Top 12 Highlights of Golden Globes awards

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I love to watch awards shows. Not all of them. I refuse to watch The People’s Choice Awards and others that are pure popularity contests. However, I love and look forward to each year, The Golden Globes, The SAG awards, The Oscars and The Emmys. Here, in no particular order, are the highlights of last nights Golden Globes awards show:

1. Bruce Springsteen winning for Best Song for a motion picture. Great speech “This is the only time I’m going be in competition with Clint Eastwood. It feels pretty good.” Bruce looked fantastic. He just keeps getting better looking.

2. John Adams sweeps the miniseries/TV movie category. I didn’t see it but Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson are great actors and I have to mention a sweep.

3. Ricky Gervais continues his streak of being hysterically funny at award shows. Going out to present with a drink in hand and saying to Kate Winslet “I told you do a Holocaust movie and the awards would come” was priceless. It was even funnier in you saw the episode of Extras that Kate Winslet starred in.

4. Heath Ledger winning the award for Best Supporting Actor award posthumously. Although completely expected, director Christopher Nolan using the expression “A hole ripped in the future of cinema” brought to the forefront what a tragedy his death was.

5. 30 Rock sweep. It is a brilliant show and deserves every award it gets.

6. Tracy Morgan’s speech for Best Comedy show win, “Tina Fey and I had a bet, If Barack Obama won the presidency, I would speak for the show from now on. I’m the face of post-racial America!”

7. Tina Fey’s speech for her Best Actress in a comedy win, “If you’re ever feeling too great about yourself, there’s this thing called the Internet”. Best line of the night. I also loved the line that she thanked Will Arnett for, “As a kid I had all the Hollywood Foreign Press action figures”.

8. Steven Spielberg Cecil B. DeMille award – the montage was wonderful. You remember the most famous of his movies but sometimes you forgot some of the other great movies that he was responsible for. His speech, though, could have been shorter.

9. Looked great on stage (not getting into the whole red carpet extravagnaza) – Patrick Dempsey, Demi Moore, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Winslet.

10. Mickey Rourke comeback by winning Best Actor in a Movie, drama. He looked a little weird and thanked his dogs, but everyone loves a comeback.

11. Kate Winslet’s 2 wins. If you didn’t realize, although Kate’s been nominated many times before, she has never yet won. That is why when she won her first award of the night for The Reader, she said that she never wins anything. Her second speech for best actress in Revolutionary Road was much more heartfelt because she was so shocked. I loved when she professed her love to Leonardo DiCaprio and her husband and director, Sam Mendes.

12. Slumdog Millionaire swept Best Movie, Drama awards. It won Best Picture, Best director – Danny Boyle, Best Screenplay and Best Score. It is starting to look like this will be the movie to beat at the Oscars. I saw Slumdog a few weeks ago and it deserves every award it gets. Although unique, it is a movie for everyone. My older teen sons loved it and so did I. It is for males and females, young and old.

Some winners that I didn’t mention above: Best TV show, drama – Mad Men (I’m still mad that Lost wasn’t nominated); Best Movie, comedy – Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Best Actor Movie, comedy – Colin Farrell, In Bruges (Never heard of it before last night, but now added it to my netflix list); Best Actress movie, comedy – Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky; Best animated Movie – Wall-E (Loved it and it deserved to win, but wasn’t a highlight because it was a given); Foreign Language film – Waltz with Bashir; Best Actor in TV show, drama – Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment (When will Michael C. Hall of Dexter finally win?); Best Actress in a TV show, drama – Anna Paquin, True Blood; Best Actress in TV movie – Laura Dern, Recount.

The next awards show, The Screen Actors Guild (SAGS) will air on January 25, 2009. Just like the Golden Globes, the SAGs award both Movies and Television. The academy award nominations are scheduled to be announced on January 22nd. What are you hoping to see nominated? What were your favorite moments of the Golden Globes?

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  1. I’m so glad Kate won, and it was astounding she won for both. She’s a fabulous actress and very deserving. I was also thrilled that Colin Farrell finally won an award for all the fine acting he’s done. Just a warning to you about In Bruges, if you weren’t aware–it’s billed as a comedy, but it’s actually quite dark and violent, so be prepared for that too.

    And Ricky Gervais was a hoot. He really livened things up…heh.

  2. Thanks for the warning, V. Something about the movie didn’t look like a comedy even though it was in that category, so I did somewhat suspect anyway.

  3. Love, love, love Kate. I was very pleased when she won! Ricky Gervais’s comments were some of my faves of the night, too(Extras was genius).

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