Nikki Blonsky said it was "like a crazy Christmas morning," watching news of her Golden Globe nomination on television while snow fell outside her Toronto hotel window.
"I woke up my family and we huddled around the TV," the Great Neck teen said Thursday from the Canadian city, where she was rehearsing with a vocal coach for an upcoming concert. Her family was along for the trip.
"I wanted to be with them whether it was good news or bad news," said Blonsky, 19, who was recognized for her star turn as a chubby but confident Baltimore teen in the movie-musical. The film grossed nearly $200 million worldwide.
The nomination was one of three bestowed on "Hairspray" yesterday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which will present the Golden Globes on Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills.
"Hairspray" also was tagged as a candidate for top comedy or musical; co-star John Travolta was among the supporting actor nominees for his drag role as Edna Turnbland, mother to Blonsky's Tracy.
Travolta was among the first of her "Hairspray" co-stars to phone with congratulations yesterday, Blonsky said. She also heard from the film's producers and her cinematic love interest, Zac Efron.
"He said, 'I bet you're crying,' and I said, 'I think I'm flying,'" Blonsky said.
Blonsky was a successful local talent working at a Great Neck ice cream parlor when she was cast in the film in 2006.
Her Golden Globe nomination, for best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy motion picture, pits her against tough Tinseltown competition, including Helena Bonham Carter ("Sweeney Todd") and Amy Adams ("Enchanted").
Blonsky is in Toronto with her parents, Karen and Carl, and brother Joey while she rehearses for an upcoming concert with the Turtle Creek Chorale, a Dallas men's choir.
Next up for Nikki: "Queen Sized," a TV film about an overweight girl elected as her school's homecoming queen. It airs on Lifetime on Jan. 12.