After many mundane hours of stars, semi-stars and wanna-be stars parading down the red carpet, answering gushing, syrupy questions such as “who are you wearing, are you excited and are you anything like the character you play on TV”, the show finally began with a truly humbled and tearful Kate Winslett winning a Globe for best supporting actress in The Reader. She later scooped an award for Best Actress for her performance in Revolutionary Road, leaving Merly Streep, the favorite in the catagory going home empty handed for her fine performance in Doubt.
The Globes are a real party and the star-studded event certainly seemed like a bar-mitzvah in overdrive. It was a hard crowd to control.
Ricky Gervais tried and in once of the funniest bits of the night, proved he would be a great host for the Academy Awards.
Some of the other highlights of the evening.
The joy in the Slumdog Millionaire camp as they scooped up four awards.
A somber and seemingly enibriated Johnny Depp announcing the Best Actress in a motion picture award. Was I seeing things, or was his nose as red as Rudolph’s?
Sasha Baron Cohen’s joke about Madonna which fell flat with the crowd. I thought he was funny, but then I am a fan.
A sobbing Sally Hawkins from Happy Go Lucky accepting her award.
Colin Farrell’s speech after winning best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for In Bruges.
Heath Ledger winning Best Supporting Actor for Dark Knight.
Mickey Rourke driving the censors wild with twelve letter words in his acceptance speech which was blanked out on the west coast. There was a certain rebellion in the air, and that is the fun of the Golden Globes.
Some disappointments. Michael C. Hall should have won for Dexter. Burn After Reading was totally ignored.
Parts of the show seemed awkward and strained. Dustin Hoffman sneered like a pompous headmaster who was slumming it with the substitute teachers. And then it was all over. Tom Cruise closed the show with the final award, letting the crowd get on with the reason they were really there. To party.
Here’s the full list of winners from last night:
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, The Reader
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
Waltz With Bashir
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
“The Wrestler” (performed by Bruce Springsteen, written by Bruce Springsteen), The Wrestler
BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA
Anna Paquin, True Blood
BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
BEST ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
BEST ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Laura Linney, John Adams
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Paul Giamatti, John Adams
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Laura Dern, Recount
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Tom Wilkinson, John Adams
CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD