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January 17, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Blogging the Golden Globes

4:05: So, did they move the Globes to Seattle or something? It’s raining on the red carpet, which is sort of charming. Gabourey Sidibe’s lovely green dress is all water-stained, but she’s happy. George Clooney, mysteriously, looks completely dry even though he’s standing in the rain. I knew there was something superhuman about that man. Jeff Bridges, however, has the evening’s biggest umbrella. No, that is not a double entendre.
(Photo: Tina Fey and Gabourey Sidibe. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
4:15 p.m. Best studs: Colin Firth. Ditto.
4:25 p.m. I am concerned. Samuel L. Jackson is wearing velvet. Rain is not velvet’s friend.
4:27 p.m. My editor, the lovely and talented Lynn Jacobson, is here with me at the very glamourous Seattle Times offices, and just said something pithy about how, if you had one chance in your life to meet an actual Beatle, would you really just blather on about how big his umbrella is? Somebody on the NBC red carpet just did exactly that with Sir Paul McCartney. It is, however, a very very big umbrella.
4:29 p.m. Four words: Tina Fey. Mary Poppins. (And one more: Adorable.)
(Photo: Tina Fey. Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
4:40 p.m. Sorry, a temporary pause in blogging while we both lost consciousness at the sight of Penelope Cruz.

(Photo: Penelope Cruz. AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
4:47 p.m. Is Quentin Tarantino wearing Jedi robes?
4:50 p.m. The best accessory, as Carey Mulligan proves tonight, is always Mom.
(Photo: Carey Mulligan. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
5:02 p.m. “Just looking at all the faces here reminds me of some of the great work that was done this year . . . by cosmetic surgeons.” — Ricky Gervais.
(Photo: Ricky Gervais. AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
5:08 p.m. Mo’Nique wins best supporting actress — no surprise — for “Precious.” She thanks God, and says she doesn’t have a speech ready. Nonetheless, she’s quite eloquent and clearly moved.
(Mo’Nique. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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5:22 p.m. “Up” won best animated film. Pete Docter, its director, talks about how the filmmakers found the heart of “Up” in their families. And hey, wait, he’s getting played off! I thought only the Oscars did that.
5:29 p.m. “Well, it’s going well, isn’t it? We’ve had some worthy winners, and some not so worthy.” — Ricky Gervais, who’s a little too busy plugging his own projects. OK, this is better: “One thing that can’t be bought is a Golden Globe. Officially.” (After a laugh: “Well, I won’t be doing this again anyway.”)
5:31 p.m. Presenter Felicity Huffman, after flubbing her lines: “I, like Ricky Gervais, will never be asked to do this again.”
5:34 p.m. A nice moment: Michael C. Hall won best TV actor in a drama for “Dexter.” He’s currently undergoing cancer treatment, and is wearing a knit cap. “It’s really a hell of a thing to go to work where everybody gives a damn,” he says of his colleagues, in a short but gracious speech.
(Photo: Michael C. Hall. AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
5:44 p.m. Ricky Gervais utters the immortal words “Please welcome Cher and Christina Aguilera.” These ladies, it should be noted, are promoting their upcoming movie “Burlesque,” sure to nab a few Globe nominations next year. They present the music award to Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett, for “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart.” T-Bone accepts the award from Cher, seeming a little flustered. He thanks “everybody’s agent” and abruptly leaves. Sir Paul will have to go home just with that big umbrella. Michael Giacchino wins best score for “Up” (hey, that’s two awards for “Up”! Sweep?) and notes that he just got a shout-out from Sir Paul as he walked past, which has instantly become “the best moment in my life.” Aww.
5:58 p.m. Tom Hanks just described “Julie & Julia” as essentially being about the power of “passion, fearlessness and butter.” Not bad, but I’d put the butter first.
6:02 p.m. Meryl Streep wins best actress in a comedy/musical for “Julie & Julia,” after competing against, among others, herself (she’s also in the category for “It’s Complicated”). She is, I note, one of the few winners so far seated within half a mile of the stage. She says something I”ve been in saying a long time: “I want to change my name to T-Bone.” Meryl and I are so connected. She expresses love to Nora Ephron, Stanley Tucci and various others. “I’ve played so many extraordinary women I’m starting to get mistaken for one.” She tells us that she channelled her mother in playing Julia Child (she shared the same love for life), and reminds those fortunate enough to afford it that they can help those less fortunate. Nice speech. Did we expect anything else?
(Photo: Meryl Streep. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
6:10 p.m. Helen Mirren, looking smashing, introduces a clip of “Precious.” Fun fact: Mirren was originally scheduled to be in “Precious,” in the role that was eventually played by Mariah Carey. I mix those two up all the time too.
(Photo: Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
6:15 p.m. Drew Barrymore, winning for “Grey Gardens” (best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television — a very GG category), appears to have a sequined hedgehog on her shoulder, and another on her hip. “This is my family, and I have grown up here,” she says, looking around the room, thanking “all the people who were nice enough to love me and wish me the best along the way.”
(Photo: Drew Barrymore. Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
6:23 p.m. Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer’s right leg present the screenplay award to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for “Up in the Air.” Reitman says that the award should probably have gone to Quentin Tarantino, but is gracious anyway. “You are the fuel to my creative fire,” he tells his tearful wife, who he credits with helping him create strong female characters.
6:29 p.m. Let’s note that amongst all the silliness of the evening, a lot of stars are making a point of urging everyone to contribute to Haiti relief efforts. There’s a link to do just that on
6:35 p.m. The great Sophia Loren presents the foreign-language film award to Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon.” The film has not yet played Seattle, but will open here in late January.
6:40 p.m. My favorite television series, “Mad Men,” wins best TV drama. A bearded Jon Hamm grins in the background as creator Matthew Weiner notes that he had his bar mitzvah in the very ballroom in which they are standing.
6:52 p.m. Halle Berry presents the supporting actor award to Christoph Waltz for “Inglourious Basterds.” He describes the “dizzying experience” of working with Tarantino, and seems genuinely yet humbly thrilled.
(Photo: Halle Berry. AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
6:57 p.m. The tribute to Martin Scorsese begins, with Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio waxing rhapsodic about the filmmaker and introducing a series of clips.
(Photo: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio. Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
7:08 p.m. Scorsese accepts his award with thanks, noting his appreciation for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s generous donations to film preservation (the group has helped restore over 70 films, he says, including Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” Elia Kazan’s “A Face in the Crowd” and Michael Powell’s “The Red Shoes”). And he acknowledged what it meant to him to be given an award named for Cecil B. DeMille, and how every filmmaker walks in the footsteps of those who came before.

“DeMille’s name is synonymous with the big show, the spectacular. Seeing his films was an event. In a sense, his films represent the shared landscape of our childhood. The world we dreamed in, blazing with color. When you saw a DeMille picture, it stayed with you — the power of that shared experience with a big audience. My own films, the overall intention was always to have them be the powerful cinematic experiences that characterized the DeMille pictures. OK, so “Goodfellas” doesn’t exactly bring to mind “The Greatest Show on Earth.” But the drive was the same: so that the audiences could live in their wonders. [DeMille] helped create the narrative style and language we use today. Motion pictures are part of a continuum, a living ongoing history, and for me to be a part of all that, well, I thank you and I thank you so much.”

7:15 p.m. Mel Gibson gives the directing award to James Cameron for “Avatar.” Cameron notes that he needs “to pee something fierce” and that “frankly, I thought Kathryn [Bigelow, director of ‘The Hurt Locker’ and his ex-wife] would get this.” He gives a fairly long speech and doesn’t get played off, which I guess is what you get to do if your movie makes a zillion dollars.
7:29 p.m. Reese Witherspoon presents the best picture (comedy or musical, meaning not “Avatar”) award to “The Hangover,” whose director and cast seem a tad surprised; as, no doubt, do the makers of “Nine” and “Julie & Julia.” I’d say, good call, Globes. Nice to be surprised.
(Photo: Reese Witherspoon. AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
7:33 p.m. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who really should have something else to be doing, introduces some movie called “Evadar.” Um, “Avatar.”
7:36 p.m. A cowboy-hatted Mickey Rourke presents the best actress (drama) award to Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”), shocking a crowd who roared much louder for Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”). Then again, the Globes like famous people, so it’s not too much of a shocker. “Do I need to thank whoever bought this for me?” wonders Sandra. She says a few words in German for “my German family” and tells her American family to “put down the Maker’s Mark and go to bed.”
(Photo: Sandra Bullock. AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
7:40 p.m. Sally Hawkins presents the best actor (comedy) award to Robert Downey Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes.” Downey thanks his wife for telling him “that Matt Damon was going to win so don’t bother to prepare a speech. That was at 10 a.m. today.” He’s pretty funny. He quotes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms,” and notes that the Hollywood Foreign Press is “a strange bunch” but that he’s one of them now.
(Photo: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Levin. AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
7:48 p.m. Kate Winslet presents best actor (drama) to Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart,” launching the evening’s warmest standing ovation. Bridges sweetly acknowledges his wife of 33 years, Susan Geston, and thanked his father for encouraging him to go into showbiz. “So glad I listened to you, Dad!” I’m going to toss in here that Jeff Bridges was the first movie star I ever interviewed, about 10 years ago, and he was just the nicest man imaginable. And his speech confirms it, as he thanks everyone including his stand-in.
(Photo: Jeff Bridges. Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
7:57 p.m. Julia Roberts tells her children to go to bed, and presents the best picture (drama) award to “Avatar.” Nobody is surprised. Jim Cameron graciously tells us that he’s been to the bathroom, and says “This is the best job in the world,” which is a tad more humble than “I’m king of the world!,” and tells everybody to applaud themselves, which the audience is all too happy to do.
(Photo: James Cameron with actress Suzy Amis. Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Ricky Gervais wishes for peace on earth, and for everyone to watch “The Ricky Gervais Show” on the 19th of February. And we’re done! If you were reading along tonight, thanks for joining me, and I’m going to go home for a glass of wine now. See you Tuesday.

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