January 18th, 2010
01:32 AM ET

Golden Globes: a little for everyone, a lot for 'Avatar'

No one dominated the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards: no film or TV show won more than two trophies, as the 25 honors went to 20 different films, shows, and TV movies.  But if there was a big winner, it had to be "Avatar," which received Best Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Director for James Cameron.

The "king of the world" was a bit more humble this time, saying he had "the best job in the world," and even singling out fellow nominee Kathryn Bigelow – one of his four ex-wives – saying he had expected her to win, and "she richly deserved it."  Bigelow and "The Hurt Locker" did beat out Cameron and "Avatar" at Friday night's Critics' Choice Awards, but with "Avatar" topping the box office for a fifth straight weekend, closing in on $500 million in domestic ticket sales (third all-time, behind "Titanic" and "The Dark Knight") and more than $1.6 billion worldwide (behind only "Titanic"), I'd say Cameron still had a pretty good weekend.

Some other post-Globes thoughts:

– Perhaps the longest ovation of the night went to the woman Samuel L. Jackson introduced as "a real live movie star," Sophia Loren, who presented Best Foreign Language Film to "The White Ribbon."  Almost as long was the ovation for Jeff Bridges, who finally won his first Golden Globe – and could win his first Oscar – for "Crazy Heart."  It was also nice to see other veteran actors win their first Golden Globes, including Kevin Bacon, Toni Collette, and Julianna Margulies.

– The film montage of Martin Scorsese's work, part of his Cecil B. DeMille Award tribute, was marvelous... right until it turned into a commercial for his upcoming movie, "Shutter Island."  That felt tacked on and gratuitous.

– You probably saw some of the stars on the red carpet holding or hunching under umbrellas, as the first of several expected storms descended on Southern California.  What you may not have seen was that the rain turned the carpet into a soggy, sludgy mess.  Why wasn't there a tent over the red carpet?  After all, local newscasts have been running "Storm Alerts" for days – rain is newsworthy in Los Angeles.  Reportedly, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association looked at the forecast, decided the rain wouldn't hit Beverly Hills until later, and decided not to put up a tent and raise the carpet – saving $100,000.  Coincidentally, that's how much the HFPA pledged to donate to Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

– And speaking of Haiti, I was glad to see they didn't try to make the Globes show all about the tragedy.  It's always a dicey thing anyway, combining Hollywood glitz and real-life horror.  So as if to acknowledge that we've all been watching, reading, and hearing about Haiti all week, they didn't go overboard: a couple of reminders to donate, a reference to next Friday night's telethon, everyone wore pins, and that was more or less it.  Plenty is happening behind the scenes to aid Haitian relief, including auctioning off much of the evening's couture to benefit the cause; featuring it more prominently wouldn't have made the show any less of a Tinseltown self-glorificationfest, so there was no reason to do so.

Okay, your turn.  Favorite (and least favorite) moments, winners, speeches, dresses?

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. J.Crobuzon

    If only Poul Anderson were alive to see his story "Call Me Joe" turned into a hit movie! Oh, wait, we aren't supposed to notice that. Oops.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Best moment of the night, by far, was Mo'Nique's speech. She is class personified.

    January 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. franco

    I thought Sophia deserved the biggest ovation – by reputation and experience for sure- but she fell short of expectations. She was so stiff and dull, very uncharacteristic of her. Her grace and more importantly her charm had disappeared. It was as if she was afraid to move or speak to fast in case her facelift would fall or body crack. Kinda sad.

    January 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |

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