59th Annual Golden Globe Awards Results and Commentary (2002)
- Date of Ceremony: Sunday, January 20, 2002
- For films released in: 2001
Has another year really gone by? It’s 8pm ET and the 59th Golden Globes are about to get underway.
First up tonight is nominee Halle Berry, who’s up for her role in Monster’s Ball. The first category is Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture. The Golden Globe goes to Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind. Jennifer seemed a little shocked to win just four minutes into the ceremony. “It’s so fast!,” she said. She thanked everybody, saying that Russell Crowe “…put me to the test each day.”
Martin Sheen came out and announced there were several second generation performers in the audience like Angelina Jolie, Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen. He then introduced Miss Golden Globe Haley Giraldo, daughter of Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar. He then announced the winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Sela Ward of Once and Again then presented the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy to Charlie Sheen. Sheen was very surprised as he made his way to the stage. He said winning was like “a sober acid trip.”
Moving right along, Josh Hartnett and Kate Hudson were the next presenters, presenting Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture. The winner was Jim Broadbent for Iris. Jim said he couldn’t be more surprised and thanked his cast.
Fifteen minutes into the awards and they’ve already handed out four. So far most of the winners seem quite surprised.
Jeremy Irons was next up. He introduced the clip for A Beautiful Mind.
Next on stage were Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Dylan McDermott, who were there to present the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The winning series was Sex and the City. The producers made sure to name the writers, saying “You’ve seen their sex lives, you should know their names.”
Carrie-Anne Moss and Jamie Foxx were the next presenters, presenting the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television to Band of Brothers. Executive producer Tom Hanks accepted the award with co-producer Steven Spielberg.
Sarah Jessica Parker was back on stage next, this time as a presenter. The winner of the Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama was Kiefer Sutherland for his work in 24. He said “I now know what Charlie meant. I’ve just lost all feeling in my lower half.”
Fast paced so far. What do you think of the awards tonight?
We now welcome Andie MacDowell and Dennis Quaid to the stage to present Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. A lot of great performances in this category. The Golden Globe goes to Judy Davis for her performance in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. She thanked Lorna Luft “For entrusting her mother to me.”
Andie and Dennis also presented the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. The winner of that Golden Globe was James Franco for his work in James Dean.
Renee Zellweger, a winner last year, was there to present the Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. The Golden Globe goes to Gene Hackman. Gene missed a connecting flight and couldn’t be there to accept.
Michael Caine then introduced the clip for the next nominated drama, In the Bedroom. Michael then presented the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical award. The winner of that Globe was Nicole Kidman. She’s nominated in the drama category as well. Let’s see if she wins. Nicole said the award was very special “…as I never thought I’d be in a musical, let alone sing in one.” She also had kind words for director Baz Luhrmann and co-star Ewan McGregor.
Best Screenplay was up next and the presenters were Audrey Tautou and Andy Garcia. The winner was Akiva Goldsman for A Beautiful Mind. He joked “I’m a writer, so I’m going to read” before he pulled out a written list of his thank you’s. He called Russell Crowe “truly great” and said the Crowe was his hero. He also said that Ron Howard was the best direct a writer could work with.
Leah Remini and Damon Wayans were up nest to present the Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. The Golden Globe goes to Jennifer Garner for the new show Alias. Jennifer looked completely freaked out that she won. She said she was glad that she had the first glass of wine, but “I’m kinda regretting the second.” She also thanked table #126, her castmates and wondered how she got the role. “I know I was good in Dude, Where’s My Car, but seriously, I can’t thank you enough for believing in me.”
Sting then introduced the next clip for the drama category…Mulholland Drive.
The next presenters were Mulholland Drive’s Naomi Watts and Piero’s Benjamin Bratt. They presented the Golden Globe for Best Original Score – Motion Picture to Craig Armstrong for his work on Moulin Rouge. He thanked his team and especially his director, Baz Luhrmann.
Hugh Jackman came out to explain the workings of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He then introduced the president of the HFPA, Dagmar Dunlevy.
A winner last year, Robert Downey Jr. was there to present the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. The winner was Rachel Griffiths for Six Feet Under. She said “I’m not tanked but now I’m legless.” She thanked the show’s creator, American Beauty scribe Alan Ball and the producers “you crazy bastards.” She also thanked her homeland, Australia, and the large contingent of Aussies at the awards ceremony.
Ryan Phillippe introduced the next dramatic film clip for the Coen brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There.
Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz, who introduced their seat-fillers, two of the characters from Shrek. They made a bunch of bad ogre puns. When Meyer’s asked “Who wrote this awful awards show banter?” Diaz replied, “Jeffrey Katzenberg.” They were there to present the Best Song Golden Globe. The winner was Sting for Kate and Leopold’s “Until…”.
Tom Welling and Jessica Alba were out next for another TV award. This time it was Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. And the Golden Globe’s going home with Stanley Tucci for Conspiracy. He said he was “Shocked, flabbergasted and flattered.” While listing off the people he wanted to thank, he said “There was someone else really important I wanted to thank…uh, well, I’ll see ya later.”
Kelsey Grammer then stepped up to present the award for Best Television Series – Drama. The winner was Six Feet Under. The cast jumped for joy. Executive producer Alan Ball accepted on their behalf. He said his daily mantra was “Thank God for HBO.”
Ben Affleck was up next to present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Harrison Ford. Affleck narrated the usual clips of Ford’s career, from a walk-on one liner to Star Wars and beyond. Ford, as usual, looked uncomfortable with all the attention. On his way to the stage, he hugged Raiders of the Lost Ark director Steven Spielberg.
“Sit down please, I’m too old to wait,” said Ford. He said he wrote two speeches: a short one “Thank you” and a longer one, “Thank you very much.” He thanked the people who game him a chance “before it was reasonable.” He said much of what he has learned about life he learned in the business of making movies. Short and sweet, Ford then left the stage.
Ralph Fiennes was out next. He joked it was hard to smile because of his stiff upper lip. He was there to present the Best Director Golden Globe. And the Globe went to Robert Altman for Gosford Park. He said he was “whelmed and overwhelmed.” He said that “I don’t know what a best director is except someone who shares a space with the best actors and gets to watch.” He joked that he’d then introduce the cast, saying “Everyone here from Britain, stand up.”
Kevin Spacey came out to present, but first he asked the crowd to raise their glasses in memory of Ted Demme, who died earlier this week. “Those of you who knew him loved him, and those who didn’t missed out. We love you, Teddy.” He then presented the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy to Moulin Rouge. Producer/director Baz Luhrmann accepted the award. He said it was a five year journey to get the musical back to the place of credibility it held when he was a child. He said there would be no Moulin Rouge were it not for the fearless cast, especially Ewan and Nicole.
Tom Hanks was there to present the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. The winner was Sissy Spacek for In the Bedroom. She said director Todd Field “looks like the boy next door, but he’s made of steel.”
Kate Winslet then introduced the clip for the drama nominated The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Sir Ian McKellen was next on stage. He said he represented “that small group of English actors that isn’t in Gosford Park.” He then presented the Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe to Bosnia’s No Man’s Land.
Annette Bening was there to present Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. The winner was Russell Crowe for A Beautiful Mind. “G’day folks how are you doing?,” he started. He thanked the production team and the “amazing and courageous” Jennifer Connelly. He also had great praise for his director, Ron Howard. “And I wanna thank Ron Howard for the privilege of working with him. I want to thank him for setting a platform every single day that allowed his actors to be adventurous, take risks and explore. I also want to thank him for his humility, his consummate skill, and his honor as a man. Thanks, Ron. A Beautiful Mind is just a movie. It’s just a piece of entertainment at the end of the day, folks. But hopefully it helps us open our hearts, gives us a little more understanding, gives us a little more compassion, and also, hopefully it gives us the belief that in our lives, something extraordinary can always happen. Cheers.”
Mel Gibson was the next presenter. He had the chore of handing out the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The winner is A Beautiful Mind. Producer Brian Grazer said “Our table over there is so grateful.” He said, “Russell, you’re brilliant, you’re awesome, your dedication and commitment and particularly your work ethic were invaluable to this film, and Jennifer Connelly, we were so lucky to have your talent in this film.” He also thanked his best friend, Ron Howard. It was great to see such a powerful player acting so giddy with happiness.
Mel Gibson said it was a minor miracle as the show actually finished about 19 seconds early.
Well, that’s it folks. The Golden Globe Awards are over for another year. Take care of yourselves.