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Sam Worthington & Paul McCartney + Toni Collette: Golden Globes

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Neither Sam Worthington nor Zoe Saldana – or any other Avatar cast member, for that matter – was nominated for a Golden Globe. James Cameron was probably none too pleased. As Steven Zeitchik reports in his Los Angeles Times blog, Cameron remarked that “everything [that the avatars in the movie] do is determined by the actors … There's a bit of a learning curve for the acting community to really understand what we did.”

Tom Hanks' “nice guy” image nearly came crashing down when he said that Meryl Streep goes to bed with Alec Baldwin in the best picture (comedy or musical) nominee It's Complicated, and that she goes to bed with Stanley Tucci in her other comedy nominee, Julie & Julia. Hanks added that Streep's second partner was “a substantial move up” from her first. Tucci, though a step up on Streep's sex ladder, didn't seem to find the joke funny. Some other audience members didn't, either, as some loud oooooooohhhhhs were heard in the room.

A similar reaction greeted host Ricky Gervais when he made a joke about presenter Paul McCartney traveling coach so as to save money, an allusion to McCartney's expensive divorce last year. McCartney then plugged Robert Zemeckis' planned 3D remake of Yellow Submarine, and told the audience that “animation is not just for children, but it's also for adults who take drugs.”

That may well explain why so many animated films are major hits the world over.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, whose credits include Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

“You're really screwing up my under-appreciated status here,” said 40-year film veteran Jeff Bridges as he accepted his Golden Globe for best actor (drama) of the year. In Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart, Bridges plays an aging, troubled country singer who has a “healing” affair with a much younger journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Although he's been mentioned as a favorite for the Oscars – a sort of career achievement award for the four-time nominated actor – the Golden Globe was expected to go to George Clooney for his corporate-downsizing expert in Up in the Air. After all, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are well known for their love of big movie stars. Additionally, Clooney has won most best actor awards from critics' groups in the United States (though that could be because many of them haven't watched the much smaller Crazy Heart, yet).

Kate Hudson's Nine, the expensive Rob Marshall-directed musical in which she plays one of the many women in Daniel Day-Lewis' life, failed to win a single Golden Globe. Nine, a movie version of the Broadway show that itself was a musicalized adaptation of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, received mostly mediocre reviews and did poor business. Oscar chances are iffy, but since Oscarexpert Harvey Weinstein is pushing Nine don't be too surprised if it ends up getting a whole array of Oscar nominations – including best picture – and perhaps even a statuette or two.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Last year's top box office star in the United States, Sandra Bullock won the best actress (drama) Golden Globe for The Blind Side, in which she plays a conservative, well-to-do matriarch who adopts an inner-city teenager. I don't think it should come as a surprise to anyone that somewhere along the way Bullock's character discovers there's plenty of room for compassion inside her heart. The actress is also up for a 2010 SAG Award, and will most likely get an Oscar nomination next Feb. 2.

Toni Collette's Golden Globe win was for best actress in a television series (comedy or musical), The United States of Tara. The Sydney-born Collette had previously been nominated for three Globes: Muriel's Wedding (1995, comedy or musical), Little Miss Sunshine (2006, comedy or musical), and Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006, supporting TV actress). Collette's sole Oscar nomination was for her supporting performance in the 1999 blockbuster The Sixth Sense.

Nicole Kidman will next be seen in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, in which she co-stars opposite Aaron Eckhart. In the film, a couple must cope with the sudden death of their young son.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Toni Collette

Toni Collette (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA)

Among others attending the Golden Globes were Harrison Ford and Reese Witherspoon.

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2 Comments to Sam Worthington & Paul McCartney + Toni Collette: Golden Globes

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  2. Kelly | Brisbane Conveyancing Blog

    Toni Collette looks weird, I dont like this dress or hair style at all!