The 68th annual Golden Globes just finished, with almost no surprises to report: sunny weather, glamorous celebs, skewering jokes from repeat host Ricky Gervais and the heavy favorites winning in nearly every category.
British funnyman (and creator of the original Office) Gervais hosted for the second year in a row, which is pretty surprising given the risqué performance he gave last year and the reactions it drew. When he was asked back, Gervais vowed to “go out there, guns blazing, like it’s the end of the world,” and that he did, treating the awards show—usually the domain of the soft-peddle joke—like it was a proper, no-holds-barred roast.
Gervais didn’t disappoint, going right for the throat with an opening bit tying in Charlie Sheen’s recent antics with slams on some of the nominees and eventually crescendoing with a gay Scientologist joke that prompted my husband, who was watching with me, to worry, “He’s going to die tonight.” (The joke, in case you’re wondering, which obviously alludes to gossip about John Travolta and Tom Cruise, started with him talking about nominee film I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, “two heterosexual characters pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then... Probably.”
As expected, The Social Network was the big winner of the evening with four categories in its pocket (Best Motion Picture—Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score). Best Original Score was possibly the least-expected win for The Social Network, but it was pretty fun to see an older, meatier, cleaner-cut, suit-wearing Trent Reznor make a very proper acceptance speech for the win. Hard to believe that’s the same guy who wanted to “f**k you like an animal” back in the ‘90s, but the score is killer and the award well deserved.
The Fighter and The Kids Are All Right were just behind with two Golden Globes each—Best Supporting Actor to a shaggy Christian Bale and Best Supporting Actress to an exuberant Melissa Leo for the former, and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical to Annette Bening and Best Comedy or Musical for the latter. The biggest surprise was Paul Giamatti’s win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for the little-heard-of Barney’s Version, edging out the favorite, Johnny Depp (who may have split the vote against himself, as he was nominated for both The Tourist and Alice in Wonderland), in an admittedly weak category.
Other surprises of the evening included the size of Natalie Portman’s baby bump as she accepted the award for Best Actress in a Drama for Black Swan, Michael Douglas’s appearance to hand out the Best Drama award, and Geoffrey’s Rush’s apparent baldness under a somewhat odd hat.
Portman looked elegant as usual in a draped dress, but given that her engagement and pregnancy were just announced a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t expect her to be so far along. Douglas was a little thinner and raspier after his recent successful treatment for cancer, but by and large looked pretty good and got a well-deserved standing ovation. And after some worried Googling, I determined that Rush—whom Colin Firth referred to as his “geisha girl” in his charming acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Drama in The King’s Speech—had shaved his head for a part he’s playing at the Belvoir Theater in Sydney, Australia. Thank heavens!
The complete list of motion picture winners for the 68th annual Golden Globes is as follows:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Social Network
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Kids Are All Right
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Best Director – Motion Picture
David Fincher, The Social Network
Cecil B. DeMille Award
Robert De Niro
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Foreign Language Film
In a Better World (Denmark)
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Burlesque
Music and lyrics by Diane Warren
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale, The Fighter