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Post by Admin on Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:05 pm

The 2012 Golden Globe Winners

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By Garth Franklin Sunday January 15th 2012 10:00PM
The 2012 Golden Globe Winners

This year's Golden Globe winners have been announced with "The Artist" taking the largest number of awards with three (including Best Picture - Comedy/Musical), followed by "The Descendants" with two. The black-and-white silent film remains the front runner in the run-up to the Oscars.

The winners mostly proved deserving - "A Separation" and "The Adventures of Tintin" taking best foreign and animated features respectively along with Scorsese scoring best director for "Hugo" and Woody Allen best screenplay for "Midnight in Paris". Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer, Jean DuJardin, Michelle Williams, George Clooney and Meryl Streep took the film acting awards.

There were a few surprises - Streep winning over Viola Davis, Clooney over Michael Fassbender, and "The Descendants" over "Hugo," "Moneyball" or "The Help". Host Ricky Gervais had a few good one-liners but was oddly chaste, leaving it up to a few nominees to deliver the most memorable moments of the night such as Clooney's acceptance speech praising Fassbender's penis.

On the TV front "Homeland" took both best drama series and actress, the only show to take more than one award. The rest were mostly familiar faces (many from the 90's) winning for new or fairly new shows including Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Laura Dern and Jessica Lange.

Best Motion Picture - Drama
"The Descendants"

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
"The Artist "

Best Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama
Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady"

Best Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
George Clooney for "The Descendants"

Best Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn"

Best Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jean DuJardin for "The Artist"

Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer for "The Help"

Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
Christopher Plummer for "Beginners"

Best Director - Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese for "Hugo"

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris"

Best Animated Feature Film
"The Adventures of Tintin"

Best Foreign Language Film
"A Separation" (Iran)

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource for "The Artist"

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
“Masterpiece” from "W.E."

Best TV Series - Drama
"Homeland" (Showtime)

Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical
"Modern Family" (ABC)

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie
"Downton Abbey" (PBS)

Best Actress In A TV Series - Drama
Claire Danes for "Homeland"

Best Actor In A TV Series - Drama
Kelsey Grammer for "Boss"

Best Actress In A TV Series - Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern for "Enlightened"

Best Actor In A TV Series - Comedy Or Musical
Matt Le Blanc for "Episodes"

Best Actress In A Mini-Series or TV Movie
Kate Winslet for "Mildred Pierce"

Best Actor In A Mini-Series or TV Movie
Idris Elba for "Luther"

Best Supporting Actress In A TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story"

Best Supporting Actor In A TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones"

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George Clooney Golden Globes 2012 Best Actor Drama Winner
George Clooney

First Posted: 1/15/12 10:48 PM ET Updated: 1/16/12 02:23 PM

George Clooney took home his third career Golden Globe on Sunday, winning Best Actor, Drama for his role in "The Descendants." He starred in the Alexander Payne-directed film as Matt King, a man struggling to navigate fatherhood through a storm of bad news.

His problems are myriad: King finds out that his comatose wife, who is slowly dying after an ocean accident, had an affair; he has to make a decision over the impending sale of his family's inherited Hawaiian land; and he has very little idea how to interact with his kids.

An understated performance, Clooney's ability to anchor the film and keep it grounded wowed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and puts him in lead position amongst the Best Actor Oscar contenders going into next month's Academy Awards.

In his acceptance speech, Clooney gave props to Brad Pitt for his charity work, to Michael Fassbender for his giant penis, to the HFPA for the award and Alexander Payne for being a filmmaker and friend.

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2012 Golden Globe Winners Announced; THE ARTIST and THE DESCENDANTS Take Top Prizes
by Matt Goldberg Posted:January 15th, 2012 at 8:20 pm


I’ve just spent the past three hours watching and live-blogging the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. My brain feels mushy. After the jump and presented without comment is a list of this year’s winners. If you don’t even want to hit the jump, The Artist and The Descendants won Best Comedy/Musical and Best Drama, respectively. If you want to awards prognosticate, I’ll save you the trouble: both were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Those nominations haven’t been announced yet, but they were nominated. Trust me. I’m a professional.

Also, feel free to sound off on the winners and losers. Lord knows I’ve been doing it for the past three hours.



Motion Picture, Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

hugo-movie-poster-hi-res-01Best Director – Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation (Iran)
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid With A Bike (Belgium)
The Skin I Live In (Spain)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kate Winslet, Carnage

madonna-imageBest Original Song – Motion Picture
“Masterpiece” — W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry
“Hello Hello” — Gnomeo & Juliet
Music by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
“The Keeper” — Machine Gun Preacher
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
“Lay Your Head Down” — Albert Nobbs
Music by: Brian Byrne
Lyrics by: Glenn Close
“The Living Proof” — The Help
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method


modern-family-tv-show-poster-01Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Modern Family, ABC
Enlightened, HBO
Episodes, Showtime
Glee, FOX
New Girl, FOX

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
David Duchovny, Californication
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane, Hung

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role in A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Idris Elba, Luther
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
William Hurt, To Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Television Series – Drama
Homeland, Showtime
American Horror Story, FX
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Game of Thrones, HBO

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Downton Abbey, PBS (Masterpiece)
Cinema Verite, HBO
The Hour, BBC America
Mildred Pierce, HBO
Too Big to Fail, HBO

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

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Post by Admin on Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:08 pm

Golden Globes 2012: Backstage Gossip
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SANDY COHEN and LYNN ELBER 01/15/12 11:17 PM ET AP

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There are 17 cameras scattered throughout the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom, capturing the action inside the Golden Globes, but even they can't see everything. From the cocktail lounge to the outdoor smoking patio to the winner's walk through the kitchen, here's a running look at the starry happenings you didn't see on TV:

3 p.m. PST – Maybe he was afraid they would lock the door on him. Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, whose sharp-tongued wisecracks ruffled the feathers of some celebrity attendees at last year's show, was among the first to arrive for this year's Golden Globes. He got here two hours early, stopping outside long enough to say he won't mind being offensive again – as long as he's funny.


3:59 p.m. – Burning a couple of their 15 minutes of fame: Two men holding Ernst & Young metal briefcases, presumably with the winners' envelopes inside, proudly pose for photos at the International Ballroom stage where the show will take place.


4:03 p.m. – Just about an hour to showtime and the early arrivals are doing a little star-gazing of their own. Big-screen TV monitors are showing all the action on the red carpet outside, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have just arrived.


4:10 p.m. – "Slumdog Millionaire" star Freida Pinto needed some triage help in the ballroom's women's restroom, where makeup artists and hair stylists are on hand for quick fixes. Pinto's fashion emergency: threads from the red carpet were clinging to the hem of her sweeping teal blue dress. A quick swipe of a sticky tape roller had her back at the party.


4:29 p.m. – A fashion disaster is narrowly avoided as Michael Fassbender tells Tilda Swinton he almost stepped on her dress as they made their way down the red carpet. After playfully pretending to attack him, Swinton begins to walk away but stops abruptly when she really does feel a foot on her dress. Fassbender laughs and tells her that one was deliberate.


4:39 p.m. – Paul Giamatti walks briskly down the carpet, ignoring cameras and reporters, just before an announcement urging everyone to get inside prompts a stream of stars to head for the door.


4:45 p.m.: Let the ridiculing of the rich and famous begin. "He's no doubt going to rip me apart," a smiling Gerard Butler says as he prepares for Ricky Gervais' opening routine.


4:46 p.m. – It's Angelina Jolie's world and we just live in it. While everyone else is rushing for the door, Jolie remains on the red carpet, continuing to grant interviews. Asked to name one thing she's most looking forward to this evening, she laughs and says, "Getting into bed with Brad."


4:49 p.m. – Now that voice of authority is inside the ballroom and it's saying: "Please take your seats. We're 10 minutes from showtime and we have to start on time."


5:15 p.m. – As Laura Dern accepts her Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical TV series, sitting in the audience beaming with pride is another Golden Globe winner, her mom. Dern's mother, Diane Ladd, won her Golden Globe in 1981 for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or movie made for TV.


5:16 p.m. Fifteen minutes into the show, a late arriving Queen Latifah finally gets to take her seat in the ballroom. Latifah, who arrived three minutes into Gervais' opening monologue, had to stand in the back until she was shown to her seat next to Mary J. Blige.


5:25 p.m. – Who has time to sit down for dinner when there are awards to hand out? One of the night's first presenters, Mila Kunis, is seen downing finger sandwiches straight off the platter in a cocktail lounge adjacent to the ballroom.


5:35 p.m. – The champagne and wine are flowing freely at the backstage bar, but Jane Lynch of "Glee" is sticking to the alcohol-free beer. Before taking a sip she stopped to pose for pictures with a starstruck waiter.


5:47 p.m. – Let's not forget there was an important football game going on during much of the first hour of the Golden Globes. Awards presenter Ashton Kutcher didn't. Almost an hour into the show he took to Twitter to ask, "Who won the game?" For the record, it was the New York Giants coming out on top 37-20 over the Green Bay Packers.


5:48 p.m.: Even stars have to wait in line for the ladies room at the Golden Globes, as Jessica Alba discovered. After letting out a quiet curse, the actress passed the time by chatting with security guards as she waited for the long line to go down.


6 p.m. – The bigger the name, the quieter the room. When stars like Michelle Williams or Madonna accept their awards the audience shuts up and listens to what they have to say. Not so for lesser-known winners. During their acceptance speeches the hubbub often gets so loud that the room fills with "shhhs."


6:07 p.m. – Talk about stage fright. "He'll think I'm weird," Emma Stone frets out loud as she and her "The Help" co-star Octavia Spencer approach Harrison Ford to ask if they can have a picture taken with him. Whatever he thought, Ford, who was seated with his wife, Calista Flockhart, smiled and graciously agreed to pose.


6:19 p.m. – What would the union say about this? During a commercial break, "Glee's" Mark Salling pretends to film the Golden Globes with one of the show's cameras while his co-star Chris Colfer records the moment for posterity on his iPhone. "OK, got it!" Colfer said after shooting a few frames.


6:30 p.m. – "Thirty seconds to air" was the announcement, and the challenge for George Clooney was to get back to his seat near the front of the packed ballroom before the show returned to TV. Turns out all he had to do was flash that charming Clooney smile and a path was cleared for him.


7:04 p.m. – Julianna Margulies skips the Cecil B. DeMille Award presentation to Morgan Freeman in favor of a martini in the cocktail lounge. While enjoying her drink she checks out a friend's iPhone photos.


7:04 p.m. – Those Christian Louboutin high heels may look cool on TV, but try walking a mile in them. "I'm sorry y'all, I love you but I have to kick these shoes off," Octavia Spencer announces to reporters backstage. She says she's switching to flip-flops for the rest of the night.


7:18 p.m. – Oops, almost forgot. Eric Stonestreet was bolting for the stage to join his fellow "Modern Family" cast members in accepting the award for best TV musical or comedy when he suddenly remembered something he had to do first. He stopped to kiss his wife.


7:30 p.m. – Did we say there's booze at this thing? "I thought you were supposed to be my bodyguard!" Madonna says to a friend after a drunken woman stops by her table to tell her what a big fan she is.


7:30 p.m. – The crowd is building in the cocktail lounge and the haze is getting thicker on the smoking patio as the night is moving toward its end. "Hung" star Thomas Jane, in a rakish hat, scouts for a bite to eat but almost every deli tray is empty.


7:43 p.m. – The announcer tells the crowd it's been a great evening but the show is running long and has to end on time. Upcoming winners must watch for their cues and really end their acceptance speeches when they're told to.


7:47 p.m. – Overheard during a break in the show: "Dude, I've seen all you work. I'm working with Russell Crowe right now, and he brags about you." Mark Wahlberg to Guy Pearce.


7:52 p.m. – He said he didn't think he'd win but he did. And after George Clooney took the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama he collected off-camera hugs from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.


7:54 p.m. – Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban decide to beat the traffic. With the final award, for best dramatic film, about to be announced, Kidman and Urban head for the door hand-in-hand.


8 p.m. – The announcer needn't have worried. The show wrapped up right on time.


AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this story.

AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: .

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Golden Globes 2012 Live-Blog

Follow the winners, losers, speeches and Ricky Gervais...

By Daniel Fienberg Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 7:55 PM

Welcome, friends, to my live blog of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards!

There's a funny story for how I ended up handling live-blogging duties rather than HitFix's all-around Awards Guru Gregory Ellwood, but I'll let him tell it.

As for me, I'm just so happy to be done with the Television Critics Association press tour that I'm raring and ready to go...

7:56 p.m. ET. You can follow along with HitFix's Golden Globes Predictions. I'm not saying they're especially prescient or anything. But they're what we're guessing...

8:00 p.m. Live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel... Let's get started with Mr. Ricky Gervais.

8:00 p.m. "So... where was I?" Ricky begins. "Nervous? Don't be. This isn't about you," he continues. "Tonight you get Britain's biggest comedian hosting the world's second biggest award show on the third biggest network," Gervais says, before correcting himself that NBC is a fourth place network. He says that the Globes are to the Oscars as Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. He moves into mocking Eddie Murphy for his depart from the Oscars. "When the man who says 'Yes' to 'Norbit' says 'No' to you..." Then he kids that Murphy and Adam Sandler played all of the roles in "The Help."

8:02 p.m. Gervais jokes that the HFPA has warned him that if he insults anybody blah blah he'll be invited back. The rules: No profanity, no nudity -- "I have a huge vocabulary, but I tiny penis -- no smut or innuendo, no libel and no mention of Mel Gibson (or Jodie Foster's "Beaver"... Jodie laughs ["I've spoken to a lot of guys here. They haven't seen it either." Cut to a disapproving Elton John. Foster is mostly OK.].

8:04 p.m. Gervais then moves on to Hollywood divorces. And Justin Bieber's paternity test. "What a waste of a test that would be. No. He's not the father. The only way he could have impregnated a girl is if he used one of Martha Stewart's turkey basters," Gervais. Ouch. Way to insult the guy who certainly isn't in the room.

8:05 p.m. Dame Helen Mirren raunchiness joke.

8:05 p.m. No joke about "Homeland." Cheap HFPA joke involving "Boardwalk Empire." Praise for the HFPA being a non-profit organization, "just like NBC."

8:06 p.m. Our first presenter is Johnny Depp, allowing Gervais to plug "Life's Too Short."

8:07 p.m. That was a fairly toothless monologue.

8:07 p.m. "Have you seen 'The Tourist' yet?" Ricky asks Depp, who replies, "No." That was it?

8:08 p.m. Depp isn't presenting an award, so much as a trailer for "Hugo," which he produced.

8:08 p.m. Gerard Butler is presenting with the lovely, lovely, lovely Mila Kunis. They're presenting Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. My vote would go to Albert Brooks for "Drive," not that I'd be opposed to a Christopher Plummer lifetime achievement award. The winner is... Christopher Plummer. No objections. It's a lovely little performance and he's Christopher Flippin' Plummer. "What a wonderful welcome back to the home of King Kong, Rin-Tin-Tin and all of our youthful fantasies," Plummer begins. He starts by saluting his competition and apologizing. Kenneth Branagh seems especially pleased. Praise for Ewan McGregor, who he calls "A scene-stealing swine." Praise to Michael Mills.

8:12 p.m. YAY! Plummer thanks Cosmo the Dog from "The Beginners." Truly cinema's Best Dog of 2012. Cosmo talks. Does that little pooch from "The Artist" talk? No. Wow. Christopher Plummer's wife of 40+ years is mighty attractive.

8:13 p.m. Holy cow. It's a "TBL: The Beautiful Life" reunion with Ashton Kutcher and Elle MacPherson presenting TV Actress in a Comedy. Amy Poehler SHOULD win. The winner is... Laura Dern, who did the most dramatic heavy lifting of any actress in the category. She's sparkling in emerald. This is her third Globe win. "We're so grateful," says Dern of her low-rated HBO series "Enlightened." Awww. Diane Ladd is crying for her daughter and she gets big applause. No cut-away to Mike White? Dern closes by thanking the whistleblowers out there.

8:19 p.m. Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore are presenting together. Because they're both getting ready to play notorious famous people in upcoming TV movies? They're introducing Miss Golden Globes, but the teleprompter is broken. Andie MacDowell, mother of Miss Golden Globes, is glowering. She wants her daughter properly recognized. Andie MacDowell has good and powerful genes.

8:20 p.m. Lowe and Moore will now present Movie/Miniseries to either "Downton Abbey" or "Mildred Pierce."

8:21 p.m. The winner is... "Downton Abbey," which deserved to win, other than it NOT BEING A MINISERIES. Miniseries don't have second seasons that premiere the year after, now airing on PBS. The winner is very British. The cameraman gets confused and tracks down the winners, past the winners and to Lowe and Moore looking bored and confused in the background.

8:21 p.m. Time for Lead Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. I think in our predictions, I said that Romola Garai deserved to win. But how can you possibly win in a category where you're up against the inevitable winner... Kate Winslet. She's able to be happy, but she doesn't pretend to be surprised. This is her third win. She's a long way away, which gives us plenty of chances to see if her shirt is going to open to expose more than mere cleavage. She thanks her fellow nominees. As you do. Todd Haynes gets thanked and a cut-away. "You were calm and incredible every single day for 17 weeks," she says, also thanking HBO for "being absent when we needed them to be absent." She thanks the entire cast, but not with any names. The music plays her off. Does the band not know that was Kate Winslet?

8:27 p.m. Freida Pinto, also in emerald, intros a trailer for "Midnight in Paris."

8:29 p.m. If you can't get enough Golden Globe live-blogging, In Contention's Roth Cornet has a live-blog going, too.

8:32 p.m. Jeremy Irons. And the head of the HFPA. Everybody plays serious as we enjoy the filler. "Bravo," Irons says when the HFPA Lady finishes.

8:33 p.m. Jake Gyllenhaal introduces the trailer for "My Weekend with Marilyn." There are too many of these.

8:34 p.m. We're running five minutes long. Gervais tells people to thank "The main two: Your agent and God." and leave their families out of it.

8:35 p.m. Melissa McCarthy and Paula Patton present. Paula is tall and her dress is very yellow. This is not a terrific pairing. Anyway, they're presenting Lead Actor in a TV Drama. Bryan Cranston, as you know, should win all of these. Instead, the winner is... Kelsey Grammer for "Boss." That's not especially surprising and it's also not undeserved, per se. He's very good in "Boss." And he has a new beard. "This is very nice," he observes, before thanking Chris Albrecht's money and balls.

8:37 p.m. Wow. We're doing TV Series Drama already? Talk about a lack of respect for television. I'm aces with either "Game of Thrones" or "Homeland" winning. And the winner is... "Homeland." Yup. That makes sense. Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa accept, though everybody goes up on stage, including Morena Baccarin, whose dress is an absolute feat of engineering. We really are running long, because Gordon is cut off.

8:44 p.m. NBC crosspromo time! It's Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine doing lame schtick before presenting Best Song and Best Score. Score is the only probably win for "The Artist" that I'm not going to be grumpy about, though I'd give the win to John Williams for his marvelously old-fashioned "War Horse" score. Not surprisingly, though, Ludovic Bource wins for "The Artist." Like I said: No complaints. "I'm sorry, I'm French," Bource says, before pulling out a speech and saying that if he were to write a song right now, it would be a tap-dance number. He refers to music and silent films as both being universal. The band is not sympathetic to his halting English. He gets played off as well. Everybody gets played off tonight!

8:48 p.m. As for Best Song, I'm not sure I have an opinion/preference here. The winner is... "Masterpiece," the Madonna song from "WE." Glenn Close, a nominee for her "Albert Nobbs" lyrics, puts on a big, fake smile. "Hi. This is a surprise," says Madonna. She shouldn't be surprised, since the HFPA actually gave her a Globe for *acting* once upon a time. Madonna rambles. Elton John, another loser in this category, glowers. And after an endless speech about nothing, the music starts playing, but Madonna doesn't pay attention to music, either when she's singing or making speeches. I kid.

8:53 p.m. I don't know who that woman was. She's Turkish, so I assume she's in the HFPA? What does that have to do with her weird little speech?

8:56 p.m. NBC wants you to watch "Smash." If you haven't figured that out yet, just wait til we get to the Super Bowl...


8:57 p.m. Time for Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. The winner is Idris Elba for "Luther." He's a deserving winner, if you leave aside that "Luther" ISN'T A MOVIE OR MINISERIES. Katharine McPhee is adorably excited for Idris, who thanks his fans. He thanks the appropriate people and gets played off.

8:59 p.m. Brad Pitt is presenting the trailer for "Ides of March." Tonight, he looks like he washed his hair. Kudos, Brad Pitt.

9:00 p.m. Kate Beckinsale is pretty. Seth Rogen "is currently trying to conceal a massive erection." It's time for Actress in a Comedy. Rogen editorializes by calling "My Weekend with Marilyn" "a hysterical comedy." His sarcasm is on-point, but the winner is still... Michelle Williams, for a performance that's neither musical nor comedic. "I consider myself a mother first and an actress second," Williams says, thanking her daughter. Awwww. Go Jen Lindley! She tells an appealingly elfin story about reading stories to her daughter in a Marilyn Monroe voice. Nice! A shout-out to Williams' best bud Busy Philipps. Go "Cougar Town." And "Dawson's Creek."

9:08 p.m. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Piper Perabo. Ummm... OK. They're presenting Supporting Actor in TV Stuff. Stupid catch-all category. The winner is... Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones." Yay! Tyrion for the win. The microphone goes down. Dinklage's mother predicted that Guy Pearce would win. "I just love our moms, because they keep us humble," Dinklage says, before thanking George R.R. Martin. Dustin Hoffman is very bored. He gets played off, before thanking a "Martin Henderson" and telling us to Google him.

9:10 p.m. "You're so much better than last year's audience. No, they had a right stick up their ass," Gervais, says, before pointing out the pecking order between TV stars and movie stars in the Beverly Hilton. That leads into the introduction for... George Clooney, presenting the trailer for "Moneyball." That gave me time to Google "Martin Henderson."

9:14 p.m. Channing Tatum and Jessica Alba, possibly Hollywood's least animated actors, are presenting Animate Feature. The winner is... "The Adventures of TinTin." Finally somebody gives Steven Spielberg an award for something! He thanks Peter Jackson and his whole cast. As you do. Spielberg's given speeches before.

9:20 p.m. Ewan McGregor congratulates Christopher Plummer and then introduces the trailer for "20/20" "50/50." Hey, maybe if we didn't have to watch trailers for every nominated movie, people could make full speeches?

9:22 p.m. "Gellhorn & Hemingway" stars Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen are presenting Best Screenplay. Your winner? Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris." Woody is absent, which will help speed things along. "Come and get it, Woody," says Kidman.

9:23 p.m. Awwwww... Harmony from William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman!!!!! Highlight of the night, by far. They're pretending Supporting Actress in Everything TV. Maggie Smith should win, but she's absent. Instead, the not-so-surprising Golden Globe winner is... Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story." Jessica Lange has five Globe wins. "This is lovely,"she says, noting that the HFPA has always been generous to her. She thanks all the various "AHS" cast and crew, but she mostly wants to thank the "AHS" writers for giving her something to do. She doesn't get played off. I wonder if that means that we're back on schedule?

9:30 p.m. HALF-WAY.

9:30 p.m. Lazy Elton John/Queen of Pop joke from Gervais, who has given up and settled for mediocrity tonight. He introduces Madonna, who makes an equally lame joke about wanting to kiss Gervais, because she hasn't kissed a girl on TV lately. Madonna's presenting Best Foreign Language Film. Will Angelina Jolie become an award-winning foreign language filmmaker? Let's see! Nope. The winner is the acclaimed Iranian film "A Separation." I need to see that one. Stupid press tour taking up two whole weeks. The director speaks perfect English and thanks his people, who he calls "a truly peace-loving people." Katharine McPhee approves.

9:34 p.m. Dustin Hoffman has been awakened. He thanks his wife and agent for encouraging him to present this category. He's presenting Actress in a Drama Series. Claire Danes has this sucker in the bag. I forgot Callie Thorne was nominated. That's just silly. The winner is... Claire Danes. Wildly deserving. She's now won twice. And I like that Kenneth Branagh gets cut-aways for every winner, because he's just so darned happy. Danes recalls bursting into tears after winner for "My So-Called Life" when she realized that she forgot to thank her parents. Tonight, she has her mother with her at the Awards and thanks her immediately. Awww. Very pleased for Claire. Very sad that Mandy Patinkin shaved his "Homeland" beard.

9:41 p.m. I'm confused as to why some "Smash" ads are "introducing' both Katharine McPhee *and* Megan Hilty, but some are just "introducing" Kat.

9:42 p.m. Emily Blunt introduces the trailer for "Bridesmaids."

9:43 p.m. Tina Fey and Jane Lynch are paired to make funnies. I hope. They joke about how actors aren't aren't exactly like the characters they play. It leads to a not-so-funny penis joke involving Thomas Jane, who is wearing a funny hat. The winner is... Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes." He was apparently nominated for a Globe for "Joey," which pretty much invalidates the whole thing. He thanks his "Episodes" writers by saying, "They write a Matt LeBlanc who, let's be honest, is way more interesting and fun than the real thing."

9:46 p.m. On to Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. The applause is split. The winner is... Octavia Spencer for "The Help." Praise to co-star (and loser here) Jessica Chastain for quickly standing to salute Spencer. "This is seriously nuts," Spencer gushes. "With regards to domestics in this country now and then, I think Dr. King said it best. 'All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,'" Well-played, Octavia Spencer. Well-played. The rest of the speech is a far less interesting laundry list.

9:54 p.m. Reese Witherspoon looks fantastic, but can we just pretend that she's not the star of the upcoming movie "This Means War"? She's introing the trailer to her "Election" director Alexander Payne's "The Descendants.

9:55 p.m. We stand for Sidney Poitier. As darned well we should. He's presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Morgan Freeman. I assume we were rushing the previous speeches because we knew that Poitier was going to take his time on his intro. But it's not even a full intro. It's really just setting things up for Helen Mirren, who vows to "lower the tone." They were in "Red" together, but that's their only film together, which has Helen Mirren a bit unhappy. This leads to a "Driving Miss Daisy" joke that mostly appears to play for Jimmy Fallon. "I could have been a penguin," Mirren jokes before starting the clip package.

9:56 p.m. We've got "Brubaker" and "Lean on Me," but what about "The Electric Company," darnit? Lots of "Glory." Some quality "Street Smart" badassery. Some "Seven." Some "Unforgiven" and some "Batman" and some... "Deep Impact"? "Bruce Almighty"? Ugh.

10:02 p.m. "ELECTRIC COMPANY"!!!! Whew.

10:03 p.m. We just saw Morgan Freeman at press tour two days ago. "I can't really tell you how it feels to be up here being touted by a woman I love so much, no offense Taylor [Hackford]," Freeman says. "Watching you handle a gun makes me know I never want to piss you off," Freeman says of the lesson he learned from Mirren on "Red." Freeman tells Poitier that in his house, this will also be known as The Sidney Poitier Award. Freeman talks about how much fun he's been having and how much he admires the people he's been doing it with. He even pauses to greet Elton John. "I am truly, truly honored that you consider me worthy of being in that company," Freeman says of the previous winners of this award. Morgan Freeman is classy.

10:11 p.m. Last year, Robert Downey Jr. said snarky things about Ricky Gervais. This year, he can't even be bothered to remember that this show had a host. The "Chaplin" star is presenting the trailer for "The Artist," which he calls "daring." Sigh.

10:13 p.m. Angelina Jolie is presenting Best Director. The Globe goes to... Martin Scorsese for "Hugo." That's kinda surprising/interesting. I'm not opposed. And he gets a standing ovation. He thanks the HFPA for its work in cinema preservation. He credits his wife for suggesting he make a movie his daughter can see.

10:16 p.m. Ricky Gervais is pointlessly censored for making a not-especially-funny joke about not understanding Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. They present Outstanding Comedy to... "Modern Family." It's fitting that the joke about not understanding the Spanish-speaking star led into a win for a show that loves to mock Sofia Vergara for her English difficulties. Vegara hilariously and gorgeously takes the stage thanking the HFPA in Spanish. Steve Levitan "translates." Several people in the crowd are confused by the back-and-forth schtick.

10:24 p.m. I'm sure there's a joke I'm supposed to make about Michelle Pfeiffer introducing the trailer for "War Horse." But I can't be bothered. Has this telecast always been 20 percent trailers for nominated films? Because that's horrid. Are we out of TV awards already? And this is all just filler for a half-hour?

10:24 p.m. Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Biel are presenting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical/Comedy. Because they're so darned musical and comedic. Brendan Gleeson deserves to win. He will not. The winner is Jean Dujardin for "The Artist." He tells an appealing story of an agent who told him he'd never do movies because his face was too expressive. "I want to thank him, for letting me prove him wrong." He concludes with a silent movie thank you...

10:32 p.m. Queen Latifah wants more applause, so she waits til the audience gives her the respect she deserves. Then she presents the trailer for "The Help."

10:33 p.m. "Nearly there," Gervais promises. He has much praise for the next presenter before turning the corner. "What you don't know about him is that he's very racist. Really nasty stuff. I've seen him punch a little blind kitten. Please welcome the evil Colin Firth."

10:34 p.m. Firth is presenting Actress, Motion Picture Drama. Will it be Viola or Meryl? The winner is... Meryl Streep. Dame Meryl makes a big show of seeming shocked as the crowd stands for her. As you do. "Well. When Ricky Gervais' deal fell through and they came to me to play Margaret Thatcher..." she begins. She calls her win "a thriller" but also "embarrassing." She forgot her glasses, leading to three or four seconds of NBC censoring for one "s***." Meryl's glasses get passed up through the ballroom by George Clooney and several other stars, though it looks like David Fincher decides to hold onto them. Streep lists a slew of remarkable performances from 2011. She thanks her agent and also "God... Harvey Weinstein." She also thanks "everybody in England who let me come in and trample all over their history." Wow. They're playing Meryl Streep off? Screw you, Golden Globes. She closes with, "I love you Viola. You're my girl." Nice.

10:39 p.m. We've got Jane Fonda to present Best Pictures, Musical or Comedy to... "The Artist." Yawn. At least the dog is there, upstaging everybody else affiliated with the movie, just as the dog did in the movie itself. The film's producer tells a story about his father's big break. This is a mighty big night for Harvey "The Punisher" Weinstein.

10:41 p.m. So we require 20 minutes to give two more awards?

10:47 p.m. Well, I guess it helps that we get six minutes of "Smash" commercials. Natalie Portman's up to present Best Actor in a Drama. Fassbender should win. He will not. The winner is... George Clooney for "The Descendants." You can't be mad about George Clooney winning things. You just can't. Don't even try. Clooney begins by praising buddy Brad Pitt for his work in films and around the world. Then Clooney makes an awesome golfing joke about Michael Fassbender's penis. That's a Golden Globe first, I suspect.

10:54 p.m. Harrison Ford is presenting Best Picture Drama. The winner is... "The Descendants." Fair enough. The producer thanks George Clooney and Alexander Payne and then lets Alexander Payne talk a little. And then, even though we have a full three minutes left, Payne gets played off. Because time management on The Globes is a horrible nightmare.

10:58 p.m. "I hope you enjoy the goodie bags, the champagne and the gold. I hope that took your mind off the recession for a little while," Gervais says as the credits run.

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'The Artist,' 'The Descendants' win big with Golden Globes (plus live blog)

George Clooney and Meryl Streep take top acting honors

Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 4:27 PM

'The Artist,' 'The Descendants' win big with Golden Globes (plus live blog)

Tonight brings us the most significant of pre-Oscar Awards ceremonies: the Golden Globes. Okay, so the level of legitimacy that the HFPA has inspired is questionable at best. But there can be no question that the Globes have the highest profile of all the events leading up to Oscar's big night. More importantly, though, Ricky Gervais is going to go absolutely mental tonight.

Guy posted his Golden Globe predictions earlier today, as well as his ideal selections. Though there are several categories where Guy and I are of a similar mind, there are one or two, however, where I favor a different film. In any event, here is our opportunity to share our thoughts as the evening unfolds on the hits and misses of the honors, speeches and inevitable deliciously inappropriate musings of the host.

I’ll my posting my own up to date reflections and invite you to join in with your opinions. Kris will be busy representing In Contention in and around the Beverly Hilton, where everyone from Fox to Universal to Weinstein and Warner Bros. will be (they hope) celebrating their spoils. He'll be back soon enough to report from those, but in the interim, three, two, one…

You can also follow @kristapley on twitter for on the ground updates.

For great updates in the TV categories you can also check in with Dan Fienberg the Hitfix TV expert.

8:00: Well that’s the end of it then. Full list of winners below. A couple of small surprises tossed in, but, in general terms, all safe selections. I wish there were some more interesting choices in the mix. A bit more “Margaret” and “Shame” though I enjoyed the films that were honored. Disappointed in Gervais. I genuinely believed he would make more of this. In better news, his show looks hilarious.


7:45: And it’s “The Descendants.”

7:47: And here is where I really protest. Look it’s not that Clooney wasn’t great in the role. He was. But this was Fassbender’s award. However, he was never going to win. It’s a shame (I apologize) but “Shame” really is one of my absolute favorites this year and I cannot see why it has not gotten more recognition. Other than we are a world of man and women children that turn a blind eye to anything that involves truthful discomfort. Sigh. At least I enjoyed Clooney’s speech overall.

Side note: Portman looks incredible,

7:41: "The Artist" is no surprise. But I just can not agree with what seems to be its inevitable win at the Oscars. In any event...

7:33: Meryl Streep seems to have made a funny. Not sure what it was. But it seems like a great thing that she is an actress rather than an improvisational comedian. All do respect. The fact is, I absolutely do respect her and happen to think she was phenomenal in this role. “God, Harvey Weinstein” nice save on that speech! Sort of.

This was a fierce field indeed. I would have loved to see Tilda Swinton win for “Let’s Talk About Kevin” but I am good with this win. Though I may be in the minority.

Was Gervais saving the somewhat good bits for Colin Firth who he knows we all love. Also, I love Colin Firth. More saliently, these cutaways are embarrassing.

7:29: Ricky, will you ever break free of this seemingly impenetrable leash? Pretty please. I was promised "mental."

7:24: I just do not see the performances, as lovely and charming as they are, as the thing to pull out from “The Artist.” Alas.

Wahlberg could not sound more bored.

I would follow Benedict Cumberbatch anywhere.

7:20: Well, that settles it. Sofia Vergara & "Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan (as a unit) give the best speech of the night.

7:16: I dislike that I did not hear what is likely the most interesting thing the host had to say all night.

7:13: Interesting. Martin Scorsese represents the first real, true surprise of the night for me. My guess is that “Hugo” will not win Best Picture. The vote will have been split between Best Director and Picture with “The Artist” taking Picture in all likelihood.

7:11: Robert Downey Jr. paying tribute to "Hugo" reminds me that I loved him in and as "Chaplin."

7:06: Secondary side note: I think they are trying to filibuster Gervais.

7:05: Side note: I am planning to hire Freeman to narrate my life.

7:03: I’m willing to wait for Sidney Poitier to finish a thought. So should we all. Helen Miren may fall a bit flat, but, on the upside looks incredible. Forgive me, but I never really did understand why “Driving Miss Daisy” became such a thing. Having said that I got teary eyed looking at “The Shawshank Redemption” montage and I’m not afraid to say it.

All said, I forgot that Morgan Freeman could be so fierce. “John Doe” has the upper hand indeed. And finally, sweet lord, I love “Unforgiven,” my favorite of Eastwood’s other than the less hailed “A Perfect World.”

6:55: Reese Witherspoon is looking remarkably Legally Blondy. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

6:52: Will Gervais offer a rebuttal to Madonna (who is from DETROIT). Alas, the accent remains.

6:49: Side note: An unnamed actor told me the other day that he’d like to smack Bradley Cooper around a bit. Thoughts?

6:46: Octavia Spencer takes it again all but solidifying her Oscar win. Love her, I do, but I have to agree this should have gone to Chastain.

6:38: I must say, no real stand-outs in the speech department thus far...Spielberg keeps it nice and simple.

6:31: “A Separation” is absolutely the correct choice in this category. I love the raw, intimate portrait it paints and it strangely reminds me somewhat of “Margaret” in the way it presents the macro via the micro. But there is something about the Pygmalion like “The Skin I Live In” that stays with me.

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6:26: The show does indeed seem to be hosting itself. Where is the promised mania I ask you?

6:23: Singing intro: Possibly the best joke of the night.

6:22: Woody Allen could not care less about this stuff! Hilarious! He wants to say “thank you” indeed!

6:21: I would not call “50/50” as one of my top ten (though I really like it) but I have such an affection for Anna Kendrick and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

6:14: Wow. I really believed this should be, and would be “Rango.” In any event, Steven Spielberg is impossible not to like, and it is fun to watch him play without restriction in “Tintin.”

6:07: “Game of Thrones???" Okay, but this is a great one. May we also suggest checking Peter Dinklage out in Tom McCarthy’s “The Station Agent” as well?

6:06: Also it is a loose interpretation of comedy.

Michelle Williams was lovely in the role as I’ve said, but Rogen did not hide his disdain for the interpretation of the category “the hysterical comedy…” My, my. I don’t mind this win and really respect her as a talent, though I do believe the interpretation of the strength of her performance is somewhat off. She is a gorgeous Marilyn, but we do not really see Norma Jean.

Again, can't begrudge her the win.

6:00: Rogen speaks for all the gentlemen in the room. Beckinsale is flawless.

5:59: Homies Pitt and Clooney introduce one another’s films. I actually enjoy the symmetry. Though I always enjoy symmetry. But I far prefer “Moneyball” to “The Ides of March.” As I mentioned earlier, the intern storyline really did not work for me.

5:52: I have to agree with the comments. Gervais seems leashed.

5:48: I've said it, several times, but this is out of control!! Really, Madonna??? Could you be star grabbing any more blatantly? She hasn't walked a carpet in years. Fine. But Blige would have been the one sans "The Muppets."

5:46: These expressions are priceless.

5:44: Best Original Score. This is one where Guy and I disagree. I actually think “The Artist” is all about the score.

5:40: I must check out “Homeland” and hear it is wonderful. But as my friend Ned says: “Winter is totally still coming.”

5:35: “Defecating into a sink less demeaning than what most of you have done to make it in show business.” I do so love you Gervais.

5:32: “You have no idea.” That is all. Jeremy Irons.

5:27: What I love about “Midnight In Paris”: how the tone switches from author to author, the fantastical look at the human tendency to romanticize the past both individual and collective. What I did not love: Rachel McAdams doing her Woody Allen.

5:25: I’d love to take this moment to recommend that everyone go back and take another look at Todd Haynes’s filmogrophy. I love his work. “Safe” and “Velvet Goldmine” are two particular favorites.

5:21: Okay, we are about movies. But there are not words to express my addiction and love for “Downton Abbey.” Side note, “Downton”’s Elizabeth McGovern is married to “My Week With Marilyn” director Simon Curtis. Okay.

5:18: Ohhhh, awkward with the teleprompter. Nice recovery Moore.

Also, I have never read so many mentions of velociraptors.

5:10: Christopher Plummer is no real surprise, he is the front runner for the Best Supporting Oscar win. Lovely speech on his part. I know there will be those who will bemoan the Albert Brooks loss in this field, but I do love Plummer. This may be one of the last chances for him to receive recognition. Also, I do appreciate a man that values his martini…I mean wife.

5:08: The man who will wear literally anything Tim Burton tells him to seems far more dower when reading off the prompter. Still, how can you not love Johnny Depp. Sufficiently nice montage for “Hugo.”

5:05: My favorite of the HPFA rules to Gervais is not to mention Gibson or Jodie Foster’s Beaver. Best jab is at the Foreign Press itself. Overall not over the line in my mind. What is twitter talking about.

Red Carpet Shenanigans:

There is rarely much depth yielded from red carpets, however, there are brief moments of interest to be noted here and there.

On to NBC coverage.

4:59: Embarrassing to hear the stage manager over NBC’s red carpet hosts. Onward.

4:51: Glenn Close nominated in the original song category (again, I say, “The Muppets”) as well as an actress. Here is the night that she steps ahead of her co-star Janet McTeer. Though I don’t believe this will be the night that she takes the prize.

4:45: Clooney says that the best, least seen film of the year is “Warrior.” I really enjoyed “Warrior” and wish more people had seen it – but I’d have to say “Margaret” of course would be my pick in that particular field. Thanks to Sasha Perelraver for that update.

4:40: I am hearing rumors of a Goslingless Globes. Say it ain’t so.

4:35: Leonardo DiCaprio was drawn to “J. Edgar” in that he could not easily define the character. Though DiCaprio delivers a fine performance, the lack of clarity in the overall film really served to dilute the impact for me. In any event, he is not likely to take the prize tonight. But surely he will at some point in his career. Likely sooner rather than later.

4:33: Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are ready for Gervais to unleash the Kraken on Hollywood. My guess is that they’re safe.

4:23: Evan Rachel Wood is lovely. Congrats to her on her nomination for Best Supporting Actress “Mildred Pierce.” I must say, however, that (through no fault of her own) her storyline in “The Ides of March” all but killed the film for me. It weakened to motivations and felt somewhat trite (as true to life as it may be). The real meat of the betrayal, for me as a viewer, lay in the selling of Cabinet positions. And the real crux of the drama lay in the game of mental chess that the characters took part in.

4:18: I love Sir Elton John, of course. But can we say one more time how absolutely ludicrous it is that “The Muppets” were not nominated (thrice) for Best Original Song?

4:10: Michelle Williams muses on Marilyn Monroe’s intelligence and wit. I’ve listened to Marilyn speak in her “real” voice on several occasions and have been deeply impressed with just how smart and self-aware she was. What’s interesting to me about “My Week With Marilyn” is that what feels impressive to me about Williams performance has been misunderstood in my mind. She serves beautifully as the fantasized version of the boy’s perception, even in her frailty. But she still remains essentially the created figure: Marilyn. She never really “drops the act” as it were, nor should she. She is what Colin envisioned her to be and her performance captures that notion perfectly. But the idea that the real woman is presented seems somewhat inaccurate in my mind. However, I did really enjoy what she did.

4:00: Berenice Bejo says there was “no risk, just pleasure” in the creation of the silent film “The Artist.” Indeed, she served as muse for her husband, and “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius. I find the film charming, creative and deeply enjoyable. It sort of defines “feel good” for me this year. And as much as the performances added to that effect, I find it odd that they have been pulled out as much as they have. The broad nature is inherently limited for me. In any event, she looks absolutely gorgeous.

3:50: “Life’s Too Short” looks hilarious.

3:45: Alright twitter. Yes, Kelly Osbourne’s hair has a grey-blue tint. Moving right along.

3:40: Rooney Mara apparently takes the physical portions of her roles quite seriously. Not certain I’d be quite that willing to get multiple piercings, but who knows. I don’t believe it will yield a win this year, but her nomination does perhaps bode well for her cache in Hollywood and the scope of her choice in her career. It will be interesting to see how she utilizes that power

3:40: Octavia Spencer watched to Globes at a friend’s place last year with an in house betting pool. She’d be smart to bet on herself this year. Of course, she served as the inspiration for her character Minny. She was in New Orleans on a working vacation with director Tate Taylor and his childhood friend (and “The Help” author) Kathryn Stockett when Stockett asked Spencer if she could use her mannerisms as reference for Minny. I am somewhat surprised that E! chose not to ask her about the correlation. Somewhat.

3:30: Forgive me, it must be said, Jessica Chastain looks stunning. She doesn’t say much more than she is excited to be there. But she does mention that she felt that she had previously believed that there was a “Chastain curse.” She made her first film four years ago and had 11 in the can before one was released. Clearly the Gods of timing were working in her favor. This year is without much question the year of Chastain. How that will play out in terms of wins, however, remains to be seen.

She mentions a Princess Di biopic in the work and as a side note, clearly watches reality TV.

Not sure if I find that endearing or disappointing to be honest. Given the option I’ll role with endearing.

3:10: George Clooney who is nominated for Best Actor in a Drama, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director does not feel he will win in all fields. He will likely win for Best Actor. He is interestingly enough up against his own work in some instances with Ryan Gosling nominated as Best Actor for his film “The Ides of March,” which is also nominated as Best Picture against “The Descendents.” Though he does put the ceremony in its proper perspective:

“What’s fun is that people get hammered and then people give funny speeches.”

3:05 PM: Christopher Guest wishes Gervais good luck for his hosting duties, which I certainly hope accurately sets the tone for the festivities. Meanwhile, Ricky reports that he feels that the build up to tonight’s performance has been largely overblown as was the response to last years. Summing the press response thusly:

“Normally you have to murder someone to get that much column space, I just told some jokes.”



Once again, the winners of this year's Golden Globes are:

Best Picture (Drama): "The Descendants"

Best Picture (Comedy or Musical): "The Artist"

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Best Actor (Drama): George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Best Actor (Comedy or Musical): Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Best Actress (Drama): Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Best Actress (Comedy or Musical): Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Screenplay: "Midnight in Paris"

Best Original Score: "The Artist"

Best Original Song: "Masterpiece" from "W.E."

Best Animated Feature: "The Adventures of Tintin"

Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"

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Best & Worst of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards: Ricky Gervais Breaks All the Rules Again!

January 15, 2012 9:35:00 PM by Erik Pedersen
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The Golden Globes lured Hollywood's biggest stars such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Lea Michele, George Clooney, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo DiCaprio for a night of glitz, glamour and an open bar—so who did host Ricky Gervais insult first?

If you guessed Dame Helen Mirren, Justin Bieber or Jodie Foster (and her Beaver), you were on to something.

Read on for the best, the worst and the most memorable moments of the Golden Globes...

MORE: 2012 Golden Globes Winners List!

Best Opener: "So where was I?" asked a gleeful Gervais, who improbably came back after last year's controversial and entertaining hosting duties.

Some of our favorite bits from tonight included:

"For those of you who don't know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars—without all that esteem."

"The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult any of you, or any of them, or offend any viewers or cause controversy whatsoever...they'll definitely invite me back again next year as well."

And then Gervais asked Johnny Depp a penetrating question, had Depp yet seen The Tourist, a film that Gervais had mercilessly mocked last year? Depp's response killed: "Uh, no." (Us, too!)

Bravest Appearance: Actors are always being called "brave" for pretending to do things with the help of makeup artists, stunt doubles and craft services, but we will definitely give props to Ashton Kutcher for showing up in the same room as Gervais.

Worst Teleprompter Fail: Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore were faced with no words to say and still found a way to be funny and charming despite seeming to have no idea what they were supposed to be talking about it. Nice save, guys.

Best Guest Appearance: As the Best Actress nominees were being read off, Tina Fey slyly moved in behind pal Amy Poehler's noggin to steal her thunder.

And Speaking of Stealing Scenes...Paul Giamatti seemed to be having a fascinating conversation with his voluminous beard (or possibly its inhabitants...or a pal offscreen) while the camera was supposed to be paying attention to one fo the Best Actress nominees. Now, when your beard can captivate an audience, that's some good acting.

Bravest Person in the Room: The bandleader who started to play off Madonna mid-speech as she was talking about Harvey Weinstein.

PHOTOS: 2012 Golden Globes Twitpics

Cool Category: The Wire's Idris Elba and Dominic West were up against each other once again—with the added draw of Downton Abbey dreamboat Hugh Bonneville—in the super-British miniseries category.

OMG Moment: Brad Pitt came out and talked about stuff in his super deep dreamboat voice with reaction shots from Angelina Jolie and George Clooney. Everyone's a winner.

Cane Mutiny: Clooney's walking shtick with Pitt's pilfered cane was totally silly, but just the kind of goofing around that makes the Globes the loosest and most fun of the award shows.

Worst Rising Star Award: The star of 50/50 had this to say while standing next to Kate Beckinsale: "Hello, I'm Seth Rogen and I'm currently trying to conceal a massive erection." Perhaps the only thing that saved it from being a TMI moment was Beckinsale's gradual collapse into hysterics—and the fact that everyone exaggerates in Hollywood.

And I'd Like to Thank the Old Gods: Best Supporting Actor winner Peter Dinklage thanked Game of Thrones novelist George R.R. Martin, and nerds everywhere were cheering. We know because we could hear them rattling their plastic longswords all around our office.

Worst Attempt at Feigning Interest—or a Pulse: Though wonderfully hammy onstage, reaction shots of a half-asleep Dustin Hoffman made it look like he wanted to be anywhere but at the Golden Globes.

Biggest Surprise: Was it Homeland winning the TV drama award? We're going to say yes.

PHOTOS: 2012 Golden Globes Fashion Police

Crowd-Pleasing Reaction: Octavia Butler seemed be saying "He's cuute" when Channing Tatum came onstage, and frankly, we're pretty sure she wasn't the only one.

God, the President and a Sexy Vampire: Dame Helen Mirren could have spared us the silly English driving joke during the Morgan Freeman tribute, but the whole thing was saved by Freeman's own long career, his personal dignity and that Electric Company clip of him as a vampire taking a bubble bath in a casket.

Toughest Call: We're really glad that the deeply, richly entertaining and fun Adventures of Tintin got recognized, but it's too bad that the weird, funny and original Rango got shut out.

Worst Theme: Penis jokes. Even after the trend got called out Tina Fey and Jane Lynch, however, Clooney's salute to Michael Fassbender was still unexpected and pretty hilarious.

Best Onscreen Couple: Married people Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy performed a duet as they announced the actresses in the category Jessica Lange ultimately won, which was not only good, but cute like only an old(er!) married couple can be.

Totally Speechless! We really liked hearing The Artist star Jean Dujardin speak as he accepted his award, but he loved that he finished his speech—silently. That was only topped by the appearance of the film's charismatic dog later onstage.

Second Worst Introduction: The repeated references to Melissa McCarthy's, er, scene involving a sink in Bridesmaids probably made for some uncomfortable small talk at her table.

Absolutely Worst Introduction: Gervais actually made us feel bad for the universally beloved Colin Firth by describing him as a racist, blind kitten puncher. Seriously, Ricky? You totally forgot to mention Firth hates freedom, too.

And what did you think was the best and worst of the night? Hit the comments!

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Ricky Gervais

If you thought Ricky Gervais was inappropriate at the Golden Globes last year, just wait — the British comedian is back for another round of offending the Hollywood elite this year, and we've got a feeling he's looking to up the ante.

The Golden Globes are tonight, and it's not just the Gervais gags that we're tuning in for. We also want to see which movies are honored at one the film industry's biggest nights of the year, of course! Will "The Artist" continue its not-so-silent domination of the awards season circuit? With two nominations to his name, can Ryan Gosling walk away with a Globe this year? We'll find out the answers to those questions and more before the night's over, so tune into our Golden Globes live blog to share in on what will surely be one of the most exciting Hollywood events of 2012!

10:58 p.m. And that's all she wrote on the Golden Globes! A pretty tame Rickey Gervais, some predictable wins and a healthy dose of surprises as well. What did you think of this year's show? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter!

10:55 p.m. With "Descendants" winning the Best Picture - Drama award, the Oscar race comes down to two lead contenders. Clooney versus Dejardin. "Descendants" versus "The Artist." Who are you putting your money on?

10:48 p.m. No one can be upset about a George Clooney victory. Except maybe Michael Fassbender. He really gave his all to "Shame." (What, everyone else has been making "members only" jokes!)

10:40 p.m. "The Artist" goes for three. Anyone annoyed by this should be pacified by a very cute dog doing tricks on stage, or else has no soul.

10:38 p.m. I want to make "You're My Girl" T-shirts with Meryl's face on 'em. Who's in?

10:35 p.m. C'mon, Meryl. I love you, but you really didn't see that coming? You're Meryl Streep!

10:34 p.m. I'd pay to see a movie about Colin Firth punching armies of blind kittens, for what it's worth.

10:25 p.m. "The Artist" continues its warpath with a Jean Dujardin win. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg sleeps through the presentation.

10:19 p.m. Or, for that matter, everything that was just said on stage in the past five minutes. But hey, congrats to "Modern Family" on the win!

10:16 p.m. Someone please translate what Banderas just said for me.

10:13 p.m. Scorsese winning Best Director for "Hugo" is, to me, a no brainer. An incredible about-face for a filmmaker so far into his career.

10:10 p.m. I'm not sure that RDJ ever fully recovered after that "I am Iron Man" revelation.

10:09 p.m. A wonderful speech from Mr. Freeman. And now, for something completely different: Madonna threatening to surrender her "virginity" to Ricky Gervais.

10:00 p.m. Also, all awards shows should feature Freeman's "Shawshank" parole speech. It is truly the best.

9:58 p.m. All awards shows should feature Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren presenting an award to Morgan Freeman. The world would be a better place.

9:49 p.m. If Octavia Spencer is this emotional now, I can't wait to see her when she wins on Oscar night. (You know it's going to happen!)

9:43 p.m. Heeeeeey! Welcome back to the game, Matt Le Blanc!

9:35 p.m. Big night for "Homeland." Definitely deserved the series win, but Claire Danes earned her Globe even more. Carrie Mathison is one of the greatest characters on television right now, and looks to be for years to come. I repeat: tune in!

9:30 p.m. "If I'm still just like a virgin Ricky, then why don't you come do something about it? I haven't kissed a girl in a few years." Madonna FTW.

9:28 p.m. If you missed it, Michelle Williams' mother of an acceptance speech:

9:25 p.m. The murderous Constance wins for "American Horror Story," which is awesome, considering this was — spoiler alert, but not for the reasons you think — Lange's only shot to win for the character.

9:23 p.m. William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman should host the Globes next year. #justsaying

9:23 p.m. Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" gets awards love, but Woody himself is a no show. Apparently he does his speaking through Nicole Kidman these days. I wouldn't mind having that option.

9:13 p.m. Spielberg claims a Globe with "Adventures of Tintin" winning Best Animated Feature Film. All credit goes to Snowy. (And maaaybe a little to Andy Serkis.)

9:08 p.m. The Imp, Tyrion Lannister. Peter Dinklage continues his awards sweep. It's kind of amazing... if he's winning so many awards now, it's going to be absolutely ridiculous during the "Clash of Kings" and "Storm of Swords" seasons. (Dudes, read "A Song of Ice and Fire" if you haven't yet. It's out of control awesome.)

9:01 p.m. SETH ROGEN, ladies and gentlemen. Perhaps not the classiest man in Hollywood, but certainly one of the funniest/least appropriate.

8:58 p.m. Best Actor - TV Movie or Miniseries goes to Stringer Bell! It's all in the game!

8:52 p.m. Harvey Weinstein's nickname is "The Punisher," apparently. He'd make for a very unique Frank Castle.

8:50 p.m. "I'm not French, I have no excuse," Madonna says after winning her second-ever Golden Globe, this time for Best Original Song - Motion Picture for "W.E."

8:46 p.m. "The Artist" wins Best Original Score - Motion Picture. The first of a few wins tonight, I suspect.

8:42 p.m. If you're just tuning into the show, you can catch up on Ricky's opening speech here:

8:39 p.m. "Homeland" takes home Best Drama Series - TV! Very, very, very well deserved. If you haven't watched, and you're a fan of "24" style action with a bit more brains (and I say that as a huge "24" fan), you need to tune in. Excellent show.

8:37 p.m. Good for you, Kelsey Grammar, but... over Bryan Cranston? Really? He is the danger!

8:35 p.m. Melissa McCarthy and Paula Patton, two of my favorite actresses from the past year, together on stage... and, sadly, kinda boring.

8:24 p.m. Kate Winslet, Award Magnet, wins Best TV Movie / Miniseries actress for "Mildred Pierce." Well earned, as always.

8:21 p.m. "Downton Abbey" wins Globe for Best TV Movie / Miniseries. Good timing — I just started watching the show today! (Bates is the best.)

8:19 p.m. Rob Lowe + Julianne Moore - Functional Teleprompter = AWKWARD.

8:14 p.m. Doctor Ellie Sattler wins Best Actress TV - Comedy or Musical! (Yes, I will only be referring to actors by the names of their best characters. (That's probably not totally true but gosh darn it I am going to try.))

8:10 p.m. Best Supporting Actor goes to Georg Von Trapp! The hills are alive at the Globes!

8:09 p.m. Gerard Butler, comedy... may not be your strong suit.

8:07 p.m. Ricky gets Johnny Depp to admit he hasn't seen "The Tourist" yet. As far as I'm concerned, mission = accomplished.

8:05 p.m. Ricky might be onto something: Helen Mirren in a "Bridesmaids" sequel would be awesome.

8:02 p.m. "When the man who says yes to 'Norbit' says no to you..." Never too early for Oscars digs.

8:01 p.m. "So, where was I?" Between that and a glass of who-knows-what in hand, looks like Ricky came prepared this year.

8:00 p.m. Show time!

7:55 p.m. Our red carpet live blog is about to wrap up, and you can head over to Hollywood Crush for all the highlights. My favorite observation from MTV's own Kara Warner: "Haywire" costars Antonio Banderas and Michael Fassbender apparently enjoyed a nice bromantic embrace on the carpet. Would've loved to see that!

7:53 p.m. Just a few minutes until show time. Place your bets now for who you think Gervais' first victim will be!

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2012 Golden Globes Awards Live Blog

Posted on Sunday, January 15th, 2012 by Germain Lussier

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards take place Sunday night and though all the pre-show hype has been about what controversial host Ricky Gervais will say when he takes the stage, there are some important awards to discuss too. Though the validity of the Globes are regularly questioned, it’s extremely influential simply because it’s live on television and everyone is watching. For films like The Artist, Midnight in Paris and The Help, a win at the Globes could mean a direct route to the Oscars.

In case you aren’t watching, we’ve got you covered. I’ll be updating this post with all the winners as they happen. Plus, I’ll keep you informed of which celebrities take a thrashing courtesy of Gervais, who, if anyone, gets extremely drunk and all of the other potential craziness that occurs when Hollywood’s elite sit in a ballroom with free, unlimited booze and live television cameras.

Click below, to see all the nominees along with up-to-the-minute results and commentary.

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse
Thoughts: No big surprise here. The Descendants has some solid award-season momentum built up, despite the fact that the Globes were pretty much dispersed among a bunch of other films. And that brings the end to a fairly tame, unsurprising evening.

7:53 p.m. – One more award. Thank God.

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Thoughts: My favorite movie of the year, you’ll get no complaints here. It’ll be close between he and Dujardin come Oscar time. Plus you’ve just gotta love Clooney who dates Stacy Keibler and makes Fassbender dick jokes on stage.

7:48 p.m. – Our first Fassbender sighting.

The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn
Thoughts: With two previous wins tonight, there really wasn’t much of a chance for any of these other films. The Artist is the film to beat this year. And they brought the dog on stage!

7:37 p.m. – Streep nearly steals the evening by forgetting her glasses and being forced to go off the cuff. She lists a bunch of non-nominated great female 2011 performances. Jane Eyre, Pariah, etc. She then fights off the “Wrap it up” music. Finally, a fun, natural moment.

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Thoughts: Wow. Wow. I was sure Davis would take this but Streep wins for a film that everyone says is lackluster save for her performance. Never underestimate the Hollywood Foreign Press’ love of celebrity.

7:34 p.m. – He then shut me up slightly by calling Colin Firth racist. Hilarious.

7:32 p.m. – There’s only a half hour left and I have to say, I’m super disappointed in Gervais tonight. He’s been an almost non-entity and when he is there, he’s funny, but not stellar. He said he would take the gloves off but he’s definitely been neutered slightly.

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight In Paris
Thoughts: I love The Artist and the primary reason is Dujardin’s performance which is pure magic. I’m curious if this means he has the inside track on the Oscar or if the field is just watered down here at the Globes with 10 nominees. Love his nod to the character at the end of his speech too.

Best Comedy TV Series
“Modern Family”
“New Girl”
Thoughts: It’s pretty obvious this was the favorite here but I’m surprised the Foreign Press went with the older show.

7:15 p.m. – Gervais just got edited but the director must have known it was coming. It was too easy. Oh well, moving on.

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Thoughts: Wow. A bit of an surprise, you’d have to say. This certainly bodes well for Hugo’s Oscar chances.

7:03 p.m. – Leonardo DiCaprio just got caught not clapping for Freeman. Burn.

7:01 p.m. – Who just searched for Street Smart on Netflix? That looked amazing. But seriously, Freeman has had quite the incredible career and it’s not close to over.

6:59 p.m. – Helen Mirren picks up the scraps and bombs horribly with her Freeman jokes. Now a montage.

6:55 p.m. – Standing ovation for presenter Sidney Poitier presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Morgan Freeman.

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Thoughts: I have a feeling this was a very, very tight category but, really, who had a more memorable female performance than Spencer this year? This award even made Melissa McCarthy cry. So sweet.

Best Actor, TV Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
David Duchovny “Californiacation”
Johnny Galecki “Big Bang Theory”
Thomas Jane “Hung”
Matt LeBlanc “Episodes”
Thoughts: I’m sure all the Friends fans out there are very excited.

Best Actress, TV Drama Series
Claire Danes “Homeland”
Mireille Enos “The Killing”
Julianna Margulies “The Good Wife”
Madeleine Stowe, “Revenge”
Callie Thorne, “Necessary Roughness”
Thoughts: After Homeland’s earlier win, this was an easy pick. I really have to see this show.

6:34 p.m. – Hey NBC, I think Katharine McPhee is incredibly hot but you don’t need to show her so much. I know she has a new show and all that but come on. Oh, look, Dustin Hoffman.

The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Thoughts: Wow, frankly very surprised at this one. I thought for sure the Jolie film would win just because it’s Jolie but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about A Separation. Nice job, Foreign Press.

6:31 p.m. – Madonna takes a jab back at Gervais. Not bad, not bad. By the way, I’m usually not a fan, but she looks really beautiful.

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie:
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Kelly Macdonald “Boardwalk Empire”
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abby”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”
Thoughts: I love American Horror Story and Lange’s evil/sexy performance is the best part of it. Very happy about this one.

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
Thoughts: Bravo Woody Allen. You don’t even have to be there because you are just the man. A great movie and a great script.

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Thoughts: 2011 was a pretty lackluster year for animation so a movie like The Adventures of Tintin, which is just okay, takes the prize. It doesn’t hurt that Tintin is so beloved across the world.

6:11 p.m. – George Clooney comes out with a cane mocking his pal Brad Pitt. Funny.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Piece”
Tim Robbins, “Cineme Verite”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Thoughts: A powerhouse category of incredible actors but, in the end, they go with Dinklage for his awesome work on Thrones.

Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Thoughts: Totally worthwhile but her inclusion in this category is almost unfair to the other nominees. The film has singing in it, laughs even, but it’s not really a musical or comedy.

6:01 p.m. – Seth Rogen’s boner joke about Kate Beckinsale is the new most awkward moment of the evening.

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail”
Bill Nighy, “Page Eight”
Dominic West, “The Hour”
Thoughts: STRINGER!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!! And he hugged McNulty, also nominated. I love when Wire actors get awards. I really need to watch Luther.

5:52 p.m. – The Golden Globes are reportedly seen in 199 countries. They couldn’t show it in just one more? Side note, this has been torture so far.

“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo and Juliet
“The Living Proof,” The Help
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher
“Masterpiece,” W.E.
Thoughts: I’m boycotting any thoughts on this category because, without competing against The Muppets, I don’t see it as a worthy race. (That said, of COURSE Madonna wins)

Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Thoughts: The Artist‘s score is almost too easy a pick. It’s so incredibly important to the silent movie, if it hadn’t been so good, the movie would not have worked. Very well-deserved.

Best Drama TV Series
“American Horror Story”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Game of Thrones”
Thoughts: A huge win for what most people agree is this season’s best new drama. When it comes to TV the Foreign Press likes the new, hot thing and Homeland is certainly that. If Game of Thrones had aired more recently, it probably wins here, but the second season is about to start.

Best Actor, TV Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”
Jeremy Irons, “The Borgias”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Thoughts: A fairly big surprise as Grammer beats out some heavyweight shows.

5:34 p.m. – Right on cue, he’s back with a few jabs.

5:33 p.m. – Gervais has been gone for a half hour. That’s too long.

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai, “The Hour”
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”
Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”
Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”
Thoughts: Wait? Kate Winslet wins an acting award? Scandal! And by “scandal” I mean “snooze.” She’s great but it’s an obvious choice.

Best Television Series – Miniseries/Movie
“Cinema Verite”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Hour”
“Mildred Pierce”
“Too Big to Fail”
Thoughts: Is it just me or did Downton Abbey come out of nowhere in the last few weeks? I’d never heard of it and now that’s all I hear about. Gotta check it out.

5:20 p.m. – The teleprompter breaks on Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore. Let’s see if anything else can top that awkwardness.

Best Actress, TV Comedy Series
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Tina Fey “30 Rock”
Laura Linney “The C Word”
Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”
Zooey Deschanel “New Girl”
Thoughts: I haven’t watched the show but have heard amazing things. The Foreign Press loves HBO so it’s not that big a surprise.

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Thoughts: This is how things have been going at most award shows. Well-deserved and he’s all but a lock for the Oscar at this point.

5:08 p.m. – Johnny Depp comes out to introduce Hugo. Gervais asks him if he’s seen The Tourist yet. “No,” says Depp.

5:07 p.m. – Gervais was funny, but didn’t insult anyone in the room. Very, very tame.

4:58 p.m. – We’re about to get going. I’ll bump up the categories as they are announced and throw in any relevant thoughts if I have any. Which I might not. I’m still too ecstatic over my Giants beating the Packers.

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The Fassbender Effect

In accepting his Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, George Clooney thanked fellow nominee, “Shame” actor Michael Fassbender, for fulfilling the full-frontal nudity quota for the year. Then George said, “You know, you could play golf without your hands…”

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Golden Globes: Was Ricky Gervais too tame?
January 16, 2012 | 8:00 am

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Perhaps the most telling moment of Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes hosting duties Sunday came as he was finishing them.

Last year, as the assembled began filing out of the Beverly Hilton ballroom, the host made a provocative crack about atheism. This year he tried a considerably more benign joke, about the gold on the table distracting attendees from the recession, a mild dig at the one-percenters of Hollywood.

As he flashed his arsenal of one-liners Sunday night, Gervais certainly didn’t refrain from biting the hand that feeds him. "The Golden Globes are just like the Oscars but without all that esteem," he zinged, offering that the show is Kim Kardashian to the Oscars' Kate Middleton — "a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing’s been proved."

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He then knocked the group’s principles with a line that “The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me if I insult any of you they’ll … definitely invite me back next year."

And he took a page out of the “30 Rock” playbook by getting in some shots at NBC, which broadcasts the awards.

But overall Gervais took a lot less aim at individuals, and it felt a lot less mean even when he did. A joke about Colin Firth as a huge racist, for instance, was clearly tongue-in-cheek.

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Last year, Johnny Depp was on the receiving end of jokes about the improbable nominations for “The Tourist.” This year, Depp was in on the joke, coming out to good-humoredly banter with Gervais about it (Host: “Have you seen ‘The Tourist?’" Depp: “No.”)

Even Robert Downey Jr., who last year called Gervais’ performance “mean-spirited and mildly sinister” and was a bellwether for Gervais’ obnoxiousness level, was a non-factor; the actor didn’t say anything about Gervais when he came out to present an award. This was a night for (relatively) good behavior.

Michael Fassbender summed up the feeling of many in the audience about Gervais when he told my colleague Nicole Sperling "He was great last year. Why is he being so tame tonight?"

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Gervais’ performance — which, like last year, had him disappearing for chunks of the show — wasn’t entirely devoid of personal jokes. A dirty double entendre about “The Beaver” and Jodie Foster seemed crass if not harsh, and there was a sideways jab at Kate Winslet’s gushy acceptance speech.

But Gervais’ ironic coughing about Madonna as a virgin was about safe as you can get (though the icon didn’t seem entirely cool with it, retorting that “If I’m just like a virgin, Ricky, then why don’t you come over and do something about it. I haven’t kissed a girl in a few years — on TV.”).

In a way Gervais was in a no-win position: to try to top his act from last year was to risk people saying he went too far; to try a more generous direction was to solicit criticism that he pulled his punches. There’s no reason Gervais wouldn’t be asked back next year, though as the comedian himself might say, in the topsy-turvy world of the Golden Globes, he might not have been offensive enough to earn the invitation.


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