Now that the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the 71st Golden Globe Awards nominations, award season is officially underway as the actors begin their journey towards a hopeful gold statuette on January 12th. Of the many nominations, stars including—Zooey Deschanel, Kerry Washington, and Lena Dunham— have already taken to Twitter to express their gratitude, while nominees Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (both received a nod for Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club) spoke out about their nominations. “I’m excited and honored that the HFPA has recognized my performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof was a revolutionary for the human spirit, and I was blessed to tell his story,” McConaughy said in a statement. Leto added, “I’m blown away by this Golden Globe Award nomination and so thankful to the incredible filmmakers for inviting me to help bring a fascinating story to the screen. This has been an unforgettable experience and I’m so very grateful to you all.” Scroll down to see what the rest of the nominees and their friends had to say!

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Golden Globes 2013

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