Haiti has its moments at Golden Globes
But attendees mostly stayed away from topicSequined dresses and slick lapels were stamped with red, yellow and blue ribbons Sunday at the Golden Globes.
Signifying "support of the people of Haiti," the tri-color ribbons were available in baskets at the entrance to the Beverly Hilton. Few stars passed up the opportunity, though that support rarely broke into presenters' or winners' speeches once they reached the stage.
Reporters hanging out backstage before the show were betting the over/under on how many times Haiti would be mentioned onstage during the show. Some guesses were in triple digits -- the lower-end guesses, that is.
Overall, however, the count ended up much, much lower.
Eventual best actress drama winner Sandra Bullock mentioned to E! host Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet that she had donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders Emergency Operations for Haiti Earthquake relief efforts. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which organizes the Globes, is donating $100,000 to the victims through Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti relief.)
Host Ricky Gervais skipped the opportunity, mainly because his opening monologue was only about four sentences long. First presenter Nicole Kidman wasted no time informing audiences in the room and at home that they can make donations through NBC, and that George Clooney's "Hope for Haiti" telethon Friday would be raising money for the cause.
After that, presenters and winners mainly stuck to the script and kept pitches for help to a minimum. Backstage in the interview room, winners generally kept mum on the issue, too, though best actress in a drama series winner Julianna Margulies mentioned she was going to try and make former "ER" co-star Clooney's televised event despite conflicting travel plans.
Several winners -- Drew Barrymore and Meryl Streep among them -- made a more generalized reference to "all that's going on in the world today," presumably including Haiti and other trouble spots.
Best actor in a TV movie Kevin Bacon was one of the few winners who took the opportunity backstage, though he noted the incongruity of the entertainment world's awards ceremony serving as a place to discuss real-world issues.
"I don't think it can come up too much right now," Bacon said to journalists. "I thought Meryl's speech was really smart about the fact that you feel weird in a monkey suit and looking around at food and bottles of wine and think, 'What am I doing here?' But on the flip side, it's good to come out and do something. I think it's been an inspiration to see the way Americans are ready to reach into their pockets."
Bacon also described a technical adviser on his HBO movie "Taking Chance" who "just returned from his third tour in Iraq, where his job was to return bodies to families. He just got back to his family and now he's going to Haiti."
During his acceptance speech, best screenplay winner Jason Reitman mentioned Clooney sitting in the audience probably wishing he were "setting up 10,000 phone lines." Maggie Gyllenhaal followed with a brief, pre-commercial break pitch for audiences not to forget about the people of Haiti by donating at NBC.com.
Beyond that, Haiti might have remained on attendees' minds, even if it wasn't often on their lips.