Sunday, January 17, 2010

Golden Globes: Live Blogging

Yes, I know that Grandpa Jack Bauer starts his eighth really bad day tonight, and that there's a new Desperate Housewives and the second installment of Big Love . . . but the event of the evening is, of course, the Golden Globe awards with the deliciously unpredictable Ricky Gervais as host. Thank goodness for DVRs so I can catch up on the missed eppies later after I shamelessly root for for Jon Hamm, Mad Men and Modern Family.

After I jump back and forth between E (the Exclamation! Point! Channel) and the TV Guide channel for the arrival show in the rain, I'll live blog here. Feel free to chime in on your biggest surprises/disappointments/pleasures while watching the TV/film extravaganza. (Plus Lauren Graham -- of Gilmore Girls -- is going to be presenting and looks lovely.)

Comments on Gervais' Opening:
Update: Mocked the NBC version of The Office and Steve Carell and NBC, a wee bit. Held up the DVD set of HIS version of The Office. Then skewered sanctimonious actors/actresses and complimented their plastic surgeons.

Update: "Let's get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno," Gervais' parting shot before handing off Nicole Kidman and her immobile face.


Update: Best supporting actress in a motion picture award went to Mo'Nique from Precious. I really need to see this movie, not playing widely or as wildly as I wish it would. THIS is what acceptance speeches should be, not those irritating, phoned in laundry lists.

Update: For best actress in TV/comedy, I wanted it to be Edie Falco from Nurse Jackie. (No offense Tina.) But it went to Toni Collette from Showtime's United States of Tara, for her tough role as a suburban mom with multiple personalities. Good show, risk-taking.

Update: Best supporting actor in TV. I chanted, "Ben Linus . . . Ben Linus . . . Ben Linus" silently in my head. But the Golden Globes people didn't hear me, apparently. Went to John Lithgow for Dexter. I've never seen Dexter but really like Michael C. Hall. Have to admit I'm disappointed. Michael Emerson kicks it, totally owns one of TV's best villains.

Update: How tacky for the Golden Globes orchestra to start playing music while the guy from Up was still speaking. He hadn't gone on that long and was genuine, real. It's a pet peeve of mine when awards shows cut off non-celeb winners because the show's top brass are afraid that seeing too much of faces made of flesh and not plastic will kill the ratings.

Update: Hey Ricky, I already saw The Invention of Lying. Thought it was amusing, not belly-laugh inducing like Gervais can be when he knows he's not going to serve as a Golden Globe host again.

Update: Best actor TV/drama . . . goes to Jon Ha . . . whoa, wait, what?! Jon Hamm had an awesome year on Mad Men. Fantastic. Fantastic. This is unbelieveable. But damn, knowing that Michael C. Hall, for Dexter, is recovering from cancer treatment, that makes this so poignant, even though he didn't invoke it specifically.

Update: Best actress TV/drama, good for Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife. Good for her. Could they have seated Margulies any farther away from the stage? Didn't apparently think she'd win by seating her back there. Wonder what Silda Spitzer, Elizabeth Edwards and the other betrayed wives think of her show and her win . . .

Update: Just had to explain why Han Solo looks "so old" to my 8-year-old. "He sounds like the mean and bored Han Solo like he is in the movie," my kid just said.

Update: When Cher came on screen, everyone in the room watching the show with me was slightly taken aback. In the words of Mad Men's Rich Sommer (plays Harry Crane) in his Twitter feed (@richsommer), "Cher should consider having some work done."

Update: With HBO's Grey Gardens winning best TV movie or mini-series, that means that only one broadcast network -- CBS for Margulies -- has received an award thus far. All Showtime and HBO. Plus they did that annoying music-over-the-no-name-speaker.

Update: Best actress in motion picture comedy/musical went to double nominee ("nominated greedily" for two awards in one category as Colin Farrell) . . . Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia. She really morphed in to Julia Child in that film. Deserves an Oscar nom for it. Surprisingly she seemed a bit unprepared to make this speech, despite being nominated two times. As she spoke eloquently about her mother and her craft and the horror in Haiti (without mentioning it by name) I couldn't help but notice that no music cut her off. They wouldn't dare.

Update: What a shock, I just saw a couple of ads for the U.S. Senate race here in Massachusetts. They've been slacking off. It's been nearly an hour since I've seen one.

Update: Actor/actress in TV movie/mini-series: Kevin Bacon for Taking Chance (HBO). Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens (HBO). (Score more for the premium cable stations.) As much as I like Drew -- gotta support female directors -- I think she must've been distracted by the glittery puffy thing on her left shoulder or something because she seemed lost up there at the microphone.

Update: "This next category is a bit of a downer, actually, it's for writing," Gervais said, joking that writers get too much attention as compared to actors. (*Boo-ya for the unsung writers.*) Best screenplays for movies award went to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air. I still haven't seen the movie yet. Plan to rectify this problem next weekend. . . Again, that damned orchestra plays during Reitman's acceptance speech. But it's just an award for writing so, who cares, right? Grrr!

Update: Best actor TV comedy/musical went to the AWOL Alec Baldwin from 30 Rock. Totally, totally deserved. Generallissimo! Oooh, that makes a grand total of TWO awards for network TV: One for CBS, one for the much-maligned NBC.

Update: Oh goody. Another political attack ad. And one positive political ad.

Update: Best TV series, drama. There were so many favorites in this category -- Mad Men, House, Big Love -- but I really, really wanted Mad Men. And so it shall be written and so it shall be done!!

Update: NO WAY! Were they really playing Mad Men creator Matt Weiner off the stage? Tell me I didn't really see that happen. This is getting absurd. Meryl -- as much as I adore her -- went on and on and on about a wide variety of subjects and they didn't start playing music while she was talking. But Weiner talking about one of the greatest shows on television and they unceremoniously cut him off? What is this, NBC?

Update: Best supporting actress on TV went to a sisterwife . . . Chloe Sevigny! Nicki Grant. Good for her AND Big Love. She rocks those prairie skirts.

Update: (Was Gervais drinking a beer up there?) Best supporting actor in film went to Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz. He too was played off. Was it because of the accent? The fact that he's not a household name? If Matt Damon had won, would they have cut Jason Bourne off?

Update: Honorary award. Time for a snack. I hate these things. They NEVER play these people off. Plus there were just two more U.S. Senate ads. I don't want to hear the word "lockstep" ever again.

Update: The category of best director has been a hotly debated one in feminist/pop culture circles lately, with folks saying that Kathryn Bigelow of The Hurt Locker has a great chance of being the first woman to snag a best director Oscar. The Globes supposedly foreshadow what Oscar voters might do. So what happened? She was up against Quentin Basterds Tarantino, Jason Up in the Air Reitman, Clint Invictus Eastwood and James Avatar Cameron. And Cameron, Bigelow's ex-husband, won. What does that mean for the Oscars? We'll see.

Update: Best TV comedy. (Why the heck was Entourage even in this category this year? I mean, come on. Did you even seeee it this season?) The award went to Fox's Glee. That sucked for THE best comedy on TV right now, Modern Family. To be honest, I've not seen Glee. What say you Notes readers, should I start DVRing this show?

Update: Best motion picture comedy/musical. Lots of good choices were in the mix here, but the bawdy foursome in The Hangover came out triumphant. I gotta send my unwatched Netflix films (I haven't watched The International and it's been sitting next to the TV for weeks now) back to Netflix so I can get The Hangover.

Update: Best actress in a motion picture drama. Sandra Bullock. Won. For The Blind Side. Well, I'm blind-sided. Thought for certain it'd be Gabourey Sidibe from Precious. (What do I know, I thought Modern Family and Jon Hamm would win too.) As one pop culture blogger said, "She is this year's Tina Fey, everything is going her way lately."

Update: Best actor in motion picture comedy. Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes. "If you start playing violins I will tear this place apart," he said. (Too bad Sandra Bullock didn't threaten the cellist into learning some damned manners.) But at least Downey gave the most bracingly refreshing and lively acceptance speech since Mo'Nique's at the top of the show.

Update: Best actor in motion picture drama. Conventional wisdom said it'd be Clooney from Up in the Air. 'Twas a lock, everyone thought. And conventional wisdom was, again, wrong. Jeff Bridges from Crazy Heart -- what one reviewer called this year's Mickey Rourke/The Wrestler -- nabbed it for playing the lost, boozy, country western singer. And, I might note, the now-despised Golden Globe orchestra allowed Bridges talk about doing the cha-cha and not a note was played to tell him to exit the stage.

Update: Okay, on the last freakin' award -- yes, I'm cranky that I didn't prognosticate well -- on the best motion picture drama, went to Avatar.

'nuf said.

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