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Golden Globe nominees: Read their reactions here!

Nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning. You’ve heard our thoughts on the surprises, snubs, and sure things, but what about the nominees themselves? Reactions are coming in; here’s what some of this year’s nominated class has to say:

Mila Kunis, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Black Swan: “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet … [Darren Aronofsky] is truly one of the greatest directors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. [The movie] was truly made from tears and love and for all the right reasons … [To celebrate], I’m taking my dogs to the vet. It’s pretty exciting, right? They’ll get their nails clipped, they’ll get a bath and won’t be stinky. It’s a good day for the household.”

Mark Wahlberg, executive producer of Boardwalk Empire (nominated for Best TV Drama), nominated for Best Actor for The Fighter:  “I’m kind of under the weather. I’ve been so in the world of The Fighter that I hadn’t thought too much about Boardwalk Empire. But it was certainly a nice wake-up call to get, even though it woke up our 11-month-old daughter, whose crib is right beside our bed.”

David O. Russell, nominated for Best Director for The Fighter: “We had a screening in New York last night hosted by Robert De Niro — which just meant the world to us, because he liked the film so much — and then this morning I was awoken by a banging on the hotel room door. It’s just so great. It’s just so fantastic to be recognized in a year with such good movies. You just want to savor the moment, you know? Take it in and appreciate it because you never know when you’ll be back here again. We’re flying back to L.A. now for another screening and then I’m sure I’ll have drinks with some friends.”

Geoffrey Rush, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The King’s Speech: “I went out and had my late-night supper as I’m doing a play here [Diary of a Madmen] in Sydney and then experienced the curious phenomena of not being able to connect to the Internet. I was in a complete technological funk — I couldn’t get onto the wifi at my hotel, I couldn’t find a TV channel that was broadcasting the announcements, so my 15-year-old son in Melbourne was holding his phone to the television there to get the information. [The nomination news] was a kind of dad-and-son thing, which is really quite nice. It’s 1:45 a.m. And I should be out clubbing but I have to get to sleep now as I have a matinee tomorrow … We just took [The King’s Speech] from square one and tried to make it as vivid and as lively and as intriguing as we possibly could and that seems to be radiating out to the office, which is great.” READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes: 'The King's Speech,' 'The Social Network' and 'The Fighter' reign supreme; Johnny Depp earns two nominations

golden-globeImage Credit: Chris HastonThe King’s Speech grabbed seven Golden Globe nominations to lead all films, while The Social Network and The Fighter, which earned four acting nominations, followed with six nods. Black Swan, Inception and The Kids are All Right each received four honors. Johnny Depp was nominated for two acting awards in the comedy category, for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist. Meanwhile, Oscar contenders True Grit and Toy Story 3 were basically ignored, combining for only one nomination. The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST) /8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais. See below for all the nominations: READ FULL STORY

Golden Globe nomination ballots are in the mail! But who should get a nod?

katey-segalImage Credit: Prashant Gupta/FXToday is the deadline for Ernst & Young to mail out the Golden Globe nomination ballots to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who have until Dec. 10 to return them. (Nominations are announced live at 8 a.m. ET on Dec. 14.) Help them out, folks, and tell them who should be getting a nod this year. I’m pulling for Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal to break into the Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama category. I’d also love to see Timothy Olyphant get a Best Actor nod for FX’s Justified. On the movies side, I’m most curious about which films get nominated for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Assuming Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me are just in the Best Animated Film category, that leaves you with, what, How Do You Know (let’s just assume they like Jack Nicholson) and Morning GloryDue Date? RedLove & Other Drugs? All enjoyable, but somehow not as strong as The Hangover, (500) Days of Summer, Julie & Julia, and It’s Complicated. Maybe we should be urging voters to take a look at Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Easy A?

Never mind the acting, who gives good speech?

It’s crazy how an actor’s acceptance speech can sometimes make more of a lasting impression than their award-winning role on the big screen. For those of us at home on our couches, the speeches can make or break an awards show. Golden Globes? Mo’Nique’s speech had me crying, then T-Bone Streep nailed it.

The Hollywood Reporter has some analysis of how speeches leading up to the Oscars can affect a nominee’s chances of winning an Academy Award — they single out the recent podium posturing by Christoph Waltz (whose thematic speeches kind of annoy me) and Sandra Bullock (who scores with charm, humor, and what looks like real, non-Hollywood love for her husband!?). I also find George Clooney to be that perfect blend of classy, funny, and respectful.

So, PopWatchers, your turn. What speeches have impressed you over the years? Sally Field’s old chestnut of “you like me”? Halle Berry’s tears? James Cameron’s “king of the world”? Mickey “If they ain’t got the balls” Rourke?

Who are you hoping wins at the Oscars this year just so you can see them speak? Meryl’s the top of my list!

'Project Runway' alums Christian Siriano and Chris March make us proud

Hurray! There does indeed seem to be life after reality television for the worthy and able. Let us put our proud, fiercely fashionable hands together for Project Runway season 4 castmates Christian Siriano and Chris March, who nearly made me weep with nutty fan pride last weekend when they dressed two ravishing divas for the Golden Globes. Siriano wrapped voluptuous Mad Men beauty Christina Hendricks in a cocoon of ruffled peach silk, while March made Best Actress winner (and perennially brilliant woman) Meryl Streep look stunning in a drapey black gown that showed off her lovely neck and shoulders. Of the two, I have to give it up for Meryl’s look. I adore Christina Hendricks and don’t think she’s ever made a red carpet blunder (hello! she’s hot!), but richer colors suit her better than pastels. In any case, Meryl just looked so very regal and elegant — a veritable reine du cinéma. Plus, that belt! Such a boldly magnifique move! So unexpected!

The boys’ success with these ladies got me thinking about other possible collaborations between Runway alums and stars. What would Uli Herzner design for, say, Amy Poehler? Or Korto Momolu for Chloë Sevigny? (After her Globes’ gown, girl could use some tips, for sure!) And for something completely off-the-wall … Laura Bennett and Lady Gaga?

Who’s your dream match-up? (And if you haven’t already, please do check out my recap of last night’s Runway episode.)

20 Years Ago: 'China Beach,' 'Lonesome Dove' win big at Golden Globes

When Suzanne Somers shimmied through a rendition of “There’s No Business Like Show Business” on the Golden Globes telecast on Jan. 20, 1990, she underscored the obvious: In what other business — and at what other awards show — could one find Audrey Hepburn (accepting a lifetime achievement honor) rubbing elbows with a dorky 16-year-old kid named Neil Patrick Harris (there to plug Doogie Howser, M.D.)? Too bad Robert Duvall missed the entire thing. The legendary thespian snagged the trophy for Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Motion Picture for playing lovesick cattle rancher Gus McCrae in the epic Western miniseries Lonesome Dove (which also won Best Miniseries), but skipped the ceremony. Still, he considers the role his most important ever, which is saying something coming from a six-time Oscar nominee (and winner for 1983’s Tender Mercies). “It’s my signature part,” says the 79-year-old actor. “Let the English play Hamlet and King Lear. I’ll play Augustus McCrae.”

Other big TV winners at the event included Ted Danson (for Cheers), Jamie Lee Curtis (Anything But Love), Ken Wahl (Wiseguy), Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Murphy Brown (Best Comedy Series), and the Vietnam-set medical drama China Beach (Best Drama Series), which gave a then-33-year-old Dana Delany her first lead role. “It was one of those jobs where I would drive to work in the morning and think, ‘I don’t know if I can pull this off,’ ” recalls the Desperate Housewives actress. “That’s such a great feeling as an actor, to have that challenge every day.”

On the movie side, Best Comedy champ Driving Miss Daisy earned acting trophies for stars Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, while Tom Cruise took home the prize for his role in the night’s Best Drama, Born on the Fourth of July. The winner’s circle also boasted future A-listers Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys), Denzel 
 Washington (Glory), and Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias). But the event’s biggest surprise had to be Vegas icon Wayne Newton crooning “America” to a bewildered audience. Somers was right: It really is like no business we know. –Additional reporting by Tanner Stransky

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What have you assigned yourself to watch (or avoid), post-Golden Globes?

Having just caught up on the last of EW.com’s extensive Golden Globes 2010 coverage, I’m left with two wishes: A running feed of merciless (in content) yet gentle (in tone) Ricky Gervais commentary to let me know what I’m doing wrong all day, and a week or two of vacation to see everything I should have already seen in the past few months. This year’s post-Globum depression has me feeling particularly worthless for not tuning into Dexter this season, now that Michael C. Hall (left) and John Lithgow both took home acting statues, and I also can’t believe I haven’t seen that beautiful mind Jeff Bridges (right) in Crazy Heart, instead sitting around watching repeats of 30 Rock over and over and over in my non-Slanket jammies. Okay, I can totally believe that. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay with it. (Three more seconds to choose your knife, Barrett!)

My over-ambitious long shot for the next week is to catch best foreign film winner The White Ribbon on a quiet, wintry weeknight in NYC. We all know that’s not gonna happen. Have you seen how much crappy TV is new this week?

What did the Golden Globes inspire you to finally watch — or to avoid?

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Picture of Alexander Skarsgard at Golden Globes inspires Lifetime movie in my head

“This TwitPic reminder to Skarsgard Your Loins wasn’t taken with Ausiello’s iPhone. It was beamed into the Internet directly from one of your better dreams. Please write up.” That’s the assignment IM I just received from today’s acting PopWatch editor, Annie Barrett. If I must, I must…

So this shot is clearly from the Lifetime movie True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard will never have to star in. We open on the heroine, a thirtysomething single journalist from New York City forced to cover her first red carpet at the Golden Globes, throwing a comical fit over how wimpy Hollywood types are in the rain. She’s walking backwards, trips on some wires, falls, and hits her head on the ground. As she comes to, she sees a white light. [Insert “funny” voiceover where she asks herself if she’s dead. Her sense of humor is intact, so you think she’s fine.] The camera pans back, and there’s a handsome actor wearing a Tom Ford tux looking down at her. He holds out his hand and helps her up. He asks if she’s okay. She thinks so. Another figure, this one wearing a headset, swoops in and asks her if she’s even supposed to be in this area. She doesn’t know. Well, who is she? Who is she with? She doesn’t know. AMNESIA! READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes backstage: Robert Downey Jr. kids around with his wife, Jon Hamm grows a beard, and James Cameron is still talking...

Yes, I was at the Golden Globes, but I feel as if I haven’t seen the show. That’s because the backstage press room is its own strange beast, and an impossible exercise in multitasking. Monitors are set up so reporters can watch the ceremony as it unfolds a few hundred feet away, but as soon as those winners start appearing backstage, forget about trying to pay attention to the actual show. Look, there’s Meryl Streep, whom you’ve seen your whole life as a larger-than-life acting goddess projected onto a screen, and now she’s standing right in front of you. There’s only one word to describe such a sensation: surreal.

The press room also offers a revealing glimpse into the personalities of these award winners. Who’s clearly having the most fun? Who wishes he was anywhere but here? And who stares off into the distance while everyone in the room tries to avoid eye contact with him? (Okay, that would be Mike Tyson). There’s really only one way to answer these questions, and that’s by presenting the 2nd Annual EW Backstage Awards. Patience, T-Bone Burnett, the results will be revealed right after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Golden Globe Awards: We live-blogged it!

gervais2Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosEditor’s note: Whew! The Golden Globes are over (right on time, too!), but you can still experience the magic of our live blog by clicking the “Replay” button on the widget below. Warning: It’s chock-full of spoilers, as is our list of Golden Globe winners. Also, rate these 30 Golden Globes gowns, peruse our list of the night’s best-dressed stars, and relive the night’s best and worst moments. Coming soon: Our full report from backstage!

Hey, PopWatchers! The 67th Golden Globes are happening this weekend, and as usual, we’re offering our own brand of comprehensive coverage, from the red carpet to the final curtain.

It all starts at 7 p.m. ET this Sunday, when Annie Barrett, Mandi Bierly, and Meeta Agrawal kick off our live blog with their red carpet coverage. For the first time, we’ll be offering a live video stream of the stars’ arrivals at the Beverly Hilton.

At 8 p.m. Margaret Lyons and Thom Geier take over to live-blog the awards broadcast, with a little help from John Young reporting from backstage. Also, be on the lookout for tweets from other EW staffers on the scene in L.A., including Michael Ausiello and Dave Karger. And come back early Monday morning for our recap of the show’s best and worst moments, and photo galleries of the night’s hottest fashions.

In the meantime, gather your snacks and prep for the big night with our full list of  2010 Golden Globes nominees, this year’s biggest snubs, who we think will win in the  TV and movie categories, and a look back at the best Golden Globes looks from the last decade.

For an e-mail reminder to join our live blog, scroll down and enter your address into the widget below. See you on Sunday!

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