56th Annual Golden Globe Awards Results and Commentary (1999)

  • Date of Ceremony: Sunday, January 24, 1999
  • For films released in: 1998
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The big night is now over. Below is a transcript of our coverage. Don’t forget to take a look at the 112 56th Golden Globe Awards photos we took.

Welcome to Digital Hit Entertainment and our live coverage of the Golden Globes. We’ll be giving you the winners as they are announced and fleshing out our commentary throughout the evening.

Yikes! Got stuck in traffic after the arrivals line, so we were a little behind in starting tonight’s coverage. We’ve updated all the winners now and will be fleshing out the details.

John Travolta and Kim Basinger started out the night by handing out the Best Supporting Actor in a Film to Ed Harris of The Truman Show. The two presenters stayed around then to present the award for the Supporting Actress category. The winner of that award was Lynn Redgrave for Gods and Monsters. Lynn seemed quite moved to receive the award. She was quite gracious in her comments about co-stars Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser.

George Lucas then came out to show a scene from his friend Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.

Christine Lahti and Anthony Edwards came out to introduce Miss Golden Globe, Tori Reid. As a joke reference to her problem last year, Lahti showed up with a piece of toilet paper stuck to her shoe.

The pair then handed out the Best Actress in a Series (Comedy/Musical) to Jenna Elfman. They followed that with the award for Best Actor in a Series (Comedy/Musical), which was handed out to Michael J. Fox. Fox thanked his fellow nominees, and his doctors who have helped deal with his Parkinson’s Disease.

Ving Rhames and Alfre Woodard then handed out the award for Best Supporting Actress (TV Movie/Mini-Series) to Angelina Jolie for Gia. She gave a great speech which got quite emotional as she started thanking her family.

Stanley Tucci then won the male version of the above category for his role in Winchell. He made a joke that since he was sharing a table with fellow nominee Bill Paxton, he should probably move tables.

Sharon Stone then introduced the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Helmut Voss.

Ben Stiller and Kelly Preston handed out the statuette for Best Mini-Series/TV Movie to From the Earth to the Moon, which was produced by Tom Hanks. Tom thanked the men and women who worked on the Apollo missions.

Next up, Jane Leeves and Rick Schroeder announced the nominees for Best Supporting Actress (TV). The winners, yes we had a tie, were Faye Dunaway for Gia and The Practice’s Camryn Manheim, who said she’d dedicate the award to any Senator who’d vote to dismiss the Clinton impeachment trial. Jane and Rick then handed out the Best Supporting Actor (TV) to…another tie. The first winner was the talented Don Cheadle who portrayed Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rat Pack. The second winner was screen legend, Gregory Peck, who mentioned that he won one in 1947 and found it “very encouraging”, and that this one was encouraging too.

Observation: I thought this was a black tie event. Well, so far we’ve had two Golden ties as the two TV Supporting categories both had ties!

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon then handed out the Best Screenplay award to…Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard for Shakespeare in Love .

Michael J. Fox and Calista Flockhart handed out the awards for Best Actor and Actress in a TV Drama. The actress winner was Felicity’s Keri Russell. The Best Actor was The Practice’s Dylan McDermott, whose speech went on forever as he appeared to thank the entire LA phone book.

Titanic star Gloria Stuart then introduced a clip from Gods and Monsters.

The X-Files lost out this year, as both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny lost in their respective categories. Anyway, we’ll have a lot of great photos for you later on tonight after the awards conclude. They should all be up by Monday morning. We’ll also have a final comparison of the results of our survey vs. the real winners. Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron handed the award out for best score to The Truman Show’s Burkhard Dallwitz and Philip Glass.

Melanie Griffith then introduced the next clip for Best Film (Drama), The Horse Whisperer.

Julianna Margulies and Freddie Prinze Jr. handed out the award for best song to “The Prayer” by David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager.

Tim Robbins then presented the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy to Gwenyth Paltrow.

Surprise babe of the evening: Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell. We’ll have a photo later.

Holly Hunter then handed out the Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) to Micheal Caine. Really glad that Michael Caine won for Little Voice. It was such a good performance. The always busy actor joked that his career must be slipping if he has the time to show up for an awards show. He joked that he’s made a lot of crap, and a lot of money, so know he doesn’t have to make as much crap and can wait for the good stuff.

Jack Nicholson’s tribute,the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, conducted by Warren Beatty, was also well-deserved. Warren joked that he remebered seeing Jack in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest when he was “only seven.” He mentioned how Nicholson appeared in and helped finance the 60’s classic Easy Rider. Warren said he missed the film, but will rent it soon. Jack seemed genuinely happy seeing his old clips. Warren joked that Reds (directed by Beatty) was the first time he worked with a director who could get something out of him.

Jack came up to accept the honor, thanking Warren but saying “I thought you had more love for me than that.” He joked that the Hollywood Foreign Press were loose group of guys and gals who would be fun to go out with. He said he used to love coming to the awards before TV, because the action was funny and crazy. He said that he likes fun. He thanked his makeup and hair styling woman whose “work gets harder each year.”

Earlier in the arrivals line, a reporter asked Warren, “What was it like playing Bulworth?” Warren dismissed her with a snide “That’s a really deep question,” and moved off.

Jodie Foster then handed out the Best Director award. Well, no surprise that Steven Spielberg won for Saving Private Ryan. It was nice seeing him in the arrivals line with old buddy George Lucas. Steven thanked Tom Hanks, but had special praise for his wife, Kate Capshaw, who has been supportive of him while he’s off making movies. It was interesting to note that George and Steven had little visible security, but fellow billionaire Jeffrey Katzenberg was surrounded by a forest of bodyguards when he walked down the red carpet.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Brendan Fraser gave a trophy to Ally McBeal, a show with a very attractive cast, which won as Best Series (Comedy/Musical). Did I mention that I saw Calista down a whole pizza as she got out of her limo? I didn’t? Good, because I didn’t see that.

Laura Linney, co-star of The Truman Show introduced its clip. Not only are The X-Files’s ratings slipping, but they’re not doing too well at the Globes tonight either. The Practice walked away with the Best Series (Drama), which was handed out by Jane Seymour and Tom Selleck.

Roberto Benigni handed out the award for Best Film (Comedy/Musical). The intelligently funny Shakespeare in Love won over the heart-warming Patch Adams in this category.

The show’s nearing an end. Just a few categories left.

Annette Bening handed Brazil’s Central Station the Best Foreign Language Film trophy. This film was quite the hit at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.

The lovely Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in Elizabeth. The award was handed out by Peter Fonda.

Lauren Bacall then announced the nominees for Best Actor (Drama). In a slightly surprising upset, Jim Carrey won Best Actor (Drama) for his role in The Truman Show. Tom Hanks was considered to be the favorite. Carrey made a crack that it would be hard to talk out of his ass after getting this, and that he’d enjoy the award right down to its chewy chocolate center.

Jeremy Irons then introduced the clip for Elizabeth.

Sean Connery came out next to wind up the night with Best Film (Drama). The winner was Saving Private Ryan.