2011 GOLDEN GLOBES RECAP










Well, it was a pretty good night.

I know what RICKY GERVAIS said. But I really do hope he hosts again next year. He was hilarious. He smacked down whoever needed to be (with his elegant bracing wit) and just had fun with everyone else.

Well done, Mr. Gervais.

I wish that clip of RED had gone on a little longer, though. I was just getting into it…

Acceptance speeches? They were wonderful right across the board. My favourites were the ones given by: ANNETTE BENING, PAUL GIAMATTI, AARON SORKIN, AL PACINO, COLIN FIRTH and ROBERT DE NIRO.

I was also thrilled beyond measure to see JANE LYNCH, NATALIE PORTMAN and CHRISTIAN BALE win.

So I assume a good time was had by almost everyone? Seems to be the prevailing theme…

The Facebook tale THE SOCIAL NETWORK won top honours Sunday at THE GOLDEN GLOBES with four prizes, including MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA) and BEST DIRECTOR, solidifying its prospects as an ACADEMY AWARDS favourite.

Winning the dramatic lead acting prizes were COLIN FIRTH for the British monarchy saga THE KING’S SPEECH and NATALIE PORTMAN for the psychosexual thriller BLACK SWAN.

Lead acting honours for the Globes’ musical or comedy categories went to ANNETTE BENING for the lesbian family story THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT and PAUL GIAMATTI for the curmudgeon tale BARNEY’S VERSION.

The boxing drama THE FIGHTER earned both supporting acting Globes, for CHRISTIAN BALE and MELISSA LEO.

DAVID FINCHER, directing winner for THE SOCIAL NETWORK, said he thought it was strange when the script came to him, since he usually makes dark character studies about misanthropes or films about serial killers.

“I’m personally loath to acknowledge the kind of wonderful response this film has received for fear of becoming addicted to it. So suffice to say, it’s been really nice.”

AARON SORKIN, creator of TV’s THE WEST WING, had kind words for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by JESSE EISENBERG in THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

“Mark Zuckerberg, if you’re watching, Rooney Mara makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie. She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a great visionary and an incredible altruist.”

While THE SOCIAL NETWORK dominated, it was a night with something for almost everybody, as most key films came away with prizes.

NATALIE PORTMAN’S win as a ballerina coming unhinged in the middle of a production of SWAN LAKE sets her on the path for a two woman showdown for BEST ACTRESS at the FEBRUARY 27 OSCARS with ANNETTE BENING, who won for her role as a stern lesbian mom in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, which also was named BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL FILM.

“I’m very proud to be a part of this very special film about two women who are deeply in love and try to keep their family together,” ANNETTE remarked.

“My partner Julianne Moore…I have to thank first. She asked me to do the picture with her. She made it possible for us to shoot it where we shot it, when we did, so Julianne — you are a class act, thank you.”

CHRISTIAN BALE, who won for his role as a former boxer whose career unravelled with the influences of drugs and crime, thanked his collaborators on THE FIGHTER, among them director DAVID O. RUSSELL and star/producer MARK WAHLBERG, who plays boxer MICKY WARD to CHRISTIAN’S DICKY EKLUND, the former’s older half brother.

“I’ve really got to give a shout out to Mark, because he drove this whole movie and you can only give a loud performance like the one I gave when you have a quiet anchor and a stoic character,” CHRISTIAN said.

“I’ve played that one many times and it never gets any notice.”

MELISSA LEO, who portrayed the domineering mother of CHRISTIAN’S and MARK’S characters, had effusive words for all of her costars — along with her own mother and other ancestors.

“Here in Southern California, home of my mother, her mother, her mother before her — Look Mom, I got a Golden Globe! Mark Wahlberg, you are a prince. You are amazing. It was so beautiful to play your mother.”

ROBERT DE NIRO received the CECIL B. DE MILLE AWARD for career achievement.

The usually taciturn Mr. De Niro gave an uncharacteristically interesting acceptance speech, making jokes about members of the HFPA being deported (along with most of the waiters working the event) and suggesting that most people in the room hadn’t seen a lot of the films he was proud of, including STONE, MARVIN’S ROOM and STANLEY & IRIS.

“Some of you would be seeing them for the first time. You didn’t even watch the screeners, did you?” Mr. De Niro said.

(Actually, I have seen the latter two. They’re lovely understated films and he’s absolutely fantastic in them. As always…)

With numerous exceptions, ROBERT DE NIRO’s filmography has generally been divided between early drama and late comedy. In accepting his award, he leaned heavily on the latter.

Rather than tout accomplishments such as his performances in THE GODFATHER PART II or GOODFELLAS, Mr. De Niro joked that some of his less acclaimed films were missing from the introductory reel.

“All of them are like my children,” he said of his movies, using the old cliche. After a beat, he added that the exception was his kids can’t be remade in 3D to increase grosses.

He even guessed that the HFPA might not have chosen him for the award had they first had the opportunity to screen LITTLE FOCKERS. Those MEET THE PARENTS movies — along with 1999’s ANALYZE THAT — revealed the legendary actor’s comedic chops, which frequently leaned on satirizing his serious, intimidating presence.

But, of course, even if THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS had first seen LITTLE FOCKERS, ROBERT DE NIRO was an easy, unquestionable choice for the honour, which has previously gone to BARBRA STREISAND, AL PACINO, STEVEN SPIELBERG and MICHAEL DOUGLAS .

After all, such awards have become somewhat old hat for the actor.

Just last year, he was on the same podium presenting MARTIN SCORSESE with the CECIL B. DE MILLE AWARD. He joked that after 20 years of making movies together, the two had spent the last decade presenting each other with accolades.

Like Mr. Scorsese, Mr. De Niro is still thoroughly involved in moviemaking. Among his many projects awaiting release is an action film, THE KILLER ELITE, a thriller called THE DARK FIELDS and a planned biography of the great football coach Vince Lombardi.

ROBERT DE NIRO has become increasingly prominent behind the scenes as well. Aside from occasionally directing and frequently producing, the media company TRIBECA ENTERPRISES, which he cofounded, runs THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL. The company’s forward looking distribution partner TRIBECA FILM started an initiative last year to get independent films to viewers by way of video on demand and other platforms.

THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL — established 10 years ago to revitalize Mr. De Niro’s New York neighbourhood in the wake of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks — won’t be his only festival this year, either. He’s set to head the jury at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL in May.

It’s a remarkable arc for Mr. De Niro, who began by playing roguish, violent outsiders in classic films and yet has established himself as a savvy insider and entrepreneur, with ventures including upscale restaurants and the luxurious GREENWICH HOTEL.

ROBERT DE NIRO was born in NYC and studied at THE STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY and LEE STRASBERG’S ACTORS STUDIO, a schooling that trained him in method acting. His film career began briskly and he quickly fell in with MARTIN SCORSESE, beginning with 1973’s MEAN STREETS.

It was the start of one of the most famous director/actor combos in movie history, leading to films including RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, CASINO and THE KING OF COMEDY.

After MEAN STREETS, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S THE GODFATHER PART II soon followed, for which Mr. De Niro won the first of his two ACADEMY AWARDS. He again won for his performance as boxer Jake LaMotta in RAGING BULL, which also accounts for his lone GOLDEN GLOBE out of eight nominations.

Mr. De Niro’s influence on many of the actors present Sunday night was widespread. Earlier in the broadcast, SUPPORTING ACTOR winner CHRISTIAN BALE shouted his admiration of Mr. De Niro while the band played him off the stage.

Presenter MATT DAMON, who costarred in Mr. De Niro’s THE GOOD SHEPHERD (one of the two movies ROBERT DE NIRO has directed) didn’t even try to laud him with esteem or fawning praise, instead settling for parodying the idea of anyone being unfamiliar with him.

MATT deliberately confused Mr. De Niro’s roles and credits before finally giving in with the simple, matter of fact introduction of “one of the greatest careers an actor has ever had.”

Mr. De Niro, however, got the last laugh.

Having quickly silenced the standing ovation like an extravagant overreaction, he turned to MATT and said: “And I loved you in The Fighter.”

BEST QUOTES OF THE EVENING

“I am nothing if not falsely humble.” JANE LYNCH

“I don’t know if this qualifies as gentle reassurance, but right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson.” — COLIN FIRTH

“He’s the star of Iron Man, Two Girls & A Guy, Wonderboys. Sorry, are these porn films? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Bowfinger. Really! Up The Academy. He has done all those films, but many of you in this room probably know [Robert Downey Jr.] from such facilities as The Betty Ford Clinic and The Los Angeles County Jail.” – RICKY GERVAIS

The Globe ceremony traditionally has a strong track record as a forecast for what film would win BEST PICTURE at the OSCARS.

And the winners…

MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
ANNETTE BENING – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
PAUL GIAMATTI – BARNEY’S VERSION

MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
THE SOCIAL NETWORK

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
NATALIE PORTMAN – BLACK SWAN

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
COLIN FIRTH – THE KING’S SPEECH

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MELISSA LEO – THE FIGHTER

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE – THE FIGHTER

DIRECTOR
DAVID FINCHER – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

BEST SCREENPLAY
AARON SORKIN – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF ME – BURLESQUE
MUSIC & LYRICS BY DIANE WARREN

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
IN A BETTER WORLD (DENMARK)

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
TOY STORY 3

CECIL B. DE MILLE AWARD
ROBERT DE NIRO

TV SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
GLEE

BEST ACTRESS (TV SERIES – COMEDY/MUSICAL)
LAURA LINNEY – THE BIG C

BEST ACTOR (TV SERIES – COMEDY/MUSICAL)
JIM PARSONS – THE BIG BANG THEORY

TV SERIES (DRAMA)
BOARDWALK EMPIRE

BEST ACTRESS (TV SERIES – DRAMA)
KATEY SEGAL – SONS OF ANARCHY

BEST ACTOR (TV SERIES – DRAMA)
STEVE BUSCEMI – BOARDWALK EMPIRE

MINISERIES/MADE FOR TV MOVIE
CARLOS

BEST ACTRESS (MINISERIES/MADE FOR TV MOVIE)
CLAIRE DANES – TEMPLE GRANDIN

BEST ACTOR (MINISERIES/MADE FOR TV MOVIE)
AL PACINO – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (SERIES/MINISERIES/MADE FOR TV MOVIE)
JANE LYNCH – GLEE

SUPPORTING ACTOR (SERIES/MINISERIES/MADE FOR TV MOVIE)CHRIS COLFER – GLEE

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