Fashion & Award Highlights
Winners & Losers at the Golden Globes
There was something different about this year's Golden Globes: Not much time was spent on the red carpet. Normally sunny southern California was gray and rainy, so umbrellas filled the walkway into the Beverly Hilton Hotel and more than a few hairstyles were limp and frizzy. But it takes more than a little rain to put a damper on one of the season's cheesiest awards shows.
The Golden Globes show is always fun to watch because you never know what will happen. It mixes TV and movie stars under one roof, offers copious amounts of alcohol and food in a supper club atmosphere, and maintains a formal dress code, so there are lots of opportunities for expert and at-home critics to wonder what some of the stars — and their stylists — were thinking. In recent years, the fashion choices have been mostly bland because stars know the blogosphere will crucify them if they're too far out there. Even so, there's always hope. Here are our up-to-the-moment winners and losers of the evening, both on the red carpet and inside the ballroom.
Best accessory: The PUH. Because of the rain, nearly every star had a personal umbrella handler, who tried to shield them from the inclement weather. But Penelope Cruz, in a black strapless gown, said she didn't have a PUH. "I'm not like Puff Daddy," she told E!'s Ryan Seacrest. "I hold my own umbrella."
Best first arrival: Usually only B-list stars arrive early at awards shows, which never makes much sense to me. But a few years ago, Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria Parker and Teri Hatcher figured if you show up early, you get more media attention. Sadly, they weren't here this year, because their show wasn't nominated, but House's Lisa Edelstein (whose family lives in Houston) took up some of the slack. She wore a silver Georges Chakras gown with a plunging neckline and a ribbon on her purse that signified support for the relief effort in Haiti.
Messiest hair: A tie between Sandra Bullock, Emily Blunt (the star of Young Queen Victoria) and Adrian Grenier of Entourage.
Oddest tuxedo: Director Quentin Tarantino wore an odd all-black "hybrid tuxedo" that combined a loose-fitting Japanese jacket and tailored American slacks.
Oddest head dress: Mad Men star January Jones wore a black ribbon headband, with her blond hair pulled back and swooped up. But she pulled off the look.
Most fashion-forward: Julianna Marguiles in a Narciso Rodriguez sequined gown with cutouts along the back and bodice. Marguiles is a close friend of Rodriguez and often is in the front row of his New York shows.
Best candidate for prom queen: Tina Fey in a silver-and-black basket weave gown with a full skirt that was a little too '50s looking for the 21st century.
Sure to be on everyone's Worst Dressed List: Mariah Carey in a Herve Leger black gown with odd shoulders and a plunging neckline that showed way too much of her breasts (she said the gown accentuated her "globes.") And the damped-down hairdo looked as if she got caught in the rain.
Best imitation of Grizzly Adams: Jon Hamm, known for his impeccable style in Mad Men, showed up with an unkempt beard. Why? "Because I'm utterly lazy. I haven't worked in a month and a half, so I'm quite shaggy."
Sure to be on everyone's Best Dressed List: Kate Hudson, in an elegant white gown — I'm guessing Dior — with waves of fabric. (I've been told it's Marchesa.)
Worst imitation of a Golden Globe: True Blood's Anna Paquin in a heavily sequined gold gown by Stella McCartney that looked terribly heavy and certainly went against the trend of the evening. Almost everyone else wore light chiffon looking gowns in pastels, black or jewel-tone shades.
Proof that Ricky Gervais isn't the usual awards show host: Within the first five minutes, Gervais made several penis jokes and dissed Angelina Jolie and NBC. "Let's get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno," he said. His best line came later, when he appeared with a pint of beer and said, "I like to drink as much as the next man unless the next man is...... Mel Gibson," he said, as Gibson came out to present the next award and the audience gasped.
Best acceptance speech (and the show wasn't 10 minutes old): Mo'Nique, winner of best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role as an abusive mother in Precious, thanked her husband, director and co-stars before dedicating the award to victims of abuse.
Another great acceptance speech:Meryl Streep, who won best actress in a comedy or musical motion picture for her portrayal of Julia Child in Julie & Julia, always gives the best awards show acceptance speeches. Her heartfelt tribute to her mother that rang true. "I've played so many extraordinary women, I'm getting mistaken for one," Streep said.
Worst acceptance speech: "I'm not very good at this," said Drew Barrymore, winner of best actress in a mini-series or movie for her role in Grey Gardens. Her rambling speech was heartfelt but didn't make much sense.
Worst dye job: Paul McCartney's two-toned red hair looks like it may glow in the dark.
Second worst dye job: Harrison Ford.
Best duo: Cher, in an "S&M-meets-couture" gown, and a much shorter Christina Aguilera.
Best proof it ain't the Oscars: James Cameron, who won best director for Avatar, said he was going to keep his speech short because, "frankly, I have to pee."
Funniest acceptance speech: Robert Downey Jr. won for Sherlock Holmes and listed the people he didn't want to thank, including his wife — without her, he said, "I could be bussing tables" — and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. "They are a strange bunch and I am one of them."
Other assorted winners: Michael C. Hall, best actor in a television drama, Dexter. For those wondering, he was wearing a stocking cap because he is receiving treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.Juliana Marguiles, best actress in a television drama, The Good Wife. She thanked CBS officials for "believing in the 10 o'clock drama." Kevin Bacon, best actor in a mini-series or TV movie, Taking Chances. Alec Baldwin, best actor in a comedy, 30 Rock. Chloe Sevigny, best supporting actress in a television series, Big Love. Sandra Bullock, best actress in a drama, The Blind Side. Jeff Bridges, best actor in a drama, Crazy Heart