“Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television,” Poehler joked. The pair also poked fun at the controversy surrounding Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”
“When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron,” Poehler cracked.
The hosts poked fun at several attendees, as well as one absent actress.
“Meryl Streep is not here today,” Poehler said. “She has the flu, and I hear she’s amazing in it.”
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“Quentin, you know that my indebtedness to you and my gratitude knows no words,” Waltz said. “You entrusted me with this character and you took me on this journey.”
Borrowing a line from his character in “Django,” Waltz pointed to Tarantino and said, “The North Star is that one.” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“The best journeys are always shared, and so I would like to share this with the best cast working in TV today,” said Lewis, who dedicated the award to his mother. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“This was one of my favorite jobs ever,” Moore said, also thanking Tina Fey and Katie Couric for “making a significant” difference in the 2008 presidential election. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“Oh my God!” she exclaimed. “We’ve literally come out for a night out. I was not expecting this.”
She praised Daniel Craig for being a great James Bond actor and went on to thank her family.
“This is for my boyfriend Simon, who convinced me to do it, and my lovely son,” she said. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
The room full of stars received special guest Bill Clinton with a standing ovation. Steven Spielberg even threw him a salute. The former president introduced Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.”(Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“What does this say? I beat Meryl!” gasped Lawrence, who beat out Streep, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Emily Blunt for the win. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“This was a surprise,” he said. He also thanked his “group of friends as I’m writing the script that I read scenes to as I go on.
“You guys don’t know how important you are to my process,” he said. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“I’m very proud of this show,” Cheadle said, thanking his costars and the show’s writing team. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“I can’t believe this is happening,” Hathaway said. “Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt.” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“This award tells me that maybe, maybe we didn’t screw it up,” executive producer Alex Gansa said. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“Being brave is about being true to yourself and allowing your loved ones that same freedom,” Andrews said. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“And speaking of family, I admitted to everyone on our show early on in this season that I was with child ... and they were all so, so supportive,” she said. “And I have to thank my son now ... for joining me throughout this whole process.” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“The other nominees in this category are women who have inspired me deeply,” Dunham said. “This award is for every woman who’s ever felt like there’s not a space for her. This show has made a space for me.” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“I just couldn’t help thinking of the first time I came into this room. It was a long time ago, and I was an unknown actor,” Costner said. “I was just walking and hoping to have some kind of career. ... It is a great ride.” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“I don’t care what the award is, but when they put your name next to the names she read off that list, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life,” Affleck said, praising fellow nominees Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“This is the best party of the year, and I feel like the prom queen,” she said.
Foster discussed her decision to remain tight-lipped about her sexual orientation in a speech that was a strange mix of publicly coming out and touting the value of privacy.
“I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age,” she said.
She talked about a lifelong career in Hollywood and the resulting pressure to broadcast details of her personal life.
“I have given everything up there from the time I was 3 years old,” she said. “That’s reality show enough, don’t you think?” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“My wife, I gotta tell you, she’s the greatest woman in the world,” Jackman said. “Three weeks before we started filming, we had a terrible day of rehearsal. A humiliating day.... I really thought I’d bitten off more than I can chew. My wife talked me off that cliff.... Thank you for always being right, baby.” (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
“I’ve auditioned and struggled and fought and been put on the sidelines for years, and to be here in this moment is a beautiful feeling,” Chastain said. She also thanked director Kathryn Bigelow for creating a film with a female character who defies Hollywood conventions. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
Daniel Day-Lewis accepts the Golden Globe for actor in a drama for his title role in “Lincoln.” Day-Lewis praised director Steven Spielberg as “a humble master with a quicksilver imagination” and as “a friend, loving and kind.”
“You’ve given me an experience that I will treasure until the end of my life,” he said.
It’s the news the nation’s been trying to digest all week (at least before Lance Armstrong made everyone lose their lunch): Jodie Foster, one of the industry’s most cool and collected figures, is capable of being a rambling mess.
You’ve heard about it 100 times by now. Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Foster spent seven minutes chipping away at her image as the industry’s most staid and no-nonsense Hollywood power player.
She began by making a rather bawdy announcement that she was 50. “I was going to bring my walker tonight, but it just didn’t go with the cleavage,” she said.
After thanking various colleagues, Foster then went in for the throat grabber, announcing “a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public.”
Ladies and gentleman, in case you didn’t already know, Foster is … single.
“Yes, I am, I am single,” she said. “No, I’m kidding, but I mean I’m not really kidding.”
Foster was pretty clearly trying to say that she is gay, though she never used the word. The problem was that her “news” has been widely known for years. Many inside the industry believe her to have come out in 2007 when she referred lovingly to her longtime partner Cydney Bernard at a Hollywood Reporter event.
Back then, the press opted to ignore her veiled coming out, but this week it had no choice. Foster stole the show Sunday night; she was the show. Bristling at the pressure on celebrities to “honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show,” Foster spoke — often quite disjointedly and even maniacally — about her career, friends and family.
She spoke fondly again of Bernard, with whom she reportedly split in 2008, as well as her close pal, the embattled leading-man-turned-pariah Mel Gibson. She addressed her mother, who is reportedly suffering from dementia, and her two young sons, who were making funny faces at her from their table. She spoke of having “to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal” and of “wanting to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely.”
In other words, Foster did not come out as gay. She came out as a human being — a passionate, messy, angry, grateful, imperfect human being. And it’s those qualities, not her sexuality, that she’s kept hidden all these years.
Foster’s mystique has always been rooted in her intelligence, her uncommon self-possession and, perhaps more than anything else, her inscrutability. A breathtakingly gifted child actor, a Yale graduate, even, sadly, a figure in political history (John Hinckley Jr. claimed he attempted to assassinate President Reagan to impress her), Foster at times has seemed too impressive to be true. Despite the Hinckley chapter, her reclusiveness has seemed to come from a place of dignity rather than paranoia, as if she wasn’t afraid of the public eye as much as simply uninterested in it.
Now, for all the praise she’s eliciting from colleagues and industry observers and all the back pats she’s getting from GLAAD and other gay rights groups with which she has declined to ally herself over the years, she’s also being tarred as abrasive, insecure, needy and overall just kind of weird. “Is Jodie Foster clinically insane?” asked a blogger for Gawker; “Most likely to be remembered” does not equal “most likely to be understood,” offered Time magazine.
Of course, owning yourself requires also owning your sexuality. It’s possible that only in making a very public proclamation about her orientation could Foster finally begin to let her quirks peek out from behind that buttoned-down persona. It’s also possible that, at 50, she realizes life is too short to exercise perfect and predictable decorum all the time.
Still, to reduce her speech to a declaration of sexuality is to ignore all the other things that she was telling us. Namely, that she’s a real woman with real struggles and, it turns out, the capacity to look kind of silly onstage. And for someone like Foster, that’s about as scandalous as it gets.
Now if only Armstrong had it in him to shock us. At this point, he’d only manage that by coming out as a decent guy.