Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc
Matt LeBlanc poses backstage in the press room with his Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15. LeBlanc topped the Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy or Musical category for his performance in the Showtime series Episodes.
LeBlanc’s competition consisted of the following:
- Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock.
- David Duchovny in Californication.
- Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory.
- Thomas Jane in Hung.
Matt LeBlanc movies
Matt LeBlanc (born July 25, 1967, in Newton, Massachusetts) became a television star after appearing opposite Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry in the hit sitcom Friends.
To date, he has been featured in only a handful of feature films – none of which did much for his career, and the last of which came out in 2003. Among them are:
- Lookin’ Italian (1994).
Dir.: Guy Magar.
Cast: Matt LeBlanc. Jay Acovone. Stephanie Richards.
- Ed (1996).
Dir.: Bill Couturié.
Cast: Matt LeBlanc. Paul Hewitt. Gene Ross. Jack Warden. Jim Caviezel. Jayne Brook. Charlie Schlatter. Cameo: Tommy Lasorda.
- Lost in Space (1998), in Mark Goddard’s old TV role.
Dir.: Stephen Hopkins.
Cast: William Hurt. Mimi Rogers. Heather Graham. Matt LeBlanc. Jack Johnson. Gary Oldman. Jared Harris. Lacey Chabert. Cameos: Mark Goddard. June Lockhart. Angela Cartwright.
- Charlie’s Angels (2000) and its sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003).
Dir.: McG (both films).
Cast: Drew Barrymore. Cameron Diaz. Lucy Liu. Matt LeBlanc.
Matt LeBlanc photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Golden Globes’ Best Supporting Actress Sofia Vergara movies and TV shows
Colombian-born actress Sofia Vergara, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Miniseries, or Movie for her performance in the ABC comedy series Modern Family, is seen above on the 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards’ Red Carpet outside the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Vergara’s fellow nominees were:
- Eventual winner Jessica Lange for American Horror Story.
- Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire.
- Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey.
- Evan Rachel Wood for Todd Haynes’ remake of the 1945 Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce. (Wood has the old Ann Blyth role.)
Speaking exuberant Spanish – it made little difference whether or not one could understand her – while doing the greatest Lupe Velez imitation on record (or so says our editor), the Barranquilla native (born on July 10, 1972) stole the Golden Globes show when Modern Family was voted the year’s Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
Sofia Vergara movies
Besides becoming a U.S. household name thanks to Modern Family, Sofia Vergara has also been appearing in movies since 2002 (Barry Sonnenfeld’s Big Trouble). Recent big-screen efforts include:
- Madea Goes to Jail (2009).
Dir.: Tyler Perry.
Cast: Tyler Perry. Derek Luke. Keshia Knight Pulliam. David Mann. Viola Davis. Sofia Vergara. Cameos: Whoopi Goldberg. Joy Behar. Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
- The international box office hit The Smurfs (2011).
Dir.: Raja Gosnell.
Cast: Hank Azaria. Neil Patrick Harris. Jayma Mays. Sofia Vergara. Tim Gunn. Cameo: Joan Rivers.
Voice Cast: Jonathan Winters. Katy Perry. Alan Cumming. George Lopez. Anton Yelchin. Jeff Foxworthy. John Oliver. Paul Reubens. B.J. Novak. Tom Kane.
- The all-star mishmash New Year’s Eve (2011).
Dir.: Rob Marshall.
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer. Zac Efron. Josh Duhamel. Halle Berry. Cary Elwes. Alyssa Milano. Jessica Biel. Katherine Heigl. Sarah Paulson. Til Schweiger. Sofia Vergara. Ashton Kutcher. Lea Michele. Sarah Jessica Parker. Abigail Breslin. Penny Marshall. Cherry Jones. Hilary Swank. Robert De Niro. Ryan Seacrest. Carla Gugino. Joey McIntyre. Jon Bon Jovi. Hector Elizondo. Jake T. Austin. James Belushi. Seth Meyers. Common. Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges. Cameos: Matthew Broderick. John Lithgow.
- The upcoming comedy The Three Stooges (2012).
Dir.: Bobby and Peter Farrelly.
Cast: Chris Diamantopoulos. Will Sasso. Sean Hayes. Sofia Vergara. Jane Lynch. Craig Bierko. Jennifer Hudson. Larry David. Stephen Collins. Kate Upton. Cameo: Antonio Sabato Jr. Justin Lopez.
Sofia Vergara TV shows
In addition to Modern Family, since 1995 Sofia Vergara has been seen in more than a dozen television shows, including Colombian, Mexican, and American productions. Titles include:
- As a special guest star – playing a doctor opposite Eduardo Yáñez – in the Mexican soap opera Fuego en la sangre (2008; lit. “Fire in the Blood”).
- The comedy series The Knights of Prosperity (2007), as a criminally minded waitress and member of Donal Logue’s gang out to rob Mick Jagger’s Central Park West apartment.
- The Ecuadorian-Colombian version of Desperate Housewives, Amas de casa desesperadas (2007), set in the Colombian town of Manzanares.
- The New York-set sitcom Hot Properties (2005), co-starring Gail O’Grady and Nicole Sullivan. As Lola Hernandez, Vergara plays a recently divorced woman fated to find disappointment in love after falling for good-looking gay men (including her ex-husband).
Sofia Vergara ‘Modern Family’ nominations/wins
April 2016 update: To date, Modern Family has been the acme of Sofia Vergara’s acting career, earning her:
- Four Golden Globe nominations in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television category.
- Four Emmy nominations in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
- Three SAG Award nominations in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category.
- As a member of the Modern Family cast, a total of seven SAG Award Best Cast nominations, including four consecutive wins (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
Sofia Vergara photo: Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet © HFPA.
Madonna wins Golden Globe for Best Original Song ‘Masterpiece’
Singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, screenwriter, provocatrice, and all-around showwoman Madonna displays her Golden Globe backstage in the press room at the 69th Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 15 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. She won her Golden Globe in the Best Original Song - Motion Picture category for “Masterpiece” from W.E., which she also directed.
“Masterpiece” has music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry.
Who’s That Girl Gervais?
Elton John’s less than ecstatic reaction – upon hearing Madonna’s name as the Best Original Song winner – was priceless. Less entertaining was Ricky Gervais’ joke (see above) referring to the openly gay (and, admittedly, outrageously flamboyant) singer as a pop music “queen.” The double entendre of sorts was that the pop music queen who was going to present the next award was not Elton John, but Madonna.
Responding to Gervais’ lame joke implying that her sex life didn’t quite reflect her hit song “Like a Virgin,” while on stage Madonna took her own (well rehearsed?) revenge on the Golden Globes ceremony host by referring to him as a “girl”; one who theoretically could take care of her virginity. “If I am still just like a virgin, Ricky,” she began, “why don’t you come over here and do something about it?” She then added, “I haven’t kissed a girl in quite a few years. [pause] On TV.”
Although best known for her songs, concerts, and sound bytes, Madonna has been featured in about 20 films, most of which have flopped with critics and audiences alike. Among these – of varying degrees of success (or lack thereof) – are:
- Jim Goddard’s Shanghai Surprise, with Sean Penn.
- Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, featuring Beatty and Al Pacino.
- Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog, with Allen and Mia Farrow.
- Alan Parker’s Evita, with Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce.
- John Schlesinger’s The Next Best Thing, with Benjamin Bratt and Rupert Everett.
More recently, Madonna’s voice was featured in the animated feature Arthur and the Invisibles.
Madonna photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA
Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer took home the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Golden Globe for her work in Tate Taylor’s socially conscious The Help, a sleeper box office hit in the U.S. Spencer’s competition consisted of the following:
- Jessica Chastain for The Help.
- Bérénice Bejo for Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, the evening’s eventual Best Picture - Comedy or Musical Golden Globe winner.
- Shailene Woodley for Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, the eventual Best Picture - Drama winner.
- Janet McTeer for Rodrigo García’s Albert Nobbs.
Octavia Spencer is currently the favorite to take home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, though nothing is certain at this stage.
‘The Help’ cast
In addition to Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain, The Help features the following performers:
Viola Davis. Bryce Dallas Howard. Sissy Spacek. Mary Steenburgen. Ahna O’Reilly. Mike Vogel. Cicely Tyson. Chris Lowell. Emma Stone. Octavia Spencer. Allison Janney.
Sissy Spacek won a Best Actress Oscar for Michael Apted’s 1980 Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980); she received five other nominations.
Also for a 1980 release, Mary Steenburgen won as Best Supporting Actress for Jonathan Demme’s Melvin and Howard.
Octavia Spencer photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA
Golden Globe winner ‘Modern Family’
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Modern Family was chosen as the Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical at the 2012 Golden Globes. Posing for the camera in the above photo are Modern Family cast members Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen, and Sofia Vergara in the press room at the Beverly Hilton.
In addition to Vergara, Bowen, Hyland, and Winter, Modern Family also features Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez.
Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen, and Sofia Vergara photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
‘Homeland’ actress Claire Danes on the Golden Globes Red Carpet
Claire Danes, Golden Globe winner in the Best Actress in a Television Series Drama category for her performance in the Showtime hit Homeland, is pictured above on the Globes’ Red Carpet. Danes’ competition consisted of the following:
- Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife.
- Mireille Enos for The Killing.
- Madeleine Stowe for Revenge.
- Callie Thorne for Necessary Roughness.
Two-time Best Actor Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979; Rain Man, 1988) presented the award.
Claire Danes movies
Now best known for Homeland, Claire Danes (born on April 12, 1979, in New York City) has been featured in nearly 30 films since 1990. Notable titles include:
- Stage Beauty (2004).
Dir.: Richard Eyre.
Cast: Billy Crudup. Claire Danes. Ben Chaplin. Tom Wilkinson. Richard Griffiths. Edward Fox. Zoë Tapper. Rupert Everett. Hugh Bonneville. Tom Hollander. Alice Eve. Mark Letheren.
- The Hours (2002), shortlisted in the SAG Awards’ Best Cast category.
Dir.: Stephen Daldry.
Cast: Meryl Streep. Nicole Kidman. Julianne Moore. Ed Harris. Toni Collette. Allison Janney. Claire Danes. Jeff Daniels. Stephen Dillane. Miranda Richardson. Eileen Atkins. John C. Reilly.
- Les Misérables (1998).
Dir.: Bille August.
Cast: Liam Neeson. Geoffrey Rush. Uma Thurman. Claire Danes. Hans Matheson. Julian Rhind-Tutt. Peter Vaughan. Toby Jones. Kathleen Byron.
- Romeo + Juliet (1996), which earned her the London Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress Award.
Dir.: Baz Luhrmann.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Claire Danes. John Leguizamo. Harold Perrineau. Pete Postlethwaite. Paul Sorvino. Paul Rudd. Brian Dennehy. Vondie Curtis-Hall. Miriam Margolyes. Jesse Bradford. Zak Orth. M. Emmet Walsh. Jamie Kennedy. Diane Venora. Vincent Laresca.
- Little Women (1994).
Dir.: Gillian Armstrong.
Cast: Winona Ryder. Gabriel Byrne. Trini Alvarado. Samantha Mathis. Kirsten Dunst. Claire Danes. Christian Bale. Susan Sarandon. Mary Wickes. Eric Stoltz. John Neville.
In terms of thespian aspirations, Claire Danes’ Maria in Stage Beauty, the dresser for popular actor/female “impersonator” Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup), is reminiscent of Anne Baxter’s – less trustworthy – Eve Harrington in All About Eve. In terms of the dramatic device of contrasting ascending and fading fame, as seen in Stage Beauty, Maria feels closer to the characters played by Constance Bennett in What Price Hollywood? and Janet Gaynor and Judy Garland in the 1937 and 1954 versions of A Star Is Born. For as Maria is transformed into theater celebrity Margaret Hughes – reputedly, the “first professional actress” of the British stage – Kynaston faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in has-beendom.
Three-time Golden Globe winner
Besides this year’s win, Claire Danes has taken home two other Golden Globes:
- Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for Temple Grandin (2010), which also earned her an Emmy and a SAG Award.
- Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for My So-Called Life (1994), which also earned her an Emmy nomination.
At one time romantically involved with her Stage Beauty co-star Billy Crudup, Claire Danes married Hugh Dancy (The Jane Austen Book Club, Confessions of a Shopaholic) in 2009.
Claire Danes photo: Golden Globes Red Carpet 2012 © HFPA.
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes
Golden Globe winner Claire Danes and nominee Damian Lewis pose backstage – curiously, each holding a statuette – in the press room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
As explained further up, Danes was the Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for her work in Homeland. The Showtime series also took home the Golden Globe for Best Television Series Drama.
Damian Lewis, for his part, was a nominee for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama. His competition consisted of:
- Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire.
- Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad.
- Jeremy Irons for The Borgias.
- Eventual winner Kelsey Grammer for Boss.
Damian Lewis movies
Damian Lewis (born Feb. 11, 1971, in London) has been featured in about a dozen films in the past 15 years. Among them:
- Dreamcatcher (2003).
Dir.: Lawrence Kasdan.
Cast: Thomas Jane. Morgan Freeman. Jason Lee. Damian Lewis. Timothy Olyphant. Tom Sizemore.
- The Baker (2007).
Dir.: Gareth Lewis.
Cast: Damian Lewis. Kate Ashfield. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
- Your Highness (2011).
Dir.: David Gordon Green.
Cast: James Franco. Natalie Portman. Danny McBride. Toby Jones. Justin Theroux. Damian Lewis. Charles Dance. Zooey Deschanel. Angela Pleasance.
In addition to Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, the Homeland cast also features:
Mandy Patinkin. Morena Baccarin. David Harwood. Diego Klattenhoff. Jackson Pace.
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Golden Globes presenters
Among those presenting Golden Globes at the 2012 ceremony were:
Jake Gyllenhaal. Jessica Alba. Jessica Biel. Angelina Jolie. Brad Pitt. Jane Fonda. Harrison Ford. Colin Firth. Natalie Portman.
Tina Fey. Helen Mirren. George Clooney. Ashton Kutcher. Jane Lynch. Madonna. Sidney Poitier. Seth Rogen.
Benjamin Millepied, Natalie Portman.
Natalie Portman, last year’s Golden Globe winner for Best Actress - Drama and Best Actress Oscar winner for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, arrives with husband Benjamin Millepied (who is also featured in Black Swan) at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Portman presented the Best Actor - Drama Golden Globe to winner George Clooney for his role as a husband and father in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants.
Among the other presenters at the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony were Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Emily Blunt, Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Colin Firth, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Felicity Huffman, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Jane Lynch, Elle Macpherson, William H. Macy, and Ewan McGregor.
Also: Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Paula Patton, Piper Perabo, Brad Pitt, Seth Rogen, E.W. nominee and eventual winner Madonna, Rango‘s Johnny Depp, Puss in Boots’ Antonio Banderas, Jessica Biel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, and Magic Mike‘s Channing Tatum.
And finally: Nicole Kidman, Mila Kunis, Sidney Poitier, Ashton Kutcher, Adam Levine, Rob Lowe, Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy, Katharine McPhee, Clive Owen, New Year’s Day‘s Michelle Pfeiffer, Freida Pinto, Mark Wahlberg (whose Contraband opened to bigger than expected figures), and Reese Witherspoon (whose This Means War opens shortly).
Benjamin Millepied, Natalie Portman Photo: Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet © HFPA
Jessica Alba attends the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. One of the presenters at the 2012 Golden Globes, Alba was also the official blogger of the awards ceremony, as announced on Facebook.
Alba’s fellow presenters included Kate Beckinsale, Emily Blunt, Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Colin Firth, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Felicity Huffman, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Jane Lynch, Elle Macpherson, William H. Macy, and Ewan McGregor.
Alba wasn’t nominated for anything this year, but she did receive a Golden Globe nomination in 2005 in the Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Drama for her role in Dark Angel. Among Alba’s latest movies are Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, Machete, Valentine’s Day, The Killer Inside Me, The Love Guru, and Little Fockers. Additionally, her voice will be heard in the upcoming Escape from Planet Earth.
Jessica Alba Photo: Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet © HFPA
Matt LeBlanc, Andrea Anders, Stephen Mangan.
Matt LeBlanc, nominated for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his role in Episodes, arrives at the 2012 Golden Globes with Andrea Anders and Stephen Mangan at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. LeBlanc was the eventual winner in that category. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the series’ writers for creating a Matt LeBlanc that is much more interesting than the real one.
LeBlanc’s competition in the best sitcom category consisted of Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock, David Duchovny in Californication, Johnny Galecki in The Big Bang Theory, and Thomas Jane in Hung. Inevitably, presenters Jane Lynch and Tina Fey came up with a penis joke during the proceedings.
Matt LeBlanc, Andrea Anders, Stephen Mangan Photo: Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet © HFPA
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