Sci-fi drama's showrunners react to those three nominations

By James Hibberd
December 28, 2016 at 04:29 AM EST

Westworld scored big on Monday, scooping up three Golden Globe nominations for the show’s debut season on HBO, earning nods for best actress (Evan Rachel Wood), supporting actress (Thandie Newton) and a coveted best drama series slot. 

Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy say they managed to sleep through the early morning announcement but were “ecstatic” once they brought themselves back online. “Those ladies in particular, and our entire cast, have worked so hard and were so generous and fearless and transcendent with their performances, it’s a thrill to see them recognized,” Nolan told EW.

It was surprising to Globes prognosticators, however, that Westworld star Anthony Hopkins didn’t crack the competitive best male actor category. Nolan expressed hope the Oscar winner might get some love during Emmy season next year. “It would be great to see Tony get some recognition for his work,” he said. “We thought his performance was incredible. We’ll be hoping for that in the next round.” 

The series nomination puts Westworld in competition against two other sci-fi/fantasy shows, Netflix’s breakout Stranger Things and Emmy favorite Game of Thrones. The latter is a particularly interesting face-off as Thrones is also on HBO and has been cited many times by the Westworld showrunners as a world-building inspiration for their series. So what’s it like competing against one of their own major influences?

“You don’t ‘compete’ against Game of Thrones so much as be happy you’re in the same conversation,” Nolan said. “That’s a magnificent show and we’re thrilled and flattered to be in the same conversation.” 

As long as Stranger Things doesn’t win, right? 

Replied Joy: “That’s the thing about this year, I’m a fangirl of all the nominees. I’m friends with a lot of people on these shows and it’s just thrilling to see so much great content out there. As a TV watcher, what more could I possibly want? 

Westworld recently concluded its first season on HBO and is expected to return in 2018. For more Globes news, see the complete list of nominations here, and check out complete snubs rundown.