Golden Globes winners' reactions
Empty"Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle introduced a Hindi expression to the backstage press: "Dil se." The mantra the production worked on means "from the heart." "This film was made it form the heart," he said. "And we never expected to be here." Boyle also made a connection to the four wins the movie garnered -- motion picture drama, director, screenplay, soundtrack -- to the "The Three Musketeers," the novel that is key to the movie. "There were four musketeers in the book, and there are four musketeers here." Boyle also talked so passionately about shooting in Mumbai -- how the city is a gift to filmmakers, how there is horror in the city but also an extraordinary happiness thanks to an effervescence -- that it brought out an almost imperceptible tear from actress Freida Pinto, who hails from that city.
Double winner Kate Winslet made separate trips backstage. The first time -- after winning for best supporting actress in a motion picture, she said, "I feel surprised; I feel excited; I feel relieved -- I have been so nervous all day. I don't usually win things." She stammered later after her win for lead actress. "I was so shocked to win one, and to ... I'm ... I can't believe it. I absolutely cannot believe it. ... It's ab -- it's honestly ... it's amazing. Has it happened before? It's not supposed to happen like this." The actress was convinced Anne Hathaway was going to win for lead actress. Winslet won her awards for two literary adaptations, but her reading these days is strictly in the kid lit genre as she spends most of her book time reading to her children. "My relationship with books involves making animal noises and making silly voices, developing the voice of the narrator for those stories."
Those hoping for some kind of freak show when Mickey Rourke showed up were not disappointed. In between talking about his comeback, Rourke managed to tell one poor lady to "sit down and cool it" when all she wanted to do was give him a better mike (and then later go, "You're not neurotic, are you?"), name off all his dogs -- Loki, Kid Chocolate, Le Negre, "some chick I was hanging out with at the time," some of whose names are engraved on his rings -- swear some and leave the stage by saying, "I got to go."
When "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner and some of the cast members of the AMC show came backstage, longtime Hollywood columnist and interview room regular Jeanne Wolf asked how it felt for them to come out of left field and become a hit. "When I was 13 years old, my fantasy press conference was you asking me that exact question," said Weiner, in all seriousness and to great laughs. "I just love that Matt had a fantasy press conference," star Jon Hamm said quickly. "Mine was playing centerfield for the Cardinals." Weiner said this year's win was all the more special because there was no ceremony when the show won its first Globe last year, so he didn't get to wear his tux. When the status of Season 3 came up, Wiener said things are still up in the air and called the show "his child." When the actors were asked how it would feel to return without Weiner, Christina Hendricks said: "There is no show without Matt. I have complete confidence that it will be taken care of."
The key cast members of NBC's "30 Rock" -- Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer -- offered the snappy banter and whiplash laughs that are the show's trademarks after their win for best TV series musical or comedy. When one interviewer noted that Sarah Palin said she didn't understand how Fey could be named entertainer of the year by certain publications, Fey shot back: "I don't understand that, either. She and I share that, one of the many things that she and I don't understand." Said Morgan, "I shook hands with Tom Cruise -- during a commercial." Baldwin noted that "30 Rock" will be Jay Leno's lead-in on Thursdays. "Yeah, good luck with that lead-in," Fey said.
All sorts of politics popped up in the press room when Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, producers of HBO's "John Adams," stepped onstage. Hanks was peppered with questions about the SAG negotiations, the American Revolution and Proposition 8. He expressed dismay with the result of California's same-sex marriage initiative but said: "Fear not -- this is America. We are going to be OK." After trying out comedy material, Hanks addressed the pleasurable differences between producing and acting. "I love being an actor," said Hanks, who has won four Globes for his onscreen work. "It is the greatest job in the world. The version of the 'greatest job in the world 2.0' is finding the material and working with Gary. 'John Adams' is six years of effort that is very well spent."
Paul Giamatti said he worried he would end the winning streak at the ceremony for "John Adams." "I felt a lot of pressure; I thought if something would break the streak, it would be me," he said. He didn't: He won for best actor in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie. Giamatti described the experience of making the miniseries as "hellish." "I'm not kidding; it was hellish. It was endless and hard for everyone. ... Everyone sweat blood on it." The actor said he is going to back to indie films, where he feels more comfortable because the financial stakes are low. "It goes fast, and everyone is less anxious," he said. "They just have a nice atmosphere because no one is worried about money."
Tom Wilkinson picked up a Globe after two previous nominations, the British character actor winning the trophy for best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in HBO's "John Adams." "I had a speech worked out, which really worked very well in the bathroom this morning. I am very good when I haven't won things. I got terribly flustered when I started the script. It is much more unsettling than you think it is going to be, particularly when you see Clint Eastwood there and Bruce Springsteen. If I make a mistake, they will come and beat me up."
"This is the first time I've ever been at the winning table," said a delighted Laura Linney, previously nominated for Globes acting honors for "You Can Count on Me," "Kinsey" and "The Squid and the Whale." "I've always been next to the winning table, so to be able to jump up and down and scream and yell has been a lot of fun tonight. It's lovely to actually win." A winner for her leading role as Abigail Adams in HBO's "John Adams," Linney said the entire production -- much of which was honored Sunday -- felt an extra responsibility to the history it was portraying. "It was a responsibility not only to David McCullough, who had written this beautiful book, but also to hopefully provide something to people where they could learn a little bit about American history," she said. "That's a lot of pressure. There's also the desire to reach the standard in which it was meant. That doesn't happen all the time, as we all know. No matter what goodwill is put forth, you might try, but it might not work out. And this one, fortunately, somehow, miraculously, did." Politics was a running theme backstage, and Linney fielded questions about President-elect Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and the possibility of a woman moving into the Oval Office. "When the time is right, it will happen," she said.
Sally Hawkins, still reeling from her triumph, had her answer to Meryl Streep, who whispered "Are you happy now?" as the British co-star of "Happy-Go-Lucky" made her way to the stage. "Yes, Meryl, I am happy," Hawkins said to her fellow nominee, describing the honor and the Streep experience as "surreal, to say the least." Hawkins said she didn't write a speech until Sunday morning -- only because someone thought it would be a good idea to be a bit prepared. Of her win, she said, "It exploded my head."
After his monumental and lyrical acceptance speech, Colin Farrell wandered backstage looking wary and a tad bewildered. His good nature surfaced despite a few questions about his frequent swearing and recent struggles with drugs and rehab. "I don't want to quantify the significance of this at all," said Farrell, who won his lead actor in a musical or comedy award for "In Bruges." "But for personal reasons, it is a really lovely moment. It is nice for people to say, 'Well done'; you know that from the early age in your life as a child. Better to be told, 'Well done,' instead of a smack in the back of the head. Sometimes a smack is needed, but a 'Well done' is always nice." After joking that he would teach his new son to polish the Globe statuette daily, Farrell outlined his plans for after the ceremony. "Go out and slam a couple of Diet Cokes," he said.
"Wall-E" director Andrew Stanton used his backstage experience to give a shout-out to his animators, "the undeclared." "Two hundred and fifty people it takes to make one of these films, and they are all pretty essential. My group of animators represent your invisible actors, and they are a huge part of 'Wall-E.' " He went on to say that each Pixar film bears the stamp of its director, which makes the movies stand out. "Every one of these films has been reflective of us -- they are unique to each of the filmmakers," Stanton said. "It's not committee-driven; it's not brand-driven."
"Waltz With Bashir" director Ari Folman was a man of few words backstage but did say he is sad that his film, about conflict in the Middle East, is relevant in light of the current Gaza incursions. "Unfortunately, this film is always relevant," he said. "It has only one major statement (one of anti-war). It was relevant two years ago (when I began making it), and it's still now." Folman said he hopes for the best for that part of the world. "I am very optimistic (for peace), or I wouldn't have done this," he said. "It's a matter of leadership: A time will come that both sides will have clever leaders who will work it out."
"If it is not worth fighting for, it is not worth having," said Anna Paquin of bayou waitress Sookie Stackhouse, the role she struggled to get producers to give her in the HBO vampire series "True Blood." "And if someone is going to give it to you immediately, it means that you are not going to have to stretch or grow or push yourself as an artist to do whatever it is that the role is calling for. I love a challenge, so it is so much fun and gets into so much crazy stuff."
Laura Dern walked away with the award for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for playing Katherine Harris in HBO's "Recount," culminating a 27-year relationship with the Globes. Dern recalled how, in the car on the way to the ceremony, she had a flashback to her grandmother dropping her off in 1982 to rehearse for the ceremony in which she was Miss Golden Globe (Dern also won a Globe in 1993 for "Afterburn"). "I was 13, 14, terribly nervous, and she helped me get dressed in a little room that the foreign press kindly set up for us to change in. I just remember that feeling of having to stand in front of people and be terribly nervous. It was a nice memory." As for Sunday's win, she said, "It feels pretty darn great, and I am hopeful there's so much more to come."