coming up second from last, so I was absolutely stunned," she told reporters. "I didn’t think I was going to win. Did it take forever? I saw Jon Voight on the way there, and got a kiss from him, which was lovely."

The actress said that she doesn’t often get emotional like she did while onstage. "I don’t get emotional that much. I got my control pretty in place. This surprised me enormously… Of course I’m deeply emotional, but I try not to put it out there because it’s embarrassing to some people. And it inhibits other people’s feelings, so I try to keep it together." As for the reason she won for her role in Dancing on the Edge? "I think the fact that I completely transformed myself physically has something to do with it."

Backstage after winning for best song for "Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2’s Bono told reporters about the time he spent with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. “The one that is probably most powerful was to be, myself and the Edge, with the great man on Robben Island, and hearing his voice crack as he spoke about his experiences spending so much time on that island. He’s so stoic and so kind of, dismissive of his own pain, the first moment in our entire relationship where I saw him almost lose it.” Bono also had glowing things to say about producer Harvey Weinstein, who he said he had worked with early on in his career. “He fights for the things he believes in,” he said. “It’s brute force, and it’s intelligent and it’s taste.” The Edge revealed that the group had put their next album on hold to work on the song. “We’re getting back to it now. We’re really excited.”

Alex Ebert, the winner of Best Original Score – Motion Picture for All Is Lost said of his award,"For a songwriter, it was very, very liberating to do a score."  He told reporters backstage that he wants to make movies, and is currently writing screenplays. "I think movies are still the most powerful form of recorded art." When asked about writing the score for the film, which has nearly no dialogue, he admitted that the process was “a little harrowing.

"The feeling was really just setting foot into a negative space because I started writing before I saw the movie." He was also asked about the difference between winning an award at the Globes versus a music awards show such as the Grammys. "I think the composing category is less filtered through a framework of fame and glitz," he said of the Globes. "It’s less a popularity contest. It’s got a lot of integrity, this category."