It was a night of glitz, glamour and gleeful celebrities (especially the winners) at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards, presented January 17 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Here’s what some of the winners said when they stopped by the press room backstage. A complete list of winners can be found at the official Golden Globe Awards website.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
(“The Blind Side”)
What are you going to wear to the Academy Awards this year?
What am I going to wear? That’s a question on everyone’s minds. I don’t know. Look, I’m as shocked as many people are that I’ve been this lucky and this blessed, so I didn’t expect to come and win anything. I don’t know what to make of it. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to operate during these circumstances. I don’t know. I might present [at the Academy Awards].
You originally turned down this role in “The Blind Side.” What changed your mind?
I got the script, and it was beautiful. It had all the moments that you see on film. There were no flaws in the script, and I think that was one of the reasons why I was a little afraid, because it was so beautifully told already about the family. [“The Blind Side” writer/director] John Lee Hancock had written it so beautifully, I didn’t know how to play Leigh Anne Tuohy. I didn’t know how to find my way into her character. So I said no based on the fact that I didn’t think I could bring anything worthy to the table.
And then I met her. [John Lee Hancock] said, “Why don’t you just meet Leigh Anne?” So I had a day with her in Memphis. Everybody should have a day or two with her in Memphis. You’d get so much done. I think I found myself sometime after that I found myself doing the movie because I was so scared that someone else would do it. I figured I’d have to step up to the plate, just get out of my comfort zone.
It wasn’t too long ago that you said it would take a lot for you to leave Texas and your bakery to make another movie. And now you’re here at the Golden Globes, and you’re nominated for two of your movies. Can you talk about that?
What is the metaphor here? Let go and go to food [and that] will get you awards. I think that’s what you’re saying, right? I do think [it’s important to] get away from your art, this town [Los Angeles], where your art can exist, because I become things I shouldn’t be. I can think and be more clear. I’ve been really lucky, because the performances this year, the women I’ve been nominated with, I really don’t know how you can choose.
Will winning this award convince you now to do more movies?
No, I’m going back to the bakery. I’ll be in Austin at my bakery.
This past year has been amazing for you professionally. How do you top it? What do you want to do next?
I don’t know. I don’t want to top it. I’ve always said that I was happy, really happy before this, because I found what my happiness was. I didn’t want to leave home, and I think that’s what the bakery means. I was so happy at home, and I’d never had that before that leaving it for anything had to be amazing. As long as I can go back home, that’s all that I need. I just want to be able to go back home.
Did any of Leigh Anne Tuohy’s moxie rub off on you?
Oh my God! [She laughs.] I don’t know why God put her on the planet, but when you meet her, you realize it’s for one purpose, and that’s to get done what she feels needs to get done. She doesn’t care show she insults, she doesn’t care if she makes it a Republican/Democrat thing, it’s not a black/white thing. It’s a family thing. And if you mess with the family, you mess with her.
And it made me so happy that there are other people like that. Protect your family, no matter what it looks like, whoever it is, and your life is going to be really sweet. I hope she feels the same way, and I really feel like I have developed a great family friend in [the Tuohys]. I don’t know what to say. If a little bit rubbed off, I’m really lucky.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Did you ever think you were going to get to this point when you started acting?
My dad loved showbiz so much, and I’m so glad that he did. It’s maybe why I did 10 films before I decided, “Oh yeah, I guess I’ll go this way.” I’m so glad I listened to him. Thank you, Dad.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
(“Julie & Julia”)
How do you perfect the accents you have in your movies?
I don’t think about it that way. Usually, I sort of have an idea inside me that I understand how this person speaks, and then I corroborate that listening to … if it’s someone from another country, I listen to tapes of people speaking or I go downtown and sit in a café in New York. Polyglot America. You can hear everybody. I listen in. I love listening in at restaurants.
You had amazing success with the movie “Mamma Mia!” Do you have any plans to do a Broadway show?
I don’t have a plan for that, but I would like to. I always said that when my children grew up and went to college that I could maybe think about doing that — and that happened this year. I’m looking, so if you know any plays …
Was it ever properly addressed in “Julie & Julia” how Julia Child felt about her works being repurposed by a writer like Julie Powell?
In the film, we refer to accurately the fact that in her 90s, she was not amused by the fact that Julie Powell was writing a blog about cooking her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Julia Child was disgruntled because she felt this person [Julie Powell] was not being serious about cuisine. Julia was a sunny personality but she really took this quite seriously. She tried to establish a master’s degree in gastronomy at Boston University, and she wanted it to be considered a serious point of study.
[Julie Powell] wasn’t reformatting Julia’s own work. Julie Powell wasn’t changing the recipes; she was just cooking her way through it. But I think [Julia Child] was offended by [the curse words that Julie Powell used]. She was of an age and a certain time where you didn’t say “f*ck, f*ck, f*ck” all the time. She was not used to it, and I think it upset her.
Did you cook a lot before “Julie & Julia” or did doing the movie inspire you to take up cooking as a hobby?
I have four children. I cook constantly and have for many years, but not well. So it was an inspiration to dive back in. It’s a smaller group [at home now] and not so many diverse palates in the group. One of my children only ate white food for many years, and it was really hard to accommodate that. Now it’s just me and my husband.
How do you stay so famous and avoid being in the tabloids or being chased by paparazzi?
I think it was easier for me when I was coming up. There was no such thing as a 24/7 news cycle. I think for younger actresses, the scrutiny is very, very hard. The blogosphere, where people comment on their weight, their appearance endlessly, tearing people down — that always happened [before the Internet], but it happened in apartments and restaurants, and you didn’t hear everybody’s opinion of you. But now it’s kind of a relentless drag …
And it interferes with your ability to be a good actress if you’re constantly aware of yourself as a person. To me, it isn’t valuable to think about how I’m coming off all the time if I’m trying to create a character, because that’s a process that I love. It’s like falling in love and surrendering to another person — in this case, a character.
At this stage in your life, what do awards mean to you?
It means a great deal to have the affirmation of the people in my film community. It’s a little family. I don’t come for the glare of the spotlight. I come from my little outside life and come into this room where everyone I’ve ever worked with is, people I love, people I would love to work with, people I admire, people whose work I’ve followed forever. And it’s like a little homecoming. It’s sort of great to be able to come to these award shows. That means a lot to me.
The award itself from the Hollywood Foreign Press [Association, the group that votes on the Golden Globes], who have seen me for 30 years in movies, and they’re still not sick of me. That means something to me. It really does, because it’s hard to remain new. I’m very proud to be at these awards, especially for this movie [“Julie & Julia”]. I loved this movie and I loved this script. I think it’s a good signal to the financial end in our business. On the page — “a middle-aged woman cooking” — would seem so boring, and yet it had this audience, it was a big hit, and that’s good news.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
What’s next for you?
We’re going to do “Sherlock [Holmes] 2,” and I think as of three minutes and 12 seconds ago, that’s a more likely possibility. So again, I thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. As for tonight, we’ve got an agency and a studio. I am not all that familiar with the victory dance, so when it comes along, I like to take full advantage.
Where will you put this award?
There’s a person who takes it from me when I walk off stage. I don’t know why we can’t just leave with [the awards]! I think they send them to you later. It is going to be engraved. Right now, it’s anybody’s game. I’m imagining they’ll spell my name correctly. It’s “-ey” not “-ing,” as it often shows up on my airline tickets. No pressure.
You seem to be having a lot of fun. Do you enjoy your job?
Well, yeah. Sometimes you’re not supposed to enjoy it. You’re supposed to cooperate with misery and proceed anyway. But what I do enjoy is a sense of well-being and just participating in life and life’s turns. I’m such a great partner to my Mrs. [Susan Downey, a film producer], and I got to spend every day of this [“Sherlock Holmes”] shoot — before, during and afterward — with her, which I think really rubbed off on the production. It felt a lot more familial and like a partnership.
Will you be writing and directing films?
I feel like I’m doing that already. I’m just not being credited. [This reporter] is looking at me like, “You’re such a prick!” I would very much like to direct and write, but it’s better to do it not all than to not do it well, so I’ll be careful about how I go about it.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Can you talk about what you think of California’s Proposition 8 that bans same-sex marriages?
I’m emphatically against it, particularly for reasons of children being able to be adopted into loving families. What is a family? It’s becoming more and more unorthodox. As I said in my speech, “This room is a family to me.” So we just need to be able to provide that and not have things get in the way of the important things.
Speaking of important things, there are so many battles right now that people are fighting for that it’s overwhelming, but I am always in favor of people who crusade for the sake of people’s hearts and their well-being. That is what is important, and that is what I tried to convey in my speech tonight.
Is it fun getting ready for big award shows like these?
I screwed up so hard in my speech, and I’m one of those people that no matter what good is happening, I always that parent inside me that’s disciplining myself. And of course, I think of everything I didn’t do in the speech. Jessica Lange, who was my co-pilot and partner [in “Grey Gardens”], I didn’t thank. There are so many things I didn’t get to say. One of the things I didn’t do when getting ready was prepare a speech. I think I said Mo’Nique said it best. You don’t want to know or assume you would ever win something. Does that answer your question at all?
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
What do you think about “Footloose” getting a remake?
I was thrilled that they’re doing it again. It’s one of those things where you don’t wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say to myself, “Oh, they’re remaking your movies now.” It’s been [almost] 30 years. It’s time. I think it should be cool. I look forward to seeing it.
Do you have a personal preference of who should be cast in the role that you had in “Footloose”?
No. I wish whoever’s doing it the best.
How did you feel getting a special award at this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards?
It was the Joel Siegel Award, and [the award] was based on a website I created called SixDegrees.org. And it was an absolute thrill. I never expected it. I never expected to come to a point in my life where I said, “Wow, I want to do something like that, step out of myself and put something like this together.” It was a great honor. I was thrilled.
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV-Movie
How does playing a woman in an unusual family (one man, his three wives and all their children) affect the relationships you have with your “Big Love” co-stars?
For me, personally, being on the show with three women and a man and the rest of the cast, [is] learning how to communicate and sacrifice within a family, within a cast. We have to go back every year. We just finished our fourth season. It takes a lot of patience and understanding of other people. Any work environment where you’re with a lot of people in such an intense situation for such a large amount of time, your people skills improve a lot. At least mine have, I hope.
What do you think of polygamy?
I think a lot of the images we see of polygamy and the compound situation, I have a very strong opinion about those types of situations, which I think are very wrong, and our government should do something about it because these women are kept extremely repressed. They don’t even know who the president of the United States is. It’s an awful situation for those women. They should be helped or have safe havens to go to if they want to escape if they can.
Do you follow the news stories about polygamous families whose members are arrested for child abuse?
I do. There’s been a lot, of course, in the media lately. People always send [those news stories] to me. Just recently in Texas when they took away all those children, what is the lesser of two evils: to leave them in the compound or put them into foster care? It’s a tricky situation.
Cecil B. DeMille Award
You’ve had such a successful career. What else would you like to achieve?
It’s really just concentrating on story and the kind of films I would like to make. The stories I like to tell in new ways, if I could find new narrative form. And I tend to play with that in the documentaries that I make.
What was it like to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award from Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio? Are they your two favorite actors to work with?
Naturally, they represent the key work that I’ve done in the past 30 years, especially in my formative work with Bob, and the work I’ve done with Leo in this past decade. They’re major collaborators and great, great friends.
What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers?
It depends. If they have a passion to say something, to feel they have to make a film, otherwise, they can’t breathe, then they will do it. Find a way, especially now with new technology. “Avatar” is really showing the way. There are so many different changes, almost as important as when film, in 1927, was applied to the motion picture. That [3-D filmmaking] is a world I’d like to be a part of. I don’t know if I can.
But for younger people, it doesn’t matter what the technology is. It’s the passion and the stamina to keep going, because you get knocked down, and you have to come back, and you get knocked down and that sort of thing.
What skills sets do you think are necessary for the next generation of filmmakers to succeed?
I think they’re going to find their own ways to tell a story. Right now, young people making films with computers, they’re not making it for an audience; they’re making it for themselves.
What things in filmmaking do you wish you could do?
I wish I could compose music and play music. I wish I could write. I would continue in preservation. I like teaching.
Would you tell stories in these classes?
I tell stories all the time. The classes would be about stories.
You’ve done films about iconic people. Would you do a movie about Tiger Woods?
That’s a story that’s universal. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Mr. Woods. It could be a number of different people … I’m always interested in characters [and] very different types of pictures. Take a look at the things I’ve made.
This year, directors Kathryn Bigelow and Lee Daniels might get nominated for an Oscar, which could be the first time that a woman and an African-American are nominated for best director in the same year. What do you think about that?
I think it’s terrific!
Best Motion Picture Drama
Best Director (James Cameron)
What do you think of what “Avatar” has done for 3-D films and 3-D technology?
James Cameron: I think 3-D is part of the future, including “Avatar,” and really it’s just a question of [3-D] breaking out in other dramatic films, other live-action films. And it’ll be rolling into the home. It’s already at electronics shows.
But one thing that I think is very interesting about this best-picture [drama] Golden Globe is that in the 59-year history of the Golden Globes, [before] tonight, one other science-fiction film has gotten [the Golden Globe] for best picture drama. One: “E.T.” So you’ve got a genre that critically has always been treated as a second-class citizen, and it was a huge breakthrough when Sigourney [Weaver] got nominated for a science-fiction movie, for “Aliens,” in ’86, for best actress. Everybody considered that a huge breakthrough back then. Hopefully, this is part of a trend of the acceptance of science fiction as a legitimate dramatic form of cinema — not a genre — but a legitimate form of drama.
Sam, how does it feel to star in a film that’s not only a blockbuster but it’s also winning a lot of awards?
Sam Worthington: It personally means I’ve got to get another job. There’s a lot of people you see on stage, when you look out [in the audience], that I rented out of the video store. To actually be part of something, especially something as bold and courageous as “Avatar” and for it to be embraced by a hell of a lot of people, it’s extremely humbling. But putting it in perspective, you put it the hard yards, it came by us. And this bloke [James Cameron] works harder than anyone I’ve ever met.
Cameron: So does Sam. Trust me on that.
Sam, how has your life changed since this massive success of “Avatar”?
Worthington: I get through customs easier. They don’t have to pull out a rubber glove anymore.
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Mike, can you talk about how this experience doing “The Hangover” has affected you?
Mike Tyson: I’m just happy and grateful that Todd [Phillips, the director of “The Hangover”] allowed me to become part of this whole organization in general. Someone told me that the guy [Todd Phillips] did “Old School,” so I wanted to do that [“The Hangover”] … Todd told me that this is going to be the biggest movie, you’ll have so many girls …
I had no idea [the movie] would be of this magnitude. I told my wife, “It’s like I won the championship of the world again!” And I know, because I get these white kids all the time going “Hey!” It’s a blessing in disguise. Before I did the movie, I was in all kinds of drugs and I was real dark. This gave me a new lease on life. It started me over, put me on a good path to a healthy life.
Heather, your character in “The Hangover” is a stripper with no shame. What influenced you to play your character in that way?
Heather Graham: When I met with Todd, I like that he said, “You’re a hippie stripper.” So I kind of thought of myself as a hippie/new-age stripper, and I kind of wanted to be like somebody who saw being a stripper as kind of a new-age, weird, female empowerment. I do have some friends who teach pole-dancing classes, and I kind of wanted to go off of that.
Did you take the class?
Graham: I took her class and got some information off from her.
Best TV Series Drama
What does winning this Golden Globe again this year mean for “Mad Men”?
Matthew Weiner: It’s hard to believe we’ve gotten to do this three times. We are all very excited to be included at this [award show]. As I said in my speech, I feel like this organization [the Hollywood Foreign Press Association] picked us and put us on the map … I was watching the nominations, and I’m very well aware of how the competition is. TV is really, really good right now, and it’s amazing to be recognized in this field. And there are shows that aren’t even nominated that are amazing.
January Jones: “Jersey Shore!”
Weiner: “Jersey Shore?” In our category, January. [He laughs.] I’m thrilled. I’m very, very grateful. We can’t believe we get to do these things, let alone win. I’m stunned.
Jon, can you talk about why you have a beard?
Jon Hamm: I had gone right into filming Season 3 of “Mad Men” into another project, and I had been shaving every day, twice a day, for those things. And I just got tired of shaving. I’m sure there’s a hilarious joke there as well, but I don’t have it. So I just decided to stop shaving, and this is the result. So there. That’s all I have.
Best TV Series Musical or Comedy
What can you say about famous guest stars on “Glee”?
Jane Lynch: All these people want to be in it, especially musical theater people. It’s such a wonderful thing to walk on set and see a legend in front of you.
Ryan Murphy: We’re meeting with Jennifer Lopez in a couple of weeks. She wants to go on [“Glee”]. She’s going to be a cafeteria lady.
Lynch: Julia Roberts said she wants to [make a guest appearance on “Glee”].
Murphy: Julia Roberts! It’s amazing!
What’s your reaction when all these big names want to be a part of “Glee”?
Murphy: I find it crazy! I think a lot of people who love the show have children and watch it with their children. I don’t know, it all feels like a fever dream to me. I think this show is about the power of the arts and arts education, and I think a lot of people pick up on that. I know Olivia [Newton-John] did. I think that’s what it is, actually.
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