The Golden Globe Awards has been honoring the best in motion pictures and television for 67 years. On Sunday January 17th, viewers from over 130 countries were watching while the Golden Globe Awards was brought to life once again by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who has donated over ten million dollars to film related charities. President of HFPA, Philip Burke took a moment to highlight the importance of the award ceremony that commemorates the accomplishments of outstanding film and TV creatives.
This year many Greeks contributed to the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards from actors, directors, writers to producers. The award ceremony which is traditionally held at the lavish Beverly Hilton ballroom was hosted by Rick Gervais . Greek actress Tina Fey, short for Stamatina, was nominated for Best Actress in TV series, comedy or Musical for “30 Rock”, but Toni Collette took the Golden Globe home this year. Greg Yaitanes’ hit show, “House” was nominated for Best Television series which was awarded to TV series “Mad Men”. Jim Gianopoulos, president of Fox attended the ceremony and talked exclusively to “Greek Reporter” about his involvement to the film “Avatar” which won for Best Drama. Greek screenwriter and executive producer, Laeta Kalogridis is also behind the Golden Globe winning film of James Cameron.
California Governor, Schwarzenegger introduced Best Motion Picture Drama clip of “Avatar” and referred to James Cameron as a “genius director”.
Upon receiving the award for Best Motion Picture in Drama, Cameron commented on what this novel night in film and television means to him. “…It’s such an exciting evening, and just walking in through here, walking in with all you great, creative, amazing people, I look around this room, and I see faces of people I respect, that I’ve admired for years. ..I just think this is the best job in the world, you know. It just really is.” At the press room he responded to criticism of “Avatar” for being anti military by saying “The film is not anti military, it is against necessary military operations. In the past there have been many cases that the American army has been used at the wrong place, the wrong moment for the wrong reasons.” He also added that the US has the best army in the world which he admires, but the politicians are the ones to be blamed for its misuse. He also asked the media’s help to clarify the new Computer Generated Imaginary technique of “Avatar” to film fans.
Kevin Bacon and Drew Barrymore took home their first Golden Globe awards tonight for Best Actor/Actress in Mini Series or TV Movie. Kevin Bacon won for his work in “Taking Chance”. Drew Barrymore was awarded for her performance in “Grey Gardens”. Barrymore was so overwhelmed by her win she stumbled over her words after accepting her Golden Globe. “I’m so nervous that I don’t know the etiquette of coming up here when you win these awards because, I don’t know,” she humbly replied. Barrymore was so nervous she forgot to mention her Grey Gardens co-star Jessica Lange, or her date Justin Long, something that she did later at the press room.
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Robert De Niro and Leonardo Di Caprio presented the Cecil B. Demille Award to Martin Scorsese for his lifetime achievements . Leo referred to Scorsese as a “Master filmmaker”. DiCaprio has stared in four movies directed by the grand auteur including Scorcese’s upcoming film, “Shutter Island” by Greek screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis.
Former lover to George Cey from ER, Julianna Margulies told us she was flustered when she greeted Clooney with a kiss after her win for best supporting actress in a Drama TV Series was announced. It has been nine years since their affair ended. She told us “It felt great to see him happy”, although Clooney was at the Globes with his new girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. Julianna accepted the award for “The Good Wife”. In her speech, Margulies thanked her “unbelievably classy producers” Ridgley Scoot, Tony Scoot and David Zucker. She also stated “It was enough to be nominated with these wonderful women and Glenn Close–I’d bow down, but this dress will rip!”
Special guest star Tom Hanks introduced Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical clip for “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks has collaborated with Greek author and producer, George Pelacanos in The Pacific”
Meryl Streep graciously accepted her record- breaking seventh Golden Globe for Best Actress in Motion Picture in comedy or musical for “Julie and Julia”. The poised Meryl Streep held back her tears; while she gave a moving speech remembering her mother and how grateful she is. At the backstage press room Streep referred to Sandra Bullock when a reporter asked her about the double standard of men and women aging in Hollywood and the roles that are available to them. “I think this is changing. At least I have not felt it, maybe I will in the future, she said.” She added that Bullock is a very good example of a forty five year old who has not been affected by age in her career.
Bullock who won the best actress category for a drama affirmed Streep’s statement saying that this is one of her best years yet.
Michael C. Hall, received his first Golden Globe for Best Actor in TV series drama. Hall who was wearing a suit by Greek-American designer John Varvatos was honored for his work on “Dexter”. It was recently made known that he is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. Just last week, Hall told E! “I had every intention of keeping it quiet, but because the award shows were imminent, I thought I’d make a statement.” Hall had the courage to crack a joke about wearing a hat to cover his bold head-from chemo- by saying that at least now he has an excuse to use accessories and be cool.
Greek-American sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston along with Gerard Butler presented the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay: Motion Picture to Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for “Up in the Air” whose cast includes Cretan-American actor, Zach Galifianakis..
Ryan Murphy accepted the award for “Glee”, Best Television Series in which another fellow Greek, John Peter Kousakis is one of the producers. Executive producer, Ryan Murphy thanked the “fake, sexy teen cast” and described the award winning TV series as a show “..about a lot of things…about the importance of arts and education.”
Jeff Bridges was the proud recipient of the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in Motion Picture-Drama, for “Crazy Heart”. He plays a dead beat alcoholic country singer in the film. Jeff has told reporters that “Though it’s tempting to get drunk to play a drunk, Bridges advises against it: “You don’t want to work drunk,” Bridges says. “I’ve made that mistake in the past.”
The award show came to an end with timeless beauty, and three time Golden Globe winner, Julia Roberts announcing the award for Best Motion Picture Drama, “Avatar”.
The stars continued the fun at the parties including the HBO and NBC “after” events.
Best Supporting Actress: Motion Picture- Mo’Nique for “Precious”
Best Supporting Actress: TV series, Comedy or Musical: Toni Collette for “United States of Tara”
Best Supporting Actor: Series/Mini Series/ TV Movie- John Lithgow for “Dexter”
Best Animated Feature Film- “Up” director Peter Docter
Best Actor: TV Series Drama- Michael C. Hall for “Dexter”
Best Actress: TV Series Drama- Julianna Margulies for “Good Wife”
Best Motion Picture: Drama- “Up in the Air”
Best Original Song: Motion Picture- “Weary Kind” theme song of Crazy Heart
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for TV- “Grey Gardens”
Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical- “Julie and Julia”
Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical – Meryl Streep for “Julie and Julia”
Best Motion Picture Drama- “Precious: based on the novel Push by Sapphire”
Best Actor: Mini Series or TV Movie: Kevin Bacon for “Taking Chance”
Best Actress: Mini Series of TV Movie: Drew Barrymore for “Grey Gardens”
Best Actor: TV Series. Comedy or Musical- Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock”
Best Foreign Film- “The White Ribbon”
Best Television Series- “Mad Men”
Best Supporting Actress: Series/Mini Series/TV Movie: Cloe Sevigny for “Big Love”
Best Supporting Actor: Motion Picture: Chrisopher Walz for “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Director: Motion Picture- James Cameron for “Avatar”
Best Television Series: Comedy or Musical: “Glee”
Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical- “The Hangover”
Best Actress: Motion Picture Drama- Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side”
Best Actor: Motion Picture Comedy- Robert Downey Jr. for “Sherlock Homes”
Best Actor: Motion Picture Drama- Christopher Waltz
Best Supporting Actor in Motion Picture: Drama- Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart”
Best Motion Picture: “Drama- Avatar”