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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 16, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Live-blogging the Golden Globes red carpet

4:59 OK, we’re switching over to NBC, and starting a new entry for the show. More Diet Coke, please . ..
4:55. If you felt the earth move a few moments ago, it was because Helen Mirren and Tilda Swinton just embraced on the red carpet. I only saw Helen’s dress for a second, but as usual she looks ridiculously good. Tilda is wearing a plain white shirt, the kind I used to wear with my Catholic-school uniform, and a beige skirt. She’s kind of the anti-Helena Bonham Carter, in a good way.
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4:45. J-Lo is wearing a strangely transparent cape, like she was worried about unexpected rain. Halle Berry looks insanely good in a very tiny black dress, and Anne Hathaway has inexplicably gone all ’80s in a big-shouldered sequined number. She looks good, but could Anne Hathaway ever look bad? And has anyone said “baby bump” lately?
Jennifer Lopez (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Halle Berry (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
4:37. Jennifer Lawrence, so good in “Winter’s Bone,” looks utterly smashing tonight in a black gown with an elaborate skirt. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams’ dress inexplicably has daisy appliques on it, like the kind you see on a vintage VW Beetle. This is, I think, a mistake. In general, things that look good on cars do not look so good on people.l
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Jennifer Lawrence (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
4:25. Add another to the green brigade: Angelina Jolie, who looks plain and unglamorous as always. I’m so joking. She’s so beautiful I often wonder if she’s really created by CGI. Nice to see cancer survivor Michael Douglas, nominated tonight for “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” looking good on the red carpet. Sandra Bullock is here, with some new bangs that could use a trim, like the one Justin Bieber apparently just got, and Robert Downey Jr. is mixing things up a bit with a grey suit and red tie.
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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Mila Kunis (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Angelina Jolie (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Elisabeth Moss (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
4:20. How great would it be if every woman at an awards show turned up in the same color? So far everybody in green — Elisabeth Moss, Mila Kunis, Catherine Zeta-Jones — looks terrific, and I’d like to suggest that everyone else follow their example. (Except Helena Bonham Carter, who has a special exemption.) Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman is in white and looks a bit bland, and I swear there are 500 young female cast members of “Glee” on this carpet, all of whom look very cute in an interchangeable way.
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Nicole Kidman (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
4:15. Jane Krakowski and Jane Lynch are being interviewed together, which is kind of a great moment of Janeness. Jane K has on a gray one-shouldered gown over her baby bump (DRINK!) which is very pretty except that it looks like something got spilled down the skirt. Which I think is how it’s supposed to look. Meanwhile Julianne Moore has shown up in bright red, and it’s gorgeous but I think I’d rather see her in Mila Kunis’s dress, which is emerald green. And the men . .. well, it’s all tuxes, and pretty dull, but we haven’t seen Johnny Depp yet.
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Julianne Moore (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
4:03. OK, we’re perhaps getting a sneak preview of Emma Stone in the new “Spider-Man” movie, as she’s all blond here, and wearing an unfortunate gown that looks like a peach-colored T-shirt. She’s nominated tonight for best actress in a musical/comedy. Elisabeth Moss, nominated for “Mad Men,” looks smashing in a green strapless number, and host Kelly Osborne would look smashing, except that her black gown looks like some wild dog tore a strip out of it. The commentators are babbling about “statement shoes,” and I would ask my shoes what they have to say, but they’re busy.
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Emma Stone (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
4 p.m. Hi, all– the clouds have parted in Seattle, and I’m here at the office ready to blog the Globes, accompanied by my editor (the lovely and talented Lynn Jacobson) and my trusty assistant Diet Coke. My job may be easy here, as so far all I have to say is that Helena Bonham Carter has shown up wearing a dress that I can only describe as a “Black Swan” tutu crossed with a 70s polyester shirt, accessorized by one red and one green shoe and some very long dreadlocks, and the fact that this woman is nominated for playing the Queen of England (in “The King’s Speech”) is making me very happy. And she’s making the look work, in a very Bellatrix Lestrange way. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman is wearing a red flower over her pregnant belly, and it just occurred to me that anyone needing a drinking game for this red carpet just needs to take a swig whenever somebody says “baby bump.” Not if you’re pregnant, of course. I’m going to take a swig of Diet Coke right now. Back in a moment.
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Helena Bonham Carter (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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