Matt Live-Blogs the 2011 Golden Globe Awards

     January 16, 2011

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Tonight I’ll be live-blogging the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.  The Golden Globes continue to receive attention because they used to be seen as a reliable indicator of what films would be receiving Orscar love.  However, due to shifting deadlines, Oscar ballots are already due and there’s no way that the Globes can affect the Oscar nominees.  Also, the Globes, which are hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are known for being delightfully carefree with their integrity and will nominate you if you show them enough love.  They’re basically like the MTV Movie Awards except they serve food and there aren’t any sketches.

However, I think host Ricky Gervais will do a fine job tonight and I’m curious to see if the Globes will follow through on their clearly bought-and-paid-for-love of films like Burlesque and The TouristClick here for a list of the nominees and hit the jump for my on-going live-blog and be sure to keep refreshing the page for my comments.  The 2011 Golden Globe Awards air at 8pm (EST) on NBC.

[All times Eastern]

7:52 — Red carpet pre-show. Yawn.  I’m still waiting for the following exchange:

Interviewer: So who are you wearing?

Celebrity: Someone who won’t be missed.

8:01 — Can’t go wrong with opening an awards show by railing on Charlie Sheen.

8:03 — And a rapid-fire set of jokes at the expense of The Tourist and Burlesque.  And we’re off!

8:05 — Gervais is killing it.  Don’t move on to the awards.  Just keep slinging insults.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE — Christian Bale for The Fighter

8:07 — Well deserved.  Jesus deserves a Golden Globe.  And nice comment on the HFPA.  And hey, just let him keep going or you’ll be done, professionally.

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES (DRAMA) — Katey Segal for Sons of Anarchy

8:11 — I should probably start watching SoA so… I’ll catch up on DVD… some day.

BEST MINISERIES OR TV MOVIECarlos

8:19 — Carlos makes a surprise upset over The Pacific and Temple Grandin. Nice work, Globes.  You have balls that the Emmys could use.

8:21 — Folks, your speech isn’t getting musical accompaniment.  They’re trying to play you off.

8:22 — Loads of Fifth Element nerds watching just went, “Hey!”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TV SERIES, MINISERIES, OR TV MOVIE — Chris Colfer for Glee

8:25 — Colfer is totally stunned. Bless him. He does a great job on an awful show.

8:29 — I love how matter-of-fact the Globes are.  Every year, Oscar is busy trying to re-invent itself and up the pageantry.  The Globes hire a host, give booze to the guests, and call it a night.

8:32 — Oh no.  The HFPA won’t qualify Ricky Gervais’ movies.  Burn.

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES (DRAMA) — Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire

8:35 — Nice that Buscemi got a win, although I think Boardwalk is really an ensemble piece.

BEST TV SERIES (DRAMA) — Boardwalk Empire

8:38 — Best new series, sure, but nothing on TV touches Breaking Bad right now.  And yeah, I know Breaking Bad wasn’t nominated, but The Walking Dead did not deserve a nod.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Burlesque

8:48 — Golden Globe Winner Burlesque. Yeah, that sounds about right.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE — Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network

8:53 — Don’t be amazed that Trent Reznor is winning a Golden Globe award.  Be amazed when he wins the Oscar next month.

BEST ANIMATED FILM — Toy Story 3

8:58 — Lee Unkrich to Hailee Steinfeld and Justin Beiber, “Wow!  Were you two even alive when the first Toy Story came out?”  Nice.

9:00 — Wow, it’s like a little mini-roast every time Ricky Gervais announces someone.

9:02 — “I’d give it to all five of you.  At once.”  I heart Robert Downey Jr.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) — Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right

9:03 — Wow.  A standing ovation for Bening.  This would probably be her year if Natalie Portman hadn’t done Black Swan.  Then again, at this time last year, it looked like Meryl Streep was going to win Best Actress for Julie and Julia.

BEST ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE — Al Pacino for You Don’t Know Jack

9:13 — Al Pacino, who rarely plays unhinged individuals, wins an award for playing Dr. Kevorkian.

9:15 — Al Pacino thinks Barry Levinson is a great director.  Al Pacino has not seen What Just Happened or Man of the Year or Bandits or Sphere or…

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE — Claire Danes for Temple Grandin

9:17 — Holy shit.  Can Temple Grandin get an award for worst score?

9:25 — “The wonderful Tina Fey and the ungrateful Steve Carell!”

BEST SCREENPLAY — Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network

9:28 — I demand that Sorkin’s acceptance speech be as witty and urbane as his characters.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES, MINISERIES, OR TV MOVIE — Jane Lynch for Glee

9:30 — “I am nothing if not falsely humble.”  Jane Lynch is too great.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM — In a Better World

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) — Laura Linney for The Big C

9:41 — The Globes actually have a reason to cut to Lea Michele’s loser-face and they don’t do it.  Boo.

BEST ACTOR IN A TV SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) — Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory

9:49 — And Jim Parsons wins for his role as Sheldon on Sheldon and Other Characters.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — Melissa Leo for The Fighter

9:52 — That would be great if Melissa Leo’s mother was really disapproving and yelled back at the TV, “Yeah, but it’s not an Oscar.”

9:54 — And Helena Bonham Carter wonders if she was just insulted by Melissa Leo.  Best facial expression of the night so far.

9:59 — “Many people consider Robert De Niro to be the greatest actor alive.”  And he has spent the last decade doing his best to prove them wrong.

10:05 — I love that De Niro basically said, “Yeah, even I know Little Fockers is shit.  Guess what: I don’t care any more.”

10:08 — Did De Niro get a Grossinger’s comedian to write his speech?

BEST DIRECTOR — David Fincher for The Social Network

10:18 – January Jones likes the Golden Globes and most men like the ones on her chest.

BEST TV SERIES (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) — Glee

10:19 — At least the Emmys had the good sense to give the award to a quality show like Modern Family, even though Community crushes them both.

10:24 — Holy crap, is this awards ceremony still going?

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) — Paul Giamatti for Barney’s Version

10:26 — Surprising.  I thought Johnny Depp was going to win Best Johnny Depp for Being Johnny Depp in a Johnny Depp movie.

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)Natalie Portman for Black Swan

10:35 — How predictable have tonight’s Globes been?  The biggest surprise was a win for Carlos.  Oh well, Portman deserves it.  This show has just been a slog.

10:39 — “…and the other is Tim Allen.” Thank you, Ricky Gervais.

BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) — The Kids Are All Right

10:40 — And the Globe goes to The Kids Are All Right, because if anyone else had won, this show would have somehow looked like even more of a farce.

BEST ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA) — Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

10:48 — Remember when Colin Firth was the guy who wasn’t Hugh Grant in Bridges Jones Diary?  Glad he’s broken out past that.

10:54 — “There’s just got to be a better way to get a standing ovation.”  Nice one, Michael Douglas.

BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA) — The Social Network

10:56 — Wow.  I can’t believe I just sat through an 18-hour awards show.  Good night.



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