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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Live-blogging the Golden Globe ceremony: “The Social Network”

Well, I think Ricky Gervais achieved his goal of not ever being asked back to the Globes, no? That’s a wrap, and I hope you had fun. I’m off for the rest of the holiday weekend; many thanks to all who followed along tonight. See you Tuesday!
7:55. Awww . . . Michael Douglas (supposedly the “surprise guest,” but the Globes kind of blew that by interviewing him on the red carpet, didn’t they?) gets a lovely ovation. (He recently completed cancer treatment, and looks to be doing well. Good for him.) He gives the best picture/drama award to “The Social Network,” to the surprise of no one. Does this make “The Social Network” an Oscar front-runner? Not necessarily; the Globes winners don’t always follow the Oscars — last year, the Globes gave their top awards to “Avatar” and “The Hangover,” while Oscar awarded “The Hurt Locker.”
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Michael Douglas making a not-so-surprise appearance on the red carpet (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
7:50. Sandra Bullock and her bangs present the best actor/drama award to Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech.” Colin gives a calm and charming speech, which just might be an audition for an Oscar speech. Let’s hope; he deserved it last year too.
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Sandra Bullock plus bangs (Photo: Paul Drinkwater, NBC via Getty Images)
7:40. Table 114, which is clearly the place to be, gets another shout-out as “The Kids Are All Right” wins best picture (comedy/musical). Well deserved, and nice to note that director Lisa Cholodenko and star Annette Bening wear the same glasses.
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Annette Bening (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty)
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Director Lisa Cholodenko, earlier this week (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
7:35. Jeff Bridges shows up to present the best actress in a drama award to Natalie Portman for “Black Swan.” Natalie says hi to her grandma Bernice, which is quite endearing, and acknowledges her proud parents in the audience. A little giggly, but a nice speech. (An aside: Am I the only one who thinks this role is more of a physical transformation than an acting tour de force? I loved the movie, but other than the ballet moves I didn’t see Portman doing much she hadn’t done before. It seemed more of a case of spot-on casting than anything else, but maybe I’m wrong.)
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Natalie Portman (Photo by Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times/MCT)
7:25. Halle Berry presents the best actor for musical/comedy to Paul Giamatti for “Barney’s Version.” (Note that this movie will arrive in Seattle in February, and that Giamatti is indeed excellent in it.) He gives an excessively humble speech, calling the other actors in the category his superiors in every way (nonsense, Paul!) and salutes “the great nation of Canada” in giving thanks. (This is not totally random; it’s a Canadian film based on a Canadian novel.)
7:18. It’s a “Glee” kind of night, as the show wins for best TV comedy/musical series and many, many cast members crowd onto the stage. Someone I don’t recognize (sorry, I don’t watch the show, though I should) gives a nice, brief tribute to public school teachers. Sweet.
7:14. Annette Bening, who’s clearly having a splendid time, gives the best director award to David Fincher for “The Social Network.” Fincher declines to take the statuette from her, pulls out several fairly large sheets of paper and gives a fairly long and not very exciting speech, thus demonstrating that he needs to practice speechmaking with an award in hand in time for the Oscars.
7:00. Matt Damon introduces Robert De Niro’s Cecil B. DeMille award, while Angelina Jolie furtively touches up her lip gloss. There’s a nice clip montage, which mercifully does not include “Little Fockers,” and De Niro comes up to speak, after a long and warm ovation. (“I loved you in ‘The Fighter,'” he tells Damon, getting a nice laugh.) He thanks the Hollywood Foreign Press for announcing this award before they reviewed “Little Fockers” (ha!) and makes gentle fun of the HFPA. “Awakenings,” he says, was one of his favorite movies “but I kind of forgot that I was in it.” He says he’ll be selling DVDs in the lobby after the show, and says that “these movies are all like my children, but my children are more expensive and you can’t remake them in 3D to push up the grosses.” An odd speech, but sort of charming.
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Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull”
6:51. Melissa Leo wins best supporting actress in a movie for “The Fighter,” and looks quite shocked. Those of us wishing for a better look at Helena Bonham Carter’s dress will just have to live with it. Nice to see Melissa so thrilled, particularly to get a kiss from presenter Jeremy Irons. She describes, charmingly, how she almost didn’t take a meeting for the movie as she thought she was too young (as, indeed, she is, but she pulled it off) to play Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale’s mother.
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Melissa Leo (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
6:50. Jim Parsons wins best TV actor in a comedy for “The Big Bang Theory.” I had never heard of this show until today; anybody know it? Hugh Laurie is whispering to his neighbor during the speech, which seems like poor form. Doesn’t he know there are cameras?
6:40. Best actress in a TV comedy or musical goes to . .. somebody who isn’t Tina Fey; namely, Laura Linney, who clearly wasn’t expecting this because she didn’t even show up. She won for “The Big C.” Can’t Tina accept for her? No? Oh well. (Update: A reader tells me that Linney did not attend as her father, playwright Romulus Linney, just passed away, which is very sad news.)
6:38. Best foreign-language film is “In a Better World,” directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. I’ve seen this film, back at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and it’s terrific and very moving; watch for it to get a U.S. release this spring.
6:30. More love for “Glee”: Jane Lynch wins best supporting TV actress. “I am nothing if not falsely humble,” she says in giving her thanks.
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Jane Lynch (Photo by Paul Drinkwater, AP Photo/NBC)
6:25. Tina Fey and Steve Carell introduce the best “screenplay we would have written ourselves if we had had the time”: “The Social Network,” by Aaron Sorkin, who gives a nice personal message to Mark Zuckerberg. A little too late?
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Tina Fey and Steve Carell. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater, AP Photo/NBC)
6:14. Geoffrey Rush, Tilda Swinton, and Geoffrey’s fedora introduce the best actor in a miniseries or TV motion picture (which Tilda rather deliciously reads as “televisual motion picture”): Al Pacino, for “You Don’t Know Jack,” a film about Jack Kevorkian. Al gives a rambling speech and does not get played off, because he is Al Pacino. Anyone else notice that Johnny Depp, just briefly shown in the audience, is looking alarmingly orange? And Claire Danes gets best actress in a miniseries or televisual motion picture (see, it is fun to say) for “Temple Grandin,” and gets a nice congratulatory hug from Temple herself.
6:04. Robert Downey Jr., after a raunchy introduction, gives the best actress in a musical/comedy award to . . . Annette Bening, who quite rightly embraces her “The Kids ARe All Right” co-star Julianne Moore (also nominated in this category) before her husband. At the podium, she thanks Julianne first, calls the film a “labor of love,” and thanks her husband Warren Beatty, who won a Golden Globe for “most promising newcomer” in 1962. Classy speech.
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Robert Downey on the red carpet (Jason Merritt)
5:59. Justin Bieber and Hailee Steinfeld, also very cute together (particularly when Justin references “the kid in all of us”), give the animated feature award to “Toy Story 3,” as well they should. Director Lee Unkrich wonders aloud “if you guys were even born when the first Toy Story came out,” as well he might. And Ricky Gervais has taken his jacket off. Say it with me: As well he might. OK, I’ll stop now.
5:50. Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Lopez — who are rather cute together — give the best song award to that song Cher sings in “Burlesque,” “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” by Diane Warren. Alas, Cher does not appear to have shown up. Is she with Martin Scorsese? That’s an intriguing thought; I’m going to hang onto it for a while. Best score award goes to Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross for “The Social Network.” As if being named Atticus wasn’t award enough.
5:44. Andrew Garfield, introducing a clip from “The Social Network,” proves himself utterly unable to enunciate the phrase “inspiringly written.” Blame the writers.
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“The Social Network” (Photo by Merrick Morton)
5:39. And best TV drama goes to . . . “Boardwalk Empire,” which I’m sure is a very fine show, but is it “Mad Men”? Am I making my bias sufficiently clear? Anyway, everyone looks pleased, and the ladies of the “Boardwalk” cast have done a nice job of coordinating their outfits. Martin Scorsese, alas, did not show up.
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Steve Buscemi in “Boardwalk Empire” (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO/MCT)
5:37. Steve Buscemi wins best TV actor in a drama for “Boardwalk Empire,” while Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” sits handsomely globeless. Life is sometimes harsh. Steve thanks “Table 114” and all the usual suspects, and for some reason with his glasses on he looks a bit like John Waters. Cute story about his nephew, who I believe is named “Tootie.”
5:33. Eva Longoria officially becomes the first star of the evening to trip over her dress. She handles it well.
5:23. Two stars from “Country Strong” come out to apologize . .. no, I wish, they’re just here to present the TV supporting actor award to Chris Colfer of “Glee,” who looks absurdly young and very freaked out. He thanks “all the amazing kids who watch our show, the kids our show celebrates.”
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Chris Colfer (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images)
5:18. “Carlos” wins the miniseries/TV movie award, and if the title sounds familiar to those who don’t watch television, that’s because this five-and-a-half hour film about the terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal was also released in movie theaters, playing Northwest Film Forum here briefly in November.
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“Carlos” producers (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
5:10. Katey Sagal wins best actress in a TV drama, bumming out all “Mad Men” fans rooting for Elizabeth Moss.
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Katey Sagal (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
5:08. Best supporting actor, introduced by Scarlett Johansson and her very big sleeves (what, you thought I was going to say something else? I’m no Ricky Gervais), goes to . . . Christian Bale, for “The Fighter,” which disappoints me simply because Geoffrey Rush was wearing a fedora that I wanted to get a better look at. Bale, who I always forget is English because he does an American accent so well, looks appropriately pleased and gives a few shout-outs to those at his table, including a graceful acknowledge of costar Mark Wahlberg’s quiet performance.
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Christian Bale (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
5:05 p.m. Why, hello there. The ceremony’s beginning, and Ricky Gervais is giving what I swear is last year’s speech .. . oh, wait, now he’s in 2011, saying rude things about “The Tourist,” which is perfectly reasonable. (Anyone else hear about the payola scandal involving the Globes last week? I’m shocked, I tell you. SHOCKED.) Hey, did he just get bleeped while talking about the age of the “Sex and the City 2” actors? And did he just out John Travolta and/or Tom Cruise? No? On he goes to Hugh Hefner’s marriage, and the finale of “Lost,” and an abrupt “Shall we get on with it?” Yes, please.
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Ricky Gervais (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

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