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The 2009 Golden Globes: My Take

I've polled you on your opinions on this year's Golden Globe winners, now I'm rounding up some of my thoughts on the whole shebang. . .

  • Christopher Nolan's speech accepting the award for Heath Ledger was moving and sweet without being too much. He talked about "a hole ripped in the future of cinema" when Ledger died, but that for anyone who worked with him or even saw his performances, "he will be eternally missed but never forgotten."
  • Watching Sally Hawkins stumble her way through her acceptance speech was cute, then awkward, then finally cute again. I love Emma Thompson giving her a little assist from the audience.
  • I cannot believe they showed that clip for Slumdog Millionaire. It needed to come with a spoiler alert!
  • One of the funniest things about the Golden Globes is trying to spot who's been drinking during the ceremony. Tom Wilkinson, maybe? Emma Thompson? Any others?

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  • Awesome: Tracy Jordan's "post-racial America" speech accepting 30 Rock's award. "I love you, Europe!" and calling Lorne Michaels "Lorney Mikes" were just a few of the gems.
  • Also awesome: Tina Fey telling off her online haters.
  • In other 30 Rock moments, I thought the idea of Alec Baldwin bringing Rumer Willis juice boxes on the set was incredibly adorable.
  • In general, the Golden Globes TV awards are always weird, and this year they were weird and a little boring, with all the love for HBO programming and 30 Rock. Not that it's not deserved, but still, it felt like watching the Emmys all over again. The Globes did get a few new shows into the mix, but even they were on HBO!
  • Kate Winslet truly seemed shocked to be winning — the first time, for sure, but definitely the second time, when she couldn't even get her speech started and then yelled at the teleprompter, "You have no idea how much I am not wrapping up." Hee.
  • Her double win was one of the night's more surprising things, but as many of you pointed out, so was Colin Farrell's win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. Were you rooting for anyone else to win? I figured Dustin Hoffman had a good chance, though I can see why Farrell took home the gold.
  • Some of my favorite presenter moments: Amy Poehler trying to announce the winner at the same time as Patrick Dempsey, and Don Cheadle insisting he should have been in Fargo.
  • I'm sad that those of us on the West Coast didn't get to see Darren Aronofsky give Mickey Rourke the finger. I guess I'll content myself with this: That's what Darren Aronofsky looks like? He's so . . . normal!

Source and ceremony images courtesy of NBC

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I loved DVRing the show, although it was actually more interesting than most awards shows I've seen in the past few years. I loved that Kate Winslet, Colin Farrell, and Anna Paquin won. Ricky Gervais & Sacha Baron Cohen were hilarious IMO, if not a bit controversial. Sally Hawkins is way too damn skinny. Johnny Depp didn't seem drunk or anything, he was just shy like he ususally is when he is at these types of events. I love that he's so humble.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 8 years
i love johnny depp and he's always been a weird guy, but he seemed even weirder presenting... taking the HST thing a bit too far, ya think? watching award shows on DVR is the way to go. fast forward thru the awards i don't care about, speeches of people i don't care to watch and definitely the commercials. SCORE!
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
I totally cried when and how Kate thanked Leo. LOVED that.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I loved Tina Fey's acceptance speech. I was dying with laughter. Kate Winslet's second acceptance speech got to me. I started to get a little teary too but loved it when she said, "You have no idea how much I am not wrapping up." Pure gold. I was surprised about how humble Colin Farrell seemed in winning. For some reason, I've never liked the guy, but it kind of changed my opinion a little. And I can't wait to see In Burges either way. I didn't like Tracey Jordan's speech for 30 Rock. I really could have done without it myself, but that's just me. I haven't seen Slumdog Millionare, so I don't know about the spoiler clip. Hopefully I'll forget it by the time I see the movie!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I was happy for Sally Hawkins, but I couldn't get through her speech. I had to mute it after a while. I had a hard time calling Colin Farrell's category. But I am glad he won and he seemed like the right choice. I haven't seen Slumdog yet, and I didn't realize that the clip they showed entered "spoiler" territory. I'll have to block it out when I see it. I was thrilled over Mickey Rourke's win. Say what you want about his face, but he was always a talented actor who nearly wasted it all, thanks to a younger generation of filmmakers who still believed in him. Frankly, between him looking as good as he did 20 years ago while being an unprofessional jerk, versus how he looks today with a humble, quiet and appreciative attitude, I prefer the latter. Heath Ledger seems unstoppable to me. I think everyone wants to see him win. Hooray for Kate Winslet. I figured she had a good shot for "The Reader," but when she won again for "Revolutionary Road," I was delighted. If anyone deserved a double-win on the same night, it would be her.
Miss-Shapes Miss-Shapes 8 years
I quite enjoyed this year’s show. There were so many highlights: - Colin Farrell’s win was fantastic! And he was clearly very shocked and nervous about it. Awesome actor, finally getting his due. Loved his little ‘sniffing’ joke. Mmmm.... marry me Colin!! - Kate Winslet’s super ecstaticness! Never expected her to win, let alone twice. Also well deserved, if a bit long overdue. - Tracy Morgan should from now onwards do all PR for 30 Rock. The guy’s a hoot. - Very funny little bit form Ricky Gervais. Its pretty cool that as someone quite new to Hollywood he has remained himself and hasn’t tried to be anything else. - Well done to the HFPA boss for his short and sweet speech. Much appreciated! - Was happy for Sally Hawkins, but OMG!! She looked insanely skinny. No wonder she had to put her award down, those little arms couldn't hold the weight much longer. - Seeing Ralph Fiennes smile and look like he’s having a great time – even though he didn’t win. Anyone realise how many different movies he was in that was represented on the night? He and Kristin Scott Thomas should’ve been on stage together to present something.
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
Heath. God I miss him.
CYL CYL 8 years
Tracy Morgan love love love.
sundew sundew 8 years
One of my highlights had to be Colin Farrell presenting an award - first he makes fun of what the teleprompter is telling him to say, and he explains that his sniffles were due to the fact that he has a cold, not because of the old reason. Too hilarious!
sharshar sharshar 8 years
Was Johnny Depp drunk or sick? He was awesome.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I disagree about Tracy Morgan. I thought his whole schtick was very awkward and completely not funny. Then again, I've never, ever liked him.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I'm annoyed they showed that clip for the office. It just wasn't the best and it looked lame compared to the rest.
emalove emalove 8 years
I thought it was a pretty good show...I usually don't watch much of the actual show, just the pre-show/red carpet stuff, but I made it through most of it last night.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Kea, without saying too much, they showed where he "phoned a friend".
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
PS- How much better is it to watch this awards show with DVR? :ROTFL:
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Good call on Amy Winehouse being played by Sally Hawkins. Her weight (or lack thereof) distracted me big time. Also, I loved Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin's speeches, I loved Ricky Gervais, thought his Kate Winslet comment was awesome. I was so happy to see Mickey Rourke, Slumdog, and Kate Winslet win, YAY! :cheer: definitely deserved. I was not as concerned with the Slumdog clip being a spoiler as much as it was just NOT the best clip of the movie... it was actually a BAD clip of the movie, imo. Also- was tracy morgan TOASTED or what last night? I thought he had a couple DUIs a while back and was supposed to be sober... :cocktail:
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
I actually liked the award ceremony this year and paid attention. I was beyond happy for Kate Winslet. I was happy that Tina Fey won but I don't watch 30 Rock so it was a bit annoying that they basically won everything. The speeches were hilarious. Drew Barrymore was totally stoned or drunk during the entire show. I was cracking up when Steven Spielberg gave his speech and the camera switches to Drew and she has this big grin on her face. :ROTFL:
felicityporter felicityporter 8 years
I was pretty annoyed that Hawkins won...I really didn't like Happy-Go-Lucky at all. And geez she is way, way too thin. I also think Jon Hamm should have won for Mad Men, but that said I haven't seen In Treatment so I have no idea if Gabriel was deserving. Kate the Great though...that was cool even though I did want Anne to win for Rachel Kate was deserving.
kea718 kea718 8 years
I get bored watching award shows after about a minute so I just wait till all the winners are posted online. I'm curious... what Slumdog clip did they show??
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
The group I was watching with all thought that Pierce Brosnan seemed a little sloshed while he was presenting as well. I agree that Sally Hawkins needs to eat. It was distracting me all through Happy-Go-Lucky. She looks like she could play Amy Winehouse in a biopic tomorrow with some make-up and dirty clothes.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I hope Anna gets better next season. I love True Blood but January Jones should have gotten it!
ErinAeSook ErinAeSook 8 years
Emma was totally sloshed (cute) and I just wanted to give Sally Hawkins a hamburger.
sumbum sumbum 8 years
LOVED Ricky Gervais! I thought the shout-out to "Winslet" about the Holocost film was funny.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i thought ricky gervais was awesome, guess his humor isn't for everyone. Super big YAYs for Colin and Kate! loved in bruges, I thought Colin was awesome and Kate was amazing in revolutionary road. The happy go lucky girl Really looked like she needed to eat. I'm still blown away that Anna Paquin won. I mean, i LOVE true blood, but really, she's not that great. and if you read the books, she's not that great of a sookie in my humble opinion. But hey, recognition for the show means hopefully it'll stay on longer!
estella241 estella241 8 years
I agree EkaterinaBallerina - this was my favorite awards show since Julia Roberts won the Oscar for Erin Brockovich.
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