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Random Notes (and Video!) from Last Night’s Golden Globes

So! The Golden Globes. Yes, I watched them.

Ricky Gervais was darling—although this year’s show was comparatively flaccid, I thought. (Michael Fassbender thought so, too.)

There was one cut, early in the evening, where the cameras went to Harrison Ford. He was particularly unsmiling. Then the camera hopped to Kate Capshaw, sitting with husband Steven Spielberg, and they looked giddy. The contrast, from Harrison to Kate, was hilarious.

Everything Madonna said aloud last night—from the vacuous, to the pretentious, to the whatever—was magical. But this particular bit was especially well played, and I think Madonna’s wry twerpiness blindsided the audience:

On an unhappier note: Madonna won Best Original Song for “Masterpiece,” a song from her directorial debut W.E.. “I want… people… to pay attention to… the film,” she said during her acceptance speech, a little uneasily.

Soon after, movie critic Roger Ebert tweeted, “Okay, I do this for a living, and I just had to look up ‘W.E.’ on IMDb.” Ouch. It burns.

Also: Watch out, Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Every time the camera cut to you, my mother blushed and lifted her eyebrows a little suggestively. (I caught her doing this, and I said to her, “I know! Dimple City!”) Anyway, today is my mother’s birthday! She’s 80 years old! So watch your back, Joe, because she is in love with you.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman (AKA “Filliam H. Muffman”) presented the award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series together, and their song knocked the entire evening on its ass:

Every time the cameras cut to Tilda Swinton‘s hair, Twitter exploded. Twitter also christened the evening “night of weird arms” (Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and Michelle Pfeiffer all had very weird arms, yes).

I especially liked the introduction Ricky Gervais gave Colin Firth, because you could tell Ricky Gervais has a huge crush on Colin Firth. Firth walked onstage and pretended to kick Gervais. I thought that was cute, too: Firth was really flattered.

My mother worried that Meryl Streep was drunk. Streep was squinting and swaying and struggling to name the other nominees during her acceptance speech. I reminded my mother that Streep is blind as a bat without her glasses (she doesn’t wear contacts, you guys!), and so she dithered and floundered as she tried to find the nominees in the crowd.

Suddenly, a beacon of hope! The cameras cut to George Clooney, who was practically crawling toward the stage with Meryl Streep’s glasses. He was trying to figure out a way to sneak her bifocals onstage without being obvious or interrupting her terrible speech. Cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Harrison Ford was the last presenter of the night. He strode onstage, stared into the audience wild-eyed, and with no ado, proclaimed HERE ARE THE NOMINEES FOR BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR at near-the-top of his lungs. That Harrison! All business, some ire, zero flourishes. (“He knows you just want it to end so you can go to bed,” I said to my mother.)

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  • Great recap, Jenn!
    I was sad that Gervais seemed to be on a shorter leash this year. Honestly, he is why I watch!

    I was bummed that Clooney won; as handsome and debonair as he is (and he is!) I don’t think he is a great actor, and I REALLY want to see Leo rewarded for his stellar career. I don’t always see his films (never watched Titanic, or this new one) but he seems to disappear into his characters, and the films that he has starred in that I have watched have consistently blown me away. He’s a great artist and I’m sad every year that he is nominated and sits in the audience and doesn’t hear his name called.

    I cried during Octavia’s acceptance speech even though I won’t watch The Help.