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Golden Globes: What was your favorite moment?

Another Golden Globes has come and gone, and as usual, the mashup of TV stars, movie stars, and alcoholic beverages (both at home and the Beverly Hilton) made for an entertaining telecast that left me handing out a variety of trophies in my head. The prize for most touching acceptance speech by a little-known British actress in a movie I haven’t yet seen went to Happy-Go-Lucky‘s Sally Hawkins. The Strangest Evening-Long Audition for an Unannounced Marilyn Monroe Biopic trophy went to giggly, frosty-locked Drew Barrymore. And the special award for Controversial Use of a Nehru Jacket With Beaded Neckline went to Monk’s Tony Shalhoub. (Yeah, I’m envious; dude worked that look like a nine-to-five.)

Still, for my money, the night’s best moment had to be Tina Fey’s acceptance speech (embedded below) for Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy). Not only was Fey’s win well-deserved, but her speech (clocking in at a mercifully brief one minute, 17 seconds) contained the phrase "good gravy," eschewed the typical (boring) litany of agents, attorneys, and other sundry advisers, and best of all, was packed with punch lines, including a scathing takedown of her most dogged Internet haters. (Gawker dug up some backstory on Fey’s nemeses, Dianefan, BabsonLacrosse, and Cougar-Letter; click here to read all about it.)

But, hey, as Dianefan has proven, not everyone loves Tina Fey. So check out my colleague Adam Markovitz’s gallery of the Golden Globes’ Best and Worst Moments, then click on down to the message board below and tell us your picks for highlights (and lowlights) of the telecast.

More Golden Globes:
EW’s Golden Globes HQ
Golden Globes: The 2009 Winners
Golden Globes: Best and worst moments
Golden Globes: Best and Worst Dressed
Mandi Bierly and Annie Barrett’s live-blog of the Globes telecast
Golden Globes backstage: Tom Hanks riffs and Ricky Gervais biffs

Golden Globes backstage: Tom Hanks riffs and Ricky Gervais biffs

Tomhanks_lThe Golden Globes are nothing if not irreverent: A small group of foreign journalists with occasionally dubious credentials ply Hollywood’s movie and TV stars with food and booze and golden, er, globes. It’s a super silly evening, and I’m gonna treat the goings on in the backstage press room in kind. For starters, I decided to wear green socks with my tux. For seconders, not ashamed to say that, upon spying the two giant tubs of iced beer available to the press, I may have snagged a bottle and threw back a few swigs. To any editors reading this, I was just "researching" what it must be liked for all those soused celebs. So forthwith, my hopefully pithy, slightly tipsy Golden Globe Awards for Backstage at the Golden Globes.

Award for Possible False Modesty
Kate Winslet. When asked if the extra sheets of paper spotted in her purse when she won Best Supporting Actress for The Reader were perhaps another speech in case she also wins Best Actress in a Drama for Revolutionary Road,Winslet demurred, stating they were just "blotting papers.…it wasn’t asecond speech. I have no further expectations." Uh-huh.

Award for Unexpectedly Not-So-Funny Non-Winner Backstage Appearance
Ricky Gervais.Example A: What was Gervais drinking on stage? "Beer, but Ithink somebody put a little bit of crack in it." Har har. Example B:What was the other Holocaust joke he didn’t go with on air? "I wasgoing to say that when I got the DVD of Schindler’s List a reviewer onthe box said ‘Have a box of tissues ready,’ and I was going to say,’That sounds a little bit sick.’" Huh? Oh. Ewww.

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Live blogging the 2009 Golden Globe Awards

Goldenglobenoms_dlAt 8 p.m., Mandi and I gratefully leapt from red carpet land (where Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic were pretending the 2009 Golden Globes are the most important thing ever) to NBC’s telecast (where everyone else in Hollywood got to do the same). We hope you’ll digest the spectacle with us. Know what’ll help it go down? Alcohol!

Mandi: Jennifer Lopez opens the show in a gold dress that makes the audience (and herself) giggle.
Mandi: Mama announces that Kate Winslet wins for The Reader. I love how this music playing compares to the Pussycat Dolls they played a moment ago.
Annie: Yeah, culture shock! I love how no one’s cutting Kate off from her discush of hair and makeup, as she’s the first winner.
Mandi: She’s just lovely. And disappointingly sober.
Annie: Aww, she adds “-er” to first names (like her daughter, Mia) just like Cat Deeley.


Live blogging E!'s Golden Globes red carpet

Seacrestgiulianaglobes_lMandi Bierly and I are just tuning in for the final hour of E’s coverage of the 2009 Golden Globe Awards red carpet to feast upon Ryan Seacrest, Giuliana Rancic’s tragic foible-to-minute ratio of 1:1, and specifically the Glam Cam’s full-body pan of Simon Baker. Oh, and Jay Manuel, whose "hair" has bravely become more shellacked than ever. Won’t you join us? (UPDATE: Join us as we liveblog NBC’s telecast!)

Annie: I can’t handle when Jay dips his head like that to inspect the Glamastrator. I’m blinded!
Annie: Kevin Nealon’s wearing Nabisco. I’m wearing Frito-Lay. Who are you wearing, Mandi?
Mandi: I am getting ready to wear a hot dog, fries, and vanilla shake from Johnny Rockets, as soon as my dinner shows up.
Annie: Wait, Susan Sarandon’s shoes don’t hurt? Get her outta there! That’s not allowed on the red carpet.


Get ready for the Golden Globes (and our coverage)!

The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards air Sunday on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time, but you’ll want to hit PopWatch at 7 p.m. for the start of our live blog. (Annie Barrett and I can only take an hour of E!’s red carpet coverage with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana DePandi.) (Go to the live blog now!) We’ll call the action during the telecast, then turn the mic over to EW’s Couture Correspondent, Meeta Agrawal, who’ll offer your style report (with actual authority). Adam Markovitz will take a closer look at the evening’s best and worst moments.

While you’re waiting to see who wins, who looks as good as Jon Hamm (no one), and who gets tanked (so happy we get a real telecast this year!),  browse through our complete Globes coverage.

We’ve got your:
Full list of nominees
Expert picks of who will and who should win
Reader polls picking the TV winners
Reader polls picking the movie winners
Dave Karger’s video interviews with nominees including Dustin Hoffman, the Doubt cast, Anne Hathaway, and Ralph Fiennes
TV category snubs
Movie category snubs
20 memorable Globes moments from years past

Golden Globes: Nominations for Best Performance in the Statement You Released Reacting to Your Nomination

Nielpatrickharris_lWe know you’re thrilled. We know you’re honored. What we don’t know is why you feel the need to release a statement that just says that. Here, we recognize those Golden Globe nominees who went the extra mile. Or, in the case of Hugh Laurie, an extra two steps. (See, we’re not asking for much. Just a little personality.)

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (pictured)
Nominated for: Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

"I’m delighted and honored by this nomination. It takes some of the sting out of being blatantly overlooked by the Obama transition team."

Kevin Connolly, Entourage
Nominated for: Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

"When my phone started ringing this morning, my instinct was that something was wrong because I’ve never picked up the phone to good news at 5:30 a.m. I could feel the excitement in the voices on the machine so I was unsure what was going on. I called my mom who started to cry, she’s so excited, I can’t wait to bring her as my date. This is an incredible honor, I am thrilled. Thank you so much HFPA, this means the world to me."

Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey
Nominated for: Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
"It is so exciting to be nominated, but working with Emma was reward enough. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to win!"

Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Nominated for: Best Performance By an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

"I am really thrilled! I guess I should dress up more. Maybe Chanel could do a couture line for seniors?"

Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Nominated for: Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

"Wow, wow, wow — what a surprise, I cannot describe how I feel, soappreciative of it all and so very pleased!! Such an honor to be in thesame category as Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson. They are great, iconicwomen that I’ve watched for years — they have definitely inspired andinfluenced me in my decision to pursue acting. So proud to be in thisfilm and having the chance again to work with Mike Leigh. These pastcouple of days have been a whirlwind but I am feeling quite lucky andblessed at the moment."

Hugh Laurie, House
Nominated for: Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
"I am thrilled. Nine feet tall and thrilled."

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More on the 2009 Golden Globes:
Our complete coverage at a glance
The complete list of nominees
Ken Tucker on this year’s TV snubs
Dave Karger’s take on the movie categories
EW.com poll: Pick the TV winners!
EW.com poll: Pick the movie winners!

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Golden Globes recognize 'In Treatment': Here's to creative risks

Intreatmentblair_lHBO didn’t have to greenlight a show like In Treatment. The format — a new half-hour episode every weeknight for nine weeks — was unusual. And the subject matter was limited, too, with each script typically confined to the dialogue exchanged in a psychotherapist’s office for the full 30 minutes. But the cable network took a chance on In Treatment, and it paid off with a consistently well-acted show that kept me tuning in loyally all through the first season. Going by the show’s ratings, I’m not sure just how many people were on board with me. But at least HBO can take solace in the fact that their gamble has yielded a very positive critical response, as well as a couple of Emmys, and now, a generous handful of Golden Globe nominations for the show (including Best Drama Series) as well as its actors. Gabriel Byrne and Blair Underwood (pictured) both deserve those nods for their superlative performances. So do Dianne Wiest and Melissa George, though I can’t decide who to root for since they share a category.

What the Golden Globe news really makes me hope is that HBO keeps taking calculated risks with In Treatment and beyond. By approving such an unorthodox series, HBO showed that it’s still interested in fundamentally changing the TV game. I was a little concerned to read this summer that season 2 of In Treatment might "tweak" the strip-series format, in Variety‘s words. Hopefully, some well-timed Golden Globe love will convince the network not to tweak it too much. But that’s a minor quibble from a fan. Anybody else already looking forward to hopping back onto Dr. Paul Weston’s couch next year?

More on In Treatment:
EW’s Golden Globes coverage
Mia Wasikowska made it onto EW’s list of Emmy Drama Snubs
The series got a B+ review in EW when it debuted
In Treatment is part of HBO’s big plans for ’09
Lisa Schwarzbaum looked at "The Benefits of Watching In Treatment"

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Golden Globe nods: The TV category snubs

Oldchristinejulia_lBest Television Series, Drama
Dexter, Showtime
, Fox
In Treatment
Mad Men
True Blood

Huh? Alan Ball’s blood-thinner rookie vampire series True Blood gets a nod over the final, terrific season of The Wire? True Blood will be dribbling on for years, I’m sure — couldn’t the Globes have given The Wire some credit for both this season and its enduring legacy?

Best Television Series, Comedy
30 Rock
, Showtime
The Office
, Showtime

Both Weeds and Entourage have had uneven seasons at best; me, I’d havegone with Samantha Who? (hey, funnier than you think) or even better — dosome channel-surfing, Globe-trotters! — Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Debra Messing, The Starter Wife
Mary Louise-Parker, Weeds

Sorry: any round-up of TV-comedy actresses that doesn’t include Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ (pictured) continuing slapstick brilliance in The New Adventures of Old Christine is shameful. I mean, I like Debra Messing —  but in The Starter Wife? This was like a we-loved-her-in-Will-&-Grace gimme-nomination.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Kevin Connolly, Entourage
David Duchovny, Californication
Tony Shalhoub, Monk

The Globes are known for being more adventurous and more willing to acknowledge newcomers quicker than the Emmys, so wouldn’t it have been better if, instead of giving Tony Shaloub his umpteenth Monk nomination, they nominated Jim Parons, the brilliant dweeb in Big Bang Theory?

Your turn, PopWatchers: Tell us who else got snubbed in this morning’s Golden Globes small-screen nominations? Then head over to our Oscar Watch blog for Dave Karger’s reaction to the movie category nominees.

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Golden Globes: Who got snubbed?

Page_lOkay, it’s an awards ceremony, so at least four-fifths of the nominees have to get shafted, but still, the Golden Globes winners’ list offered some head-scratching snubs. Most notably, Juno, which went 0 for 3 despite the critical and box-office love for the movie, Ellen Page (pictured), and the screenplay by EW columnist Diablo Cody. Which brings us to the night’s other big snub: in the hastily cobbled-together press conference that subbed for a full-blown awards ceremony, announcers Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell didn’t even read off the winner of the Best Screenplay category (take that, striking writers!) or the awards for Best Original Score and Best Song. (For the record, they went to Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men script, Dario Marinelli’s Atonement score, and Eddie Vedder’s "Guaranteed" from Into the Wild.) They couldn’t have cut a few minutes of Bush and O’Dell’s attempts at ad libbing to make room for these? It’s not like the winners were going to waste precious time at the podium thanking their lawyers.

Tell us, PopWatchers, which of your movie and TV favorites got snubbed? Let us know, and get ready to compare notes — check back early Monday as EW awards guru Dave Karger analyzes the Globe winners and losers on the movie side and Ken Tucker does the same for the Globes’ TV picks.

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Live-blogging the Golden Globes press conference on NBC

Billybush_lSlezak: Dateline is done. According to NBC: Tonight is about Tough Guys Vs. True Love!
Annie: Is NBC implying its Globes coverage is "amazing" by playing "Amazing" in the background?
Slezak: Entertainment Weekly’s DAVE KARGER! He looks so dapper, right down to his shoes!
Annie: Oh my god, how much do we love Dave Karger? And Dave Karger’s spiffy tie?
Slezak: He may be the only source of glamour all night!
Slezak: Oh shoot! I kinda wanted Tilda Swinton to win for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie.
Slezak: Why is Billy Bush being allowed to comment on the winners? Where’s Dave?
Annie: Oh God, are Billy and Nancy going to "comment" on every win?
Slezak: I am rooting for Ted Danson in Best Supperting Actor TV.
Slezak: Jeremy Piven? Fresh choice!
Annie: He can’t accept his award ’til he shaves the head.
Slezak: This is all happening so quickly, and unexcitingly. Are you missing actors listing their agents, attorneys, and key grips in their acceptance speeches? I can’t believe it, but I actually am!
Annie: I’m really not. I do miss watching everyone attempt to walk up to the podium in an outfit that doesn’t allow for breathing.

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