The announcements were televised last night, but no stars actually attended the press conference for this year's sad, stricken Golden Globes. So we were robbed of seeing how they reacted to the news — the winners and the losers. Here, we've cobbled together reports of the various yee-haws and oh-drats ...
John Hamm won best actor in a television comedy for “Mad Men,” was celebrating with the show’s cast, producers and writers at the Chateau Marmont, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We were on the balcony. I almost feel over. I never had this experience of feeing weak in the knees. It’s perfect for our show. I have nothing to compare it ... it just feels great.”
"I was at the Brass Monkey Bar in the Meatpacking District in New York, watching it on TV with a bunch of the cast and crew. I was drinking bourbon on the rocks. It was great. This huge cheer went up." — Glenn Close on how she learned she had won the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV drama for "Damages."
Chicago native Jeremy Piven was working when he got the news of his win, for his role as acidic talent agent Ari in the HBO sitcom "Entourage." He reported he stepped into his trailer, on the set of his next film “The Goods: The Don Ready Story,” just as his award was being announced. “It is really appropriate that I was in the middle of working, standing by myself in a trailer on a set when I found out,” he said. “I’m honored of course. Everyone will miss the party, but I think it is important to remember that ideas are king in the town and they need to work something out with the king and queens of those ideas.” Later, he said he opened a bottle of champagne with the cast and crew.
Brad Bird, the director of “Ratatouille,” winner of best animated film, found the whole experience bewildering. “It was very surreal, it was like the whole thing was on fast forward,” he told The New York Times. “We won, and then it was like, oh well, on to next. I think that the strike makes it feel like a big chunk of it is missing. None of these things seem real without a story, without an event. It’s sort of symbol of the need for writers and the need for story.”
Javier Bardem — best supporting actor, "No Country For Old Men" — released this statement: "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press! It is a great honor to have been recognized with this award in a time when there are so many outstanding performances in this category. I would like to thank the Coens for their trust and for allowing me to be part of their creative process in this incredible project. I want to share this award with Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones and Kelly Macdonald and thank Scott Rudin, Miramax and Paramount Vantage."
Ethan and Joel Coen earned best screenplay for "No Country for Old Men," and they released this statement: "We would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all our friends and associates who helped us in making this film, especially Cormac McCarthy, our DP Roger Deakins, producer Scott Rudin and our actors — Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Kelly Macdonald. Also, great appreciation to Daniel Battsek and the staff at Miramax Films and Paramount Vantage."
British actress Samantha Morton, who won a Globe for her dramatic role in BBC's "Longford," was, well, oblivious. She tells BBC New this morning: "I woke up this morning, my partner turned the phone on and there was a text from my publicist saying 'Congratulations - you've won the Golden Globe.' It came as a huge surprise - I thought the Globes were some time in February."
Another Brit, Ricky Gervais won for his sitcom "Extras." He was so filled with anticipation the was ... asleep. "When the announcement was made I was asleep, so the adrenalin wasn't pumping," he told the BBC. "I turned my phone on and got text messages from my American agents saying 'you won!' They [Americans] don't text and assume you've got e-mail on your Blackberry."
Cate Blanchett, who won the Globe for her portrayal of rock icon Bob Dylan, released a statement on Sunday that serves as her acceptance speech: "I wish circumstances would allow me to be there. As this is a true ensemble piece, I share this totally with Christian Bale, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and Ben Whishaw [the other actors who played incarnations of Dylan in the biopic]. And, of course, none of this would be possible without the great man himself. Bob Dylan, wherever you are, whoever you are, I thank you deeply."
David Duchovny on how he learned he had won the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy, for "Californication": "I kinda didn't want to watch, it would just make me tense or nervous, so I went out to see a movie at four [o'clock] and I knew I wouldn't be home until it was announced. I knew if my phone was ringing when I walked into my hotel room that I would have won. And it was. Nobody calls a loser."
"Atonement" producer Tim Bevard, speaking from Hollywood's Chateau Marmont hotel, explained how he planned to celebrate his film's win for best dramatic motion picture: "People are going swimming actually. I guess that's what you do, isn't it, after you win a Golden Globe. You go for a swim."
Julian Schnabel said he learned he had won the best director Golden Globe for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by watching a television monitor in the baggage claim area at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. "I just got off the plane from Los Angeles and I was standing there and it was just perfect," he said. "It was perfect to stand there, that was better than being in a proscenium kind of space or at a dinner."
Marion Cotillard was the surprise winner for best actress in a comedy or musical ("La Vie en Rose"). She was in her hotel room at the Chateau Marmont with a bottle of champagne. "I was surprised,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “This year there are so many beautiful performances, so many great movies. Especially for a French actress, performing in French.
Julie Christie — who has expressed her desire not to be nominated for an Oscar, because she doesn't want to travel to the ceremony — won the Globe for best dramatic actress in the film "Away From Her." LionsGate Films released this statement from her: "Thank you very much indeed for this award which I will share with Sarah Polley, our wonderful director, who made it all possible, and the terrific cast and crew of 'Away from Her,' with whom I was fortunate enough to work."