Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


    Sam Rockwell

    SAM ROCKWELL:  Yeah baby.  Wow.  Woo.  Man, forgive me.  I’m a little excited so I may need this piece of paper and I may need some Imodium.

    I’m very grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press.  Thank you to everybody at Fox Searchlight for your hard work.

    Martin, Frances, we did a good thing here.  I’ve been in a lot of indies and it’s nice to be in a movie that people see, you know?


    So thanks to everyone who worked on this film, from our costume designer, Melissa, to Peter and Graham, our producers.  It’s an amazing cast, a very generous Woody Harrelson.

    Martin McDonagh ‑‑ I’m shaking.  My hands are shaking.  I am forever grateful to you for this amazing part.  Where are you, Martin?  Every actor knows to say great words is a blessing, and these are such beautiful words.  You’re such an actor, friendly director.  Thanks for not being a dick.  Thanks.

    Frances McDormand, I’ve said it before ‑‑ you’re a badass.  You’re a force of nature.  And it was really fun to be your sparring partner, and thanks for making me a better actor.

    To everyone, to Jason Weinberg, Alise, Liz Mahoney, my acting coach for 20 years, Tera Nickerbocker, my acting teacher William Esberg, Liz Hamelstein, the dialect coach to the stars, my hilarious and beautiful Leslie Bibb, who makes me laugh when I’m taking myself too seriously, which I do a lot.

    So this movie’s about compassion, and I think we need some of that these days.  Thanks a lot.


    Backstage interview:

    SAM ROCKWELL: Thanks, man. Hey everybody. How is it going? What’s happening?

    Q My question comes from the fans of the HFPA Facebook.

    SAM ROCKWELL: Okay. Lay it on me.

    Q Yes. So the first question would be: Who were you looking forward to seeing tonight here?

    SAM ROCKWELL: You know, I’ve already seen so many beautiful and fellow actors, you know. Isabella Huppert, Jude Law, I saw them in the bathroom, Ewan McGregor. It’s pretty stellar seeing all of the fellows. Can I just say I forgot to thank my fellow nominees up there on the stage. So I want to just thank them and tell — say that I’m really honored and humbled to be in their company. So thanks.

    Q For you, what was the hardest part?

    SAM ROCKWELL: What’s that?

    Q What was the hardest scene or part about this?

    SAM ROCKWELL: You know, it was all really fun. I think the only — the logistics of making a movie are strange sometimes. Sometimes you get sick because you are working long hours, you know, stuff like that. There’s a lot — we did the scene with the fire, and there’s a lot of smoke, and so a lot of us got sick. Abbie Cornish, she had some bad allergies. It’s little things like that you lose in the light, but the actual acting of it was really fun.

    Q Thank you.

    SAM ROCKWELL: Yeah, thanks. Yeah.

    Q Do you think that making a movie like the kid where somebody kind of takes justice into their own hands or tries to move for justice?

    SAM ROCKWELL: I missed the first part of that. Do you think that what?

    Q Well, do you think that making this movie as you did about someone who really pursues justice relentlessly, how do you think that plays against today’s political climate?

    SAM ROCKWELL: Well, I think taking justice into your own hands — many with, I think this is a fictional movie, you know, and it’s more like a Western. If we all behave like people in Westerns, we’d all be arrested. So you can’t do that. But it’s a fantasy, you know. It’s a little — it’s sort of a Western fairytale, I guess. Yes. Yes. Yes. And anybody else? I just want to thank my agent, Rhonda Price.

    Q Could I ask you, you are wearing all black. You are wearing all black tonight. I’m guessing maybe normally you would not wear a black shirt?


    Q Will you tell us why you decided to join the women in this room tonight?

    SAM ROCKWELL: I guess because it’s really powerful that women feel empowered to say something. I think they deserve that. I think the rest of us should just listen, you know. Yeah.

    Q Sam, what else can men in this industry do? Obviously, women came together in a major way?


    Q What else can men do in this industry to help really create sustaining, long-lasting change?

    SAM ROCKWELL: You know, I don’t really know the answer to that, but I suppose — I think really the issue is bullying. I think people have to stop being bullies, you know. I think that’s really what it comes down to. I think it starts with compassion and not being a bully.

    Q Do you think it requires, like, kind of an in-depth look because I’ve read somewhere that you’ve got to really look inside yourself, everybody, not just men?


    Q Kind of take a deep look?

    SAM ROCKWELL: I do, and I think this is — I think that’s what we’ve all been doing since this happened is taking a big, deep look into ourselves. Yeah, yeah, for sure. Yeah.

    Q Thank you. SAM ROCKWELL: Yeah. Q Sam, over on your left?

    SAM ROCKWELL: Yeah. Yes.

    Q What does he do that other writers and actors aren’t doing?

    SAM ROCKWELL: He’s just really — he’s a genius. He’s up there with Tarantino and David Mamet and Tennessee Williams and everybody, you know, all of those greats. He’s Sam Shepherd. He’s one of the greats. Yeah.

    Q Sam, congratulations.

    SAM ROCKWELL: Thanks.

    Q What is next for you?

    SAM ROCKWELL: Just trying to, you know, get my head straight and think about the next thing. Where are you? Oh, there you are. Yeah, just kind of get my head straight and think about the next thing. Thank you.

    Q Sam, we had a lot of service members watching the Golden Globes overseas. Do you have any messages for them?

    SAM ROCKWELL: What’s that?

    Q We have a lot of service members watching the Golden Globes overseas. Do you have a message for them?

    SAM ROCKWELL: Hang in there, man. Hang in there, and stay safe.

    Q Thank you. After winning all of these awards, how do you stay motivated to keep doing better?

    SAM ROCKWELL: You know, I think downtime is important, refuel the battery, you know, and kind of rethink everything, you know, and then keep working. Yeah. Yeah. Thank you very much.


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