Live Blogging the Golden Globes


Tomorrow we’ll find out which players will enter the Hall of Fame. But tonight? I’m all about the Globes. I’ve seen a lot of the movies that were nominated, so I’m into which ones will win awards. And I’m a She-Fan. How do I not want to see the gowns, the gaffes, and the guys in tuxedoes?
For those who don’t plan to watch the whole show, here’s an abridged version.
8 p.m. J.Lo. (What is that gold dress? A shower curtain?) announces the award for Best Supporting Actress. The winner is…Kate Winslet for “The Reader.” Kate was great in the film, so while I was rooting for Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler,” I can’t complain.
8:08 p.m. Sting (sporting shoe-polish brown hair and beard) presents the award for Best Song  to….Bruce Springsteen for “The Wrestler.” YAY! Love Bruce, who walks on stage and cracks, “This is the only time I’m ever gonna be in competition with Clint Eastwood.”
Time out for dinner. A girl’s gotta eat.
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8:38 p.m. The Jonas Brothers (Sorry, but I’m too old to appreciate their appeal) list the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film. The Globe goes to….”Wall-E.” Didn’t see it. No opinion whatsoever.
8:42 p.m. Johnny Depp (Could he be more out of sorts? How about a tiny smile?) announces the award for Best Actress in a Feature Film – Musical or Comedy. It’s Sally Hawkins, who stars in the sweet little indie “Happy Go Lucky.” Didn’t love the story, but thought she was outstanding. Wow. Is she drunk or just nervous? She’s going on and on. Someone get the hook.
8:57 p.m. Demi Moore (alone at the podium without her son husband Ashton Kutcher) presents the award for Best Supporting Actor to… Heath Ledger for “Dark Knight.” Uh-oh. Who’s accepting the award? Director Chris Nolan. Sad. I hope Heath’s watching from heaven.
9:18 p.m. Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen joke about doing cocaine with Mickey Rourke. Nobody laughs. Clueless, they move on to the nominees for Best Screenplay. The winner is…Simon Beaufoy for “Slumdog Millionaire.” Yesss. Maybe this means the film will win Best Picture. It’s definitely my pick.
Time out for dessert.
9:43 p.m. P. Diddy (Do people still call him that?) and Kate Beckinsale have zero chemistry as they present the Globe for Best Original Score to…A.R. Rahman for “Slumdog Millionaire.” 
9:54 p.m. Martin Scorsese introduces Cecil B. Demille award winner Steven Spielberg with an entertaining montage of Spielberg’s movies – from “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Indiana Jones” to “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Spielberg gets a Standing O and gives a rousing speech about the mentors who were there for him in his career. Nicely done.
10:12 p.m. Emma Thompson towers over Dustin Hoffman as they announce the nominees for Best Director. The winner is…Danny Boyle for “Slumdog Millionaire.” Yikes. Will “Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Revolutionary Road” win anything?
10:18 p.m. A stunning Sandra Bullock (Where has she been?) runs through the nominees for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The winner is…Colin Farrell in “In Bruges,” a Belgian film that I didn’t think was comic or musical, but what do I know?
10:28 p.m. Sasha Baron Cohen of “Borat” fame is wickedly funny as he presents the Globe for Best Movie – Musical or Comedy to….”Vicky Christina Barcelona.” Woody Allen’s sister, who looks a little like Woody in drag, accepts the award.
10:36 p.m. Cameron Diaz and Mark Wahlberg announce the winner for Best Actress – Drama. It’s Kate Winslet for “Revolutionary Road.” OMG. Kate is freaking out. Yes, she’s won two statuettes tonight, but she’s so overcome that she has to be helped up to the stage. She thanks her fellow nominees, and forgets Angelina Jolie’s name. They tell her to wrap it up. She says, “I am SO not wrapping it up!” Now she’s crying and telling Leonardo DiCaprio how much she loves him. Enough, Kate. Really.
10:46 p.m. Susan Sarandon gets straight to the point and lists the nominees for Best Actor – Drama. The Globe goes to Mickey Rourke for “The Wrestler.” He trips up the stairs, but pulls it together to make a speech in which he thanks his dogs.
10:56 p.m. Tom Cruise stands in to present the night’s big award for Best Picture to…”Slumdog Millionaire.” I’m clapping. No, it’s not like the Yankees won the World Series, but it’s nice to see a good movie get its due.


  1. levelboss

    i should’ve cleared my cache.. i watched some of the Golden Globes and kept checking mlblogs for your new entry; i saw that your blog was pinned at the top, but i saw no new entry nor comment.. was wondering what was going on.. i should’ve cleared my cache

    thoughts on the Golden Globes..
    1) they should’ve called it the UK Golden Globes for all the British/Irish folks presenting and getting awards

    2) it irritated me when people were SO emotional that they couldn’t start their thank you speech for like 30-40 seconds.. excited okay but get on with it!

    3) was there no opening monlogue?

    4) i can’t stand 30 Rock at all so i changed the channel when they won (and it’s funny because my friend from high school is one of the actors on the show)

  2. juliasrants

    Saw Wall-E – it was a great movie – had social commentary about what we are doing to the earth and for the first 30 minutes there was no dialogue. And yet every kid in the audience was silent watching it. Says something for the power of stunning visuals and a great story. Thanks for the run down!


  3. happyyoungster

    I took my 3-year old to see Wall-E. It wasn’t bad. She kept quiet, stayed in her seat and paid attention…I couldn’t ask for anything more.

    As for Slumdog, nice recommendation, Jane. That movie deserved some hardware.

  4. rosehof14

    Wall E is not for the action packed Disney fan, and I can’t believe there wasn’t a little more build up for Ledger. They spent months hyping the award season for him and it just didn’t seem like enough was pushed out.


  5. Jane Heller

    Levelboss, I was having major technical difficulties last night. So frustrating. I kept having to sign in and then would lose what I’d just written. AAARGH. On the foreign winners, keep in mind that it’s the Foreign Press that votes. They always go for the foreign films/actors. Last year they picked “Atonement” as well as the actors, and they were all shut out at Oscar time.

    Sorry I missed “Wall-E,” Julia. I always love the Pixar movies but didn’t make it to that one.

    Yeah, “Slumdog” was a winner in my humble opinion, Happy. Did you see it yet?

    Kaybee, I wish I’d seen “Wall-E” since it seems to generate strong reactions, both pro and con.

    COB, I agree. When Ledger won, I thought the place would go wild, but the reaction was sort of subdued. I bet the Oscars will do more of a tribute.

  6. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    I missed the awards last night because I forgot they were on. But my friend sent me a YouTube clip of Kate winning both of her awards and Chris Nolan accepting Heath’s award. I’ve always loved both of them, so I’m really glad they won. Kate’s speech for her Best Actress award was wonderfully hysterical. I love her. And I cried like a little girl when Heath won. I have no idea what I’ll do with myself if he wins the Oscar.

  7. Jane Heller

    Jen, I love Kate too and thought she was absolutely deserving of both awards. But as she said, she “went mental” during that second speech! I guess that’s one of the reasons I watch – to see who goes mental. LOL. Heath has that category locked up, so get the Kleenex ready.



    When you win the National Book Award, thank your dog.

    He’ll be watching at home, but you know the tail will be wagging.

    el duque

  9. levelboss

    #2, Jane..
    if this was the Golden Globes, you’d have to sit there at your table and feign a smile and applaud on camera pretending like you’re really happy for the winner who stammers and snivels from the orgasmic thrill of victory and then rambles ad nauseum through a list of people you don’t know and don’t care about when all you want to do is scream, “SH**!!!!”

  10. Jane Heller

    Yikes, Julia. Thanks for the heads up about the ranking. I’ve been buried today so I appreciate you giving me the news. Congrats to you on moving up in the top 5. Pretty cool!

    LOL, Levelboss. But I’m very happy being #2. Besides, it’s fun to be nipping at the heels of those RSBS boys.

  11. bostonredsoxgirl46

    Surprisingly enough, I don’t like the Jonas Brothers! I should’ve watched it, but I feel like I know the “jist” of it from your re-cap! And you were right about Benjamin Button from your blog a while ago–it was really boring! I ended up walking out (and missing the only good 45 minutes). Should’ve seen Frost/Nixon!

  12. Jane Heller

    I’m glad you agreed about the movie, Elizabeth. The story had a great premise, but it was sooooo slow. I didn’t walk out because I kept waiting for the “real” Brad Pitt to show up, but even when he did there wasn’t much going on. “Frost/Nixon” is way more interesting.

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