Golden Globe winners, as they are announced

Posted by · 3:46 pm · January 11th, 2009

If you feel like hanging out here and pondering, kvetching, bitching or (here’s a novel idea) enthusing over the results, we’d love your company.  For those wanting to watch the show live, catch the stream here.

OK, that’s a wrap, guys. Sorry for the delay in posting those last results, but your generous and frenzied readership meant the server was a little tricky to handle this past half-hour. I’ll offer more ordered thought and commentary tomorrow, but for now, let me say I’m pretty thrilled with how the evening panned out overall. Right now, however, it’s 4:30am where I am, and my bed looks like a pretty inviting place to be. See you in the morning.

Best Picture – Drama: “Slumdog Millionaire”

It is written.

Best Actor in a Drama: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Yes, yes, yes and yes again. I knew if Rourke could score anywhere it would be here, but still, I didn’t trust the Foreign Press to be that cool. Congratulations, HFPA members, for getting it right where most of the major critics’ groups got it wrong. Are you paying attention, SAG?

Best Drama Series: “Mad Men”

Well, duh. Nice to see Matt Weiner get his Globe moment after last year’s win went unseen, though.

Best Actress in a Drama: Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road”

Wow. I mean, just… wow. Who saw that coming? Unprecedented, I should think. (EDIT: Not quite. Sigourney Weaver accomplished the same feat in 1988. My bad.) In any case, a fair reward for a fine performance — so was that undeserved supporting award really necessary, HFPA?

(More winners after the jump.)

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Who cares what happens in the Drama categories? This is the best slate of Musical/Comedy winners I can remember since, well, I don’t know when.

Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy: Colin Farrell, “In Bruges”

Ha, so my last-minute hunch came through. Allow me to feel all smug and satisfied — not just because of that, but because Farrell was easily the most deserving of the bunch. I’m ecstatic. Speech of the night so far too… is is too late to give him an Oscar nod? (Yes, but still…)

Best Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

And the Oscar goes to… start engraving it now, folks. And you won’t hear any complaint from me — a brilliant filmmaker, unrewarded for too long, and one of the single nicest people I’ve ever met. Maybe it’s not his best film, but what’s new? 

By the way, I realize I’ve been a little snide about four-time winner “John Adams” tonight, so in the interests of balance, let me point you to Kris’ rather more measured, intelligent assessment here.

Okay, so Steven Spielberg is a genius of sorts and I bow to no one in my admiration for Martin Scorsese. But will anyone think me disrespectful if I use the Cecil B. DeMille award as an opportunity to run to the kitchen and make myself another hot-chocolate-cognac toddy? (Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Can we just pretend it’s for “Saturday Night Live” instead?

Best Original Score: A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Richly deserved. (Side note: could there be a weirder combination of presenters than P Diddy and Kate Beckinsale?)

Best Comedy Series: “30 Rock”

I’ve tried to like “30 Rock.” Hell, I’ve tried just to get “30 Rock.” I don’t. It’s my failing. Let’s move on. (I love you, “Weeds.”)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Paul Giamatti, “John Adams”

I won’t lie to you, I had that one typed out before the envelope was opened. Are we done with “John Adams” now? Can we file it away in the archives of Worthy Achievements Stuffed With Great Actors That No One Will Ever Watch Again? 

Best Actor in Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

OK, I know “30 Rock” hasn’t been winning awards for the last ten years running. It just feels that way.

Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

The film remains a triumph of directing over writing for me, but with that beige slate of nominees, I’m hardly complaining.

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Laura Linney, “John Adams”

Well, I do love Laura Linney, at least.

Best Foreign Language Film: “Waltz With Bashir”

I want so badly to love this film. Why don’t I? Answers on a postcard, please.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Well, of course. Even the Globes couldn’t screw that one up.

Best TV Movie or Miniseries: “John Adams”

Idle question… has anyone ever watched “John Adams” more than once?

Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy: Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Sorry for the delay, but I had to savour that moment. For the first time in a very long while in my history of awards-watching I feel genuinely proud of a winner. Nicely done, Ms. Hawkins — and stunning glam-up job too.

Best Animated Feature: “WALL-E”

The biggest upset since … oh, I don’t know … gravity?

Best Actress in a Drama Series (TV): Anna Paquin, “True Blood”

Seriously? Well, I guess January Jones is insanely beautiful, madly talented and in the best show on TV, so she doesn’t need any extra hardware to prove it. And I’ve always liked Anna Paquin but … seriously?

Best Actor in a Drama Series (TV): Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”

OK, so Jon Hamm won last year. But still.

Best Supporting Actress (TV): Laura Dern, “Recount”

My God, Dern was stunning in this. If it had been a theatrical release, she’d be racking up awards, mark my words.

Best Supporting Actor (TV): Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams”

Maybe it’s a British thing, but I was left thoroughly unmoved by “John Adams.” But hell, I’m happy to see Tom Wilkinson win anything.

Best Original Song: “The Wrestler” from “The Wrestler”

Inevitable, uncontestable, inarguable.

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Sigh… why couldn’t the “OMG Kate Winslet has to win something” mentality have been this strong four years ago? You know, when she actually deserved it?

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198 responses so far

  • 1 1-11-2009 at 8:42 pm

    Patrick F said...

    It’s at times like this that I hadn’t gone on the record saying that this isn’t Kate’s year.

  • 2 1-11-2009 at 8:42 pm

    Davidraider88 said...

    Guy, “John Adams” is a miniseries, you don’t really rewatch those immediately

  • 3 1-11-2009 at 8:43 pm

    J.S. said...

    If someone deserves two Oscars, they should win, but that’s just a ridiculous idea. Anyway, having seen both performances, I don’t think Winslet deserves to win two Oscars this year. In a strange way, this turn of events probably helps the supporting women (who have less than negatives than the other lead actress contenders).

  • 4 1-11-2009 at 9:03 pm

    Josh said...

    Did anybody else catch Nancy O’Dell’s comments about Heath Ledger. When she asked what everybody would like to see win and both Tikki Barber and the other chick said Ledger. She responded by saying that was a real political answer. What a bitch.

  • 5 1-11-2009 at 9:07 pm

    D said...

    Josh, who is Nancy O’Dell?

  • 6 1-11-2009 at 9:11 pm

    Josh said...

    The woman who was hosting the red carpet show with Tikki Barber and Brooke Burke on NBC.

  • 7 1-11-2009 at 9:14 pm

    James said...

    Aren’t Oscar nominations tomorrow? I would love to see The Wrestler get more nominations than just the actors, but I doubt it. And is it too late for someone to wake up and embrace Synecdoche?

  • 8 1-11-2009 at 9:15 pm

    J.S. said...

    Oscar nominations aren’t released until 1/22.

  • 9 1-11-2009 at 9:15 pm

    Zac said...


    Consider yourself lucky that you don’t know who Nancy O’Dell is: a vapid bimbo that hosts one of those miserable star fucking celebrity news shows.

    I missed the majority of the program due to previous commitments, but I did see Danny, R.A. and the cast win their awards, so I guess it’s pretty obvious that Slumdog is the frontrunner for Best Picture.

  • 10 1-11-2009 at 9:16 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    I wasn’t paying full attention, but at the time I wasn’t sure if she was talking about Slumdog or Heath. If it was Heath, then yea, what a bitch.

  • 11 1-11-2009 at 9:17 pm

    Patrick said...

    Winslet is a fine actress. But she did not deserve either award she won tonight. Cruz and Streep for the Oscar.

  • 12 1-11-2009 at 9:17 pm

    D said...

    LOL Zac. Yeah, I’m pretty out of touch with the starfucking celeb news shows. I don’t really watch that much TV. Usually it’s sports.

  • 13 1-11-2009 at 9:20 pm

    Seth said...

    You must be joking! Has there ever been, EVER BEEN, a performance in which Winslet hasn’t delivered and deserved any recognition that comes her way? Yeah they are behind the curb, but I think Winslet should go all the way with both wins. The poor girl deserves it.

  • 14 1-11-2009 at 9:25 pm

    K.K. said...

    Hi Guy,

    I guess it is only you who hated 30 Rock :), I think it is one of the funniest, written comedy on Tv right now. It has the wacky but also intelligent factor. Ricky Gervais once again is very funny, and he gets to take credit for Kate’s The Reader win in his show the Extras.
    Yay for Sally Hawkins! Her speech is awesome, I guess it is very unexpected for her. Next step: the Oscars!

  • 15 1-11-2009 at 9:27 pm

    James said...

    I loved the birdflipping, hahaha. Reminds me of Helen Mirren’s “ass-over-tit” comment at the Emmys. Yay for censor fail.

    Also, Changeling was okay and Jolie did a great job, but the script was awful. How many times throughout the movie did she repeat the same line 8-times-in-a-row?! Horrible. I enjoyed the score though.

    I’m still orgasming over the dual Winslet wins. What a glorious night.

  • 16 1-11-2009 at 9:28 pm

    Ben M. said...

    My guess is now Winlset will win an oscar this year, no way it will be two and I think supporting actress is the more likely one since her Reader performance has been doing better in the precursors (I believe it won some smaller critics groups); actor is a real toss-up but something tells me Penn wins the SAG (since he didn’t for Mystic River) and Eastwood rides the uncertainty in the category and Gran Torino’s surprise popular success to the oscar victory.

  • 17 1-11-2009 at 9:32 pm

    K.K. said...

    Also, don’t blame Kate, blame the Hollywood foreign Press. Did see Rev Road today, wasn’t my fav and in my top 10. I don’t know about the novel, but I thought they didn’t show us enough of the happy times to heighten the conflict and misery later on in the marriage. If I could feel how happy they once were, I would feel heartbroken by their lost dreams and be more invested in their characters. Overall, a disappointment:( Wish Kate and Leo could play the characters more subtler, instead of a lot of shouting matches.
    Now have to see Wrstler and Gran Torino. I hope Richard Jenkins would get nom for Oscar, even though it is getting less likely.

  • 18 1-11-2009 at 9:33 pm

    James said...

    I’d love to see Winslet get nominated and win both Oscars, if only because it would make history. Even though her best performance was [i]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[/i], and she should’ve beaten Swank in 2004. Nevertheless, I still would love to see Cruz win. The real best supporting performance (Rosemarie DeWitt) is getting robbed, and Cruz is owed for Volver. But in lead, no one really screams win-worthy. I do hope M.Leo gets nominated, because she’s my favorite and my personal winner. Loved her. Obviously, she won’t win. Hawkins probably won’t after the SAG snub, but I hope she gets nominated over Jolie. But I’m rooting for Winslet either way.

    Also, Other James (=P), I’ve heard rumors that Penn, Franco, Brolin, and the rest snubbed the Globes ceremony due to the Globes shafting their film big time.

  • 19 1-11-2009 at 9:39 pm

    K.K. said...

    Agreed with you, absolutely, about Laura Dern. Haven’t seen John Adams yet, but I love Recount. Thought it was entertaining and brilliant. WHY hasn’t Michael C Hall won his Golden Globe for playing Dexter Morgan yet??? WHY???????

  • 20 1-11-2009 at 9:40 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I’m happy for Kate. Really, I am. But let’s not pretend that these two Golden Globes were anything other than “make up” awards for previous snubs. Her performance in Revolutionary Road was fine, but wasn’t THAT big of a departure from what she did in Little Children (but then again, I’m shaking the pom-poms for Kristin Scott Thomas so what do I know?) and the film itself was a huge disappointment. What’s worse, though, was her win for The Reader, particularly because it was a LEAD role! Are we so desperate to give this woman an award that we’re willing to keep lying to ourselves about this obvious fact?

  • 21 1-11-2009 at 9:42 pm

    Seth said...

    Yes, kind of like with Al Pacino. Just give her a damn Oscar already!

  • 22 1-11-2009 at 9:50 pm

    James said...

    Blah, whatever. Her performance in The Reader belongs in supporting, because her character is a supporting character. It takes place from Michael’s perspective, and if he had been portrayed by a single actor, that actor would’ve been in lead. I don’t feel that co-lead performances deserve to be thrust into lead. But when I make my nominations, I have three acting categories per gender, because so many films have “co-leads”. It often feels strange to call them leads, but supporting is also a stretch. That’s where Hanna/Winslet go.

  • 23 1-11-2009 at 9:52 pm

    James D. said...

    If the cast of Milk did that for the reason you say, then I hope they lose more often. Even if you think you are the best, you should appear grateful. I hated Slumdog, but I appreciate the reaction of the cast and crew, and especially Boyle, when they win even though it was obvious they were going to.

    If Rourke or Jenkins can show up Penn at the Oscars, I would be happy.

  • 24 1-11-2009 at 10:22 pm

    Seth said...

    I found Penn to be quite endearing in Milk but not something I would go running to the ballot and marking him as the winner. I am actually rooting for Brad Pitt, who I felt, did a fantastic job in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I sort of wish they would put Dev Patel in this category for here is another great example of how a young individual can do amazing things in a very good movie.

  • 25 1-11-2009 at 10:23 pm

    Mike V. said...

    Why the writer of the article hates Kate Winslet? Ugh, I thought this was a credible website. He’s now pissed cause Anne Hathaway lost. Sorry for him, but it’s Kate’s time. I’m happy she won both awards. I was expecting Meryl Streep to win the leading dramatic actress category but Winslet was my second choice. She’s the Streep of her generation. Truly amazing.

  • 26 1-11-2009 at 10:24 pm

    James said...

    HA. You know what’s funny? I’m a James D., too [insert lol face here].

    Anyway, what should they be grateful for though? Their work NOT getting acknowledged? It’s a predicament for me personally, because Penn is my winner, but the fact that he already won makes me a little less enthusiastic about a possible second win.

    It deserves at least one Oscar though. I’m thinking Original Screenplay, most likely.

    Jenkins winning…M.Leo winning…I’d lose it. In such a good way.

  • 27 1-11-2009 at 10:27 pm

    James said...

    I agree with you, Mike. Hathaway was very good, but doesn’t deserve to win.

    And Seth, really? Pitt? Yuck. He was decent, but absolutely nothing special or win-worthy. He didn’t convey anything internal or deep about Benjamin. I felt like no insight or wisdom was gained thru his experiences. Pitt was just a blank slate, with a perfect accent.

  • 28 1-11-2009 at 10:32 pm

    Seth said...

    I thought he did a really good job, and I’m thinking that if it was between him and Penn, I would go for him. But if we throw Rourke in the mix, then Rourke wins hands down. That was a tour de force acting job we won’t see for some time.

  • 29 1-11-2009 at 10:32 pm

    Ash said...

    Hope Kate doesn’t go the way of Sigourney Weaver in 89. Two Globes, then 0-2 at the Oscars

  • 30 1-11-2009 at 10:39 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Mike V. – Can you read?

  • 31 1-11-2009 at 10:52 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I thought Pitt was AWFUL in Benjamin Button. He practically sleepwalked through the movie.

  • 32 1-11-2009 at 10:52 pm

    Rob said...

    Dude. Winslet’s win for ‘The Reader’ (possibly the best work of her career), was so well deserved, its unbelievable. Irrespective of the catergory placement, she deserved that one. Entirely.

  • 33 1-11-2009 at 11:33 pm

    James said...

    Important message for Ash (and others): You needn’t be too afraid. First of all, things aren’t what they were in the late ’80s. Plus, more importantly, 20 years ago, Weaver won supporting for comedy and had a THREE-way-tie (a legendary achievement) with Jodie Foster and Shirley MacLaine. And Winslet? She won both all to herself =].

    Absolutely, Rob. The RR win was just a bonus, as she should’ve won for Eternal Sunshine, and this just evens things out. A tad.

    Kudos Robert ^_^. Excellent assessment.

    Seth: Well, I guess we’ll just differ on Penn vs. Pitt, as I thought Penn had a multifaceted portrayal, and Pitt was just there. But as for Rourke, I’d support his win. I really liked Langella and Jenkins as well. DiCaprio was brilliant though, and I wish he had a chance this year. But I’d throw almost all of them under the bus to ensure Jenkins gets a nomination (and similarly, all but Winslet in Actress to ensure Leo secures a spot). Indie power!

  • 34 1-11-2009 at 11:35 pm

    Douglas said...

    when you said that Kate Winslet deserved the award 4 years ago do you mean for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

  • 35 1-11-2009 at 11:48 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Can anyone find a link to the Spielberg montage/speech? Pleeeease?

  • 36 1-12-2009 at 12:13 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    I also think there is a verrrrrrrry good chance Kate will win two Oscars come Oscar night.

  • 37 1-12-2009 at 2:14 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Mike V: If you read my post with any care at all, it’s quite obvious that I don’t hate Kate Winslet. I think she’s a terrific actress and she’s really strong in “Revolutionary Road” — so while she wouldn’t be my personal pick from the nominees (that would be Kristin Scott Thomas), I think that was a fair win.

    However, I don’t care for her performance in “The Reader” and think she was the least deserving of the nominees — so yeah, I think two awards was overkill. Is it so hard to understand that it’s possible to like an actor without liking every single performance of theirs?

    Finally, if you read my predictions post that precedes this one, you’ll see that I didn’t want Anne Hathaway to win.

    Douglas: Yep, exactly. For me, “Eternal Sunshine” remains, by far, Winslet’s finest achievement to date. She (and, indeed, the film) should have won every award going.

  • 38 1-12-2009 at 2:33 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Okay I suppose Penelope Cruz now ended up in the same position as Cate Blanchett last year going in the heavy favorite but being outflanked in a close race. Very interesting this.
    Oh and yes, John Adams can’t be rewatched because it ain’t out on dvd yet (of course I downloaded it, but that’s besides the point ;)). I’ll buy the dvd anyhow.

  • 39 1-12-2009 at 4:02 am

    Eunice said...

    Guy: I agree with you. ‘Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind’ is Winslet’s best performance ever. I don’t mind if the HFPA gave her the BA for ‘Revolutionary Road’, but supporting for ‘The Reader’? When Viola Davis and Penelope Cruz were in the same race?

    To me, Kate’s Globe for ‘The Reader’ is like a ‘sorry we didn’t give you this earlier’ kind of award. They should have stopped at one, for Revolutionary Road. Two, as you said, is overkill. Sigh. Oh, and congrats on acing your Farrell hunch.

    I’m happy for Sally Hawkins! I wouldn’t know how to feel had Meryl Streep won for ‘Mamma Mia!’. I hoped Streep would win in ‘Doubt’, but she already set the record for most GG nominations anyway, so it’s all good.

    I guess it’s safe to say that the only locks at this point are Heath Ledger for TDK and Wall-E as the Best Animated Film.

    Oh, and yay 30 Rock!

  • 40 1-12-2009 at 5:57 am

    daveylow said...

    It looks like Rourke can win the Oscar. But I think Penn was just as good in a movie that was just as good as The Wrestler.

  • 41 1-12-2009 at 6:57 am

    John Foote said...

    Hmmmmmm — trying to find how anyone could come up with the idea Guy dislikes Winslet — just cannot seem to find it.

  • 42 1-12-2009 at 12:02 pm

    Douglas said...

    Oh and was it just me or was Colin Farrell on something last night?
    He couldn’t keep still

  • 43 1-12-2009 at 12:25 pm

    Seth said...

    yeah it’s called shock and adrenaline. I’m surprised Sally Hawkins didn’t faint, she was about to.

  • 44 1-12-2009 at 2:26 pm

    McAllister said...

    I think Colin was just nervous. He’s always been a nervous interviewer (a bit erratic) and I think he was truly shocked to have won. He also joked about former drug habbits… so I doubt he was on something. He seems to have really cleaned up.

    Also, this win may give him the extra momentum he needs for another shot at Oscar next year for “Triage.” It sounds like it could be great for him.

  • 45 1-12-2009 at 4:05 pm

    Douglas said...

    No im talking about on the red carpet
    he definately did not look just nervous

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