Last night, I snuggled up to watch the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards with a blanket, some popcorn, and a good dose of skepticism. I’ve been wary of the Golden Globes since last year’s infamous The Hangover debacle, and my lack of faith in the awards’ integrity was only compounded this year with the nomination of The Tourist for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. While this year’s awards had their own share of ‘really?‘ moments (I’m looking at you, Glee, for beating out obvious comedic superiors 30 Rock and Modern Family), there were enough hilarious and feel good moments to make the night worthwhile.
For those of you who didn’t want to sit through the three hour ceremony (well, four if you count the red carpet, and OF COURSE YOU DO), or those who just want to relive some of the night’s moments of pure genius and pure joy, here are the highlights:
Tina Fey and Steve Carell bring it home for the writers! Thank you!
The second funniest moment of the night. The innuendo! The delivery! The reactions (Emma Stone wins, and I now like her immensely)! This video, however, cuts off his perfect closing statement: ‘If I could, I’d give it to all five of you. At once.’
Classy, quietly gut-splitting, humble, and gracious in a way only a Brit could be.
Grab your hankie. His speech is charming, funny, and heartfelt, but what this video doesn’t show is the look on his face when his name was announced: the most sincere shock, gratitude, and overwhelming emotion imaginable. Congrats, kid!
As I hoped, Aaron Sorkin won Best Screenplay for The Social Network and Natalie Portman won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Black Swan. Sorkin’s win was indisputably deserved, and he ended his acceptance speech with the following vitally important message to his daughter:
And I want to thank all the female nominees tonight for helping demonstrate to my young daughter that elite is not a bad word, it’s an aspirational one. Honey, look around, smart girls have more fun, and you’re one of them.
Damn true. Other highlights include:
Stay tuned for my coverage of the 2011 Academy Awards, airing February 27, and, of course, the imminent announcement of this year’s Urchie nominations!