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A toast to the sparkly and the snarky
2012 highlights and lowlights: Accents, actors and dogs run amok
By Kati Johnston Special to MSN TV
Wait, really? After all the anticipation that Ricky Gervais would outdo
his in-your-face hosting gig last year by being rude, insulting, blunt, crude
and caustic, he was actually rather civilized. He called George Clooney "handsome," Martin Scorsese "talented," Kim Kardashian "trashy," Helen Mirren "slutty" and Colin Firth "evil." Well, OK, so he got in a few
jabs. Then again, by hogging a bit less of the spotlight, maybe Gervais let the
rest of the room shine--or shudder, as the case may be. The 69th Annual Golden
Globes was as always a fabulously well-lubricated party, and once again, the
awards were eclipsed by even more special highlights and lowlights. Here are
just a few of our favorites:
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Silliest joke that was just begging to be told: Ricky
Gervais, reciting the laundry list of things he was forbidden to talk about in
his opening monologue, up to and especially including anything related to Mel Gibson " and Jodie Foster's 'Beaver.' though [cough] I haven't
seen it myself."
Best achievement by an actual former Miss Golden Globes: TV
Supporting Comedy Actress winner Laura Dern, who won for her role in HBO's edgy "Enlightened," in which she stars with her talented mother,
Diane Ladd. (Notably missing from Dern's long
thank-you speech, however, was dad Bruce Dern.)
Hottest actor, senior division: "Beginners" Supporting Actor winner Christopher Plummer. Captain Von Trapp, you are
still one hot papa. Cue the whistle!
Hottest actor, mid-career division:Idris Elba, star of the BBC's amazing "Luther," absolutely dreamy and commanding in real life and
completely compelling as the tortured British detective, Luther.
Smartest career switch from comedy to drama:Kelsey Grammer, who won (deservedly) Best TV drama
actor for "Boss,"
in which his performance is truly chilling and pretty amazing. We may be on Team
Camille where "Real
Housewives of Beverly Hills" is concerned, but when it comes to playing a
menacing Illinois pol, you can't beat a vindictive Frasier Crane.
Most prominent Golden Globes-related celebrity who was MIA:
Eternal teenager Dick Clark, whose Dick Clark Productions is mired in a lawsuit with the
Hollywood Foreign Press Association over broadcast rights to the Globes TV show.
(The HFPA wants to get out of the long-term contract with NBC and shop the
rights to other networks that might offer more cash.)
We knew it: Gervais ribbed his pal Johnny Depp for Depp's pretty but wretchedly slow
2010 film, "The Tourist." "Have you actually seen 'The
Tourist,' Johnny?" Depp's deadpan and resigned response: "Ah, no."
Only Seth Rogan can out-Gervais Gervais: In an apparently
unrehearsed comment, Rogan, referring to his comely copresenter Kate Beckinsale, announced, apropos of nothing,
that "I'm currently trying to conceal a massive erection." Beckinsale, who
erupted in giggles, never quite recovered.
Most unnecessary hair ornament: The glittery hairband holding back the cascade of Michelle Williams' locks -- which measures, at
most, three-quarters of an inch.
Cutest little jab: When Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" was shown on
camera as a Best Supporting TV Actor nominee, castmate Ferguson, who wasn't nominated, held up a little
card saying "WHATEVER." Cam.
Nude is the new black: Well, in Hollywood, anything nude is
going to be popular. But nude, sleek or floaty gowns really grabbed the
spotlight this year, gracing stars from red-carpet hostess Giuliana Rancic to "The Descendants" star Shailene Woodley to elegant young Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family." Julie Bowen combined fitted and gossamer and
looked like a retro glam-queen. Even "MF's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson sported a nude
bow tie with his tux. And Piper Perabo could have topped a wedding cake in
her Cinderella puffball of shimmery nude, which appeared to come equipped with
its own internal lighting system.
Best new generic apology to use for any occasion in
Hollywood: "I'm sorry, I'm French."
Youngest working stylist in Hollywood:Sarah Michelle Gellar's daughter, Charlotte, 2,
who chose Mom's Monique Lhuillier explosion of blue and white tie-dye. Some
critics hated it, but we thought it was playful and springy -- and what's wrong
with that, Mom?
Most interesting interpretation of the word "original" in an award
name:Ludovic Bource, who won for Best
Original Score for "The Artist," after weeks of criticism that he
"heavily borrowed" from the score of Hitchcock's "Vertigo."
Most harmonious duet: Husband and wife presenters William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman's little
ditty about "it's an honor just to be nominated, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah." The end.
Borderline overexposed: And not in the good way (see "nude,"
above): Sofia Vergara, whose acting and comic chops are
unparalleled, and whose beauty is undeniable. But doesn't it seem like
she's suddenly everywhere? Hawking Diet Pepsi, cosmetics, you name it. Look out,
Sofia -- you don't want to become Antonio Banderas circa 1991.
Most eye-catching designer tuxedos: The hand-painted teensy
ones adorning "New
Girl" Zooey Deschanel's nails. (Complemented by
Deschanel's exquisitely styled long brunette locks and bangs -- channeling Agent
99 from the original "Get Smart." Sorry, big sis Emily of "Bones," but little sis makes your gown look rather frumpy.)
Best Everywoman product placement: Never you mind, Dolce and
Gabbana. Eat your heart out. The most enthusiastic endorsement of a product on
the red carpet came from the effusive Julie Bowen, who "starts my whole routine with
Jergens moisturizer. That's it, Jergens." Can we get an amen?
And since when is the Queen Mum a hair icon?:Kelly Osbourne, reprising her role as a fashion
commentator, better explain that granny bun in that shade of granny-tinted-blue.
Best imitation of a hand-cut school Valentine: "Glee's" Dianna Agron's bright-red cut-out
gown (actually, as she pointed out, layers of "laser-cut swans").
Bringing willowy back: There are many reasons to love Claire Danes, including her stellar Golden
Globe-worthy work in "Homeland," but an obvious one is that she's embraced
the loveliness of being naturally slim and, yes, flat-chested. We love the fact
that she's skipped the implant craze -- and her elegance and lovely figure stand
out even more.
Best imitation of a peppermint lozenge:Angelina Jolie, looking shiny, hard and sharp in
white with that jagged edge of red. Hot and cool.
"Like a thief in the night": It comes and goes. Madonna's British accent, that is. On the red
carpet she sounded like she'd just been whisked away from "Downton Abbey", but suddenly, in that (long)
acceptance speech, she sounded like the Michigander that she is.
Most moving tribute: The clips of the incredible career of
Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Morgan Freeman. It was a moment to let true
dramatic genius wash over the room, and a moment to remind movie lovers why, in
fact, we love movies.
Best "Friends" comeback:Matt LeBlanc, who won for Best Actor in a TV
Comedy, for Showtime's "Episodes," showed what he can do with wickedly clever
scripts and crisp direction. We can now happily say: Joey Tribbiani has
(finally) left the building.
Favorite up-and-comer: Best Movie Supporting Actress winner
Octavia Spencer, for "The Help." As the moral compass of the film,
Butler's Minny stood out among a very talented cast. Is it any wonder she has at
least three films due out later this year?
Zut! Was that a wardrobe malfunction?: Just as Best Film
Actor, Comedy-nominee Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") was announced as the
winner, a buxom blonde threw her arms around him square in front of the camera,
looking as though she was fixing to bust out of the top of her dress.
Most mysterious piece of traveling cutlery: OK, what was
Harvey Weinstein trying to pass around the room during Meryl Streep's meandering acceptance speech (in
which she seemed to be trying to think of as many actresses in as many random
movies as possible)? A fork? A flashlight? A USB drive? A Swiss Army knife? I
hope someone will clue us in -- but Streep didn't seem to need any props to give
Handiest pocket accessory: Dog treats for Uggie, who played
The Dog in "The Artist." Uggie nearly stole the film from the actors. And on
Sunday, Uggie, who reportedly received his own engraved Golden Globes
invitation, wiggled with delight onstage, almost stealing the heartfelt
acceptance speech from the filmmakers who were expressing their gratitude for
their Best Comedy Movie win.
Come to think of it, the Golden Globes left us wiggling with delight too.
Kati Johnston is a regular contributor to MSN Entertainment:
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