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Nighty, folks. Full coverage on the Sun-Times site now, plus in the paper tomorrow from Sun-Times columnists Bill Zwecker and Paige Wiser!
10:10 p.m. — NBC5's lead story is about Jen Hudson's win. They've got a crew on the South Side talking to friends and family. Now if we can get another Bears win, Chicago will be the toast of the nation.
10:05 p.m. — It's late, our computer battery is dying, and we feel pretty much like The Terminator on crutches. Because "Babel" just won best film drama at the Golden Globes. We know Brad Pitt's in this movie and all, but we haven't heard very many nice things about it except all the fawning over it at these awards shows. Sigh. Well, OK, kids. That certainly puts a new spin on the Oscars next month — and we love a good horse race. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu steps to the mic next to presenter California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and says, "I swear I have my papers in order, governor, I swear." But then he launches into a passionate speech about how "the power of cinema is universal, and at the end emotion doesn't need translation — that's the beauty of it." What does need translation, however, is why this film is resonating so deeply in LaLa Land. It's a film about misunderstandings — given all the heartland backlash of the last few years, could our movie makers feel a wee bit misunderstood?
9:58 p.m. — There's been a lot of this tonight, and we at The Gold Rush love it. Lots of people have won awards who clearly weren't expecting to. The most stupefied is surely Forest Whitaker, who just won for best actor in a film drama for his role as dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." He stands there at the mic, and he has no words. He didn't write any down, and all he can do is sigh a lot and say, "Wow." The crowd applauds him, supporting him — this is an audience that knows exactly what he's going through right now — and the orchestra has mercy upon him and remains silent. But he recovers, thanks the people he needs to thank, including "the ancestors who stand on my shoulders and gudie me, whispering in my ear." Here's to the goose flesh. That's what keeps us watching these damn shows.
9:47 p.m. — "Grey's Anatomy" takes best TV drama. (This is why my mother won't answer the phone for an hour on Thursday nights.) Another trophy: Best actress in a film drama goes to ... it's another one for Helen Mirren. She won earlier for her role as "Elizabeth I." This one's for Elizabeth II in "The Queen." No wonder she told Entertainment Weekly recently that she intends never to play another royal as long as she lives.
9:38 p.m. — Best musical/comedy, presented by Jennifer Lopez, goes to: "Dreamgirls"! The producer gets the hook when the orchestra tries to play him off mid-speech. What does he joke? Good one: "This is when I should sing, 'I'm Not Going'!"
9:35 p.m. — Best film actor musical/comedy goes to ... OMG, they did it: Sacha Baron Cohen for "Borat"! Again, here we go with the Brits, but this is interesting. I wouldn't expect to see this repeated at the Oscars, but the starry-eyed Globes voters gave Cohen props for his outlandish satire of American values. In accepting, the English actor (who cleans up rather well!) paid tribute to his co-star, Ken Davitian, saying that in the making of his film, he "saw an ugly side of America, a side of America that rearely sees the light of day. I refer, of course, to the anus and testicles of my costar." Not seen the film? He wrestles naked with Davitian. It's full contact, utterly gross and completely hilarious. Some "wrinkled" Golden Globes jokes followed before Cohen departed with, "Thank you to every American who has not sued me so far."
9:28 p.m. — Best director for film goes to: A genuinely flustered Martin Scorsese for "The Departed." Still, he's got a long list of thank-yous, and he fires them off in his trademark 99 mph banter. We know Martin's cruising for his first-ever Oscar. Is this a signpost, or is this group throwing him his only bone?
9:01-9:20 p.m. — The big Warren Beatty tribute, for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Tom Hanks introduces him, rhapsodizing, "You'll all agree with me when I say what balls this man has ... and by balls I mean artistic vision and fortitude." There are the inevitavle Romeo/Don Juan jokes. Beatty accepts, saying, "The truth is, I haven't made a lot of movies." Twenty minutes later, he quotes a friend, saying, "The greatest gift God can give a man is to enjoy the sound of his own voice." Uh-huh. Dustin Hoffman presents next, noting that "Ishtar" was in Beatty's montage for 0.05 seconds. He says there will be an "Ishtar II." Them's fightin' words.
8:50 p.m. — The "Ugly Betty" people were partying a while ago — now they're all crying. America Ferrera has won best actress in a TV series (musical/comedy). She's flustered. "I'm still getting over the shock of our first award," she says. But the director of tonight's show is off his meds. The spotlight wanders from her face as she's speaking. The clink of plates, the people constantly up and down. Is anyone running this thing?
8: 47 p.m. — Hugh Grant, in a classy move, steps out to present an award but first has Prince stand and take a bow since he missed his award earlier. The reason: Stuck in traffic. Then Grant presents the best original score award to Alexandre Desplat for "The Painted Veil."
8:41 p.m. — Sharon Stone called the best foreign language film award "one of the most powerful categories in years." No kidding, especially once Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson entered the fray. But the debate about Eastwood's chances given that he's been passed over for several critics awards — and the fact that his two films might split Oscar voters later on — got better just now: he won it. He stepped to the mic and copped Jen Hudson's line from earlier this evening, saying, "You don't know what this does for my confidence."
8:35 p.m. — And the award for most ecstatic response to winning goes to America Fererra when "Ugly Betty" was named winner of the best TV comedy category. The whole cast went crazy on stage while their suit did the talking and resorted to reading from his crutch card. There was hootin', there was hollerin'. Anyone in L.A. tonight? Find out which party the "Ugly Betty" people are going to. That's the one to hit.
8:29 p.m. — Best screenplay to Peter Morgan for "The Queen," who struggled to make a point about public protest still counting for something before he was given the hook by the show's directors. Next up, best actor in TV/music or comedy. Tim Allen, the doofus, reads the nominees and says, "Alec Baldwin for 'Third Rock.'" Uh, that's "30 Rock," ya numbskull. Have you not watched much TV since your show was canceled? But what goes around the Golden Globe, comes around: Baldwin won. He thanked co-star and former Chicagoan Tina Fey. Baldwin looked smart in his penguin suit. In the sitcom recently, Fey asked Baldwin, "Why are you wearing a tuxedo?" His response: "It's after 6. What am I, a farmer?"
8:14 p.m. — Best actor TV movie/mini: Bill Nighy for "Gideon's Daughter." Well, the orchestra might as well break out "God Save the Queen" tonight. It's a British invasion. (But Bill was best in "Shaun of the Dead"...) Another award: Best actress TV movie/mini goes to, Helen Mirren for the queen. Not THAT queen. The first one, "Elizabeth I." We'll get to Liz Deux a bit later.
8:04 p.m. — As Rachel Weisz read the names of nominees for best supporting actor in film, the camera showed a demure Eddie Murphy ... and behind him was Prince! What, he was in the restroom when he won earlier? Pulling a Christine Lahti (who was similarly indisposed in 1998 when her name was called as a Globe winner)? Oh well, Eddie won! And he's been a three-time loser in this Globe category.
8 p.m.— Best TV movie/mini: "Elizabeth I" — one of two programs in this category featuring Helen Mirren.
7: 56 p.m. — Notice how Brad and Angelina were placed prominently at a front table, clear for lots of camera shots? This is, of course, table No. 1, and it is, of course, no accident. The fact that Ben Stiller is trying to crack really bad jokes while half the crowd is filing back from the loo, of course, must have been an accident.
7:51 p.m. — Best actress film/comedy etc.: Toni Collette got raucous applause when her name was read, almost as much as Meryl Streep. But the Divine Miss M won — Meryl for her role as the ice queen in "The Devil Wears Prada." "I think I've worked with everybody in the room," she said at the microphone, before thanking the folks who had "the difficult, difficult task of making me seem monstrous."
7:45 p.m. — The new Globe: Steve Carell announces the winner of the new category this far, best animated film. And, big surprise, it's "Cars."
7:31 p.m. — The whole cast of "Heroes"! The guy who plays Peter quips that this is their regular timeslot and they're very honored to give it up to this event. He got a laugh. He looked like he didn't mean to. But then: Hugh Laurie for "House," best actor TV drama. Another Brit. Did we mention this thing is run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? He has the best speech thus far, despite moaning about not having one prepared. For those of you scoring at home, or perhaps making a drinking game out of the show, he mentioned: colonic irrigation, newly mown lawns and Robert Sean Leonard.
7:29 p.m. — Best supporting actress TV/minis: Emily Blunt for "Gideon's Daughter." Yeah, it's a BBC thing. Watch your Signals catalog.
7:26 p.m. — The cameras just showed Donald Trump in the crowd. Where's Rosie? We want a cat fight! We want a cat fight!
7:23 p.m. — Moving things right along. Jeremy Irons looked completely surprised when he won for best supporting actor in TV/minis ("Elizabeth I"). Then Kyra Sedgwick for best actress in TV drama for "The Closer." We here at the Gold Rush fail to get the whole fierce, bony Kyra thing, but hey, nice gown.
7:08 p.m. — Second award, curiously scheduled: Best original song in a film. Right after Jen Hudson's win, and here's the award we're expecting her "Dreamgirls" costar Beyonce to win — and she doesn't! It goes to Prince, for his "Song From the Heart" in "Happy Feet." Gulp. Methinks the relations between "Dreamgirls" just got less dreamy. And there's Justin Timberlake, looking adorably confused, wondering if Prince is in the house to accept his award. But he doesn't show. In Vegas?
7:03 p.m. — Wow, well, let's get right to it. George Clooney steps up — no fanfare, no intro, no host — and simply announces the first award ... the one we've been waiting for. Best supporting actress in a film: JENNIFER HUDSON! Our own South Side gal steps up, laughing crying, and says, ""Wow. I have always dreamed but never, ever this big. This goes far beyond anything I could ever have imagined. You do not know what this does for my confidence." She ends by dedicating her award to Florence Ballard, the Supreme her "Dreamgirls" role was loosely based on.
6:58 p.m. — Look at that face!
6:46 p.m. — Here we are, ret 2 go. Bring on the stars. But they probably know, the bar has been set high: All entertainment tonight must be as good as Jake Gyllenhaal in a dress, baby.