LOS ANGELES — What a difference a year makes. No matter what, this 66th Annual Golden Globes ceremony promises to be more exciting that last year’s somber reading of the winners due to the actors defecting in a show of solidarity with the striking writers.
Since the Golden Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honors both TV and film, an array of stars will be out to hobnob with faces they don’t encounter regularly. So that means Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (both nominees) tonight will be mixing it up with all the cable darlings, and the very talented Meryl Streep can be seen on the red carpet with the equally talented Tina Fey.
Even if you haven’t gone digital and availed yourself of a DVR, no worries. Zap2it is here to recap the highlights for your reading pleasure. (All times listed are Eastern)
8:05 p.m. – J.Lo shushes the room, "Hello, Mama talkin’. Mama talkin’," and presents the award for best supporting actress in a movie drama to The Reader‘s Kate Winslet who looks amazing and somewhat flustered. She explains, "I have a habit of not winning things," and then gives a heartfelt speech with a shout out to her kids.
8:06 p.m. – Whoa, dark-bearded Sting.
8:09 p.m. – The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, gets the best original song award for "The Wrestler" for the film of the same name. He quips, "This is going to be the only time I’m in competition with Clint Eastwood. Felt pretty good too."
8:11 p.m. – Sponsors Escalade Hybrid, Target and L’Oreal. Well, the last two will be more welcome in this economy. Are you worth it?
8:14 p.m. – Promo for 3-D Chuck: Really enjoy Chuck, but the special episode has me worried. Gimmicky.
8:15 p.m. – Rumer Willis is Miss Golden Globe. Huh, I would have sworn she would have already been honored. When will it be Suri’s turn?
8:16 p.m. – Tom Wilkinson gets best supporting actor on TV for the John Adams miniseries. He totally killed it as Ben Franklin. Minutes later, Laura Dern nabs the supporting actress award for her role in Recount.
8:24 p.m. – Geico "I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me" commercial kind of creepy. Don’t like to associate voyeurism with googly eyes.
8:25 p.m. – Dan Cheadle is all sorts of funny (Cohen Bros., he would have crushed it in Fargo), introduces Burn After Reading clip. Don’t worry Don, you have Hotel for Dogs coming up, according to helpful Mr. Announcer Man.
8:28 p.m. – Whoa, the Chinese can now enjoy the capitalist decadence that is the Golden Globes! Oh, and the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association demands we have a good time. You heard him.
8:29 p.m. – Hayden Panettiere AND Zac Efron on stage together? Can’t. Fight. The. Pretty.
8:29 p.m. – The young pretty folk accept the best actor in a TV drama award on behalf of Gabriel Byrne for In Treatment. He’s got the strep. That’s why he missed press tour yesterday.
8:30 p.m. – Young Star Trek stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto announce Anna Paquin wins the best actress in a TV drama for playing the psychic Sookie Stackhouse in love with a vampire in HBO’s True Blood. Umm, really? It’s a fun show, but really?
8:36 p.m. – Ricky Gervais continues the shh-ing trend. "How rude are you lot?" He makes a hilarious reference to his show Extras, saying, "Winslet, I told you. Do a Holocaust movie and win an award."
8:39 p.m. – Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas on stage. No love for the fourth one, uh, Shemp?
8:41 p.m. – Wall-E slams the its carbon-based life form (a dog and panda) rivals to win best animated film.
8:42 p.m. – Johnny Depp still looks damn good with that floppy hair. Sally Hawkins beats some very good competition to win for her comedy leading role in Happy-Go-Lucky. She puts her award down. It’s the second time a winner had a problem holding it. How about a table HFPA? She’s tearfully overwhelmed. It’s very sweet.
8:56 p.m. – John Adams scores for best TV miniseries. Tom Hanks gives a very glib and quick acceptance speech.
8:57 p.m. – Demi Moore gets maternal and tells Rumer, "Don’t hunch. Shoulders back."
8:59 p.m. – Heath Ledger gets a standing ovation for his posthumous win for playing the Joker from The Dark Knight. A scene was prepared for the honor. Director Christopher Nolan accepts on his behalf. "He will be eternally missed, but he won’t be forgotten." Well deserved.
9:08 p.m. – Ah, Colin Farrell, I’ve missed you. I sniffle. He sniffles, then says, "I still have a cold. It’s not the other thing it used to be." Hee. Oh, and Waltz With Bashir wins Israel the best foreign language film and is dedicated to the eight production babies born during the four years of filming.
9:12 p.m. – Lots of love for John Adams. Laura Linney wins for her leading role in the HBO miniseries.
9:20 p.m. – Huzzah! Slumdog Millionaire, this year’s little indie film that could, wins Simon Beaufoy for best motion picture screenplay.
9:23 p.m. – TV now. Alec Baldwin nabs the best actor in a comedy award for 30 Rock. Second time he won this award. He reminisces about bringing Rumer a juice box oh so many moons ago and then thanks Tina Fey four times.
9:30 p.m. – Not crazy about Renee Zellweger’s old-school black dress. I like golden age of Hollywood, but I think the gown looks too matronly and unflattering. Ha! That was a silly clip of The Reader though. Random back nudity.
9:32 p.m. – No suprise. Paul Giamatti continues the John Adams sweep for playing the titular historical guy in the miniseries. He blames Wilkinson for starting him smoking again. That explains the scratchy voice.
9:36 p.m. – Woo hoo! It’s Tina’s year. 30 Rock wins for best comedy series. Tracy Morgan explains that he and Fey had an agreement: if Barack Obama won, he would speak for the show from now on. "I am the face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!"
9:40 p.m. – Okay, this is Hanh Nguyen signing off to leave you in the capable recapping hands of my Zap2it colleague Rick Porter.
9:44 p.m. – Hi folks! It’s Rick. Kate Beckinsale looks like she doesn’t quite know what to make of Diddy. They hand the best score award to A.R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire.
9:47 p.m. – David Duchovny just got a text from his wife. Are he and Tea getting back together, or is the separation process just slow?
9:48 p.m. – TIna Fey wins best actress for 30 Rock. Alas, Tracy Morgan doesn’t get to accept the award on her behalf. And, while I love me some 30 Rock, the awards-hogging is getting a little old.
9:50 p.m. – Fey: "If you ever start feeling too good about yourself, there’s this thing called the Internet. … I’d like to address some of those people now. Babs in LaCrosse, you can suck it."
9:53 p.m. – Spent the commercial break figuring out ways to work "Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!" into everyday conversation.
9:55 p.m. – Martin Scorsese presents the Cecil B. DeMille/lifetime achievement award to Steven Spielberg. He calls Spielberg "our pioneer" and the present-day counterpart to DeMille, D.W. Griffith et al. Transition from live intro to taped bit is a little weird, as on tape it sounds like Marty is speaking in a loud whisper.
10 p.m. – Nice to see an Animaniacs shout-out in the Spielberg montage.
10:04 p.m. – The childhood train-set story was an awful long way to go to relate to DeMille.
10:07 p.m. – Steven Spielberg enjoys being an enabler. But in a good, employing-talented-people way, not in a codependent way. And he also speaks up, sort of, for independent films — we need movies that speak to us as individuals, not just to the biggest crowd.
10:13 p.m. – Emma Thompson almost eats it walking out on stage. She looks fantastic, though.
10:14 p.m. – Danny Boyle is your best director for Slumdog Millionaire. Maybe it’s because I saw it earlier today and it’s fresh in my mind, but he seems clearly the best choice to me. He appreciates the "mad, pulsating affection" the HFPA has for the film.
10:19 p.m. – Sandra Bullock is kinda funny presenting the best actor-comedy nominees: "That’s the first time I’ve ever used the word ‘Flemish’ in a sentence."
10:19 p.m. – Can’t say I’m overly surprised Colin Farrell won a Golden Globe for In Bruges — it seems like the kind of "Huh?" pick the HFPA makes from time to time — but I was really kinda hoping James Franco would get it. He knocked the hell out of Pineapple Express.
10:23 p.m. – That said, Farrell probably gets the award for funniest/most charming acceptance speech of the night.
10:29 p.m. – OK, the critics I’m watching the Globes with are cracking up at Sacha Baron Cohen. It didn’t seem to play too well in the room, though.
10:30 p.m. – Vicky Cristina Barcelona wins for best movie comedy. Have little to say other than, hmm.
10:32 p.m. – As we go to break, Kate Winslet and Tom Cruise are chatting. Perhaps comparing notes about playing Nazis?
10:37 p.m. – Hi, I’m Mark Wahlberg. I’m presenting a Golden Globe. Say hi to your mother for me.
10:39 p.m. – Pull yourself together, Kate. I know this is a big breakthrough and all — two wins tonight after five previous Globe noms — but chill. Also, Anne Hathaway was the fifth nominee in this category.
10:43 p.m. – Rainn Wilson: "Hello, we’re TV actors." You oversold the Gossip Girl bit, though, dude.
10:44 p.m. – Hey, look. Mad Men won an award. Surprise, surprise. Which is not to say it’s not richly, richly deserving of it. Just a little more award fatigue. And Matt Weiner gets to deliver the speech he would’ve delivered last year.
10:50 p.m. – Give me some crazy pants, Rourke! This is your moment!
10:52 p.m. – Mickey Rourke: "I’m not a very good public speaker — I was kinda hopin’ Robert Downey would come up here and talk for me." OK, actually, this is a really nice and heartfelt speech. (Except for Aronofsky giving him the finger — did y’all see that on 7-second delay?)
11 p.m. – And the night’s final award, best picture/drama, goes to Slumdog Millionaire. That makes four tonight, which is a pretty huge sweep for a semi-indie film. So that’s it, folks … except for Slumdog producer Christian Colson’s (not director Danny Boyle, as I erroneously had it earlier) muted-out "f**K!" as he starts to get played off. Good night, folks.
What did you think of this year’s Globe winners? Did you enjoy having the show back in all its celebrity-filled glory?