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Matthew Morrison & Tobey Maguire, Drew Barrymore: Golden Globes

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore was in the running for a best supporting actress Golden Globe for her performance in A Single Man, Tom Ford's drama starring Venice Film Festival best actor winner Colin Firth. In the film, Firth plays a gay college professor in 1960s Los Angeles, where he must deal with the unexpected death of his lover (Matthew Goode). Moore plays a married friend who is attracted to the professor.

Tobey Maguire recently made entertainment headlines following his announcement that he'll not return for Spider-Man 4. Rumored replacements have ranged from Michael Cera and Chace Crawford to Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron. Maguire was nominated for a best actor (drama) Golden Globe for Brothers, in which he co-stars with Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. Brothers failed to create much of a stir at the box office, so Maguire's nomination was kind of a surprise. His Spider-Man credits probably helped.

Glee's Matthew Morrison was up for a Golden Globe in the best actor in a television series (musical or comedy). He lost to Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock. Too bad, really. Morrison, who is excellent in Glee, should have won.

Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyers

Tobey Maguire, Jennifer Meyers (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Veteran Jessica Lange was one of the nominees in the best actress in a television movie or miniseries category for her performance in Grey Gardens. Lange's co-star, Drew Barrymore, was the winner. In addition to two Oscars – best supporting actress for Tootsie (1982), best actress for Blue Sky (1994) – Lange has been nominated for 11 Golden Globes. She has won four times, including for best debut: King Kong (1976).

Drew Barrymore had been nominated twice before for Golden Globes. In addition to being the little girl in E.T., Barrymore comes from a line of respected stage and screen personalities: John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, and Lionel Barrymore. None of the three elder Barrymores ever won a Globe – John died before the first Golden Globes were given out – but Ethel earned a supporting actress Oscar for None But the Lonely Heart (1944) while Lionel won a best actor Academy Award for A Free Soul (1931).

Diane Kruger wasn't up for a Golden Globe, but her film Inglourious Basterds was. However, she's in the running for a best supporting actress SAG Award.

Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson

Diane Kruger, (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Julia Roberts, who had been nominated as best actress (comedy or musical) for Duplicity, handed out the best picture (drama) award. James Cameron's science-fiction adventure Avatar was the winner. Roberts will be next seen in Garry Marshall's Valentine's Day, which features an array of stars, including Taylor Lautner, Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates, Topher Grace, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Anne Hathaway, and Queen Latifah. The film opens in the US on Feb. 12.

Following that, Roberts co-stars with James Franco, Javier Bardem, and Billy Crudup in Ryan Murphy's drama Eat, Pray, Love. In the film, Roberts plays a recently divorced woman who goes on a world tour. Richard Jenkins and Viola Davis are also in the cast.

For many, the highlight of the Golden Globes ceremony was Robert Downey Jr's speech, in which he pretended not to thank anyone for being there on the podium holding his best actor (comedy or musical) Globe for Sherlock Holmes.

Ricky Gervais, on the other hand, didn't get very good grades from The Wrap's Naomi Serviss. In her piece, “More Like: Leaden Globes,” Serviss lambasted Gervais because he “mercilessly plugged his poorly reviewed, soon-to-be-released-DVD, The Invention of Lying, jabbed at Steve Carrell's [sic] bad imitation of Gervais' original character from The Office and was unbearably boring when he could have been explosively funny.”

Best quote from Serviss' piece: “By the way, thanks heaps to Cameron for letting us know about your 'need to pee' as you accepted the statue. What is he, 8?"

Jane Krakowski, Neil Patrick Harris

Jane Krakowski, Neil Patrick Harris (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

         
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