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

January 15, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Golden Globes ceremony: Live blog

The Globes are done, and now we call all watch “Downton Abbey” with a clear conscience. Here’s my coverage, rewound; thanks to all who followed along tonight! Have a lovely holiday tomorrow.
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5:06. And here’s Ricky, in his purple suit, as the crowd applauds nervously. “The Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that . . .esteem,” he explains, which is actually a pretty decent definition. I love the way he pronounces “controversy.” OK, Jodie Foster is the evening’s official first Good Sport, and if you missed the joke, I’m not going to repeat it. Is it just me or is Ricky looking awfully shiny? So far his main target, other than Justin Bieber’s manhood, is NBC. And he’s introducing Johnny Depp . . .
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5:07. Depp is wearing a green waistcoat and a necklace, and admits to not having seen “The Tourist.” He is there for no other reason. Oh, he’s introducing “Hugo.” (Photo of Depp and Gervais by Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images.)
5:13 The Globes announcer demonstrates that he knows how to pronounce “Coriolanus” (clearly he’s seen “Kiss Me Kate,”; that reference is just for those of us who love musicals), and Gerard Butler and Mila Kunis present best supporting actor to . . . Christopher Plummer, for “Beginners.” Wonderful movie; have you seen it? The elegant Mr. Plummer graciously acknowledges his “distinguished competitors” and gives a sweet shout-out to costar Ewan McGregor, “that scene-stealing swine from the outer Hebrides.” Nice speech; good Oscar practice? (Photo of Plummer by Matt Sayles/AP.)
5:20 Exciting technical problems as Julianne Moore (who looks smashing) and Rob Lowe introduce this year’s Miss Golden Globe, Andie McDowell’s daughter Rainey. Nice dress, Rainey!
5:25 Bravo! Jolly good! Well done! “Downton Abbey” just got named best miniseries/TV movie, quite appropriately. Julian Fellowes, the show’s creator/writer, really goes for the metaphor in his thank-you speech. Alas, no sign of Maggie Smith.
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5:26 Kate Winslet, who seems seated awfully far from the stage, wins best actress in a miniseries for “Mildred Pierce.” Her speech is rather calmer than in previous years; perhaps she’s getting used to this. (Winslet’s photo is by Jason Merritt/AP.)
5:35. Ricky reminds us that we’re already five minutes over, and that people shouldn’t waste time thanking family members who didn’t do anything to help. He then disses both his agent and God, and makes the evening’s second reference to what Melissa McCarthy did in the sink in “Bridesmaids.”
5:37. Why do I not watch any of the nominated shows? Kelsey Grammer wins best actor in a drama for “Boss,” and if I knew anything about that show I’d have an opinion about it but I don’t. Liked him in “Frasier.” Not much of a speech. As Miranda Priestley would say, that’s all.
5:40. “Homeland,” a show I haven’t seen but have heard good things about, wins best TV drama. They seem seated awfully far from the podium too.
5:47. Jimmy Fallon does a misguided Mick Jagger impression while introducing the nominees for best score, won by . . . Ludovic Bource for “The Artist,” perhaps my favorite movie of the year. Somewhere, Kim Novak is groaning. “I’m sorry, I’m French,” says Bource. No need to apologize.
5:50 And Madonna wins best song for “Masterpiece” in “W.E.,” proving Elton John wrong. She seems surprised and a bit rattled. “I’m not French, I have no excuse,” she says. Antonio Banderas, in the audience, seems strangely fascinated. Mary J. Blige, also nominated in the category, looks unimpressed. And Madonna’s getting played off . ..
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6:05 Seth Rogen gives a monumentally tacky introduction to the best-actress-in-a-comedy/musical category (bonus: a peek at Jodie Foster’s two adorable sons). Michelle Williams wins for “My Week with Marilyn,” and seems quite nervous. She thanks her daughter, and apologizes for reading bedtime stories in a Marilyn Monroe voice for six months. Michelle notes that Marilyn herself won a Golden Globe, more than 50 years ago; a nice bit of symmetry. (Photo of MIchelle Williams by Christopher Polk/Getty Images.)
6:10 Piper Perabo and Sarah Michelle Gellar, presenting best supporting actor/TV to Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones,” achieve a sort of critical mass of skirt between the two of them; it looks as if they might float away. Nice to see Dinklage win (though I haven’t seen the show) as I remember him fondly from “The Station Agent.”
6:16 Jessica Alba and Channing Tatum, not looking particularly animated, presented the award for best animated film to . . .”The Adventures of Tintin.” Steven Spielberg, accepting the award, brags that he and Peter Jackson could film the phone book if they wanted to. He’s probably right.
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6:18 I’d like to note that right now, during the commercial, I saw a photo online of Tilda Swinton on the red carpet. Why hasn’t NBC put her on camera??? She looks very, very Tilda Swinton, which is to say a delicate balance between drop-dead-chic and insane. (Photo by Jason Merritt/AP.)
6:22 Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman turn up to present the screenplay award to Woody Allen, who of course isn’t there but who richly deserves the award for “Midnight in Paris,” another of my favorites of the year.
6:25 Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy (married in real life) sing a song, in quite decent harmony (super cute!), before giving the supporting actress/TV award to Jessica Lange in “American Horror Story,” a show I tried to watch but gave up because it was scaring the hell out of me.
6:35 That great foreign filmmaker Madonna, after a fairly lame attempt to out-mean Ricky (oh, don’t start it if you haven’t got anything) gives the foreign-film award to Iran’s “A Separation,” which I’m very much looking forward to seeing. It opens in Seattle in early February.
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6:37 Another award for “Homeland”: Claire Danes wins for best actress in a TV drama series. She notes that she first won the award at 15, for “My So-Called Life,” and that she forgot to thank her parents that night. She thanks them now. Well played, Claire. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AP.)
6:45 Matt LeBlanc wins best actor in a comedy/TV, for “Episodes,” and I have to say that they’re moving the TV awards right along.
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6:48 Octavia Spencer wins best supporting actress in a movie for “The Help,” and though I still think it’s a lead role, good for her. (Anyone else noticed how much Janet McTeer looks like Emma Thompson?) Octavia seems genuinely moved (as does Melissa McCarthy, who’s wiping away tears) as she quotes Dr. Martin Luther King, thanks a long list of names, and threatens to fall off her high-heeled shoes. (She doesn’t.) (Photo by Jason Merritt/AP.)
7:00 Ah, it’s Morgan time. Sydney Poitier gets a standing ovation just for introducing tonight’s Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, Morgan Freeman. (Poitier, it must be noted, is all about the dramatic pause.) Helen Mirren blathers on a bit, and complains that she’s only been in one of his movies before introducing a clip reel (which includes a truly excellent moment of Freeman in “The Electric Company” taking a bath in a casket). A nice standing ovation, as Freeman arrives at the podium. He talks, rather sweetly, about “how much fun I’ve been having” in his career. A brief speech, and a graceful one.
7:15 Angelina Jolie strolls in to present the best director award to . . .Martin Scorsese for “Hugo,” which is a bit of a surprise. Scorsese encourages everyone to sit down and gives his usual rapid-fire speech, explaining that “Hugo” was entirely his daughter’s idea. Ben Kingsley, when Scorsese acknowledges him, raises a hand as if he’d like to ask a question, but Scorsese doesn’t call on him.
7:19 Hmm, Ricky just got bleeped in introducing Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas. Banderas answers in rapid-fire Spanish, which isn’t as funny as it shoudl have been. They present the award for best TV comedy/musical to . . . “Modern Family.” My editor Lynn, who’s here with me, says it’s a good show. Lots of people come to the stage, including Sofia Vergara, who gives her speech in Spanish and who is having a heck of a good time.
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7:30 And best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical goes to . . .Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,” who’s promptly embraced by a blonde woman so excited so almost pops out of her strapless dress. He’s quite charming in thanking the ‘Ollywood Foreign Press (as he pronounces it), and does a cute silent bit at the end. (Photo by Jason Merritt/AP.)
7:35 “Nearly there, nearly there,” says Ricky, who’s ditched his jacket and is now drinking what looks ilke beer in a wine glass. He introduces Colin Firth, who presents best actress in a motion picture drama to . . . ooh, will it be Meryl (“The Iron Lady”) or Viola (“The Help”)? It’s Meryl! Who looks shell-shocked and apologetic, but who’s always good for a funny speech, and who’s wearing a truly strange cowgirl outfit. She gets in one of the evening’s better Gervais jokes, before the sound goes out for a moment and Meryl seems a bit panicky. She acknowledges her fellow performers as well as several not nominated, such as Mia Wasikowska in “Jane Eyre” and Adeperu Oduye in “Pariah.” Nicely done. She thanks “everybody in England” and gives a final extra shout-out to Viola Davis, her old “Doubt” friend. (Photo of Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman by Matt Sayles/AP.)
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7:42 Jane Fonda presents best picture (comedy/musical) to “The Artist.” Bien sur! And Uggie the dog is on stage, doing tricks, completely stealing focus from the producer. That’s what you get for putting a cute dog in your film. If you haven’t seen this film, for heaven’s sake, go see it. It’s a joy. Go Uggie!
7:50 Natalie Portman presents best actor in a drama to . . . George Clooney, for “The Descendants,” who keeps it mostly classy despite a full-frontal joke aimed at Michael Fassbender. Don’t peak before the Oscars, George.
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7:59 And finally, Harrison Ford presents the award for best motion picture/drama to “The Descendants,” which surprises me as I thought the directing award for Martin Scorsese meant that “Hugo” would take the big prize. Note that Northwest native Jim Taylor, a producer of the film, is up on the podium. Everyone thanks everyone, and the Globes have now come to a close. Ricky Gervais, surprisingly tame throughout, says goodnight.
(Photo of George Clooney and Stacy Keibler by Matt Sayles/AP.)

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