Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais’ one-hour absence from the stage last night spawned all sorts of conspiracy theories ranging from him being reprimanded by higher-ups at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for some of his meaner jabs to him being outright fired. In a statement, Gervais explains what kept him …
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I am live-blogging (more like live-snarking) the 68th Annual Golden Globes starting at 5 PM PT tonight based on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2011 nominations last month. Come for the cynicism. Stay for the subversion. Add your comment. Warning: Not for the easily offended or ridiculously naive.
Ricky Gervais Assesses His Golden Globes Performance
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
Scott Rudin immediately pays tribute to the Sony Pictures moguls. “Amy Pascal and I started together as kids 30 years ago. We’ve spent our entire lives together waiting for a night like this.” (She once worked for him.) Rudin then ushers seated Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield onstage to join everyone else associated with the Facebook origins pic. This is clearly The New And Improved Scott Rudin trying to erase his image as the ashtray-throwing abuser and replace it with that of the kindness-embracer. Because he knows full well that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members don’t vote for people they don’t like. It’s one thing to lobby (or pay off) the Hollywood Foreign Press for a win tonight. It’s quite another to swing Academy members. Rudin’s longtime nemesis Harvey Weinstein, too, is trying for a niceness makeover in support of his Best Picture Oscar contender The King’s Speech. The next six weeks are gonna be ones for the record books as this comedy of manners plays out as a farce.
Cancer-stricken and now cancer-survivor Michael Douglas comes out and the audience leaps to its collective feet. ”There’s just gotta be an easier way to get a standing ovation,” he says. He looks good if a bit unsteady.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: COLIN FIRTH, THE KING’S SPEECH
Like Natalie Portman, Colin Firth has been the frontrunner and this win just confirms that. “Right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley-Davidson,” he quips and calls his relationships with co-star Geoffrey Rush and director Tom Hooper “my two other sides of a surprisingly robust man love”. Harvey Weinstein is raptly attentive when Firth singles him out for ”putting me in an improbable number of good films. We’ve had 20 years together which is not bad going for a showbiz marriage. Thank you, Harvey.”
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision, Gilbert Films; Focus Features
A near sweep for this dramedy in this category, which the Golden Globes has and the Academy Awards doesn’t — and should. Funny how the folks onstage can’t remember all the producers’ names. It’s easy: just recall all the managers and boyfriends and brothers involved.
Gervais goes on and on about presenter Tom Hank’s credits. “The other is Tim Allen.” Funny moment.
Hanks shoots back: “Like many of you, we recall back when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian.”
“Neither of which he is now,” chimes in Allen.
It’s official: the room has turned against Gervais. Which is why I’m liking him more and more as the night drags on. But trust me, tomorrow the phones at NBC and Dick Clark Prods will be ringing off the hook with angry agents and managers complaining how this was the meanest awards show in Hollywood history and explaining why their clients won’t attend next year’s Golden Globes because of it. Maybe that will convince the powers-that-be to clean up the most corrupt awards-giving group in Hollywood history. More likely, NBC and Dick Clark Prods will follow the path of least resistance and just fire Gervais and all the writers.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA: NATALIE PORTMAN, BLACK SWAN
Interesting how the audience gave a big whoop when presenter Jeff Bridges came to Natalie Portman’s name when reading the list of nominees: she now an Oscar shoo-in after what was once considered a very tight race for Best Actress. But Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams also had noisemakers so maybe she’s coming on strong. Portman’s speech was so bloodless until the pregnant actress spoke about her fiance Benjamin Millepied who choreographed Black Swan: “You might remember him in the movie as the guy when they ask, ‘Would you sleep with that girl?’ And says, ’No.” He’s the best actor. It’s not true. He totally wants to sleep with me.” And then she giggles like a schoolgirl.
Interesting how she says director Darren Aronofsky would tell her after a few takes, “Now do one for yourself.” He really does coax extraordinary performances.
Chris Nolan is shown as the Inception clip is played. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Warner Bros waited too long to campaign for this pic this awards season. As a result, it’s already been overshadowed by The Social Network and The King’s Speech and The Fighter and Black Swan and True Grit — which is ridiculous.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL - PAUL GIAMATTI, BARNEY’S VERSION
And here we all thought the HFPA had promised this award to Johnny Depp for either The Tourist or Alice In Wonderland if he just showed up. Even Giamatti looks shocked. “This is a tiny movie that has done tiny business. “I almost think a mistake has been made because the other gentlemen in this category are my superiors in every regard as men and as actors,” he says humbly,” also warning the audience that “I’m a little jacked up because I ate 5 boxes of the free Godiva chocolates.”
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: GLEE (FOX), Ryan Murphy Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television
So much sucking up at this awards show, so little time. Exec producer Ryan Murphy gives shout-outs to Dana Walden and Gary Newman of Twentieth Century Fox TV and Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice of Fox Broadcasting before he’s rushed off-stage. To jump the shark, no doubt.
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE: DAVID FINCHER, THE SOCIAL NETWORK
This is turning into The Social Network sweep. He’s reading from notes about “popping Propecia like Chiclets” and “Jon Benet Rudin”. The audience laughs, and Rudin guffaws, but I don’t get it. Fincher thanks Sony Pictures’ Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton and refers to himself “as a bitter man with a lot of opinions”. It’s clear that Fincher, who’s one of the most disliked directors in Hollywood because of his relentless arrogance is attempting to recast himself this awards season as warm and fuzzy and most of all humble. “I’m personally loathe to acknowledge the kind of wonderful response which this film has received,” he says, waiting a beat, “for fear of becoming addicted to it. So, suffice it to say: it’s been really nice.”
They let Megan Fox out of the Witness Protection Program tonight to intro The Tourist clip.
Robert De Niro receives the Cecil B DeMille Awards, but Matt Damon at first appears to win the booby prize for worst intro ever. That is until the audience in the ballroom and at home realized he’s just joking. “I actually don’t go to movies a lot because I spend much of my time making them. So I had no idea who Robert DeNiro was until 5 years ago when he asked me to be in his film The Good Shepherd. So naturally I needed to educate myself on who this guy was. So I started asking around.” Then Damon launches into some impressions from DeNiro films — but of other actors, not DeNiro. “And who could forget Taxi Driver where he was literally unrecognizable as a blonde 13-year-old hooker. He just disappears.”
After a clip reel tribute, the camera stops zooming in on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt long enough to spotlight De Niro, who says to Damon, “And I loved you in The Fighter.” He very obviously reads from the teleprompter. He notes that the HFPA made the announcement he’d receive the DeMille award “well before you had a chance to review Little Fockers. I saw those. It’s OK. We all have our jobs to do.” And paychecks to support Bob’s extravagant lifestyle.
De Niro, too, insults the HFPA members “who pose for pictures with the movie stars. I’m sorry more members of the Hollywood Foreign Press aren’t with us tonight, but many of them were deported right before the show… along with most of the waiters … and Javier Bardem.” Ouch! Yup, this is the meanest awards show ever.
De Niro kinda shows himself to be the asshole we always suspected he was. He even goes on to criticize the clip reel shown. Did he hire a dialogue writer to punch up his speech? If so, big mistake, Bob.
Increasingly the stars sitting at the dinner tables look as if they’re in a trance. Or comatose. Or are they just jonesing for their Crackberrys?
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE: MELISSA LEO, THE FIGHTER
“My god, all that and kissed by Jeremy Irons!” Melissa Leo exults. “Look, Ma, I’ve got a Golden Globe!” (Again, someone on stage who thinks that means something. We need to deprogram these thesps.) Leo made a humorous reference to being in a hotel room with director David O Russell. But she hits the career jackpot with a shout-out to Paramount mogul Brad Grey. You’re looking at the next female lead in Transformers 4, trust me.
Increasingly, Jeremy Irons keeps doing an over-the-top impression of Jeremy Irons. Next stop: Danny Gans’ replacement in Las Vegas.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL: JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
Well, Jim Parsons better have a food tester join him on set Monday after he referred to the writing staff as “my writers” and then tried to correct himself by saying: “…My writers, how crass. The truth comes out.” Remember that the Teamsters supported the WGA strike. So don’t get into any cars to drive you to Warner Bros this week, Jim.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL: LAURA LINNEY, THE BIG C
[UPDATE: The reason Linney wasn't there is because her father died.]
Helen Mirren, intro-ing The King’s Speech clip, notes that it was partially funded by ”the British Film Council incidentally tragically no longer exists”. Actually, she’s referring to the UK Film Council and this film appears to have been its swan song. Background here.
OK, this crappy show is going on so long that I have to take a bathroom/feed-the-cat-and-myself/stretch-out-my-legs-and-back break. But you lucky people can just turn the channel. I deserve hazard pay for this because I’m convinced we’ve broken through some space-time continuum and I’ve missed the premiere of Transformers 3. Now I’m the lucky one.
Gervais acknowledges what we all know to be true: the Best Foreign language Film is “a category that nobody in America cares about”. But he notes how it’s an opportunity for the HFPA to showcast young and perfect teeth presenters Robert Pattinson and Olivia Wilde.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: IN A BETTER WORLD (DENMARK), (Hævnen) Zentropa Entertainment; Sony Pictures Classics
This pic didn’t screen for the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences until January 13th but winning the Golden Globe instantly improves its chances since the overall response to this year’s batch of Foreign Language films has been lukewarm. Sudan’s government accused Danish director Susanne Bier — who gives a shout-out to CAA — of making an anti-Islamic film even while she was still shooting. It’s a charge Bier has denied. “The movie doesn’t address religion in any shape or form,” she tells Deadline’s London editor Tim Adler. In a Better World, she says, is set in an unspecified part of Africa and was actually shot in Kenya. Bier wants to steer clear of any religious controversy – only last month 5 men were arrested for planning a machine-gun attack on the Danish newspaper which printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
In a Better World follows a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic Denmark town and his work at an African refugee camp. He and his wife, who have two young sons, are separated and contemplating the awfulness of divorce. The doctor and his wife come together when their oldest son is involved in a dangerous act of revenge. The idea sprang from a conversation Bier had with her screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen about how living in Scandinavia gave you a false sense of security about what the world was really like. Meanwhile, Jensen had already written a few scenes featuring police interrogating children. Bier says: “It asks whether our own ‘advanced’ culture is the model for a better world, or whether the same disarray found in lawlessness is lurking beneath the surface of our own civilization. Are we immune to chaos, or obliviously teetering on the verge of disorder?”
Given its modest DKK30 million ($5.4 million) budget, In a Better World wasn’t overly difficult to finance through the usual Danish soft money sources. “At that budget level, it’s relatively easy to make the film you want,” she says. TrustNordisk, its sales agent, has sold In a Better World to more than 50 territories, including North America. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in April. It has grossed $7.2 million so far, having been released in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and Sweden.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: JANE LYNCH, GLEE
“I am nothing if not falsely humble,” she says, dedicating the Golden Globe to writer Ian Brennan “a deranged young man … who created Sue Sylvester and every heinous insane line that comes out of my mouth was written by him. This is yours too although I will be holding onto it.” The HFPA has jumped on the Glee bandwagon big-time, but so did the Emmys and everyone in media. It’s official: Glee has jumped the shark. (And not just because exec producer Ryan Murphy has okayed that upcoming Bieber-licious boy band episode timed to his biopic.)
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE: AARON SORKIN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Sorkin took the old-fashioned dialogue of The West Wing and married it to young and cool actors in this Facebook founding movie, and for that reason he’s a lock for Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. This more general category could have been a shocker but wasn’t. Sorkin gave shout-outs to Sony’s Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton “who believe that the people who watch movies are at least as smart as the people who make movies”. WME gets a big mention as well as Scott Rudin “who is the best living producer of movies and he gives the dead ones a run for their money, too.” He praised director David Fincher for “making scenes of typing and sometimes scenes of just talking about typing look like bank robberies”. He even sucks up to Mark Zuckerberg. In another words, Sorkin gives a real brown-noser of an acceptance speech.
(Freelance journalist Elizabeth Snead is part of Deadline’s awards season coverage)
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SUNDAY AM: When it comes to putting on a fashion show, the Golden Globes red carpet is well-timed for spring designs since the Fall 2011 designer runways shows don’t take place until early February, just in time for the more important Oscars. According to my sources, many top stylists have been pulling light pink, coral, and peach gowns, right in step with the spring color trends. Other Spring 2011 trends you’ll see today include bold colors, pajama dressing, lingerie looks, floral prints, unstructured peasant dresses, sheer diaphanous gauze and chiffon, multi-slit skirts, mid-calf hemlines, and flowing evening jumpsuits (circa 1970s Halston). Top designers who may be showcased at the Globes include Alexander McQueen, Derek Lam, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Elie Saab, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Alberta Ferretti, and Roberto Cavalli. Natalie Portman in the past has worn designs by Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, J. Mendel, Chanel, and Givenchy. But this season the nominated Black Swan star has become a Dior brand ambassador. But the Rodarte sisters, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, designed Natalie’s pink Oscar gown last year and made those stunning Black Swan tutus. The fashion industry faces challenges dressing other pregnant actresses including Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Connelly, and Kate Hudson.
Rabbit Hole star Nicole Kidman will probably wear old world couture — Chanel, Prada, Balenciaga — usually supplied (sometimes even designed) by her longtime stylist L’Wren Scott. She did a peach satin ‘30s inspired Nina Ricci gown in 2010. Winter’s Bone ingénue Jennifer Lawrence is being styled by Estee Stanley. Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) is working with her longtime stylist Jennifer Rade and will probably do something neutral, long, and slit, from Atelier Versace. Stylist Rachel Zoe is advising Love And Other Drugs nominee Anne Hathaway who usually favors classic gowns from Valentino, Nina Ricci, Armani, Valentino, Marchesa, Prada, and vintage Halston. Scarlett Johansson will present at the Globes and, since her Moet & Chandon ads have just hit the web, will probably don another LVMH-associated luxury brand such as Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, or Donna Karan.
No coincidence that Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman (Harvey Weinstein’s wife) has been in town all week getting her clients ready. Paris-based designer Elie Saab is working closely with Frankie And Alice actress Halle Berry and The Big C star Laura Linney. Designer Carolina Herrera has dressed The Fighter nominee Amy Adams three times for Oscar’s Red Carpet and she wore Herrera’s forest green maternity dress to the 2010 Globes. And Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) actually modelled in her pal Tom Ford’s recent comeback womenswear NYC fashion show so no secret whom she’ll be wearing. Always avant-garbed Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) could wear favorite Vivienne Westwood again (the British designer did Helena’s disheveled outfit for the Royal premiere of Alice in Wonderland.)
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From Issue #4 of Deadline’s recent awards print editions, noted fashion editor/writer Elizabeth Snead filed this report:
No, it’s not too early to ask that question about the Oscars or the Golden Globes or the BAFTAs or the SAG Awards or to speculate about the actress considered this Hollywood awards season’s biggest “get” among the global fashion industry that has taken root. Clothes and accessories designers, personal stylists, and image-makers who hook up celebrities with prestige brands already are predicting which actresses will wear whose haute couture (especially if they fit into a runway sample size 2).
The fact is, what stars showcase on the red carpets is based on their existing relationships. Several actresses touted for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations this year, like Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, and Annette Bening, already have long fashion histories. Style-icon Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs) favors Oscar classics from Armani, Valentino and Marchesa. Oscar winner Kidman (Rabbit Hole) has worked with many top designers during her career including, Chanel, Balenciaga, and her designer/stylist L’Wren Scott. Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright) has long been on Team Armani.
Carey Mulligan (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Never Let Me Go) often wears Balenciaga; Lanvin; and Prada, the house that did her most recent Oscar gown adorned with tiny forks and spoons. Michelle Williams wowed critics with her trend-setting, mustard-yellow Vera Wang for her Oscar nod in 2006, but recently wore Chanel couture at the Blue Valentine Cannes premiere. Amy Adams (The Fighter) has picked Carolina Herrera for three highly-praised Oscar carpet strolls. Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) loves edgier Lanvin and Balenciaga — plus, Tom Ford has directed her, so he might give her something special from his new collection that recently debuted during NYC Fashion Week. The always-eclectic Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) has designers she describes as “friends who send me boxes” including, Alber Elbaz (whom she’s nicknamed ‘Albert Elbows’), Haider Ackermann, Dior’s John Galliano, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere, Viktor & Rolf, and Vivienne Westwood.
This season’s biggest Oscar ‘get’ might be Natalie Portman (Black Swan), if only she hadn’t recently signed her first fragrance contract — for Parfums Christian Dior. The natural assumption is that she’ll do Dior on Oscar Day just like she did at Mike Nichols’ recent AFI tribute. But there’s already chatter she might don Rodarte for some red carpets because of her long history with its Pasadena-based designing sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. And don’t forget that she insisted on Rodarte designing the exquisite ballerina costumes for Black Swan. Natalie already wore a stunning red Rodarte gown to the Venice Film Festival, but also carried a Dior bag.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. once again went for a mix of critical darlings and pop culture standouts in its TV nominations, with stronger emphasis on popular shows this year. The freshman series that landed first best series noms were the praised HBO drama Boardwalk Empire and Showtime comedy The Big C as well as AMC’s hugely popular zombie drama The Walking Dead. Speaking of popular, Fox’s red-hot Glee was the most nominated program for a second straight year with 5 noms. And CBS hit The Big Bang Theory broke into the best comedy series field, the first multi-camera comedy to do so in 6 years. FX’s highly rated edgy biker drama Sons of Anarchy landed its first mainstream award nomination, a best drama actress nom for Katey Sagal. And two popcorn series, USA’s Covert Affairs and CBS’ Hawaii Five-O, landed surprise nominations, best actress for Piper Perabo and best supporting actor for Scott Caan.
CBS’ The Big Bang Theory scored its first 2 Golden Globe nominations, best comedy series and best lead actor in a comedy series for Emmy winner Jim Parsons. How significant was the best series nom? The last time a multi-camera comedy landed one was Will & Grace 6 years ago. HFPA traditionally overlooks traditional sitcoms for edgier single-camera fare. That especially applies to CBS’ popularmulti-camera comedies . Everybody Loves Raymond, which won 2 best comedy series Emmys among a truckload of other awards, was never nominated for a Golden Globe in the best comedy series category and only landed 2 Globe noms and no wins for star Ray Romano for its entire run. Returning in the best series field, which was expanded to 6 slots this year, are last year’s winner Glee, current Emmy winner Modern Family and previous Globe and Emmy winner 30 Rock. Out are The Office and Entourage, in are Big Bang and 2 Showtime series, Nurse Jackie and The Big C. Showtime nabbed the most series nominations of any network, broadcast or cable, 8. HBO had the most nominations overall, 12. The comedy series acting categories remained virtually unchanged from last year with only one tweak on each side: Laura Linney of the Big C subbing for Courteney Cox, and Parsons taking over for David Duchovny. Returning nominees include Toni Collette of United States of Tara, Edie Falco of Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey of 30 Rock, Lea Michele of Glee, Alec Baldwin of 30 Rock, Steve Carell of The Office, Thomas Jane of Hung and Matthew Morrison of Glee. No love again for NBC’s Parks & Recreation and Community or HBO’s Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down, none of which scored a nom.