Kate Winslet & "Slumdog Millionaire" Are Big Winners At The 2009 Golden Globes

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Actress Kate Winslet and a little film called "Slumdog Millionaire" were the big winners at last night's Golden Globes.  Winslet was astounded as she took home two Golden Globes, one for "Revolutionary Road" and one for "The Reader." While "Slumdog Millionaire," the story of an orphan from the Mumbai slums of India who tries to win a million dollars on a TV game show swept the movie awards with four.  Danny Boyle the winning director for "Slumdog Millionaire" said in
his acceptance speech:  "Your mad pulsating affection for our film is
much appreciated."

In the television categories the big winners were "30 Rock," "Mad Men," and the mini-series "John Adams."

The Hollywood Foreign Press who put on the Golden Globes are known for being somewhat, shall we say eccentric with their winners.  It's never shocking at a Golden Globes Award show to see people like Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie lose out to people like Pia Zadora.  Not that Pia was there last night, at least I don't think so, but my point is, the Globes like to spread the love around to Hollywood outsiders.  That's what often make their award show so unpredictable.

That and the free flowing alcohol.

Like when the Director of "The Wrestler,  Darren Aronofsky flipped the bird at winner Mickey Rourke for calling him a "tough son of a bitch" in his acceptance speech.  Personally my favorite part of Rourke's speech was when he thanked his dogs.

How about Sally Hawkins surprising Best Actress win for her role in "Happy-Go-Lucky?"  Not that she's not a good actress, how would I know, I haven't seen the film.  It's just that say, at the Oscars, it's rare for someone with such little name recognition to beat out such heavy hitting actresses. 

I did however, very much enjoy Sally's heartfelt acceptance speech.  First, she held a piece of paper with her thanks yous that looked like a wadded up snot rag.  Then she talked about the "goddesses" Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson who she beat out.  "This seems insane when I come up here and you're all in the room."

As for the rest of the show, I wasn't in the room, but if I had been these are the awards I would have given out:

Most Deserving Winner:  Kate Winslet.  I love her.  I've always loved her.  Her acceptance speech where she kept telling herself to "gather" was all over the map, but how funny was it when they told her to wrap that she said, "You have no idea how much I'm not wrapping up." Heh.  Also loved how Leonardo DiCaprio had tears in his eyes as she said how much she loved him. 

Most Bubbly Winner:  Anna Paquin for "True Blood."  Isn't it nice to see a child of Hollywood who isn't splattered all over the tabloids?  She's great in "True Blood" and she seems great in person.

Least Likable Winner:  Colin Farrell.  Don't like him, never have liked him, never will like him.  First he comes up to present for Best Foreign Language Film while chewing gum.  Then his sniffing and saying, "Still have a cold.  It's not the other thing it used to be" just reinforced my dislike. 

Winner Most Like TV's Columbo:  Paul Giamatti ("John Adams").  Could he have hunched over anymore or looked more rumpled? Though I loved when he said, "This was a hell of a job this thing. This little costume drama we put on."

Funniest Moment:  Ricky Gervais coming out and telling the noisy crowd to "Shhh! Listen, how rude are you lot? Just 'cause you're film stars. Thank you! Shhhh!" He then went on to congratulate Kate Winslet. 

Well done Winslet.  I told ya', do a Holocaust movie, the awards come, didn't I?  Trouble is with Holocaust films there's never any gag reel on the DVDs." 

See now that was irreverence with charm.  Unlike...

Funniest Moment That Wasn't:  Sasha Baron Cohen.  It's been a long time since I've seen that many jokes from one person go down like bowling balls without parachutes.  He started off with a joke about the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

The story of a man whose face gets younger as he gets older. Which is just like most of the people in this room.  This recession is affecting everyone, even celebrities. Victoria Beckham hasn't eaten for three weeks.  Charlie Sheen has been forced to have sex without paying for it.  Even Madonna has had to get rid of one of her personal assistants. Our thoughts go out to you, Guy Ritchie.

First of all, Charlie Sheen prostitute jokes are kind of like bell bottoms.  So out.  No one, and I mean no one laughed.  Okay maybe a couple of people in the back, but the majority of the crowd gasped in disapproval.  I expected boos any minute. 

Funniest Acceptance Speech:  When "30 Rock" won as Best TV
Comedy, Tina Fey got to the podium and immediately handed the award to
Tracy Morgan.  Tracy gets up and says Tina and he had a deal, "If
Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on." 

Most Predictable Winner:  Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight." 
Director Chris Nolan accepted for him and gave a very touching speech: 
"For any of us lucky enough to have worked with him, I think for any of
us lucky enough to have enjoyed his performances, he will be eternally
missed, but he will never be forgotten."

Most Practical Loser: 
Tom Cruise.  After losing to Heath Ledger, Cruise is the first to stand
up and applaud Ledger's win.  There's no competing with a dead guy, you
just stand up and cheer.

Most Shocking Moment:  Sting!  What the
hell happened to him?  Where's the blond hair?  Where are the chiseled
features?  Where's the buff body?  What the hell happened!?

Best Moment On The Red Carpet:  The very hot Stephen Moyer from
HBO's "True Blood" talking about doing nude scenes.  How he has to keep
in shape for when they show his butt.  To which interviewer Juliana
replies, "We hope to see you naked very soon again." I'll second that.

Best Acceptance Speech Sentiment For The Future:  Director
Ari Folman who won for "Waltz with Bashir"  He dedicated the award to
"the eight beautiful production babies who were born in our tiny studio
in Tel Aviv during the making of "Waltz with Bashir."   And I hope one
day when they grow up they watch this film together and they see the
war that takes place in the film, it will look to them like an ancient
video game that has nothing to do with their lives whatsoever."  I'll
second that too.

Best Dressed:  Eva Longoria's stunning red dress.  Simple, elegant and breathtaking.  

Worst Dressed:  Renee Zellweger in her Morticia Adams
concoction.  A runner-up was Drew Barrymore who looked like she was
dress rehearsing for her next role in "Grey Gardens."

Most Practical Suit:  Tracy Morgan's who said he bought his white tux for his eighth grade graduation and that it came from the now defunct Alexanders. Was he joking?  Only he and Alexanders know for sure.

Most Overblown Introduction:  Kate Beckinsale introducing the nominees for best soundtrack and calling them five musical geniuses.  Nothing against any of these guys but geniuses?  With all the great movie composers in film history?  Ah, no.

The "How Far He's Come" Award:  Tom Hanks, not only a multi-Academy Award winner, but a big time producer as well, winning for the HBO TV mini-series "John Adams."   Have you seen "Bosom Buddies?"  I knew he was a mogul in the making even then. 

Observations From The Steven Spielberg Tribute: 

  • Martin Scorsese who introduced him will cry at the opening of a tissue box.
  • Reminded me of all the Spielberg movies I love:  "Duel," "Jaws," and "Saving Private Ryan."
  • How all the mentors Spielberg mentioned were men.  Time to get some women in there Steve.
  • How he tends to ramble when left to his own devices.

Finally, the show came off a tad slow and I kept thinking half an hour could have been cut out of it and no one would have missed it.  But after a strike canceled show last year, the glamour was back and so were the stars. 

You can check out the full list of winners on the Golden Globes website.


Related Links:

Andria at The Voices in My Head called it "A Night Of Underdogs."

Heidi at Welcome To Heidi Town has a review of "Slumdog Millionaire."

Melinda June at The Special People Club: "Two Movies You Should See and Other Golden Globe Opinions."

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Award Winners


Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television and Online Video and she was amazed at how cool the Golden Globes looked in HD.  Her personal entertainment blog is Megan's Minute, Quirky Commentary Around The Clock.


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