Tipsier, blousier and with more cleavage than the Oscars, the 65-year-old Golden Globe awards went on with its show last night. The telecast faced tight competition from Jack Bauer and the ladies of Wisteria Lane. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association ceremony is best known as the group unhampered by having to decide whether comedy or tragedy is better—or (more specifically) whether Sally Hawkins was a better actress than Kate Winslet in 2008.
The Golden Globes get to have it both ways, and for that they lack a certain drama. And a new generation needs to be reminded that this was the group that gave Pia Zadora “The Best New Star of the Year Award,” an all-important fact missing from the award’s Wikipedia listing of winners in that category.
Danny Boyle got best director for Slumdog Millionaire, which also won Best Drama and Best Screenplay, Mickey Rourke landed Best Actor in a drama for The Wrestler. Winslet won for Best Actress as the desperate housewife in Revolutionary Road; Vicki Cristina Barcelona landed Best Musical or Comedy, just as In Bruges got Colin Farrell for Best Actor in a Musical Comedy.
Heath Ledger posthumously received the award for Best Supporting Actor Who Happened to Be on the Damn Movie Poster. Similarly, Winslet took Best Supporting Actress in The Reader, a movie with apparently no female lead performance in it.
In the “No, duh?” category: WALL-E for Best Animated Feature, and Mad Men for Best Television Drama. And Tina Fey won the best Tina Fey award for Best Tina Fey in 30 Rock Starring Tina Fey.