Ugly Betty wins! Ugly Betty wins! One small step for self image, one giant step for the television industry as the titular Betty of "Ugly Betty," 22-year-old America Ferrera, wins best actress in a comedy TV series. Schlumpy tweens everywhere rejoice.
Backsliding in 3, 2, 1 ... In the biggest buzz kill of the show, Ferrera, fresh from accepting her award, is asked by Access Hollywood's Maria Menounous what she'd like to say to those people who hated the idea of her playing the role. "I have no idea who those people are," replies a bewildered Ferrera.
Best tribute ... roast...tribute...roast ... Tom Hanks presents Warren Beatty with the Cecil B. DeMille Award between clips of "Bulworth," "Dick Tracy" and "Ishtar." Then asks which attendees had personal experience with Beatty's old "Romeo" ways: "Ladies, a show of hands. Guys?"
Best hot soon-to-be divorcee: Presenter Reese Witherspoon in a form-fitting canary cocktail dress.
"I think I've worked with everyone in this room." -- best actress in a comedy winner Meryl Streep. You know, she may be right.
Another British invasion: Is it just us or has high tea officially taken over from the power lunch as the Hollywood meal of choice? (Seven Golden Globe acting awards went to Brits.)
Requisite off-color humor from off-color comedian: "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen recounting that, "I saw some dark parts of America, an ugly side of America, a side of America that rarely sees the light of day: I refer, of course, to the anus and testicles of my costar Ken Davitian. When I was in that scene and I stared down and saw your two wrinkled golden globes on my chin, I thought to myself I'd better win a bloody award for this..."
And then, a breath of not-so-fresh air: Baron Cohen goes on to refer to a "rancid bubble" emanating from his costar in that scene.
An admirable effort: Presenters Naomi Watts and Steven Spielberg, tasked with pronouncing the name of "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
"Wow ... wow...yeah...[sniffle]...wow...boy..." -- Forest Whitaker winner of both best actor in a dramatic motion picture and least eloquent acceptance speech by a best actor winner.
In case you're wondering... When "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Hudson walked away with best supporting actress in a musical motion picture, she gave a shout-out to Florence Ballard, likely eliciting a who-dat at many Globes parties. For those not in the know, Ballard was an original member of the Supremes, who inspired the movie "Dreamgirls." Hudson's character was reportedly based on Ballard, who died in 1976.
Justin's case: When Prince failed to show to collect his best song honor for "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet," Justin Timberlake accepted the award in his place and mocked the Minneapolis rocker's short stature. First he throws Janet Jackson under the bus, and now Prince. Way to make friends, Justin.
Worst commercial break: We'd love to have been at the creative meeting where someone decided that claymation Chips Ahoy characters should be eaten alive, one by one, to the tune of the Human League's "Don't You Want Me."
These are the jokes? "And the winner .,, Leonardo DiCaprio"; "Best Newcomer in 1962"; "I'm Ed/Ahmed" -- If you missed 'em then, don't worry about the context.
"This was a film for anyone who had a parent or anyone who had children" -- Emily Blunt, winner of best supporting actress in a TV miniseries. So does that mean it's a film for everybody?
Looking good, even on HDTV: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie (even if she seemingly was in a rotten mood), Drew Barrymore, Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx and ... Sacha Baron Cohen? Give that make-up guy from "Borat" an award!
An odd mix: Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Helen Mirren ... meet Jennifer Love Hewiit, Dane Cook and John Stamos. As usual, the blend of TV and movie stars presented some unusual sights and odder table pairings -- exactly what were Nicholson and Sean Combs talking about, anyway?
Best acceptance speech by a Brit: And the award goes to ... "House" star Hugh Laurie, who's still freaking us out with that British accent. The ease with which he rattled off bon mots about "free colonic irrigation" and referred to various TV and film crews "a collection of drunken thieves" was something to behold.
"Governor, I swear I have my papers in order, governor. I swear." -- Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, making the night's best political statement while accepting the award for best motion picture drama for "Babel" from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Best camera presence: Cheers to "Scrubs" star Zach Braff, who took the dreaded "let's leave the camera on you while you're nominated, making it very awkward for everyone" and turning it in on its ear. The mock "serious" pose proved that, honestly, you need to take the Globes with a grain of salt.
Play nice: JLo and Ben Affleck, in the same room! Alas, nothing could get them on stage together. Ditto for Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake.
Independent's day: Not only was Meryl Streep kinda funny during her speech ("Shut up, it's not that long"), but maybe her name-check for indie faves "Volver" and "Pan's Labyrinth" will entice people to actually go out and see those films.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun