Ahead of the 76th annual Golden Globes awards, creators and stars gathered on the red carpet to discuss the work they've done over the past year in film and TV.
First up, chatting with E!’s Ryan Seacrest, Thandie Newton revealed that she signed up for HBO’s Westworld before even reading a script. Newton—who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television—said that she was sold on the sci-fi series by the amount of talent behind the camera, mainly showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (brother of Christopher Nolan).
“I knew it was gonna be an exceptional show … I’m so thrilled, it’s just going from strength to strength,” stated the actress, who plays Maeve, an android (known as a “Host” on the show) who gains sentience and begins to rebel against her human creators.
Based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, Westworld takes place in a futuristic theme park that simulates the Old American West. Much like Crichton’s Jurassic Park, the show explores the Promethean dangers of science and how it can take a negative turn on mankind. Not long after the Season 2 finale back in June, HBO renewed Westworld for a third season, adding Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) to an all-star cast that already includes Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Ed Harris, and Jimmi Simpson.
Next up, director Ryan Coogler was on the official Golden Globes Red Carpet Pre-Show to speak about the impact Black Panther, which is nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, has made.
Coogler, who said he's "not a social media person," said he received a lot of praise in person for the work he did on the MCU epic, but said the most rewarding thing he saw online was how much the film resonated with children the world over.
"I'd definitely say it's the kids dressing up, that's always been emotional," Coogler explained. "That's what you don't expect. I used to do that when I was young, so seeing that is always special."
Black Panther is also up for two more Golden Globes. Ludwig Göransson is on deck for Best Original Score, and the Kendrick Lamar/SZA collaboration "All the Stars" is up for Best Original Song.
Elisabeth Moss, who scored her second Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series nomination for The Handmaid's Tale, said that she wasn't under as much pressure the second time around. Especially since she won for her portrayal of Offred last year.
While she was casual about the possibility of her second Golden Globe, she did reveal a hint about Jordan Peele's upcoming horror flick, Us.
"It was honestly so much fun," said Moss. "Jordan's such an incredible director, it just became about who could scare him the most, who could do the weirdest, craziest, scariest thing."
Along with Moss, Yvonne Strahovski is nominated for Best Supporting Performance by an Actress in the Hulu series. Us, meanwhile, will hit theaters March 15.
In another instance, Emily Blunt (up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy) talked about how she prepared for the role of Britain’s most magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns. It couldn’t have been easy, acting in the shadow of Julie Andrews’ iconic 1964 performance, but Blunt simply went to the source material by Poppins author P.L. Travers.
“I just found [the character] so delicious to play,” said the actress. “I just like the joy take over the fear of it. It was a bit daunting, and then you read the books, and she’s so incredible and eccentric and weird and magical. I just sort of read the books and made her my own from there.”
Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns (set 20 years after the original) is also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
“It’s not a sequel, it’s more like an homage to the original," added Dick Van Dyke, who starred as the chimney sweep, Burt, in the original film and cameos in the new movie.