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68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011

68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011

“A night of partying and heavy drinking” was hosted by Ricky Gervais, a celebration of some of the best television and movies from over the last year. Voted for by the Hollywood Press Association these awards are desirable achievements of all who partake in such professions.

Gervais praised the 3D movies made this year and explained how he enjoyed them, but also made some possibly controversially blunt comments about the film ‘The Tourist’, staring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp; before he noted some films which were not nominated for any of the evening’s awards, such as ‘Sex and The City 2’ and ‘I love you Phillip Norris’. ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘Walking Dead’ were complimented for their originality to which the celebrity-filled audience applauded enthusiastically; amongst which were the now less than cheerful Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, Robert de Niro, Anne Hathaway, Scarlet Johannson, Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie cuddled up with supporting husband Brad Pitt.

The presenter for the first award was Scarlett Johannson as she introduced those nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture’; the camera hovered over the said nominees to capture their reactions, in order that they can be torn apart by ‘Hello’ magazine and the like in the morning. The nominees were Christian Bale, Michael Douglas, Andrew Garlfield, Jeremy Runner and Jeffery Rush; the Golden Globe went to Christian Bale.

Ricky returned and made a rather incomprehensible comment which compared the evening’s proceedings to a game of ‘Pacman’, he introduced the next presenter in the form of Bruce Willis who presented the award for Best Comedy, ‘Red’. The Teenage heart-throb Justin Bieber and the young beauty Halley Steinfell presented the award for the ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ and the nominees were: Despicable Me; How to Train your Dragon; The Illusionist; Tangled and Toy story 3. The Golden Globe went to ‘Toy Story 3’, a decision many nostalgic viewers would wholeheartedly agree with.

Jeff Richards presented the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, for which the nominees were, Halle Berry; Nicole Kidman; Natalie Portman; and Michelle Williams; with the eventual winner being Natalie Portman for her performance in ‘Black Swan’. Ricky returned with a somewhat unnecessarily disrespectful introduction to the presenters Tom Hanks and Tim Allen who presented the award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, and the nominees were Alice in Wonderland; Burlesque; The Kids are Alright; Red; and The Tourist — it went to The Kids are Alright.

There was a ‘long time no see’ reaction to Sandra Bullock’s presence presenting the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — the nominees were Jessie Isenburg; Colin Firth; James Franco; Ryan Gosling and Mark Wahlberg; and it went to Colin Firth. Anybody who saw his outstanding performance in ‘The King’s Speech’ would, I am sure, agree.

A supposedly surprise guest in the form of ‘Michael Douglas’ announced the award for ‘Best Motion Picture’, the most awaited announcement of the evening; the nominees were Inception; The King’s Speech; The Fighter; Black Swan; and Social Network. The Golden Globe went to Social Network, possibly unsurprisingly.

28 January 2011

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