The writers’ strike certainly made an impact on the Golden Globe Awards this year. No glitz, no glamour, no stars, no oops-Christine-Lahti-is-in-the-bathroom moments. Shots of the red carpet were replaced by shots of those red-and-black WGA picket signs. But, as cohost (and pinhead) Billy Bush noted, the winners still deserved recognition, so some sort of show had to go on. Here are some highlights of last night’s Golden Globes Winners Special on NBC. (Images are from the press conference rather than the broadcast, but you get the idea.)
Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Best Actress, Drama: Julie Christie, Away From Her
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Best Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Best Picture, Comedy or Musical: Sweeney Todd
Best Picture, Drama: Atonement
Best Director: Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, Damages
Best Supporting Actress: Samantha Morton, Longford
Best Actor, Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Best Actor, Comedy: David Duchovny, Californication
Best Drama: Mad Men
And now, my awards:
Stupidest comment of the awards special: Cohost Billy Bush, who thought it was strange for Cate Blanchett to win for I’m Not There — “because at the end of the day, it’s a woman imitating a man.” Well, it’s a lot more believable than Billy Bush imitating someone who knows something about TV and film.
Most painfully missed opportunity to see a hot actress make a clever, heartfelt speech: Glenn Close’s win for Damages
Biggest “what’s that?” moment: Samantha Morton’s win for Longford — not just because few people have heard of Longford, but because she looked nothing like herself (and sort of like Dark Willow)
Biggest “he was robbed!” moment: Alec Baldwin’s loss to David Duchovny for Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Biggest “they were robbed!” moment: 30 Rock losing to Extras for Best TV Comedy
Best fond memories of a movie: Every mention of Juno
Overall, the Winners Special was like an extended episode of Access Hollywood. Which is OK, unless you were hoping to see something else, like … hmm, I dunno … an awards show. The victories felt a little hollow, didn’t they? On the other hand, they also felt a lot more concise. That’s three hours of my life I got back!
For the full list of winners, visit the HFPA website.