Highlights and Lowlights of Golden Globes 2011

Gervais having a laugh

I look forward to the Globes every year because they are decidedly nutty—weird nominations, random presenters (Alicia Keys?) and drunk acceptance speeches. This year was no exception, starting with Helena Bonham Carter’s wacky dress and mismatched shoes on the red carpet (more on that in the fashion recap here).

That’s not to say the show didn’t have its dull, awkward moments. There were no surprises in the movie categories, with Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin and The Social Network winning Globes as predicted and pretty much guaranteed Oscars. Also, host Ricky Gervais’s material was surprisingly more low-brow than sharp.

For a complete list of winners, click here. Read on for my reactions to some of the other stuff that went down.

Biggest gasp in the room: When Gervais said in his opening remarks regarding I Love You, Phillip Morris, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, “Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So, the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then.” It’s not a new joke but perhaps the A-list audience had never had someone say it to their face.

Grossest Visuals: When Gervais advised Hugh Hefner’s 24-year-old fiancé to not “look at it when you touch it,” referring to Hefner’s, ah, plaything. He then mimed what she would have to do in the bedroom. I also didn’t need the bit about Gervais having to help the Hollywood Foreign Press’s president, Philip Berk, get off the toilet and pop in his teeth. I’m all for irreverent but it has to be funny, not just disgusting.

That's Ramirez in the back

Biggest who’s-that-guy?! moment: When Carlos won for best TV miniseries and star Édgar Ramírez went up on stage, I paused with a handful of Raisinets halfway to my mouth and said, “Hellooo there, más Ramírez, por favor.” The actor didn’t speak because producer Daniel Leconte accepted the award but Ramírez sure got me interested in checking out Carlos. Heh.

Most adorable acceptance speech opening: Chris Colfer saying, “I think I just dropped my heart between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore so if anyone sees it, please give it back to me.” I think fans dropped their hearts right at his feet when he said that.

Colfer's triumphant moment

Most defiant acceptance speech closing: Addressing all the kids who are bullied or told “no” or aren’t allowed to be who they are or have what they want because of it, Colfer says, “Screw that, kids” while brandishing his brand-new shiny Globe.

Seat filler with most screen time: Whoever was sitting in Julia Stiles’s seat. When the actress’s name was called as a nominee for best TV supporting actress in Dexter, the camera showed a much older woman who was obviously not Julia Stiles. I kept thinking director Louis J. Horovitz would figure out the mistake and cut away but no, the shot stayed on this mysterious woman, who seemed to really enjoy her close-up.

Funniest self-assessment: Jane Lynch saying “I am nothing if not falsely humble” upon winning best supporting TV actress. Now that I think about it, she may have just described everyone in the room.

Pretty in pink Portman

Cutest TMI: Natalie Portman referring to fiancé Benjamin Millepied’s performance in Black Swan as a fellow dancer who said he had no desire to sleep with her character: “He’s the best actor. It’s not true. He TOTALLY wants to sleep with me!” This isn’t news since she’s pregnant with his child, but Portman always seems so reserved that the uninhibited moment was unexpected.

Most under-the-radar A-list winner: Mark Wahlberg, for being a producer of Boardwalk Empire, which won best TV drama series. Did you know he produced that? I didn’t, but then again, I don’t watch that show.

Best shout-out to people who truly deserve thanks: When Glee won best comedy TV series, one of the writers, Ian Brennan, said: “Thank you to public school teachers. You don’t get paid like it but you’re doing the most important work in America.” How about passing around a hat among the cast and creative team to start a collection for public schools, then?

Most likely to have skipped rehearsal: Andrew Garfield, who repeatedly stumbled while reading the intro for The Social Network. Maybe he should switch to Twitter since tweets are much shorter.

Firth, with his Harley substitute

Most timely win: Colin Firth’s. Referring to a possible mid-life crisis since he just turned 50, the actor said: “Right now, this [award] is all that stands between me and a Harley-Davidson.” I also liked how he called Speech director Tom Hooper and co-star Geoffrey Rush “my two other sides of a surprisingly robust triangle of man love.” Is it wrong to say I want to be part of any geometric shape that includes Firth giving away man love?

Best joke about an illness: After Michael Douglas got the audience on its feet when he made a surprise appearance to announce best motion picture drama, he quipped: “There’s got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation.” It’s good to see him survive his cancer treatment with his sense of humor intact.

Saddest coincidence: Laura Linney won for best TV comedy actress for The Big C, about a woman who has cancer. But she didn’t attend because her father, playwright Romulus Linney, died Saturday of…cancer.

Worst joke about a dead person: David Fincher calling himself JonBenét Rudin, which was just stupid. I guess he was saying producer Scott Rudin has been parading him around to the different award shows and he felt like a beauty pageant puppet but then Rudin would have to be Patsy Ramsey and she’s dead, too.

Dullest acceptance speech: Diane Warren’s, after she won for best original song. You know what’s more boring than reading a bunch of names from a sheet of paper? When you can’t even read your own handwriting and have to stop to figure out what it says.

What were some of your favorite moments? Were the winners deserving? Did you hear that Ryan Murphy confirmed backstage that Anne Hathaway is coming to Glee?

Photos: NBC/Getty



  • Reply
    January 17, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Ha! I agree with almost everything you said. And even though I think Ricky went a bit too far sometimes, he was pretty hilarious and I love that he doesn’t give a shit what the Hollywood establishment thinks of him. I mean, it takes balls to say some of the stuff he said up there and even if some of it was over the top, he stuck to his guns. I mean, really, if people can’t laugh at the fact that a movie like “The Tourist” got three nominations, what is this world coming too??

    Love him or hate him, I think the stuffed-shirts in Hollywood could use a good goosing now and then, so, kudos to you, Ricky Gervais. Keep it real, dude!

    Oh, also, how pregnant does Queen Amidala/Natalie Portman look to you? She says four months, but, Christine and I swear she’s much further along. Maybe she thinks she’s still hiding her pregnancy from Yoda and the Jedi Council! 🙂

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Don’t get me wrong—I love Gervais but thought last night’s material was stale and dated. Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson are easy targets. So is taking potshots at closeted gay actors. I expected him to be more clever, that’s all.

      I don’t understand how Portman could’ve gotten big so fast. I saw her in mid-November doing Q&A for Black Swan and she didn’t even look pregnant. All of a sudden, she’s got a nice little belly. Wha? That baby’s grown a lot in the past two months!

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    January 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

    As I said, after watching the entire show, I remembered why I stopped watching the awards shows. It wasn’t awful, but the overall feeling was “meh.” Thought I’d give the Golden Globes another try because 1) fewer chances for boring or awful skits and 2) the attendees usually look like they’re a little more comfortable (unless they have to walk to the stage) and having fun than at the Oscars. [Table 114, anyone? ;)] (Speaking of the obstacle course to get to the stage, there’s got to be some fire marshal just sure that they are so screwed if a quick evacuation is necessary.)

    In regards to high-/lowlights for me:

    *Although she does have a fabulous voice talking or singing, it was odd to see Alicia Keys present. *Kudos to production crew for not putting a camera on Nicole Kidman after Ricky’s gay Scientologist joke. However, note to Oscar production, puh-leaze keep the shots of Angie and Brad to a minimum. Felt like every other crowd shot was of them. *As for Ricky Gervaise, they should have known what was coming. Have they not seen his acts? *Don’t watch GLEE, but huge fan of Jane Lynch. Her speech was bit of fresh air – loved it. *You weren’t the only one surprised when Mark Wahlberg was on stage with BOARDWALK EMPIRE crew. And was it just me, or did it look like he was not having a good time anytime the camera showed him at the table? In fact, I thought he looked kind of pissed-off. *What the hell was up, no pun intended, with Annette Benning’s hair? *Diane Warren’s “speech”? This was someone winning for writing a song? That may be why it was so hard to listen to her – you’d expect maybe something a little more poetic…at the very least coherent. *Tina Fey and Steve Carell were best presentation team. Definite highlight for me. Lowlight presentation team was Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Lopez. *Colin Firth’s speech was another highlight for me – loved the “triangle of man love” line.

    Thanks for this recap, PCN. Didn’t see any red carpet coverage, so I look forward to your fashion recap. 😀

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      I kind of wanted to see Depp and/or Jolie’s face when Gervais was slamming their performances in The Tourist. Wahlberg did look a little like he didn’t want to be there. LOVE Carell and Fey together—they should host next year’s Globes or Oscars. I didn’t mind Bening’s hair. She’s an original and I like how she wore a punk ‘do over a classy dress.

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    Jen Forbus
    January 17, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I didn’t watch it…surprise, surprise. But I definitely enjoyed reading your re-cap. My mom texted me last night when Colin Firth won his award. Yay! Really happy for that. I think he’s been underappreciated for far too long.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Jen. I love that Colin Firth is cleaning up at awards shows. I’m looking forward to his Oscar acceptance speech.

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    January 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for pointing out the seat filler for Julia. I was watching last night and paused the dvr and was like ah that’s not her. I waited and they just kept on that woman… that was funny.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Dan, I was confused and then amused by that woman. I hope her friends and family got to see her moment at the Globes.

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    January 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t remember who, but someone on Twitter pointed out how funny it was that after The Kids… won, the camera panned to Jane Lynch.

    I don’t watch award shows. I’m not really that into them, but I love reading re-caps like this. Excellent.

    And Colin Firth? The man is amazing, and ditto about the triangle of man love. All. Over. It.

    Now I’m on to your fashion post.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      You and I can expand that triangle of man love into a pentagon of coed love!

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    January 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I had fun last night. But I did spit my coffee when Gervais did the Scientologist joke.

    Basically, I agree with everything you wrote. I’d have to add a few things.

    I liked how Sofia Vergara hugged Jane Lynch with enthusiasm when the GG was given to the latter, specially after Ed O’Neil’s botched interview about the Emmys. I also watched the “Funny or Die” skit of Glee which only shows how good sports Vergara is.

    I also loved how excited Melissa Leo was when she won. And loved the “I’m not that kind of girl” joke she threw in her speech.

    Though I was expecting it, I’m still psyched Colin Firth finally has some recognition this side of the “pond”, and I loved his speech, though it wasn’t better than last year’s BAFTA win for “A Single Man” and his joke about the fridge guy.

    I cracked when Annette Bening gave a shout out to Mark Ruffalo for being their “awesome sperm donor”.

    My 2 cents. Thanks for this, PCN!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      I love Vergara. She is fun in that GLEE FoD video and she makes me laugh out loud on MODERN FAMILY. Remember the episode in which she learned how to ride a bike? Hilarious.

      I’m liking the frontrunners this year. Last year I disagreed with some of the winners, at both the Globes and the Oscars.

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        January 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        I just saw the MODERN FAMILY ep. where Gloria learns to ride a bike, but I loved Luke better -he was awesome!

        I’m also liking the frontrunners a lot, and I’m kind’a enjoying that it doesn’t look like it’s set in stone (except, perhaps for Bale and Firth), but Natalie Portman and Annette Bening seem to be head to head, and Amy Adams & Melissa Leo too (I mean, Leo didn’t even get a BAFTA nom, and she won de BFCA & GG)…

        Let’s see what the SAG has to say…

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    January 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Why would Fincher call himself Rudin? He was obviously referring to Scott Rudin. Must have been some kind of in-joke.

    Anyway, Gervais fucking killed.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      Hi lb. Yes, must be some kind of in-joke, just a weird one since it invoked dead people who died tragically.

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    January 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What happened to the Dead People Tribute?

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      I don’t think they’ve ever done an In Memoriam tribute at the Globes.

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