January 16th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
The stars are arriving and the champagne bottles have been popped! The 68th annual Golden Globes are ready to get in full swing.
Ricky Gervais will be hosting, and we're expecting him to totally let loose - join us here as we live blog what we hope will be a hilarious night, starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Plus, the competition is going to be cutthroat: We've got fan faves "Glee," "Modern Family" and "The Big Bang Theory" going head-to-head in the comedy category, not to mention some of the amazing performances that were given by the actresses up for the best performance by an actress in a dramatic motion picture award.
Who will take the honors? Stay tuned! In the meantime, let's check in on the red carpet...
7:25 p.m: ... Starting with Angelina Jolie, who's still just as surprised as everyone else that she's up for a best performance by an actress in a comedic motion picture award. "Johnny [Depp]’s funny. … I’m still shocked that I got acknowledged as being funny," Jolie told Carson Daly. "But I’m grateful."
"Glee" star Matthew Morrison is also grateful to be at the Globes, but sadly, he's rolling solo. "This is like prom for adults, but I don’t have a date unfortunately," Morrison told Alexa Chung. (We're taking that to mean he's single.) Interestingly, he's pulling for Steve Carell to take the win in his category, best performance by an actor in a comedic TV series.
"I’d love to see Steve Carell win. I actually did a film with him and he couldn’t be nicer," he said. "He’s a generous guy."
7:30 p.m.: While we're talking about "Glee" stars, Jane Lynch let loose one of her favorite Sue Sylvester lines: "Loving musical theater doesn’t make you gay, it makes you awful." Gleeks - is that one of your faves too?
Moving on to one Robert Pattinson, who dared to be different in a navy blue suit. Pattinson is presenting the nominees in the best foreign film tonight, but he hadn't, er, quite brushed up on what's what in that category. Ah well. At least he and Alexa Chung had a good laugh about his cluelessness.
7:35 p.m.: Sofia Vergara, who's nominated in the best performance by a supporting actress in a comedic TV series tonight, is feeling right at home amid the noise on the red carpet. She told Alexa Chung, who was also wearing a red dress on the red carpet, "We look like Christmas, no?" Ah, Sofia, we heart you! The "Modern Family" star is hoping the champagne doesn't run out this year; apparently that happened at Globes 2010. Fingers crossed, Sofia!
7:41 p.m.: Michael Douglas - who announced recently that he's beaten his bout with cancer - said on the red carpet that he's cautiously happy. "The tumor is gone...But it will still be a few more months before I'm jumping up and down." Between their jobs and Douglas' cancer battle, he added that he and wife Catherine Zeta Jones haven't gotten out much. "This is our date!" Catherine said. Awwww.
7:52 p.m.: Just a few minutes till the Globes kicks off, and Alexa Chung is running through her favorite looks of the night. Michelle Williams made the list, as well as Natalie Portman and Olivia Wilde, who's wearing an awesomely huge gown. What do you think?
7:58 p.m.: We appreciate that no one really knows why Justin Bieber's there ...
8 p.m.: Annnd we're live! Ricky Gervais promises a night of heavy drinking and partying ... or what Charlie Sheen calls breakfast, Gervais points out.
8:03 p.m.: The first few jokes are painful for the audience. He makes some jabs at "The Tourist"– "I'm jumping on the bandwagon; I haven't seen it either! Who has?" - and then takes a dig at the HFPA drama. There were more chuckles and groans of embarrassment than actual laughter for Gervais' open.
8:06 p.m.: First award of the night, the best supporting actor in a motion picture, goes to Christian Bale in "The Fighter."
"You can only give a loud performance like mine when you have a quiet anchor," he says of "Fighter" lead Mark Wahlberg. Also gives a thank you to his daughter, dedicating his award to her, and tries to give a shout-out to Robert DeNiro but he ran out of time.
8:10 p.m.: "Sons of Anarchy" star Katey Sagal snagged the best actress in a dramatic TV series award, her first Golden Globe win after being up for an award five times before. She was first given a Globe nod for playing Peggy Bundy on "Married With Children." She's shocked ... but prepared, ha!
8:17 p.m.: Best miniseries or TV movie Golden Globe goes to ... "Carlos"!
8:22 p.m.: We're a little worried for Gervais' safety - he intro'd Bruce Willis as Ashton Kutcher's dad.
8:24 p.m.: Gleeks, rejoice! Chris Colfer grabbed the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a TV series. "I think I dropped my heart somewhere between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore," he says. "I have to thank Ryan Murphy for being my fairy godfather."
Colfer also dropped a mini-motivational talk into his acceptance speech: "All the kids who are told no because of who they are ... well, screw that kids!" That's one Golden Globe award down for "Glee," four more up for grabs ...
8:32 p.m.: Ricky dished it out - "I had to help the HFPA president off the toilet and pop his teeth in!" but the prez gave it back: "Ricky, the next time you want someone to qualify your movies, go to another guy."
8:33 p.m.: Best actor in TV series/drama is up next. Steve Buscemi looks nervous! And he had nothing to sweat about it - he nabbed it for "Boardwalk Empire." It's his first win.
8:37 p.m.: Dang, "Boardwalk Empire" is not playing tonight. That's two for two: The show just got the best TV drama Golden Globe as well.
8:45 p.m.: Jennifer Lopez and Alec Baldwin hop out to announce the nominees for best original song, and J.Lo squeezes in a lil reminder that she's a new "Idol" judge, in case you somehow forgot: She tells Alec not to sing, "because then I'd have to judge you." We know, Jen, we know.
8:47 p.m.: "Burlesque" songwriter Diane Warren takes the win with "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," and thanks Cher for being "the eternal bad ass you always were and always will be."
8:48 p.m.: "The Social Network" picks up its first Golden Globe for best original score.
8:55 p.m.: Aha! This is why the Bieb was in attendance, red carpet hosts: He was on hand to present the best animated feature film. And the Golden Globe went to: "Toy Story 3"!
9 p.m.: Robert Downey Jr., announcing the nominees for the best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical, reveals that he's unaware if an actress can do her best work until he's slept with her ... and then calls out Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie (which Brad found hiLARious). Also: 22-year-old Emma Stone. What he's saying is ... "If I could, I'd give it to all five of you ... at once. .. the award ... on this stage."
9:03 p.m.: But it turns out, Downey can't do that. The award goes to: Annette Bening, who beat out her "Kids Are All Right" co-star Julianne Moore. Of course, Bening thanks her first. "She asked me to do the picture with her, she made it possible for us to shoot it...Julianne, you're a class act."
9:09 p.m.: Gervais seemed to go a little easier on the next presenter, Sylvester Stallone. Think it had anything to do with Robert Downey Jr. calling him out on lobbing "mean spirited" comments?
9:12 p.m.: Al Pacino picks up the Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or made for TV movie for "You Don't Know Jack," which means he's now got a collection of four Golden Globes.
9:16 p.m.: Moving on to best actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie, the award goes to Claire Danes for "Temple Grandin." Danes also snapped up an Emmy for the role.
9:26 p.m.: So far, the awards presenters' dialogue has been far funnier than what Ricky Gervais has offered. Tina Fey and Steve Carell offered some genuine, non-harmful laughs. They could've written these nominated screenplays, you know, if they'd had time and all.
9:27 p.m.: "Social Network" grabs another one: Aaron Sorkin accepts the Golden Globe for best screenplay.
9:29 p.m.: Another one for "Glee" too! Emmy winner Jane Lynch gets the best supporting actress in a TV series Golden Globe. "I am nothing if not falsely humble," she says, and offers to share the award with "Glee" writer/creator Ian Brennan, "a deranged young man" who came up with her character, Sue Sylvester. "This is yours too, although I will be holding on to it."
9:37 p.m.: Denmark's "In a Better World" takes the best foreign language film Golden Globe, and Laura Linney, who wasn't in the house tonight, was awarded the best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical, for "The Big C."
9:47 p.m.: Aw, Kaley Cuoco could barely announce the best actor in a TV comedy series winner, because it went to her "Big Bang" co-star Jim Parsons! Nerd love's so cute.
9:50 p.m.: Speaking of emotional reactions: Melissa Leo almost didn't make it out of her seat she was so shocked that she won the best supporting actress in a motion picture Golden Globe for "The Fighter."
Her thank you? "Look mama, I got a Golden Globe!" She also thanks her co-star Amy Adams, "who maybe should be standing up here right now" for her "Fighter" performance.
10:02 p.m.: Matt Damon gives a little speech about not knowing who Robert De Niro was until about a few years back when he was to work with him on "The Good Shepherd." Uh huh. Riiight. Anyway, he's drumming up this story because De Niro's this year's recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
10:05 p.m.: De Niro thanks the HFPA for announcing that he was getting this award two months ago, before "Little Fockers" came out. Ha! "We've all got our jobs to do," he says.
10:15 p.m.: Could the best director category be any more competitive? It was Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception"), David O. Russell ("The Fighter") and David Fincher ("The Social Network").
But the best director Golden Globe went to Fincher in the end - "Social Network" now has three for three.
10:18 p.m.: "Glee" takes best comedy TV series! The acceptance speech gives a big thank you to public school teachers.
10:24 p.m.: Paul Giamatti took the best actor in a comedy or musical Golden Globe for "Barney's Version." He said was a little messed up because of those five boxes (dude, five?!) of Godiva chocolates he ate, not to mention because of award presenter Halle Berry (who, let's all say it together now, looked amazing).
10:31 p.m.: OK guys, we're back and we're getting close to the rest of the big ones. Who's got money riding on "The Social Network" to take best dramatic motion picture? Or are y'all going with "Black Swan"?
10:34 p.m.: But before we get to that, let's knock out the best actress in a dramatic motion picture, which goes to Natalie Portman for "Black Swan"!
Portman takes the opportunity to say hi to her grandma Bernice back home in Cincinnati, and thanks her for bringing her mom into the world. She also thanks her fiance Benjamin Millepied - who's also her baby's father - for helping her to continue the cycle of "creation." She points out that while Benjamin may say in the film that he didn't want to sleep with her character, clearly, he totally does. (Sweet? strange? What say you?)
10:38 p.m.: Oh THERE'S Ricky. We were wondering what happened.
10:39 p.m.: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen get their own sharp-edged jokes in. "Like many of you, we remember when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but kind comedian," Hanks said. "Neither of which he is now," Allen added.
10:40 p.m.: Who takes the best comedy/musical motion picture Golden Globe? That would be "The Kids Are All Right."
10:46 p.m.: Duh, duh, duh ... who'll take best actor in a dramatic motion picture? And the Golden Globe goes to: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech." (Ryan Gosling, who was also nominated for "Blue Valentine," gives Firth a standing ovation.)
Firth says he's indebted to his "extraordinary no nonsense queen, Helena [Bonham Carter]," as well as co-star Geoffrey Rush - his "true friend and geisha girl" - and director Tom Hooper.
10:54 p.m.: A recovering Michael Douglas takes the stage to an enormous amount of cheering. "There's got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation," he jokes. "I'm very, very happy to be here tonight." Douglas is going to announce the best motion picture, drama winner.
And the Golden Globe goes to: "The Social Network"!
10:58 p.m.: Producer Scott Rudin accepts the award, thanking everyone from Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to his brilliant cast - two members of which, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, were still sitting down for some reason - director David Fincher and, sweetly, his parents.
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