2014 Golden Globes nominees react: Matthew McConaughey, Taylor Schilling, Jared Leto, Tatiana Maslany, and more

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The 2014 Golden Globe Awards nominees were announced on Thursday (Dec. 12), and while we are delighted by a few surprise nods and shaking our fists over some huge snubs, the stars who did earn noms spent their day reacting to their good news. Check out what the stars are saying about their nominations:

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Matthew McConaughey, Best Leading Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for "Dallas Buyers Club"

"I'm excited and honored that the HFPA has recognized my performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club," McConaughey says in a statement. "Ron Woodroof was a revolutionary for the human spirit, and I was blessed to tell his story. I'm looking forward to spending the evening at the Golden Globes on January 12th."

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Taylor Schilling, Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for "Orange Is the New Black"

"This is a pretty great day! I feel so lucky to go to work and get paid for this job -- I love it so much. Yes, it's a lot of hard work, but also a lot of luck," Schilling tells THR. "Is our show a comedy or drama? The answer from me -- I'm just an actor -- is that I'm just one small part in making something happen, no different. When a story is written in an emotionally intelligent way, so deeply connected with so much emotional logic, there's nothing I can do other than tell the story. It doesn't really matter, from my perspective. It's kind of up to other people craft tone of the show! Wherever Piper is in that moment, I don't have to try to be anything else. My part is to let the story filter through my aperture. I'm the lucky girl. I'm celebrating my seeing some friends this afternoon and tonight. And then there's the planning for my dress ... If I wear orange to the Globes, you'll know I've been kidnapped and held against my will."

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Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for "Dallas Buyers Club"

"This is absolutely incredible. I want to thank the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for shining a light on 'Dallas Buyers Club' and for celebrating independent cinema," Leto says. "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."

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Tatiana Maslany, Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for "Orphan Black"

"It was really shocking. But awesome, exciting. It's incredible. It's a huge, huge, huge honor for me," Maslany tells TVLine. "The women in my category, I'm in total awe of them. I just feel really honored. Baffled and honored. I'm going to go to set and I'm going to eat a muffin or something. [Laughs] I have a coffee here right now, so that'll be my celebration."

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy, for "Veep" and Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy for "Enough Said"

"No s***, it's a been a crazy few days! The whole thing is so bizarre, head-spinny and skin-pinchy," Louis-Dreyfus tells THR. "I've just been told that Helen Mirren and Judi Dench are the only others to receive TV and film nominations in the same year. I'm not complaining! I think 'Enough Said' exceeded everyone's expectations. And making this movie, the work of it, was very life-changing for me. Working on these characters with Nicole [Holofcenter] and Jim [Gandolfini] was exceptional and triumphant. To have these accolades too is beyond wildest dreams. When you pour your heart and soul into something as an actor, and it's appreciated, it's truly a great feeling. And I just left London, where I'd been filming 'Veep.' [Creator Armando Ianucci] has been emailing me today to congratulate me. It's a been a pretty wonderful week!"

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Kerry Washington, Best Actress in a TV series, Drama, for "Scandal"

"I'm enormously grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor," Washington tells EW. "It's humbling to be nominated alongside such talented and hard-working women whose work inspires me."

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Amy Poehler, Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical, for "Parks and Recreation"

"I am so thrilled to be able to celebrate with the good people of 'Parks and Recreation,'" Poehler tells TVLine. "The best cast in Comedy, Drama, Broadway and Short Foreign Documentary Film."

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Monica Potter, Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, for "Parenthood"

"I was getting ready to go downtown this morning to get some flowers, really early. I got up and went to the kitchen and saw that I'd gotten a text from Billy Bush saying 'Congrats!' Then I looked online and the nominations had been posted," Potter tells THR. "I hadn't had my coffee yet, my eyes were blurry, I looked at the site. Did they say my name?? I went and woke up my husband -- I think he thought someone was breaking into the house -- and I asked him, 'What does it say?' His eyes filled with tears. It was one of those moments where we thought, 'This is the coolest thing.' Today is the 10-year anniversary of when we met. We're going to Disney on Ice tonight to celebrate. It's weird, I've always loved the HFPA. In some weird way, I feel like I fit in with them. I find them so entertaining. I'm just so excited. I feel like the boy in the plastic bubble! Everything is hazy. Seriously, what's going on???"

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Helena Bonham Carter, Best Actress, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for "Burton and Taylor"

"I'm thrilled to receive a nomination for 'Burton and Taylor,'" Bonham Carter tells EW. "But I couldn't have done it without Dominic West or Elizabeth Taylor so I'm accepting the honor on their behalf."

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Don Cheadle, Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy, for "House of Lies"

"At first I thought it was Golden Grahams, like the cereal," Cheadle jokes to THR. "If there's a prize of lifetime cereal, I'll take that too. It feels nice to have the recognition that this hopefully brings, not just to me, but to the show."

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Hayden Panettiere, Best Supporting Actress in a Series, TV Movie or Miniseries, for "Nashville"

"I have loved working with [series creator] Callie Khouri and the extraordinary cast and crew of 'Nashville,'" Panettiere tells TVLine. "Juliette Barnes is such an amazing character to take on and I am truly honored to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. It's been an incredible morning!"

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Michael Sheen, Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama, for "Masters of Sex"

"I feel like any one individual nomination is a reflection of the work of everybody, but I'm very pleased that I get to be the one to represent," Sheen tells THR.

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