Surprises abounded at this year's Golden Globes as many predicted winners were shut out in favor of dark horses.
Though the biopic "The Aviator" and the indie-darling "Sideways" did make odds and come through as winners in many of their categories, Clint Eastwood's dark "Million Dollar Baby" scored two wins -- Best Actress in a Drama for star Hilary Swank and Best Director for Eastwood, denying Scorsese the prize that most thought would be his.
The relationship drama "Closer" also came from behind and swept the two categories it was nominated in, as Clive Owen and co-star Natalie Portman won as Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Things were even more shook up on the television side of the categories. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" showed that trashy suburbia strikes an international chord, picking up wins for Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Teri Hatcher. Hatcher's win was more astonishing, considering she was up against Sarah Jessica Parker, who had practically owned this category in past years
On the drama side, FX's gritty "Nip/Tuck" may have to watch its back now that it's taken Best Drama series away from "The Sopranos". Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" also swiped one from the New Jersey TV mob when she was crowned Best Actress in a Drama. I loved her acceptance speech when she thanked her mother, Jayne Mansfield.
Speaking of acceptance speeches, Robin Williams, accepting the Cecile B. DeMille award, exuded his manic genius as he riffed on everything from the event ballroom (which he called a "lovely Star Trek musical set") to even the Hollywood Foreign Press (reminding them that two years after they awarded him Best Newcomer, they gave the same award to Pia Zadora). It was one of the most memorable speeches in a night where, despite the open bar provided by the HFP, many chose to simply read a list of thank-you's. Jason Bateman, winning for Best Supporting Actor-Comeday, holds the night's record at over 40 people thanked.
The most surprising win of the night? William Shatner being crowned Best Supporting Actor for his role on "Boston Legal". Yes, he did nab an emmy for the role when he was simply guest-starring on "The Practice," but it's been a long crazy road from Star Trek to Golden Globes for the actor.
The event started early for those at home, as viewers had not one, but three pre-show coverages to watch. NBC, the host network, offered up commentary by Al Roker of the Today Show, Nancy O'Dell of Access Hollywood, and National Geographic's Lisa Ling, formerly of The View. The popular mother-daughter duo of Melissa and Joan Rivers moved their zingers down the red carpet this year, to the TV Guide Channel. Taking up their place over at E! were The View's Star Jones Reynolds and comedienne Kathy Griffin, though SJR made it clear that she and Griffin were not exactly working together or on the same wavelength when she quipped to the Associated Press that, "I had nothing to do with her being there. I'm not going to take responsibility for anything she said or did. It's so not me, it's not my style."
In my previous article, I listed my picks for the winners. How'd I do? I got 24 out of 38 right for a 63% ratio. In a few of the races that I got wrong, however, I did mention that it was a close call between my pick and the eventual winner. Most of my mis-picks were in the television categories, which tells me I should watch more TV.
Here are the final winners of the 2005 Golden Globes (if I got it wrong, my pick is listed after the winner in blue):
The Motion Picture Categories
Picture - Drama: The Aviator
Picture - Musical Or Comedy: Sideways
Actor In A Leading Role - Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio [The Aviator]
Actor In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy: Jamie Foxx [Ray]
Paul Giamatti [Sideways]
Actress In A Leading Role - Drama: Hilary Swank [Million Dollar Baby]
Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy: Annette Bening [Being Julia]
Actor In A Supporting Role: Clive Owen [Closer]
Jamie Foxx [Collateral]
Actress In A Supporting Role: Natalie Portman [Closer]
Virginia Madsen [Sideways]
Director: Clint Eastwood [Million Dollar Baby]
Martin Scorsese [The Aviator]
Screenplay: Sideways [Written by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor]
Original Score: The Aviator [Written by Howard Shore]
Original Song: "Old Habits Die Hard" [Alfie]
"Learn To Be Lonely" [The Phantom Of the Opera]
Foreign Film: The Sea Inside [Spain]
The Motorcycle Diaries [Brazil]
The Television Categories:
Television Series - Drama: Nip/Tuck
Television Series - Musical Or Comedy: Desperate Housewives
Sex and the City
Mini-Series Or Television Movie: The Life and Death Of Peter Sellers
Actor In A Leading Role - Drama Series: Ian McShane [Deadwood]
Julian McMahon [Nip/Tuck]
Actor In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series: Jason Bateman [Arrested Development]
Actor In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie: Geoffrey Rush [The Life and Death Of Peter Sellers]
Actress In A Leading Role - Drama Series: Mariska Hargitay [Law & Order: Special Victims Unit]
Edie Falco [The Sopranos]
Actress In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher [Desperate Housewives]
Sarah Jessica Parker [Sex and the City]
Actress In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie: Glenn Close [The Lion in Winter]
Hilary Swank [Iron Jawed Angels]
Actor In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie: William Shatner [Boston Legal]
Jeremy Piven [Entourage]
Actress In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie: Anjelica Huston [Iron Jawed Angels]
Drea De Matteo [The Sopranos]