Amy Schumer, Lady Gaga & More Share Our Favorite Reactions to 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

by Stacy Lambe 8:44 AM PST, December 10, 2015
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With awards season officially under way, Hollywood is gearing up for another year of surprises -- and they're reacting the best way possible.

Following the announcement of the nominees for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, Amy Schumer, Lady Gaga, Will Smith and many more could not contain their excitement. And who could blame them?

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After winning six GRAMMY awards, Gaga picked up her first acting nomination for her turn as the murdering vampire in American Horror Story: Hotel. "I apologize to my neighbors I'm still screaming in my apt in NY," she tweeted. "I'm nominated as an actress for a Golden Globe what a dream is this real!"

Amy Schumer, who also earned her first Golden Globe nomination for Trainwreck, reacted in typical Schumer fashion: with a throwback photo. "Me with my first globe predicting this moment," she joked on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo, star of Infinitely Polar Bear, simply seemed shocked to be among the list of men up for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. "No way," he tweeted.

Jamie Lee Curtisfound herself mixed with emotions, thanks to a foot injury and a nomination all in a day. "As I am recovering from foot surgery, you could call this morning the agony and the ecstasy," she told ET. "[I am] thrilled to represent for the crew, the [Scream Queen] squad of talented youngins and our writers Ryan, Brad and Ian. This has been a wonderful, creative year and this a nice way to keep it going!"

Lee Daniels, creator and director of Empire, was humbled by the series' two nominations and gave a shout-out to his star Taraji P. Henson, who continues to be recognized for her role as Cookie Lyons. "And Taraji, yes God! Thank you for breathing life into Cookie," he told ET. "Again so humbled and honored."

Also seemingly unable to contain his excitement was screenwriter Charles Randolph, who was awoken by the news that The Big Short, starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, had picked up four nominations. "Rarely in life do you go from dead asleep to jumping up and down in seconds," he told ET of the film's nominations, including Best Screenplay. "It's like Christmas when you're ten. I'm beyond thrilled the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has embraced such an unusual and important film."

Randolph wasn't the only one woken up by good news. "I generally frown upon being slapped and awakened by my wife screaming at me at 5:30 in the morning, but when she's ecstatic I make an exception," Will Smith joked with ET about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The actor is up for his role in Concussion, a hard look at the health dangers plaguing the NFL.

Paul Dano, who was recognized for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, had to thank the Beach Boys musician for the honor. "WOW! Amazing. Touched. Humbled. Thrilled. One of the great honors and pleasures of my life to know Brian Wilson," Dano said, adding: "He has made me and so many others SMILE with his music and spirit."

Wilson responded in kind, sending a "huge hug" to Dano before going back to bed. "My life, my love, my Melinda -- God only knows what I'd be without her. She was the inspiration for 'One Kind of Love' and just woke me to tell me the song has been nominated for a Golden Globe -- my mind is blown," he said. "I'm now going back to bed for some sweet, sweet dreams."

While most of the reactions were celebratory, rapper Wiz Khalifa took the time to remember Paul Walker, who died tragically in 2013 before Furious 7 could be completed. "We aimed to write something that truly honored the legacy of Paul Walker and are humbled it has touched so many people," he and singer Charlie Puth said in a joint statement to ET after learning their song, "See You Again," was nominated for Best Original Song. Of course, the rapper then tweeted he planned to "be high on so many red carpets next year."

The 2016 Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.