January 12th, 2009
12:51 AM ET

From Spielberg to 'Slumdog'

Producer-director Steven Spielberg received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his extraordinary career encompassing 62 feature films, including "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T.," "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan" - just to name a few. He was supposed to receive the award last year, but as we all know, the ceremony was cancelled due to the writers strike.

Backstage, he was asked whether he still has the fire in his belly to make movies. "The fire has intensified," he replied. He also hinted that another Indiana Jones movie may be in the works. "George (Lucas) and I have had a couple of conversations about possible sequels."

Spielberg was less glib about his feelings toward alleged Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff, with whom he had substantial investments. "I have a lot of feelings about it, but this isn't the place to address them," he said.

Kate Winslet picked up TWO trophies - a best actress nod for "Revolutionary Road" and a best supporting actress win for "The Reader." It's the first time anyone has won Globes in both categories in a single year. Winslet told journalists she didn't have an acceptance speech pre-written for her actress victory. "I thought Anne Hathaway was going to win, hands down!" she admitted.

She also talked about the experience of working with her hubby, director Sam Mendes, for the first time. "I hadn't had it, and I was envious of those who did. It absolutely brought us closer together."

Once upon a time, the last person you'd see backstage was Mickey Rourke. But he bounded up to the podium once he'd taken the actor prize for "The Wrestler" - a gritty movie about a has-been champ trying to make a comeback. It's analogous to his own story as an actor.

"I thought when I left the business, that I could back back into it in two or three years. It actually took 13. It was a long journey. I tried to beat the system, and it beat the sh*t out of me," he said candidly. "It was never about my ability (as an actor). It was about handling myself in society, which I always had a problem with."

Rourke says acting is a profession where you can get a second chance, and that the Bruce Springsteen song from the movie (which also won) would probably be his favorite tune 'til the day he dies.

The last folks to hit the Press Room was the cast and crew of "Slumdog Millionaire" - which surprised no one with its win for best motion picture (drama). Bollywood actress Freida Pinto, who turned heads as the drop-dead gorgeous female lead, was excited at having met Angelina Jolie recently. She said she wanted to go up to Jolie and tell her how much she admired her. Instead, Jolie beat her to the punch. Unfortunately, Pinto had just popped a pastry into her mouth, and could only mumble a few unintelligible words.

"Slumdog" director Danny Boyle - who also walked away with a trophy - defended the movie's happy ending. Even though Mumbai has seen its share of hardship, the city still has an optimistic spirit, he said. Now it's bolstered by the fact that "Slumdog Millionaire" is a leading contender to win the Oscar for best picture next month. And the envelope, please ...

- Denise Quan, CNN Entertainment Correspondent, with CNN's Matt Carey and David Daniel

Filed under: Golden Globes

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  1. Justin

    Trudy – if a film is released first in the US (as in Revolu. Road being released in NY and LA in December) it has to be counted as a 2008 movie.

    Also keep in mind, voters for both the HFPA (which is much smaller) and the Academy do not need to go to the theater to see the movie. They are mailed private copies.

    January 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Armando

    Revolutionary Road is out in limited release. As for awards, the movie(s) should open just for one week, in LA and NYC, before year's end to qualify for the Oscars, Golden Globes, etc.

    January 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan Meyer

    Trudy Onward seems negative...I bet you are no fun to hang out with.

    January 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james

    Slumdog is not a bollywood movie.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. mdegge

    Ugh did he say another Indiana Jones movie was in the works? This last one was horrible and they need to leave that franchise alone before they tarnish it even more.

    January 15, 2009 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. david

    with all due respect to Bruce Springsteen, the biggest mistake was giving him the best song award instead of Peter Gabriel's "Down to Earth" from Wall-E

    January 13, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lauren Conley

    I'm glad Slumdog won! Indian movies are doing what American movies are not doing ( or, not as well)–engaging the viewer personally. Bollywood, at least, still knows what counts–a good story!!

    January 13, 2009 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    Trudy you are a far too negative person.
    Rev. Road is out in select theaters. Secondly Speilberg's speech was very humble and I'm sure deeply appreciated by many people. And why would you cancel an awards show, when a show like that provides a lot of people with income. A few hundred people, at the very least, are employed in every facet of putting an award show together. So it has a positive affect on our economy.

    Linda, I agree with you, fortunate for you however, Slumdog's strength lies in its powerful techniques of storytelling and you will still thoroughly enjoy the film!

    I'm glad Kate Winslet received the awards she deserved them. I suggest everyone see Waltz with Bashir. The current conflict magnifies the relevance of the film and it's message speaks to the entire human race.

    January 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jordan

    Trudy- Revolutionary Road has been released on a limited scale (it's been in Denver for a little over a week) As for smaller films I believe even screenings at film festivals count...

    January 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roxy

    When they introduced the king of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan, I thought he would highlight the Indian movie industry that has come of age. There has been a lot of good cinema tcoming from so called Bollywood that is being watched all over the world. Instead all he talked about was his pelvic movements that no one found funny. This was a lost opportunity where Bollywood could have been highlighted as a serious participant in the world movie business.

    January 12, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Linda Feldman

    Slumdog Millionaire-why did you give away the ending in your blog? I have not yet seen the movie and would be hesitant to read your blogs again.

    January 12, 2009 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Trudy Onward

    Question? How could a movie (Revolutionary Road) which hasn't even been released yet in theatres pick up awards at the Golden Globes? It's not an 08 movie, it's an 09 movie.

    Steven Spielberg's acceptance speech was boring. At least, I guess, he has the good sense to hire good writers for his movies.

    Over all, Awards shows when we are in a depression is very tasteless behaviour, but when was Hollywood ever about taste.

    January 12, 2009 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |

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