Far and away, it's a weird night
Empty"Ratatouille" director Brad Bird was on the phone with producer Brad Lewis when the Disney movie won for best animated film Sunday at the Golden Globes. "He couldn't find (the channel)," Bird said with a chuckle. "Our category comes up, and he was yelling instructions to people in the room. I'm going, 'OK, they are showing the clips," and he's like, 'They're showing clips.' And I'd say, 'They're announcing we won," and he'd say, 'We won.' That was our Golden Globes experience. … It doesn't diminish the fact that it is a terrific honor."
As to the effect of the writers strike on the ceremony, Bird said: "I'm a member of the WGA, so I certainly support the cause. The award ceremony felt like a movie would if it didn't have a script, so in that sense it was oddly appropriate. Nobody wants any of this. We want to get back to work. Things are changing. … We want a future where we all win. I don't think there is a soul in the guild who gets any pleasure from this. We'd like to get back to telling stories."
As for the Oscars, Bird said: "I'm an optimist in general. I think that's reflective in the films I've made. I'm looking for a happy ending."
"I'm tickled pink," Julian Schnabel said about his Golden Globes win as best director for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
Schnabel was standing in the baggage claim at New York's Kennedy International Airport peering at a television screen with a bunch of strangers when he heard that the movie also won for best foreign-language film.
"It was pretty exciting watching it live with other travelers who were excited too," he said.
The director said he wanted to thank, among others, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., Miramax's Daniel Battsek, producer Kathleen Kennedy and most of all Jean-Dominique Bauby, who wrote the "Diving Bell and the Butterfly" book while afflicted with locked-in syndrome.
"To make the movie authentically, it paid to go to France," Schnabel said. "But the film really is not an American film or a French film but one about human beings."
The director, however, would be celebrating Italian-style. "I'm going home to eat some spaghetti," he said as he left the airport.
"Atonement" producer Tim Bevan was watching in a villa at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont when he heard the news that the Joe Wright-directed film won for best motion picture drama.
"All the filmmakers were here together, and when we heard we won we were absolutely delighted," said Bevan, who planned on staying put for the night. "I don't think we have to go very far to celebrate."
Bevan did say it felt odd not sitting through a ceremony and then hearing the announcement.
"It's a shame about the strike, but this stuff happens," he said. "But still, it's a fantastic thing. Joe Wright is an amazing talent, and you'll be seeing much more from him."
The canceling of the traditional Golden Globes ceremony didn't dampen the spirit of Jon Hamm, who won as best actor in a television series drama for the AMC series "Mad Men."
"I'm shocked and amazed and content as someone could be right now," said Hamm, who was surrounded by 75 people from the show at the Chateau Marmont. "We were outside in this beautiful L.A. weather with the sun going down surrounded by anyone that needed to be around — it was kinda perfect."
Hamm said that he feels about the strike like probably everybody feels about it.
"I hope it … gets resolved for the writers, but I want it to get resolved fairly," he said. "I just love going to work, and I just want to keep making this show."
Marion Cotillard was in her hotel room in Los Angeles when she was announced as the winner for best actress, musical or comedy. "It feels very special," she said. "It took me awhile to realize. … This movie has brought us so many surprises; you can't get used to surprises."
Regarding the strike and its impact on the Globes, she said: "I am so sorry that they haven't found a resolution yet. I really wish they will. But I'm here with all the people that I'm working with and I love so much, so we enjoyed (the Globes announcement). The most important thing is that they find a resolution."
Producer Richard D. Zanuck was "absolutely thrilled" with the "Sweeney Todd" wins for best picture and for best actor Johnny Depp in the musical or comedy categories. "This is really very special for me because it is so unique," he said.
He believes the Oscars will go on. "The Oscars is such a traditional high point in the life of the industry that I think something and someone will step up and solve this so that the Oscars don't share the same fate as the Globes," he said. "That's just my hunch, but I could be wrong."
As for potential impact of the Golden Globe wins on his film's boxoffice, he said, "It will help, but (it) would have been much better to have had the show."
He noted that during production, he knew the team was making something special. "I just knew that (director) Tim (Burton) was at the top of his talent. This is the fourth picture I've made with Tim, and I've never seen him before more sure-handed with his direction," he said. "It's the second picture I've made with Johnny, and he was certainly at the peak of his career. I could see it every day, every shot, every setup — the deepening of that character, Sweeney Todd. He really understood it and had a great passion for it."
"It feels great to win in a comedy," said David Duchovny, who won the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy, for Showtime's "Californication." "I won before in a drama, so now I have the two masks. It's great for the show, most of all, because people get to at least hear it spoken of … and maybe we'll get to expand (the audience) a little bit.
"In terms of the Golden Globes not being on, I'm sad," Duchovny added. "It's a fun party. In terms of it not being televised, I'm sorry for the show in the sense that it doesn't get to go out to as many people. But to me, the show not being televised is really a symptom of the strike. That's the issue. Everybody has to get back to work, and everybody has to negotiate. We have to get the strike settled so people can get back to work and make their livelihood and be creative and get back to business as usual."
"Longford" director Tom Hooper celebrated his HBO show's victory as best miniseries or motion picture made for television in the company of his film editor and a minibar of champagne at the Hotel Oceana in Santa Monica.
Hooper received the good news via a text message sent by his friend, writer-producer Peter Morgan, who was across the pond at his home in London. "It was very glamorous, " Hooper said.
"The funniest thing was watching the announcement on NBC but actually getting the text from Peter 10 seconds before," Hooper said.
As far as celebrating, Hooper said a night of hotel-hopping was in order as he planned to head to West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont to meet friends Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes.
He's grateful just to still be working despite the ongoing strike, the helmer said.
"I'm feeling lucky that the next project that I happen to be doing is an English film that is nonunion, so I can keep working," he said. "To not be able to do something for five or seven months would be really painful for me."
Julie Christie, who won the Golden Globe for actress in a drama for her performance in Lionsgate's "Away From Her," said in a statement, "Thank you very much indeed for this award, which I will share with Sarah Polley, our wonderful director, who made it all possible, and the terrific cast and crew of 'Away From Her' with whom I was fortunate enough to work."
Kathleen Kennedy, who along with Jon Kilik produced "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," the winner of best foreign-language film, said in a statement: "I am thrilled that the foreign press has given the best foreign-language film award to 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.' It was an amazing experience to make it. To me, (it) transcended language, country and genre because it was a universal story about the human heart."
As for the film's Julian Schnabel taking honors for best director, she added: "This is an amazing award. Julian is an incredible filmmaker and put so much of himself into the film, artistically and personally."
Compiled by Carly Mayberry and Carolyn Giardina