Not a bad wakeup call! Wednesday, Dec. 11, was a very good morning for stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Jim Parsons, Kerry Washington, and Matthew McConaughey. They were among those announced as nominees for the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards, which honor outstanding performances in TV and film.
In the hours after the big reveal, Us Weekly got reactions from Lawrence, Parsons, Washington, and others about their nominations.
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle: "Wow. Such great news. Congratulations to the other nominees and to my fellow cast members for the film's ensemble nomination."
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory: "Thank you to the Screen Actors Guild for the most wonderful wake-up call this morning! It’s an enormous honor to be recognized by your fellow actors. It is especially meaningful to be nominated alongside the rest of the Big Bang cast, an incredible group of people to work with every day for the last seven years. The way our characters have been embraced by audiences is a testament to the genius writing behind Big Bang."
Kerry Washington, Scandal: "I am truly grateful and proud to be a member of SAG/AFTRA and to be acknowledged by my peers in this way is an enormous honor."
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club: "So solid and gratifying to have this recognition from my fellow actors. Cheers to what we get to do: depict humanity and ride this wild bull called acting. With thanks and respect, I'm honored with this nomination."
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County: "This is such an exciting morning for me and my remarkable cast mates. For all of us to be recognized by our peers in the Screen Actors Guild is a lovely honor."
Judi Dench, Philomena: "I'm very proud to be nominated and with such remarkable fellow actors."
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips: "I'm delighted and congratulations to my fellow nominees."
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory: "SAG is an organization of my peers. It's actors voting and actors nominating and that makes it such a huge honor. The politics of the Emmys are so complicated and the voters are not all actors, but to be acknowledged by actors is the biggest compliment of all...I am so happy for Jim and for our show, but it’s extra special amazing insane to be a nominee along with Jim and our show. It’s very special. And it’s insane!"
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County: "I am so grateful for this honor, grateful for everything this profession has given me, and thankful for the generosity of the actors with whom I worked this year on August Osage County. It was a privilege to be a part of this splendid group."
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels' The Butler: "It is a huge honor to be nominated by my peers at SAG. This role resonated deeply with me and it was a privilege to bring it to life on the screen. I am thrilled for our entire cast of Lee Daniels' The Butler and also for the recognition of Oprah's powerful performance. Congratulations to all of the nominees!"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave: "I couldn't be more thrilled and grateful to the Screen Actors Guild for this nomination. To be recognised for a project that I feel so passionately about means a huge amount to me. For this recognition to be from my peers, makes it even more poignant."
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks: "It's a special thrill to be nominated by other actors and this movie was a pure joy to make."