2010 GOLDEN GLOBES RECAP






Well, that was quite a memorable shindig. A lot of awards shows are incredibly boring.

This one wasn’t….

I had very minor differences with the way it all shook out. I wasn’t jazzed that Avatar won. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS was my personal choice. (Or, failing that, UP IN THE AIR.)

As far as DIRECTOR is concerned, I was hoping for QUENTIN or JASON in that order.

But other than that, it was rather fabulous.

Everything went like clockwork. But it was astonishingly entertaining as well. RICKY GERVAIS was an excellent host. His wicked British wit (which took no prisoners) was a welcome departure.

Surprisingly, many of the winners were actually people that I was rooting for: MERYL STREEP, JEFF BRIDGES, SANDRA BULLOCK, CHRISTOPH WALTZ…

I can’t recall any awards ceremony where so many of my first choices walked off with the gold.

I was ecstatic that MICHAEL C. HALL won. I’m horribly behind on my DEXTER viewing. But I’ve loved him since SIX FEET UNDER.

Saying that he’s the ultimate antihero on DEXTER is a bit of an understatement. But he’s so brilliant on that show.

Mo’NIQUE makes a very worthy BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS winner. It’s clear that she can not be denied. Wonderful speech.

I was very happy that JASON REITMAN and SHELDON TURNER won for their exceptional screenplay.

Very nice tribute to Mr. Scorsese as well.

And I really must say this. MERYL STREEP is every bit as extraordinary (in many cases, far more noteworthy) as any great woman she has ever portrayed.

She’s certainly proven that undeniable fact over the course of her amazing career.

I would’ve liked to have this finished a little sooner. Things take time. It’s difficult to prioritize.

But, at long last, it’s here. It was a really great night…

The science fiction blockbuster AVATAR won BEST DRAMA at THE GOLDEN GLOBES and picked up the directing honour for JAMES CAMERON last night, raising the Titanic filmmaker’s prospects for another ACADEMY AWARDS triumph.

It was a repeat of his GLOBES night 12 years ago, when Titanic won BEST DRAMA and the DIRECTOR prize on its way to dominating the OSCARS.

This time, though, instead of being King Of The World – as the Canadian born filmmaker declared at the OSCARS – he has become king of an alien landscape, elevating space fantasy to enormous critical acclaim.

JEFF BRIDGES won dramatic acting honours for the country music story CRAZY HEART.

The crowd gave a standing ovation to JEFF, a beloved veteran generally overlooked for key Hollywood honours.

“You’re really screwing up my underappreciated status here,” he remarked modestly.

The son of late actor LLOYD BRIDGES, JEFF thanked his father for encouraging him to go into show business.

“So glad I listened to you, dad.”

MERYL STREEP (like SANDRA BULLOCK) went home victorious.

In an interesting reversal of their usual genre territory, SANDRA won the GLOBE for DRAMATIC ACTRESS for THE BLIND SIDE. (She was also nominated for COMEDY ACTRESS for THE PROPOSAL.)

MERYL made history with her seventh career GLOBE win, triumphantly taking ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL) for JULIE & JULIA (and beating out her own performance in IT’S COMPLICATED).

SANDRA cited MICHAEL OHER, the Baltimore Ravens rookie lineperson whose life is the subject of THE BLIND SIDE. She plays a wealthy woman whose family took in the teenage MICHAEL after discovering he was homeless.

“If I may steal from Michael Oher, I may not be the most talented. But I’ve been given opportunity,” SANDRA commented at the podium.

MERYL stated: “I just want to say that in my long career, I’ve played so many extraordinary women that I’m getting mistaken for one. I’m very clear that I’m the vessel for other people’s stories and other people’s lives.”

The SUPPORTING ACTOR GLOBES were won by Mo’NIQUE as an abusive welfare mother in PRECIOUS and CHRISTOPH WALTZ as a gleefully bloodthirsty Nazi in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

THE GLOBES marked a dramatic turning point for Mo’NIQUE, who was mainly known for lowbrow comedy but startled audiences with her ferocious performance in PRECIOUS.

Mo’NIQUE had great praise for PRECIOUS director LEE DANIELS and newcomer GABOUREY SIDIBE, a BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS nominee at THE GLOBES with her first film role, playing Mo’NIQUE’S abused, illiterate daughter.

“Lee Daniels, the world gets a chance to see how brilliant you are. You are a brilliant, fearless, amazing director who would not waver – and thank you for trusting me.”

“To Gabby – sister, I am in awe of you. Thank you for letting me play with you.”

Mo’NIQUE closed her acceptance speech with a dedication to victims of abuse.

“I celebrate this award with every person that’s ever been touched. It’s now time to tell and it’s OK.”

CHRISTOPH WALTZ, a veteran Austrian actor who is a relative newcomer in Hollywood, won the SUPPORTING ACTOR GLOBE for QUENTIN TARANTINO’S INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

“A year and a half ago I was exposed to the gravitational forces of Quentin Tarantino. He took my modest little world, my globe, and with the power of his talent and his words and his vision, he flung it into its orbit – a dizzying experience.”

“Quentin made a big bang of a movie – and I wouldn’t have dared to dream that my little world, my globe, would be part of that constellation. And now you’ve made it golden.”

JASON REITMAN and SHELDON TURNER won the screenplay honour for UP IN THE AIR, which JASON also directed.

JASON said that the people he most wanted to thank were his parents, GENEVIEVE ROBERT and IVAN REITMAN. The elder Reitman was also a producer on the film.

“You taught me how to be the man that I am. You taught me to be the storyteller that I am. Dad, I’m so proud to share to this movie with you, to have credit together on this film, to produce with you. I hope we get to do many more. I love you. Thank you for everything.”

The foreign language honour went to THE WHITE RIBBON, a stark drama of guilt and suspicion set in a German town on the eve of the First World War.

MAD MEN won for BEST TV DRAMA.

MICHAEL C. HALL took home BEST ACTOR (DRAMA) for DEXTER, in which he plays a serial killer with a code of ethics, killing only other murderers.

MICHAEL’S publicists revealed this past week that he is being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that the cancer is in remission.

“It’s really a hell of a thing to go to work in a place where everybody gives a damn. That’s really the case with Dexter. It’s a dream job. I’m so grateful.”

DEXTER also won the SUPPORTING ACTOR TV honour for JOHN LITHGOW.

Other TV winners included JULIANNA MARGULIES as BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA) for THE GOOD WIFE and TONI COLLETTE as BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY) for THE UNITED STATES OF TARA.

The rain drenched red carpet was a rare sight for an awards show in sunny southern California, stars in their finery getting damp under umbrellas as storms swept the region.

The telecast got a makeover, featuring RICKY GERVAIS as master of ceremonies, the first time in 15 years the show had a host.

THE GLOBES are presented by THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION, a group of about 90 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets.

The show aired live on NBC.

THE WINNERS…

MOTION PICTURE

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA): AVATAR

BEST PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL): THE HANGOVER

ACTOR (DRAMA): JEFF BRIDGES – CRAZY HEART

ACTRESS (DRAMA): SANDRA BULLOCK – THE BLIND SIDE

DIRECTOR: JAMES CAMERON – AVATAR

ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL): ROBERT DOWNEY JR. – SHERLOCK HOLMES

ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL): MERYL STREEP – JULIE & JULIA

SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTOPH WALTZ – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’NIQUE – PRECIOUS

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: THE WHITE RIBBON

ANIMATED: UP

SCREENPLAY: JASON REITMAN & SHELDON TURNER – UP IN THE AIR

ORIGINAL SCORE: MICHAEL GIACCHINO – UP

ORIGINAL SONG: THE WEARY KIND – CRAZY HEART

TELEVISION

SERIES (DRAMA): MAD MEN

ACTOR (DRAMA): MICHAEL C. HALL – DEXTER

ACTRESS (DRAMA): JULIANNA MARGULIES – THE GOOD WIFE

SERIES (MUSICAL/COMEDY): GLEE

ACTOR (MUSICAL/COMEDY): ALEC BALDWIN – 30 ROCK

ACTRESS (MUSICAL/COMEDY): TONI COLLETTE – UNITED STATES OF TARA

MINISERIES/TV MOVIE: GREY GARDENS

ACTOR (MINSERIES/MOVIE): KEVIN BACON – TAKING CHANCE

ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MOVIE): DREW BARRYMORE – GREY GARDENS

SUPPORTING ACTOR (SERIES/MINISERIES/TV MOVIE): JOHN LITHGOW – DEXTER

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (SERIES/MINISERIES/TV MOVIE): CHLOE SEVIGNY – BIG LOVE

CECIL B. DE MILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MARTIN SCORSESE

MARTIN SCORSESE’S CECIL B. DE MILLE AWARD…

The finest line of ROBERT DE NIRO’S tribute to his favourite director may very well have been this: “I can’t help thinking if times were a bit different, how proud Cecil B. De Mille would have been to be honoured with the Martin Scorsese Award.”

Taking the stage to a standing ovation at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, the veteran filmmaker acknowledged that GOODFELLAS didn’t appear to have much in common with De Mille’s The Greatest Show On Earth.

“When I got to make my own films, no matter what they looked like, the over all intention was always to tap into the powerful cinematic experience that characterized a De Mille picture,” said Mr. Scorsese.

He applauded “the big show, the spectacular” of De Mille’s extravagant films, saying they were “the shared landscape of our childhood.”

Only MARTIN SCORSESE would turn such an award into a tribute to its namesake.

Mr. Scorsese is a well known film preservationist who helped release an acclaimed new copy of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 classic The Red Shoes this year. He founded THE FILM FOUNDATION in 1990 as a non profit organization dedicated to preserving films.

He thanked THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION, which puts on THE GOLDEN GLOBES, for its continued support and contributions to film preservation.

“As William Faulkner said, ‘The past is never dead. It is not even past.’ As far as I’m concerned, making films and preserving them are the same thing.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, who joined ROBERT DE NIRO in the introduction, called Mr. Scorsese “a master filmmaker and a generous, patient teacher,” whose name defines cinema.

MARTIN SCORSESE previously won two GOLDEN GLOBES for BEST DIRECTOR (THE DEPARTED and GANGS OF NEW YORK). He was nominated six other times.

Recent winners of the CECIL B. DE MILLE AWARD include STEVEN SPIELBERG in 2009, WARREN BEATTY in 2007 and ANTHONY HOPKINS in 2006.

FASHION…

Pink and purple gowns were the bright spots at the GOLDEN GLOBES as rain darkened the red carpet in Beverly Hills.

SANDRA BULLOCK led the way on this trend, with her brilliantly coloured orchid dress by Bottega Veneta. JANE KRAKOWSKI wore a one strap purple gown by J Mendel.

The other hot look was black, with HEATHER GRAHAM (who rocked a sleek pnytail with a gorgeous beaded ELIE SAAB gown) and LEA MICHELE finding a way to make a statement with their unique versions of this deep, dramatic, mysterious colour.

MERYL STREEP’S black dress even slid off her shoulder.

Mo’NIQUE pulled her hair up neatly and wore a simple gold strapless gown by REEM ACRA, letting her personality – and a 15 carat diamond bracelet by MARTIN KATZ – shine through.

KATE WINSLET sparkled in Yves Saint Laurent, wearing a midnight blue asymmetric strap dress with pearl and crystal embroidery.

Stars such as PAUL McCARTNEY, RICKY GERVAIS and ADRIAN GRENIER were eager to show off the red yellow and blue ribbons pinned to their handbags and lapels that were to remind each other as well as TV viewers of the plight being suffered by Haiti’s earthquake victims.

But the must have item of the night were the oversized red and white striped umbrellas stamped with The Beverly Hilton logo.

BACKSTAGE…

A reflective MERYL STREEP said that she had it easier establishing a career than today’s younger actors.

The legendary star, who won the BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY MOTION PICTURE AWARD for her portrayal of JULIA CHILD in JULIE & JULIA, noted that there was no such thing as a 24 hour news cycle when she was coming up in Hollywood.

“I think, for younger actresses, the scrutiny is very, very hard. The blogs where people comment on their weight and their appearance – endlessly tearing people down. That always happened, but it sort of happened in apartments and restaurants and you didn’t hear everybody’s opinion of you.”

And finally, some Random Quotes…

If you want attention, just sit next to Paul McCartney. I’ve never had so many texts in my life.JULIA ROBERTS, who presented the award for BEST DRAMA MOTION PICTURE.

People like how I write women. I could never write women if it wasn’t for my wife. You are the fuel to my creative fire, Michele. I love you. Thank you. – Writer/director JASON REITMAN, accepting the SCREENPLAY AWARD for his film UP IN THE AIR.

I am really honestly conflicted about how to have my happy movie self in the face of everything that I’m aware of in the real world. And I want to say that that’s when I have my mother’s voice coming to me, saying, ‘Partners In Health. Shoot some money to Partners In Health. Put the dress on, put on a smile and be damn grateful that you have the dollars to help.’ MERYL STREEP, accepting her BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL/COMEDY) AWARD for JULIE & JULIA

First, let me say, Thank you, God, for this amazing ride that you’re allowing me to go on. Mo’NIQUE, accepting her BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (MOTION PICTURE) AWARD.

I’ve had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months. – JOHN LITHGOW, accepting his BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (SERIES/MINISERIES/TV MOVIE) AWARD.

Let’s get on with it, before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno. GOLDEN GLOBES host RICKY GERVAIS, closing out his opening monologue.

2 Responses to “2010 GOLDEN GLOBES RECAP”

  1. and of course i didn’t watch.

    maybe these things are too social for me. maybe i just don’t care. oh i’m not one for tv anyway.

    not that i’m doing anything interesting or exciting…

  2. You should watch the GOLDEN GLOBES, glim.

    God, I love alliteration. It gets me tremendously hot…

    Anything can happen. I’ve heard some memorable speeches over the years.

    Two words: open bar.

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