Chloe Sevigny (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)
Chloe Sevigny was the hard-luck story of the evening. Well, sorta. One of the presenters stepped on her dress shortly after the stepped onto the podium. She looked none too pleased, even though she had just won the best supporting actress in a television movie, miniseries, or series, for her role as a Mormon wife (one of Bill Paxton's three or so) in Big Love. This was Sevigny's first Golden Globe win, though she'd been nominated before, for the 1999 drama Boys Don't Cry, in which she plays Hilary Swank's lover, and for which she also earned a best supporting actress Oscar nomination.
Christoph Waltz's win was as expected as the rainy weather in Los Angeles earlier this evening. His mean, multilingual Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds has earned him numerous accolades from US film critics, in addition to a best actor Cannes win last spring. In addition to his role in The Green Hornet, Waltz will soon be playing Sigmund Freud in The Talking Cure, to be directed by David Cronenberg from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton. Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender have been announced as his co-stars.
In his acceptance speech, Waltz thanked Tarantino for his “gravitational pull,” and went on making several analogies between the making of Inglourious Basterds and celestial bodies and constellations. The 53-year-old Vienna-born actor has appeared in nearly 100 features and TV productions since 1977, but only now has he become an international name.
Christoph Waltz (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)
Christina Aguilera (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)
Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio presented Martin Scorsese with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement. During his acceptance speech, Scorsese thanked filmmakers who had come before him, from Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman to DeMille himself. He then proceeded to explain who DeMille was, and compared his desire to make movies to DeMille's – though he did admit that GoodFellas and The Greatest Show on Earth don't have that much in common.
Scorsese also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their contributions to film preservation, including the restoration of classics such as Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory and Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd. More recently, Scorsese himself has been passionately involved in the restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1948 color drama/musical The Red Shoes, one of a number of post-World War II British movies to find favor among American critics and audiences. Michael Powell was the husband of Scorsese frequent collaborator, editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Scorsese's next effort, Shutter Island, starring DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, and Max von Sydow, will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month. The mystery thriller opens in the US on Feb. 19.
Much like Christoph Waltz's, Mo'Nique's best supporting actress Golden Globe win for playing Gabourey Sidibe's mean mother in Precious was totally expected. Drew Barrymore, who won a Globe for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for Grey Gardens, said in her acceptance speech that Mo'Nique's statements were both inspirational and a tough act to follow. Mo'Nique dedicated her award to sexual abuse victims, and was one of many who publicly expressed their love for their respective companions, husbands, wives, and other significant others.
Wearing a skullcap, Michael C. Hall was present to accept his award for best actor in a TV series (drama) for Dexter. Hall has undergone cancer treatment; according to the reports, the cancer is in full remission. Robert Downey Jr, for his part, thanked numerous people who helped him out during difficult times in the past.
Downey's Sherlock Holmes has been a major hit this winter. Only James Cameron's Avatar has done better business in the last several weeks. Downey's will next be seen in Iron Man 2, one of the most anticipated sequels to come out this year.
Michael C. Hall (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)
Robert Downey Jr (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)