The Golden Globes, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is a for a night for celebration, admiration and yes, inebriation.
Combining the biggest stars from the worlds of movie and television together, it’s a rare treat for viewers at home to see say, a “Glee” star hobnob with Meryl Streep (but wouldn’t that be an amazing meeting of talents?).
This year, British comedian and creator of “The Office” Ricky Gervais hosts for the first time ever, and we’re more than psyched. If you miss one of his quips or a moment of the live telecast Sunday (Jan. 17), fear not. Zap2it is here with a recap of the show’s highlights.
So, let’s have at it. (All times are Eastern)
8:00 p.m. – Ah, hello Ricky! First of all, he shows off those lovely vampire fangs and then starts picking on Steve Carell, asking where he gets all his great ideas. His dry humor kicks off the evening right. Oh, and a couple NBC jabs! Way to stay topical. He strays a bit to the naughty with penis and masturbation jokes, but moves past it quickly enough.
8:05 p.m. – Nicole Kidman points out the ribbons being worn in support of the people of Haiti and promotes the telethon on Friday, “Hope for Haiti.” First up for awards is best supporting actress in a movie, which goes to Mo’Nique for her work on “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Mo’Nique looks great in a champagne-colored dress, and her thank you speech is touching and heartfelt, but still damn funny.
8:10 p.m. – Lea Michele from “Glee” is glowing. Too bad Toni Collette is the one who wins for best TV actress for a comedy or musical for “United States of Tara.” Heh. Toni says last time she was on the “loo” and missed her category. The accent always makes it more charming.
8:13 p.m. – Commercial break. Quick dash to refill drink.
8:16 p.m. – Hooray for Mavis Spencer, Alfred Woodard’s daughter who was named Miss Golden Globe this year. Okay, now for the argh — William Hurt must be trying out for Rumplestiltskin. Get a load of that full beard. You can find Amelia Earhart in there.
8:17 p.m. – Hey, John Lithgow just won for his guest stint on “Dexter” this year as the Trinity killer. And he really is a sweetheart, thanking his wife and dedicating the award to her. Too bad he encases 10-year-old boys in cement. Oh wait, that was a role?
8:20 p.m. – “Yellow Submarine” plays, and then Sir Paul McCartney comes out. He references Rock Band. Wonder if he plays on “Expert” level. He gives the best animated film award to “Up.” So deserved.
8:30 p.m. – Felicity Huffman flubs her lines, but looks really, really good.
8:33 p.m. – Funny people Jane Krakowski and Neil Patrick Harris present the best drama TV actor award to “Dexter’s” Michael C. Hall, who is wearing beanie, perhaps because of his cancer treatments? A quick and fun thank you, with cutaways to previous winner Lithgow, who looks like he’ll weep with joy, and wife (screen sister) Jennifer Carpenter.
8:36 p.m. – Juliana Margulies takes the prize for playing lead in “The Good Wife” and thanks CBS’ Les Moonves and Nina Tassler “for believing in the 10 o’clock drama.” Oh no she didn’t! Is that the second NBC burn of the night?
8:43 p.m. – Harrison Ford is on stage to intro the clip for “Up in the Air.” Um, sorry, we love him, but … is he going to keel over right now? He seems short of breath.
8:45 p.m. – “The Weary Kind” from the movie “Crazy Heart” wins for best song and then Michael Giacchino is in raptures 1) for winning best score for “Up” and 2) Paul McCartney giving him big ups. Well, wouldn’t you?
9:00 p.m. – Hey, y’all. It’s Andrea taking over for Hanh on the live blog. Woot woot.
9:10 p.m. – Helen Mirren introduces the clips of “Precious.” Man, that movie was… it’s one of those movies where you’re glad you watched it but you never want to see it ever again.
9:12 p.m. – We now have Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana presenting Best Actor in a TV movie/miniseries. The award goes to Kevin Bacon for “Taking Chance.” That’s cool, that’s his first major award win! Well done, Bacon.
9:13 p.m. – Best Actress in a TV movie/miniseries goes to Drew Barrymore for “Grey Gardens.” YAY! This is Drew Barrymore’s first major award win as well.
9:15 p.m. – Drew Barrymore is so cute in her acceptance, she is shaking and she looks beautiful and I just love her.
9:21 p.m. – Cameron Diaz introduces clips from “It’s Complicated.” Diaz looks so good this time. Thank god she ditched that weird goth look from the 2007 Golden Globes.
9:23 p.m. – Ricky Gervais calls Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler “Rachel from ‘Friends’ and that bloke from ‘300.’” Snerk. They award Best Screenplay to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for “Up in the Air.”
9:24 p.m. – Jason Reitman, we can’t wait for your dad to helm “Ghostbusters 3.”
9:26 p.m. – Who knew Jason Reitman’s mom was one of the Gabor sisters? Not me.
9:27 p.m. – Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Garner give Best Actor, TV comedy to Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock.” Man, he always wins! He’s great, but still. I was privately hoping “Glee” would take it. It still has two awards left, though.
9:32 p.m. – Cool Cat Samuel L. Jackson presents the clips for “Inglourious Basterds.” I didn’t get to see “Inglourious Basterds” because I had to go to “Fame” with my mom while the boys went to see “Basterds.” Yes, mom. I called you out in a live blog.
9:34 p.m. – Sophia Loren presents the award for Best Foreign Language Film. Man, she looks great. Christina Hendricks, as a curvy redhead, must feel like she’s looking into a very hopeful future. “White Ribbon” is the winner.
9:36 p.m. – When Austria is mentioned, they cut to Arnold Schwarzenegger. We think they have nationalities on a speed-dial of sorts.
9:38 p.m. – Zachary Levi and Amy Poehler give out Best Drama, TV to “Mad Men.” I am shocked (SHOCKED) to find out there is gambling going on in here.
9:40 p.m. – They’re playing off “Mad Men?” Is Keyboard Cat at the helm? What is going on?
9:45 p.m. – Taylor Lautner gets to introduce “(500) Days of Summer.” He looks so hot. it’s really kind of sick how good-looking he is. How many days ’til he turns 18?
9:46 p.m. – Best Supporting Actress for TV is presented by Chace Crawford and Kristen Bell. C’mon, “Glee.” C’mon, “Glee!”
9:47 p.m. – Chloe Sevigny wins for “Big Love.” That’s cool, but I really wanted Jane Lynch to win.
9:50 p.m. – Halle Berry presents out Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture to Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds.” He’s one of the few unanimous critics choices (along with Mo’Nique and Sandra Bullock) so no surprises there.
9:56 p.m. – Leonard DiCaprio and Robert De Niro present the Cecil B. DeMille for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures to Martin Scorsese.
9:59 p.m. – I am now going to have nightmares about Martin Scorsese having his way with a 35 mm cannister of film. Damn you, De Niro. Damn you!
10:01 p.m. – Man, I didn’t realize quite how many Martin Scorsese films I just love. That’s fantastic.
10:04 p.m. – I’m handing the reins over to our hilarious Je
thro. Thanks gang!
10:06 p.m. – Hi everyone! It’s Jethro. Thanks for joining us. I’m in the middle of Scorsese’s master class on DeMille. What have you learned? You have to love Scorsese’s nod.
10:12 p.m. – Jodi Foster with a smashing dress on, but I’m not sure about her mom hair. She introduced “The Hurt Locker.“
10:14 p.m. – Gervais just introduced Mel Gibson saying, “He enjoys a beer as much as the next guy, unless the next guy is Mel Gibson.” Hah! Gibson is presenting the award for best motion picture director. The award goes to James Cameron for “Avatar.” Makes sense. It must be tough to deal with all the levels of a movie like that. Cameron says he want to be fast, because he has to pee! HIs speech isn’t that short, though.
10:19 p.m. – “24‘s” Kiefer Sutherland and “House‘s” Olivia Wilde (looking gorgeous) present Best TV series – comedy or musical. This is a tough category. What a year for this one! “Glee“! No way. I like “Glee,” but it’s not consistently good like “Modern Family” or “30 Rock”!
10:25 p.m. – Justin Bartha, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Mike Tyson from “The Hangover” present their own movie. Strange.
10:27 p.m. – Reese Witherspoon presents best comedy or musical film and it goes to “The Hangover.” I’m really happy for them. Sure, it’s a “bro” movie, but it definitely deserved it.
10:33 p.m. – The “Governator” Ahnold presents “Avatar” and makes a hilarious joke about the state budget and also makes a crack at NBC’s Conan payoff. Popular subject tonight!
10:35 p.m. – Mickey Rourke doesn’t disappoint with his look, yet again. New Mexico threw up on him? Presents the best TV actress for a dramatic film. It’s really Sandra Bullock’s year, isn’t it? I’m a huge fan and happy for her. By the way, she won for “The Blind Side” I’m not OK with Bullock’s hair, though. Rain?
10:39 p.m. – Sally Hawkins from “Happy-Go-Lucky” presents best actor for comedy/musical film. It goes to Robert Downey Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes“! I love him. He, of course, is being downright rancorous.
10:46 p.m. – Kate Winslet presents best actor in a dramatic film. Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart“) and his unwieldy beard take the award and gets a standing ovation. He nods to his gorgeous wife of 33 years (wow! In Hollywood?), even urges the camera to shoot her. He thanks his dad and his late mother. Very cool. Oy, he starts thanking his costars, all of his costars, the film company, his agent and his dog, Willy (he didn’t thank his dog, sorry).
10:55 p.m. – Julia Roberts makes fun of Paul McCartney for texting her so much. She’s presenting best motion picture drama. It goes to, and she drags it out, telling her kids to go to bed (lol) and then announces “Avatar”! James Cameron comes on again and says this is going to be quick, again. I don’t believe him. He’s a bit cheesy with the whole “We have the best job” thing and having everyone clap for themselves. lol. Really? Regardless, he must be on top of the world. His film is ruling the box office and, already, it’s being recognized. I’m happy for him.
Well, thanks a lot for joining Zap2it for this year’s Golden Globes. Please let us know your thoughts! And, thanks again, for joining us. Jethro out!
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