Hugh Grant, Maria Bakalova react to Golden Globe nominations

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This image released by Amazon Studios shows Maria Bakalova, left, and Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best musical/comedy.(Amazon Studios via AP)

LOS ANGELES – Reactions from nominees for the the 78th Golden Globe Awards. All spoke to The Associated Press in phone or video interviews:

“I think this is the greatest day of my life.” — 12-year-old Helena Zengel, nominated for best supporting actress in a film for “News of the World.”

“I’ve been doing home-schooling with an 8-year-old and 5-year-old. Anyone who has been doing home-schooling for the better part of a year deserves some little boost in morale. If you want me to make you a paper snowflake I can make you a really beautiful one.” — Hugh Grant nominated for best actor in a limited series or movie for “The Undoing.”

“We’ve been praying, we’ve been hoping, we’ve been dreaming, but even in our wildest dreams we didn’t think something like this could happen to people from Eastern Europe.” — Maria Bakalova, who became the first Bulgarian Golden Globe nominee with her nod for best actress in a movie musical or comedy for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm."

“I feel like there are some hidden gifts in this difficult time. With the awards this year, I think some of the bigger films that might have been released this year or taken up a lot of an audience’s bandwidth got pushed so I think it’s an opportunity to shine a light on some smaller movies. I think you can always find the opportunity in the obstacle.” — Riz Ahmed, nominated for best actor in drama film for “Sound of Metal.”

“We were like midday in the middle of a scene. We were filming and going about our business and Tony McNamara, who’s the writer of our show, came down — he’s the creator genius — and was like ’Stop everything! We got nominated!! Elle did and Nick did. It just so took me by surprise.” — said Elle Fanning, who she spoke while in London filming season two of “The Great.” She's nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy TV series.

“It’s wonderful to be reminded there are other people out in the world, 'cause I haven’t seen anyone, just a few people at the grocery store." — Bob Odenkirk, nominated for best actor in a TV drama for “Better Call Saul," in a phone interview.

“This is a recognition of the Black population in the UK. This shows that anything is possible, no matter what background you’re from. Your stories are important. It can reach the world stage and be recognized and appreciated.” — Steve McQueen, director of “Small Axe,” nominated for best limited series or TV movie.