I am very happy with the Golden Globes… VERY HAPPY

I was very happy with the Golden Globes this year… Some highlights for me at least:

1)Helen Mirren looking beautiful.
2)Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech.
3)Katherine Heigl. Period.
4)Forest Whitaker winning best actor.
5)Arnold walking in on crutches and mispronouncing Babel.

Amazing. After this post, I’ll give you my reviews of The Queen and Pan’s Labyrinth. They were superb.

Here’s the noms and winners and my feed:

DRAMA (FILM)

WINNER: “Babel” – Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production; Paramount Pictures/Paramount Vantage
“Bobby” – MGM; The Weinstein Company
“The Departed” – Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
“Little Children” – New Line Cinema; New Line Cinema
“The Queen” – A Granada Production; Miramax Films

I haven’t seen Babel yet, it’ll be on DVD before the Oscars. I loved The Constant Gardener and this looks reminiscent.

ACTOR (FILM DRAMA)

Leonardo DiCaprio – “Blood Diamond”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Departed”
Peter O’Toole – “Venus”
Will Smith – “The Pursuit of Happyness”
WINNER: Forest Whitaker – “The Last King of Scotland”

He is one of the best actors working. I really wanted Leo to win for the Departed, but I’m happy about this. They’re rereleasing it on the 19th for awards season so that we don’t feel left out. I was really lazy about seeing this film and I’m very lucky that it’s coming back.

ACTRESS (FILM DRAMA)

Penélope Cruz – “Volver”
Judi Dench – “Notes on a Scandal”
Maggie Gyllenhaal – “Sherrybaby”
WINNER: Helen Mirren – “The Queen”
Kate Winslet – “Little Children”

Spectacular, without a doubt. No competition, I don’t care about conforming to what everyone is saying, they are right she is terrific.

TV DRAMA

“24” (Fox) -Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television i.a.w. Real Time
“Big Love” (HBO) – Anima Sola and Playtone Prods. i.a.w. HBO Entertainment
WINNER: “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) – Touchstone Television
“Heroes” (NBC) – NBC Universal Television Studios i.a.w. Tailwind Prods.
“Lost” (ABC) – Touchstone Television

Huh? I wanted Heroes to win, and expected 24 to win. I can’t wait to hear the excuses from the awards experts as to why the show won. Whatever, I love Katherine Heigl.

FILM MUSICAL OR COMEDY

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” – One America; Twentieth Century Fox
“The Devil Wears Prada” – Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox
WINNER: “Dreamgirls” – DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures; DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures
“Little Miss Sunshine” – Big Beach/Bonafide Productions; Fox Searchlight Pictures
“Thank You For Smoking” – Room 9 Entertainment/David O. Sacks Production/Content Film; Fox Searchlight Pictures

It’s okay that this film beat LMS, it was a powerful film that ran on all cylinders. Great performances, great film.

ACTOR (FILM MUSICAL OR COMEDY)

WINNER: Sacha Baron Cohen – “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
Johnny Depp – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
Aaron Eckhart – “Thank You for Smoking”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Kinky Boots”
Will Ferrell – “Stranger Than Fiction”

I would have liked to see Chiwetel win, but Borat is amazing and Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech was unforgettable.

DIRECTOR

Clint Eastwood – “Flags of Our Fathers”
Clint Eastwood – “Letters from Iwo Jima”
Stephen Frears – “The Queen”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – “Babel”
WINNER: Martin Scorsese – “The Departed”

Yes. Very nice.

ACTRESS (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

Marcia Cross – “Desperate Housewives”
WINNER: America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty”
Felicity Huffman – “Desperate Housewives”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
Mary-Louise Parker – “Weeds”

I haven’t watched any of these shows! GREAT! I do have a crush on Miss Ferrera, so she can win all she wants.

ORIGINAL SCORE

WINNER: Alexandre Desplat – “The Painted Veil”
Clint Mansell – “The Fountain”
Gustavo Santaolalla – “Babel”
Carlo Siliotto – “Nomad”
Hans Zimmer – “The Da Vinci Code”

Poor Hansy. I’d rather see The Painted Veal.

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

“Apocalypto” (USA) – Touchstone Pictures/Icon Productions; Buena Vista Pictures
WINNER: “Letters from Iwo Jima” (USA/Japan) – Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
“The Lives of Others” (Germany) – Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion; Sony Pictures Classics
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Mexico) – Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto; Picturehouse
“Volver” (Spain) – El Deseo; Sony Pictures Classics

Dammit. I loved Pan’s Labyrinth. As long as Clint wins in this category and not the directing one, I think I can hold back my anger.

TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL

“Desperate Housewives” (ABC) – Touchstone Television
“Entourage” (HBO) – Leverage and Closest to the Hole Prods. i.a.w. HBO Entertainment
“The Office” (NBC) – Deedle Dee Prods. with Reveille i.a.w. NBC Universal Television Studio
WINNER: “Ugly Betty” (ABC) – Touchstone Television
“Weeds” (Showtime) – Showtime i.a.w. Lionsgate Television and Tilted Prods., Inc

Poor Officeness. At least they won the Emmy.

ACTOR (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

WINNER: Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Zach Braff – “Scrubs”
Steve Carell – “The Office”
Jason Lee – “My Name is Earl”
Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”

I jinxed this. On my ballot, I said I wanted Alec to win and he did. But I really wanted Steve to win. I’m sorry.

SCREENPLAY

Guillermo Arriaga – “Babel”
Todd Field, Tom Perrotta – “Little Children”
Patrick Marber – “Notes on a Scandal”
Wiliam Monahan – “The Departed”
WINNER: Peter Morgan – “The Queen”

Happiness. That is what I felt.

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

“Bleak House” (PBS) – BBC and WGBH Boston Prod. i.a.w. Deep Indigo
“Broken Trail” (AMC) – Butchers Run Films and Once Upon a Time Films i.a.w. Sony Pictures
WINNER: “Elizabeth I” (HBO) – Company Pictures and Channel 4 i.a.w. HBO Films
“Mrs. Harris” (HBO) – Killer Films, Number 9 Films and John Wells Prod. i.a.w. HBO Films
“Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (PBS) – Granada and WGBH-Boston Prod.

I know someone who saw this and loved it. Good for them.

ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

Andre Braugher – “Thief”
Robert Duvall – “Broken Trail”
Michael Ealy – “Sleeper Cell: American Terror”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “Tsunami, The Aftermath”
Ben Kingsley – “Mrs. Harris”
WINNER: Bill Nighy – “Gideon’s Daughter”
Matthew Perry – “The Ron Clark Story”

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. I love Billy Mack.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (FILM)

Adriana Barraza – “Babel”
Cate Blanchett – “Notes on a Scandal”
Emily Blunt – “The Devil Wears Prada”
WINNER: Jennifer Hudson – “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi – “Babel”

I don’t really know what to say here. You knew it was coming. She deserves everything. And she’s beautiful.

ORIGINAL SONG

“A Father’s Way” – “The Pursuit of Happyness” – Music by: Seal and Christopher Bruce; Lyrics by: Seal
“Listen” – “Dreamgirls” – Music & Lyrics by: Henry Krieger, Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Beyoncé Knowles
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” – “Bobby” – Music & Lyrics by: Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy and Andrea Remanda
WINNER: “The Song of the Heart” – “Happy Feet” – Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson
“Try Not to Remember” – “Home of the Brave” – Music & Lyrics by: Sheryl Crow

He was late for this award. Maybe he was busy practicing for the Superbowl (?). Why is he doing the Superbowl? Bring on the Bob Seger, or Scrantonicity. BIG inside joke their for Office fans.

SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

Thomas Haden Church – “Broken Trail”
WINNER: Jeremy Irons – “Elizabeth I”
Justin Kirk – “Weeds”
Masi Oka – “Heroes”
Jeremy Piven – “Entourage”

I’m upset but at least J.I. is a cool dude. I wanted my Hiro Nakamura to win. Too bad.

ACTRESS (TV DRAMA)

Patricia Arquette – “Medium”
Edie Falco – “The Sopranos”
Evangeline Lilly – “Lost”
Ellen Pompeo – “Grey’s Anatomy”
WINNER: Kyra Sedgwick – “The Closer”

Whatever. She’s got big cans. And she was really good in the Woodsman a couple years back. Good for her.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

WINNER: Emily Blunt – “Gideon’s Daughter”
Toni Collette – “Tsunami, The Aftermath “
Katherine Heigl – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Sarah Paulson – “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”
Elizabeth Perkins – “Weeds”

Same as the Masi Oka situation. I wanted Katherine Heigl to win, but I’m okay with Emily Blunt winning.

ACTOR (TV DRAMA)

Patrick Dempsey – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter”
WINNER: Hugh Laurie – “House”
Bill Paxton – “Big Love”
Kiefer Sutherland – “24”

Best voice ever. Sorry Kiefer.

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)

Annette Bening – “Running with Scissors”
Toni Collette – “Little Miss Sunshine”
Beyoncé Knowles – “Dreamgirls”
WINNER: Meryl Streep – “The Devil Wears Prada”
Renee Zellweger – “Miss Potter”

She was totally amazing in that film. A three-dimensional character that changes with a wink of an eye. Great.

ANIMATED FILM

WINNER: “Cars” – Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
“Happy Feet” – Kingdom Pictures, LLC; Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures
“Monster House” – Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

I loved Cars. Best animated film, by far, this year.

SUPPORTING ACTOR (FILM)

Ben Affleck – “Hollywoodland”
WINNER: Eddie Murphy – “Dreamgirls”
Jack Nicholson – “The Departed”
Brad Pitt – “Babel”
Mark Wahlberg – “The Departed”

VERY happy. I don’t want no banana in my tailpipe!

ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)

Gillian Anderson – “Bleak House”
Annette Bening – “Mrs. Harris”
WINNER: Helen Mirren – “Elizabeth I”
Helen Mirren – “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”
Sophie Okonedo – “Tsunami, The Aftermath “

I know someone who saw her in this and loved it. I was too busy looking at Helen Mirren at this point. I must have a thing for older elegant ladies.

CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD

WINNER: Warren Beatty

Longest acceptance speech ever. I can’t wait till we honor Tom Hanks, who honored Mr. Beatty. And what about Ned Beatty? I’m such a nerd.

Well, the countdown to the Oscars have officially started. The noms are announced the 25th of January and from then on, I’m going to be Oscar happy. I hope to see Notes on a Scandal this week, and Little Children. Letters From Iwo Jima is starting to spread out to the masses and there will be a couple of films on DVD before then. Here’s to Helen Mirren and Katherine Heigl for a very nice evening.

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