The 67th Annual Golden Globes overall was an elegant evening checkered with reminders of the tragedy in Haiti . Through out the show, actors took the stage to remind viewers to check out NBC.com for ways they can help with earthquake relief. For me, the ceremony had a few to many dragging moments, and it didn’t help when some award winners insisted on completing their speeches and allowing others to speak even as he music played them off stage.
Host Ricky Gervais opened the show with the usual poke-fun-at-famous-attendees monologue. But also joked about the network the awards were hosted on (NBC, which is having some late-night show issues). Needless to say, the British comedian and original UK The Office store didn’t stick to the script.
Monique was the first winner of the night. She won a Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture (Yes, a long title no doubt) for her critically acclaimed role in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. The stand-up comic gave an emotional but eloquent acceptance speech and got a standing ovation from her fellow actors. Michael C. Hall, who recently announced he is undergoing treatment for cancer, won Best Actor in a Television Drama for his role in Dexter as the title character.
As part of promoting their upcoming film Burlesque, Christina Aguilera and Cher showed up to present Best Original Song and Best Original Score in a Motion Picture. Throughout the show, various actors presented the nominees for Best Motion Picture Drama. Tom Hanks made a rather distasteful joke (number 5 on TV Guide’s most memorable Golden Globes moments) at the expense of Alec Baldwin as he presented Julie & Julia.
The winners of the night included a few upsets, such as Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. The Hangover beat favorite Julie & Julia, and Glee beat predicted winner 30 Rock. Meryl Streep won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Julie & Julia. Sandra Bullock won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Blind Side. Robert Downey Jr. won for the same respective category for his work in Sherlock Holmes. Disney’s 2-D The Princess and the Frog didn’t stand a chance against Pixar’s Up, which took home the award for Best animated Feature film.
Leonardo DiCaprio looked dashing as usual as he presented Martin Scorsese with the prestigious Cecile B. DeMille award alongside the director’s other favorite actor, Robert DeNiro. The mind behind Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Departed, and other timeless cinema classics gave a rapid-fire speech, but to my happiness, didn’t thank every last person who has helped make him so great. “That would make this show longer than the Globes and the Oscars put together,” he said. Prior to his speech, a montage was played that featured some of Scorsese’s most celebrated films. It was a little heavy on his work with DiCaprio, but as a fan of the two, I didn’t mind at all.
The biggest winner of the Golden Globes was James Cameron, who won Best Director – Motion Picture for Avatar. The blockbuster also won for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
For a complete list of Golden Globes winners, check out CNN.com.
And because I adored the montage so much, here it is for you to see, or watch again:
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