News Nuggets: Golden Globe ratings hold steady

Golden Globe ratings on par with last year: “The time-adjusted fast nationals for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards are in. From 8-11 PM, the show, which aired live on both coasts, pulled in a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 16.8 million viewers overall. That is down 4% from last year’s ceremony in adults 18-49 (5.0 vs. 5.2) and 1% in total viewers (16.844 million vs. 17.001 million). The Golden Globes ruled the 8-10 PM time period, lifting NBC to a No. 2 finish for the night behind an NFL overrun-boosted Fox.” DEADLINE

Ricky Gervais claims he’s “really done this time”: “Oh [it went much better than last year]. The crowd was with me this time. They went where I went. It’s like they were ready for me this time and it felt pitch-perfect … I’m really done this time. It’s enough. Three is plenty — at least that’s what Charlie Sheen told me.” DEADLINE

Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Ed Douglas (Coming Soon) and Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) dish the state of the race in the latest istallment of the weekly Stone-Wells podcast “Oscar Poker.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Mad Men” will return with a two-hour premiere on March 25: “It’s now official: AMC says the fifth season of ‘Mad Men’ will, in fact, kick off on March 25 and (hallelujah) that it’s going to be a two-hour episode. This confirms part of what Jon Hamm had let slip on a podcast last week. Though nothing is known of the plot, the episode is being written by the series’ creator Matthew Weiner and directed by Jennifer Getzinger, who directed last season’s ‘The Suitcase,’ arguably one of the best episodes to date.” VULTURE

Considering the unsung visual effects of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy“: “Mindblowing. The best special effects are those you’d never guess are effects.” AWARDS DAILY

Quentin Tarantino names his favorite films of 2011: “… here it is, Quentin Tarantino’s list of favorite movies last year, just in time for the awards season. But hold! This time it is an official Top 11 (12 to be exact, it includes one tie), and there are some goodies attached below! This is now a full awards show ladies and gents, there are some other categories, some best director and writer awards in there as well. Santa brought a whole bag! Special Thanks to Quentin for taking some time off and compiling this list!” THE QUENTIN TARANTINO ARCHIVES

Mark Harris analyzes Oscar’s screenplay races: “The Iranian drama ‘A Separation‘ is, no question, the most acclaimed foreign-language film in the race, and recently picked up a Best Screenplay award from the National Society of Film Critics. But difficult movies need time to build Academy support, and its post-Christmas opening may have been a misjudgment. Writers admire Terrence Malick enough to have nominated him before (for ‘The Thin Red Line’), but ‘The Tree of Life‘ has struggled more with old-guard industry types than it did with critics, and Malick probably has a better shot at breaking through in the directors’ branch.” GRANTLAND

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