Live Blog: Golden Globe Awards

The 68th annual edition of the Golden Globe Awards air live on NBC Sunday at 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET.  We have the rundown for the presentation of awards over the three-hour kudofest hosted by Ricky Gervais for the second year running.

Our experts and editors have weighed in with their predictions. And we have calcuated racetrack odds for 10 of the movie races and eight of the TV categories.

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PAUL SHEEHAN: That last zinger by Gervais — “Thank you to God for making me an atheist” — will certainly get certain segments of the blogosphere humming.

“The Social Network” – 6/5
“The King’s Speech” – 7/5
“The Fighter” – 6/1
“Black Swan” – 12/1
“Inception” – 50/1

Michael Douglas won Best Drama Actor for “Wall Street” in 1987 and received the Cecil B. DeMille honor in 2004. After his recent bout with cancer, he observed, “There has to be an easier way to get a standing ovation.” An exhuberant Scott Rudin accepted his first Golden Globe (the producer’s 2007 Oscar champ “No Country for Old Men” lost this same prize to “Atonement”).

MATTHEW CORMIER: Colin Firth proved that we bloggers know what we’re doing as we almost unanimously foresaw him taking the Best Drama Actor prize — except for me who predicted Mark Wahlberg.

Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech” – 1/33
James Franco, “127 Hours” – 9/1
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network” – 14/1
Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter” – 40/1
Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine” – 80/1

Sandra Bullock should get used to saying Firth’s name as he is the most likely Oscar champ. After his poor performance at the podium at the Critics’ Choice kudos on Friday, he delivered a winning speech tonight. He demonstrated a wry wit and charm that will do well in the weeks ahead as he collects more hardware.

“The Kids Are All Right” – 1/10
“Alice in Wonderland” – 9/1
“Burlesque” – 16/1
“Red” – 33/1
“The Tourist” – 100/1

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen make merry with the wicked ways of host Ricky Gervais. By the way, Allen won the TV Comedy Globe for “Home Improvement” in 1994.

TOM O’NEIL: In the battle of the Best Actress acceptance speeches – Annette Bening vs. Natalie Portman – Portman clearly won, which means she’s Oscar-bound next, of course. How wonderful, heart-felt and sweet her acceptance speech was. Bening was OK. At least she didn’t blow it, as usual, but she didn’t come close to the performance at the podium given by Portman. But I have a gripe about Natalie’s speech. Why, oh, why, did she thank everyone on the planet except the three people who should thank most of all: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin? They really created “Black Swan” as the writers. The actors spoke their lines while Darren Aronofsy pointed the camera at them. Everybody always forgets to thank the writers – and nobody ever complains about it. But GAWD HELP THE ACTORS if they forget to thanks their spouses, who usually have nothing at all to do with the film role being honored. That’s crazy Hollyweird for  ya. And that’s my rant of the night.

Natalie Portman, “Black Swan” – 8/11
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole” – 6/5
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine” – 28/1
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone” – 66/1
Halle Berry, “Frankie and Alice” – 100/1

Portman won the Supporting Actress Globe for “Closer” in 2004. She proved her winning ways at the podium, mentioning her grandmother and parents first, then her partner, Benjamin Millepied, who she met while making the movie, and then the cast and director Darren Aronofsky.

PAUL SHEEHAN: “Inception” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a Comedy/Musical Actor nominee last year for “(500) Days of Summer”; he lost to Robert Downey, Jr. (“Sherlock Holmes”).

MATTHEW CORMIER: Anybody else notice Johnny Depp looked embarrassed when they announced his nomination for “The Tourist”, it must have been the poor box office and dismal reviews the film received. 

Johnny Depp, “Alice in Wonderland” – 7/4
Kevin Spacey, “Casino Jack” – 9/5
Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version” – 11/5
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Love and Other Drugs” – 66/1
Johnny Depp, “The Tourist” – 100/1

Giamatti now has a bookend for his TV Movie/Mini Actor win two years ago for “John Adams.” He lost this same race in 2004 for “Sideways” and was a 2005 Supporting Actor nominee for “Cinderella Man.”

PAUL SHEEHAN: Alicia Keys and Halle Berry win Best Dressed.

MATTHEW CORMIER: I understand dressing for the occasion, but with her skin tight, low-cut, dress “Mad Men” star January Jones took dressing for the Golden Globes literally.


“Modern Family” – 3/2
“Glee” – 12/5
“Big Bang Theory” – 9/2
“Big C” – 13/2
“Nurse Jackie” – 9/1
“30 Rock” – 11/1

January Jones looked stunning and stunned as she announced this show had repeated, thereby vanquishing its loss to “Modern Family” at last year’s Emmys.

TOM O’NEIL: Did you notice the nervous laughter around the room when David Fincher referred to himself as “a bitter man with a lot of opinions.” That’s why he’s not been freely available to journalists this awards season. He’s such a notorious cranky hothead that Scott Rudin’s gang wisely kept him locked in an attic or basement. A few years ago when he was last on the awards circuit for “Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” everybody was FLABBERGASTED by how NASTY he is. Ah, well, at least he’s a brilliant director and tonight gets his proper due for his serious talents. But his awkwardness and confessions up at the Globes podium tonight really does make you wonder what holy hell he put that cast and crew through during production, eh?

David Fincher, “Social Network” – 1/20
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech” – 15/2
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” – 10/1
Christopher Nolan, “Inception” – 33/1
David O. Russell, “The Fighter” – 50/1

The BFCA champ is clearly the Oscar frontrunner. Will he have memorized his acceptance speech by then?

PAUL SHEEHAN: How great to have two-time Razzie nominee Megan Fox introduce “The Tourist.”

TOM O’NEIL: I have a shameful confession to make. I’ve always thought Ricky Gervais was a lousy Golden Globes host. In fact, I thought he was OHH-SOOOO GAWDAWFUL last year. But tonight he’s GREAT. Outrageous. “Alice in Wonderland” producer Dick Zanuck thinks Ricky is too blistering tonight, too much. He told the L.A. Times: “It’s one thing if it’s just the people in the room, but on a broadcast it makes you feel bad for some of the people. I know it’s what some people want, but I still feel bad.”

PAUL SHEEHAN: If Downey can’t host next year, the HFPA should get Matt Damon to emcee their kudos. His riff on the wrong characters from memorable Robert De Niro movies was a gem. The tribute reel showed all of the actor’s four Drama and four Comedy/Musical bids, including the one that won him his only Globe — “Raging Bull.” The band played him on with the theme from “New York, New York” a musical misfire he made with long-time pal Martin Scorsese and Liza Minnelli in 1977. De Niro showed his comic chops when he made mention of the bad reviews for “Little Fockers” and his good graces when he applauded the work of the HFPA. But then he delivered a dud of a riff on the immigration status of the journos and the waiters in the room. Those darn NBC censors bleeped his best gag about some of his lesser-known movies.


Melissa Leo, “The Fighter” – 7/5
Amy Adams, “The Fighter” – 3/1
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom” – 10/3
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech” – 5/1
Mila Kunis, “Black Swan” – 20/1

After her BFCA win Friday, Leo is the clear frontrunner at the Oscars. The exhuberant Leo was utterly charming at the podium, mixing laughs with expressions of love for the rest of the cast and director David O. Russell. And she beamed as she thanked the HFPA for rewarding women of a certain age.

MATTHEW CORMIER: It must be hard to be Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison, the stars of “Glee” and watch your co-stars win every award show while you sit there nominated and losing to people on cable shows that nobody else has seen.

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” – 17/10
Matthew Morrison, “Glee” – 9/4
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” – 7/2
Steve Carell, “The Office” – 9/2
Thomas Jayne, “Hung” – 50/1

The Emmy champ finally got a Globe nomination for the fourth season of the show and prevailed. His co-star, a delighted Kaley Cuoco, was one of the presenters. Among those Parsons bested was Baldwin who has won this award three of the last four years.

PAUL SHEEHAN: It may be a quarter of a century since Jane Fonda was at the Globes but she showed us all how to own that stage.

Laura Linney, “The Big C” – 5/6
Lea Michele, “Glee” – 9/2
Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara” – 9/1
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” – 15/2
Tina Fey, “30 Rock” – 8/1

The winner was not there as her father, playwright Romulus Linney, died yesterday at age 80. Her first regular series role won Linney her second TV Globe; she won TV Movie/Mini Actress in 2008 for “John Adams.” She also has three movie Globe bids to her name.

PAUL SHEEHAN: There is nothing like Dame Helen Mirren. Love the symmetry as “The Queen” introduces “The King’s Speech.”

“The Concert”
“The Edge”
“I Am Love”
“In a Better World”

Susanne Bier wrote and directed this Danish film as well as many others, including “Brothers” in 2004.

Jane Lynch, “Glee” – 8/5
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire” – 2/1
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” – 3/1
Julia Stiles, “Dexter” – 80/1
Hope Davis, “The Special Relationship” – 100/1

Last year, Lynch lost this catch-all category to Chloe Sevigny (“Big Love”) before going on to win the Emmy last fall. The deadpan Lynch wrung laughs from the crowd by referring to herself as “nothing if not falsely humble” as the three-hour show hit the halfway point.

“The Social Network” – 3/1
“The King’s Speech” – 4/1
“The Kids Are All Right” – 9/1
“Inception” – 33/1
“127 Hours” – 50/1

Aaron Sorkin made sure to begin his speech with a shout-out to Ben Mezrich who wrote the book “The Accidental Billionaires” on which he loosely based his script. He lauded both director David Fincher and producer Scott Rudin before ending with a reference to Mark Zuckerberg who he credited for his philanthropy.

PAUL SHEEHAN: Of course, Carell had to come under fire from Gervais. But the American star of “The Office” also took a potshot at the British host who is recycling his material. Better chemistry between the “Date Night” stars here than in that film.

Hayley Atwell (“Pillars of the Earth”)
Claire Danes (“Temple Grandin”)
Judi Dench (“Return to Cranford”)
Romola Garai (“Emma”)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (“The Client List”)

“Televisual” says Tilda Swinton. Okay, first Andrew Garfield says “inspiringly” — are the English just making up words now? Danes also received the Emmy for this role. She won the TV Drama Actress prize back in 1994 for the single season of “My So Called Life.” Danes was emotional as she lauded the work of the real-life woman she portrayed. And, unlike the Emmys, the actress remembered to thank her husband Hugh Dancy. (Correction: We mistakenly referred to her ex Billy Crudup in the original version of this post.)

MATTHEW CORMIER: Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Annette Bening all nominated tonight… what is this, 1989? Pacino wins and gets the largest standing ovation of the night… now if only somebody had told him to look in the mirror and comb his hair!


Idris Elba (“Luther”)
Ian McShane (“Pillars of the Earth”)
Al Pacino (“You Don’t Know Jack”)
Dennis Quaid (“The Special Relationship”)
Edgar Ramirez (“Carlos”)

No surprise that the Emmy champ repeated here. Pacino now has two Drama Film Globes (“Serpico,” 1973; “Scent of a Woman,” 1992) and two of these TV prizes (the other was for “Angels in America,” 2004).

PAUL SHEEHAN: Anyone remember what Sylvester Stallone used to look like? Way back when, he spearheaded his own boxing movie “Rocky” which won the Best Drama Film and Best Picture Oscar in 1976. 

MATTHEW CORMIER: With the win for “Toy Story 3.” the Globes should rename the category “Best Disney/Pixar Movie” as they have owned this category since it was created in 2006.

Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right” – 1/5
Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”  –15/2
Anne Hathaway, “Love and Other Drugs” – 14/1
Emma Stone, “Easy A” – 16/1
Angelina Jolie, “The Tourist” – 50/1

Next year, the HFPA should hire Robert Downey, Jr. to host. He savvily characterized the show as “mean-spirited with a slightly sinister undertone.” His riff on the nominees was delightful, saucy but sweet. Why was Bening, the widely-expected winner, so far back in the room? And why did it look like Bening was reading her monotone speech off the teleprompter? She redeemed herself at the end with the reference to her husband Warren Beatty as the winner of the 1962 Globe as most promising newcomer.

“Despicable Me”
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

Just how slight is Justin Bieber that Hailee Steinfeld towers over him? No surprise as the best-reviewed movie of the year wins this race. Director Lee Unkrich was half right when he wondered if they were born when “Toy Story” came out in 1995. Bieber was a baby but Steinfeld was not born till 1996.

Alexandre Desplat (“The King’s Speech”)
Danny Elfman (“Alice in Wonderland”)
A.R. Rahman (“127 Hours”)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (“The Social Network”)
Hans Zimmer (“Inception”)

Composers who remained remarkably composed as they accepted their first Globe.

“Bound to You” (“Burlesque”)
“Coming Home” (“Country Strong”)
“I See the Light” (“Tangled”)
“There’s a Place for Us” (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”)
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (“Burlesque”)

This is the first win in five noms for Diane Warren; could she finally prevail at the Oscars with her seventh bid? An emotional Warren made special mention of her publicist, the late Ronni Chasen.

PAUL SHEEHAN: Why can’t actors memorize just a few lines of introductory text? Perhaps Andrew Garfield got so used to doing lots of take with David Fincher on “The Social Network.”

MATTHEW CORMIER: Chris Colfer wins — the Globes got it right! i was sure that the attack of the TV Movie actors would prevent him from winning. They always give the Supporting awards to TV Movie actors. His speech was very inspiring. I love how everybody looked truly happy for him; even the cast of “30 Rock.”

“Boardwalk Empire” – 15/8
“Mad Men” – 11/5
“The Walking Dead” – 5/1
“Dexter” – 11/2
“The Good Wife” – 7/1

Thus ended the three-year winning streak of “Mad Men.” Another HBO hit about New Jersey gangsters, “The Sopranos,” also won this award for its first season back in 1999. And yes, that was Mark Wahlberg up onstage. When not acting, he is a prolific producer of both TV (“Entourage”) and film (“The Fighter”).

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” – 2/1
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” – 11/4
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” – 9/2
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter” – 5/1
Hugh Laurie, “House” – 6/1

Buscemi was a supporting film actor nominee in 2001 for “Ghost World” but lost to eventual Oscar champ Jim Broadbent (“Iris”). He gave a speedy acceptance speech but still got the wrap-up sign.

PAUL SHEEHAN: After another ribald riff from Ricky, poor Eva Longoria has to convince us of the worthiness of HFPA prez Phillip Berk who gets his own back on Gervais by telling him to find another guy to help him qualify his movies.

PAUL SHEEHAN: Why not Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter to introduce the “Alice in Wonderland” clip?

Chris Colfer, “Glee” – 5/6
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” – 3/2
Chris Noth, “The Good Wife” – 14/1
David Strathairn, “Temple Grandin” – 16/1
Scott Caan, “Hawaii Five-O” – 100/1

Colfer edge out Emmy champ Stonestreet. An emotional Colfer thanked his fairy godfather, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy and gave a shout-out to the gay youth who are inspired by the show.

PAUL SHEEHAN: Gervais reads off a list of flops and then says “Ashton Kutcher‘s dad” as he intros Bruce Willis. Willis gets his revenge by introducing a clip from his hit nominated comedy “Red.”

TOM O’NEIL: Another startling thing we just learned at the Golden Globes. Christian Bale really isn’t that creepy! Or incoherent. At first it looked like he might go off the rails in his acceptance speech when he started bashing the HPFA members as “oddball,” but then he softened it with jokes and by calling them just “characters” and by displaying much charm, ease and humor up there. Great performance, Christian. Looks like you just passed your Oscar audition.

MATTHEW CORMIER: GG always has some surprise winners, but “Carlos” winning over “Temple Grandin” and “The Pacific” is a stunner.

“The Pacific”
“The Pillars of the Earth”
“Temple Grandin”
“You Don’t Know Jack”

Is it a really long film or a TV mini-series? “Carlos” also earned recognition from some of the film critics groups this year.

TOM O’NEIL: You have to give the Globes props for letting Ricky Gervais go rogue with that opening monolog. Jokes about them being bribed for voting for “The Tourist,” yikes. Loved that wisecrack, “Would you like to see Cher?” “No, it’s not 1975” – and his obvious slap at Mr. and Mrs. Cruise. Ricky really redeemed himself this year after that bomb he dropped last year as host. He was HORRIBLE. Tonight he’s off to a terrific start with outrageous jokes you’ll never hear at the conservative Oscars.

Julianna Marguiles, “The Good Wife” – 1/3
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” – 4/1
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men” – 13/2
Katey Sagal, “Sons of Anarchy” – 15/2
Piper Perabo, “Covert Affairs” – 100/1

This is Sagal’s first win in five nominations. She contended four consecutive times for Best TV Comedy Actress for “Married … With Children” beginning in 1990. As Katy said, “I am shocked … but kind of prepared.” She acknowledged the kindness of the HFPA; the Emmys have yet to nominate her.

Christian Bale, “The Fighter” – 7/5
Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech” – 15/8
Michael Douglas, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” – 12/5
Jeremy Renner, “The Town” – 33/1
Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network” – 50/1

Bale refers to HFPA as “oddball characters” he encounters on press junkets. Now, he thinks of them as “wise and respectable.” In his gracious acceptance speech, he salutes the “quiet, stoic character” created by Mark Wahlberg and references the potential punch-up between supporting actress contenders Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. He concluded with a heartfelt moment via the camera to his little girl at home.

PAUL SHEEHAN: That shot of Steve Buscemi when Ricky says “The Walking Dead” — nice one.

PAUL SHEEHAN: That Ricky riff on “The Tourist” is an instant classic.

PAUL SHEEHAN: Gervias makes the first Charlie Sheen joke of the night — how many will he do throughout the night?

TOM O’NEIL: In the battle of the Golden Globes pre-shows, E! is definitely winning. Ryan and Guilana are having real conversations with stars that don’t seem forced and stupid. Sure, everything’s still shallow, but there’s a connection between the chatters – like just moments ago when Ryan asked Halle Berry about the recent news that Aretha Franklin wants Halle to portray her on film. Halle dipped and swooned with protest, “I know! But I can’t sing! Someone’s gotta tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice!”

Meantime, over on the numbskull NBC show, Carson Daly, Natalie Morales and Alexa Chung make Ryan and Guiliana look like Mike Wallace and Oprah Winfrey. Alexa is the worst. It was painful moments ago watching her ramble aimlessly with Robert Pattinson and Sofia Vergara.

Alexa to Sofia: “So you’re nominated tonight. How does it feel?”
Sofia makes nice and pushes through a dumb question.
Alexa to Sofia: “Is the ‘Modern Family’ a party table tonight?”
Sofia resists an obvious urge to walk away and responds with graciousness: “Oh, yeah, definitely. We want champagne. We want dessert. We want everything ….” blah, blah, blah.
MATTHEW CORMIER: Carson Daly hosting the pre-show makes me really miss Joan and Melissa Rivers “Back to you Melissa”, “Mom? Mom? who do you have?” I wonder how many Steve Carell jokes Ricky Gervais will tell tonight?

MATTHEW CORMIER: Christian Bale, CUT YOUR HAIR! You’re at the Golden Globes! Michelle Williams looks beautiful! Graceful, elegant! a true class act. I love Christina Aguilera, but she sounds so ridiculous when talking about her movie “Burlesque” and her love of the “beauty” of the “art” of burlesque. Honey you basically just admitted to being trampy… and I’m one of your biggest fans. I love Helen Mirren‘s necklace. Why is it that no matter what she wears Claire Danes looks 15 times older than she is? Colin Firth looks like royalty… I’ll be pretty shocked if he looses. Wait, Kevin Spacey is nominated? Clearly he isn’t going to win. I love Sofia Vagera, but who wears a red dress on the red carpet? The flower on Amy Adams dress is too distracting… her stylist should be ashamed. If that Facebook lady thinks that Halle Berry is winning then she needs a reality check. Thank god Jane Lynch didn’t wear a track suit.

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