What the Winners Said About Their Golden Globes

6:03 PM PST 01/16/2011 by THR staff
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Clockwise, from top left: Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, "The Social Network" producer Scott Rudin, Melissa Leo, Jim Parsons and Katey Sagal

See what "The Social Network" producer Scott Rudin, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and Melissa Leo had to say backstage.

Read reactions from The Fighter's Christian Bale, Ryan Murphy and Chris Colfer of Glee.

Producer Scott Rudin took a stab at trying to explain The Social Network’s success, which took home the top prize for drama film, saying it’s proved to appeal on generational lines. “Older people who have been through starting something, it’s learning that your fantasy of success isn’t what you think its going to be. And younger people look at Mark Zuckerberg as a rock star," Rudin said backstage. "For them, he’s someone who fights for what he beleives in and mows down the opposition.” And while many people think the movie has put Zuckerberg on the defensive, the producer paid kinds words to the man, describing him as a 26-year old man defending actions he did as a 19-year old. “He’s a gracious protagonist and has a allowed us to use his life as fodder. [The movie is] a not biography, it’s a metaphor.”

The King's Speech actor Colin Firth took home the Golden Globe for actor in a drama, and backstage, he disagreed that his role as the stammering King George VI made him a sex symbol. "The swoon factor hasn't been very big in this one," Firth said. "But I have this, so I'm all right." Firth also talked about co-star and Globe nominee Geoffrey Rush. "He's one of the great persons in my life," he said. "I just took a ride on his talent. When someone's got that much energy, it just keeps you buoyant. It makes you want to go to work every day. I want him with me every time I work."

Natalie Portman, a Golden Globe winner for drama actress for Black Swan, took away a lot from her role as a ballerina. "I learned how much I could work. I learned the extent of my discipline, put it to the test every day, rigors of the art form," she said backstage to a room full of reporters. The newly engaged actress, expecting her first baby with Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, said the film resonates with people because it's about passionate people creating. There is "incredible lust for creating and the damage it can create in one's body," she said. "You see someone growing up, from a child to someone who's trying to find pleasure for herself." Portman also praised director Darren Aronofsky. "Darren is a true master. I had no idae what he was doing" with the film," she confessed. I was "focusing on this character [Nina], so I had no clue of the tone of the film." The actress also shared her first red-carpet memory when she was barely a teenager at 13. "It was for The Professional," she said. "I remember wearing a Betsy Johnson dress I'd worn to a bar mitzvah a few weeks earlier. .. I thought I was teh most glamorous person in the world!"

The Social Network executive producer Kevin Spacey challenged the studios to make more films such as the one that won the Globe for dramatic film, beating The King's Speech. He pointed to the 1970s as a time when filmmakers such as Hal Ashby made timely movies that turned out to be timeless. Spacey, who was also nominated for Casino Jack, hoped that Sony and other studios would looke at Social Network's success, take some of their profits from the tentpoles and take chances on these kinds of dramas. "Don't leave it for the independent world," he said. "We hope [our win] encourages other studios to see that these kind of movies about relationships, about a lot of people talking in rooms, can do what this movie has done."

The Fighter co-star Melissa Leo, who took home supporting actress in a drama, reacted to her emotional speech onstage as she accepted her award. "I'd never been invited to the Golden Globes!," she said to reporters. "It was thrilling to be here -- wild weekend, leading to this." Leo, who has been acting for 30 years, said this was all she ever wanted to do. "I used to act with my dolls as a kid and then realized even grown ups like to pretend," she said. "We could make them believe things that was pretend. I came to this city, started working; I wanted to act. After a meeting with Bill Murray, I knew I had to only go after acting. A lot of friends and family housed me, fed me. I raised my son, who's 23, on the back of acting." Fifty-year-old Leo talked about getting roles after hitting 40. "I like my culture, says it's over, but my career began to blossom. .. That began to generate great roles." The actress also discussed her role on HBO's Treme in Season 2. David Simon "reveals very little. I just received my script for the fifth episode and I can't wait to read it. I kind of like playing the game, it sort of unfolds like life," she said.

Robert De Niro may have bren trying to compete against Ricky Gervais for stand-up comedy on-stage, but backstage the Lifetime Achievement winner was all business and a man of few words. As to why he tried to be funny – and the jury is still out if he was actually funny – he said, “I thought this would be more fun for this kind of evening.” The actor showed up without his statuette, answering questions with his hands in his pockets, because the top fell off. “They need to soder it back on.” As to the key to his longevity, he offered simply this: “I’m just here. Only the strong survive.”

Paul Giamatti, still reeling with surprise from his win for comedy actor in Barney's Version, admitted to THR he forgot to thank co-star Dustin Hoffman in his speech. “I walked off and felt like a complete idiot!” he said of himself. “I wanted to make jokes about him beign an up-and-comer and I completely blew it.” And Giamatti felt especially bad since he learned so much from the actor. “He took me along on these scenes, to absorb his vitality." What amazed him the most about Hoffman is what he described as the man’s believe he still has a lot to learn. “He seems to see himself as constantly learning. He’s convinced he has a (a long way) to go to be a great actor.” Giamatti is friends with all three nominees in the his category and thought it’s going to be “weird” to be in their presence now that he won. “I’d have given it to Depp. He’s a good looking guy,” he said.

The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, a first-time Globe nominee, took home the award for actor in a comedy series. "I didn't know we'd stay on the air!," he said backstage. "I did connect to the role in a specific way. I thought, 'I can do this.' There was something the moment I read this one. To work in general is a blessing -- these events, what a special thing to be a part of." Parsons, who was given the award by co-star Kaley Cuoco, said, "Winning is the cherry on top. I'm just trying to enjoy the moment as much as possible and appreciate what's happening." CBS and Warner Bros. TV recently renewed for hit CBS comedy for three more seasons, running through the 2013-14 season.

Al Pacino, who won the Globe for his role as Jack Kevorkian in HBO's telepic You Don't Know Jack, discussed playing a real person. "It provides better access to your imagination, gives you a certain credibility, deeper belief, deeper understanding," he said. Pacino talked about his real-life counterpart. "He's a real humanist, scientist, doctor. He turns 97 percent of people away," Pacino said backstage. "The ones he talks to about maybe doing it, they come back in a few weeks. Most don't come back, but he gets letters from relatives about how people have recovered. It's better to live with them because they have an option, some control of their lives," he said. "Sometimes people are so agonized, he represents a kind of hope. That gives them enough control, like 'I don't have to go through with this.' Go out with dignity. I was most taken with that being Jack." Pacino also commented on host Ricky Gervais jabs throughout the night. "He's a comic, so he's going to go for it. He's letting it go. The only thing he can really get to is his own wit," he said. "You don't know what they're going to say! I think it's worth it."

Claire Danes won for her work in HBO's Temple Grandin, and compared her second Globe win to her first when she was just a teenager. "I was so green, so naive, genuinely overwhelmed then -- everything that entails," she reminisced. "When I first arrived, I saw [David] Hasselhoff talking to [Quentin] Tarantino and wondered, 'What kind of show is this?.' " But of course, Danes saw the silver lining in having two awards. "I told my friend, I can stuff my bra now that I have two Globes," she joked. Danes noted that after finishing Grandin, she became much more deliberate in choosing her roles. "It's hard to go from that to some flat, girlfriend part. It took me a while to commit to another project," she said, who can next be seen in Showtime's upcoming Homeland pilot.

Katey Sagal pulled somewhat of an upset when she won best supporting actress in a TV drama for her work on FX's Sons of Anarchy. The veteran actress did address Anarchy's lack of awards. Her husband and show creator Kurt Sutter "is very happy for me. This honors our show, as well as me. I give this to him and I'm proudly holding it," she said. Sagal also discussed how she slipped into the character. "I did a lot of research before the show, not a lot written about the women in biker culture. It's such a male-oriented group," she told reporters backstage. "I've taken some creative license, but also had so much background of real people's lives. I've based her somewhat on a royal family, some political figures, but I'm not saying who!"

Creator Terence Winter celebrated his HBO drama Boardwalk Empire taking home the best drama series award by discussing plans for the next season. We are going "forward in time!" he told reporters. "We are going to explore the '20s. I hope to end the show at the start of the Korean War." The drama, which stars Steve Buscemi, has become a hit because of a "combination of things," Winter believes. "This time in history hasn't been explored at all, not really on TV since The Untouchables in 1960. As old as the material is, it is so fresh again. The show has so much going for it: the visuals, the gangsters, the amazing cast -- so many things you can point to and our fans are varied." Winter also had positive things to say about Buscemi's win for actor in a drama series: "This was the easiest casting decision in the world to me. Every time I've seen him in a movie, I see his name and I know that part is going to be big. I know that part is going to be great."

Boardwalk Empire lead actor Steve Buscemi, who won the drama series TV actor over Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, laughed when asked about playing a leading man. "I still have my doubts!," he said. "But I trust these guys. It's the best job I've ever had."

Lee Unkrich called working on Toy Story 3 “fear-based filmmaking.” "I didn’t want to go down in history as the guy who made the crummy Toy Story,” he said after his film won the Globe for animated feature, adding the pressure served to make the team work harder. He also said he was glad there was an 11 year time lapse between the second movie and the latest one, since it served to inform the movie’s story. The filmmakers went through several life experiences, had families and had their won kids grow up. “It was gave a us a different perspective on life,” Unkrich said. “If we had made Toy Story 3 11 years go, I don’t think we woild have told the story we told.” Speaking to THR about why we don’t ever see Andy’s dad, or if the character even has one, Unkrich said the Pixar team didn’t really go into details of the character’s family situation. “There are a lot of different kinds of families in the world and this is the world where Andy lives,” he said.

Diane Warren dedicated her Golden Globe to her late friend and publicist Ronni Chasen. "I loved Ronni," she said backstage after winning best original song for Burlesque's "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me." "The saddest thing about this is that she's not here to celebrate this with me," she added. "I dedicated this to Ronni. Anything I get, I will dedicate to Ronni."

Lindsay Powers, Borys Kit, Philiana Ng and Stacey Wilson contributed to this report.

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