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Glitz and Glory
"I hope it is reversed -- I think it's anti-American," Hanks said. It passed, he said, "because in any given election in the state of California, you could put commercials on the air and convince anyone of anything for a while. . . . But we're America, and we're going to do the right thing. I wish you could get married to whoever you want to get married to, because love is love."
"John Adams" leads Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti snagged the best miniseries acting wins. "It seemed like there were thousands of people who saved my ass every minute of every day," Giamatti said of the gig.
"I will cherish this as a reminder of the extraordinary, incredible outpouring of people who demanded their voice be heard in the last election so we can look forward to amazing change in this country," Laura Dern said when she picked up her best supporting actress Globe for playing the most famous Florida secretary of state ever in HBO's "Recount."
Among HBO's other wins: Anna Paquin, picked best TV drama actress as the waitress with a thing for vampires in "True Blood," and Gabriel Byrne as a therapist "In Treatment."
"I'll try and get through as much as my voice and nerves and knees will let me," said "Happy-Go-Lucky" star Sally Hawkins, a relatively unknown British actress and newcomer to Hollywood's trophy circuit, as she stumbled badly in referencing the "exceptionally phenomenal goddesses" she'd beat out for best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy, including odds-on fave Meryl Streep.
In a foregone conclusion, the late Heath Ledger was named best supporting actor in a motion picture for his final performance, "The Dark Knight," and got the traditional dead man's standing ovation.
"In case Heath won," presenter Demi Moore explained, they had prepared a brief scene of his performance, and director Chris Nolan gave the obligatory "awful mixture of sadness but incredible pride, eternally missed, never forgotten" speech.
"Thank you Tina, thank you Tina, thank you Tina," Alec Baldwin said to Tina Fey when he picked up his second Globe in three years for playing a nitwit NBC exec on "30 Rock."
It was the first of three Globes bestowed on the best sitcom no one's watching.
"30 Rock" was also named best comedy series, and though the presenter said Fey would accept, co-star Tracy Morgan took the mike:
"Tina Fey and I agreed if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on!" enthused Morgan, who is African American.
"Welcome to post-racial America!"
"I've always loved the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- as a kid I had all the Hollywood Foreign Press Association action figures," Fey said when she finally got her at-bat after being named best sitcom actress.
"I really know how very lucky I am to have the year that I've had this year, and if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet. You can find a lot of people there who don't like you. I'd like to address some of them now: 'You can suck it.' "
Last year, the Globes got snuffed when the striking Writers Guild of America refused to let its union members work on the show and actors boycotted rather than cross a threatened picket line.
No red carpet, no screaming fans, no acceptance speeches. Instead, six lousy infotainers from celebrity suck-up shows, who took turns ripping open the envelopes, reading the names of winners, and adding stunningly insightful comments like: "It just feels so different," "I never thought I'd be up here in a million years" and "Next year, I hope it is really different."