Globe winners' reactions

Sandra Bullock, left, Robert Downey Jr., James Cameron, Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges (Getty)


Even more important than a win for 3-D in light of "Avatar's" taking best picture and James Cameron's win for best director Sunday, Cameron said it was a victory for science fiction. "You have a genre that is critically treated like a second-class citizen," he said of sci-fi, noting that the only other sci-fi film in the 59-year history of the Golden Globes to win the prize for best picture was 1982's "E.T." "Hopefully this will spark a trend" of sci-fi movies that are seen as legitimate dramas," he said. Cameron used the win to speak on various topics ("I have a bit of a pulpit," he said at one point) and took on those critics who called his film "anti-military." He said the film is about "the anti-inappropriate use of military force." He also said critics should not look at the nemesis but the hero if they want to see the values of the filmmaker. "Everything about (Jake) celebrates the American Marine Corps and its value system. He evinces the qualities the American Marine Corps teaches its men and women, to adapt to the local culture." Continuing on the military theme, he said he believes in a strong military, "But we have to open our eyes. We have to look when political leaders put in these men and women on the ground for wrong reasons. And I'm not talking about recent history, I'm talking about human history." Finally catching himself, he said, "This is a celebratory night and I probably shouldn't go off on this."

Meryl Streep
is arguably the biggest female star in America, and as someone who rose to stardom in an Internet-less age, she feels a bit of pity for today's actresses. "It was easier when I was coming up. There was no such thing as a 24-hour news cycle," she said., with a blogosphere commenting on appearance and weight in mean-spirited fashion. "It always happened, sure, but in parties, in restaurants. Now it's a relentless drag." That negative attention interferes with one's ability to be a good actress, because preparing for a role requires shutting out the world, she said. One way not to get caught in that "vortex" was not to Google yourself.

Jeff Bridges won his first Golden Globe after three previous nominations for his portrayal of "Crazy Heart's" Bad Blake, an alcoholic country music singer trying to make a comeback. Backstage, Bridges said composer T Bone Burnett was responsible for his signing on. "With 'Crazy Heart,' while it was a great script, there was no music attached to it (when he first saw the script)," he said. "A year after I passed on it, I ran into my buddy T Bone Burnett, who asked me what I thought about the script. I said, 'I'll do it if you do it,' and that was pretty much it." Bridges, who added the Globe to his recent wins for "Crazy Heart" that have included the People's Choice Award and Critics' Choice Award, said the wins mean a lot for the movie. "It's wonderful to bring attention to a small movie like this through awards shows and festivals," he said. "A movie like this needs those things to happen to put people in the theater. But what I wasn't expecting -- it reminded me of seeing 'Avatar' -- I was expecting to be surprised but I wasn't expecting to be as moved by that as I was. As far as this goes, I was expecting to hang out with friends, but I didn't expect the emotion as I got that reception, that love and appreciation really is a wonderful thing."

Sandra Bullock said that the dearth of female roles in Hollywood, while still there, has ameliorated. "It's gotten so much better. Two great successes for me were written by men. If you write it, they will come. Women do pull in some money and we do go to the theater." She also added that with the rise of cable, the opportinies on TV "are sometimes better than movies."

Robert Downey Jr. was all over the place, mixing his trademark funny zingers and one-line insights with repartee with his wife, Susan Downey, standing on the sidelines of the press room. And of course he had a few lines for the press, who sometimes ask the same questions over and over again. Case in point: "What is your next movie?" Downey faced that question several times, with the answer being something like "We'll see, maybe 'Sherlock Holmes 2.' " When one blonde, who seemed more interested in him than the answer, asked the question, he replied, " 'Sherlock Holmes 2.' It's much more real now than it was three and a half minutes ago." 

In his fourth attempt, Michael C. Hall took home the Globe for actor in a TV drama for Showtime's "Dexter" after being shut out the past three years. Asked why his serial killer with a conscience is landing some critical acclaim this year, he attributed the success to co-star John Lithgow's creepy guest role as the Trinity Killer. "John certainly turned the knob up to 11. He has such energy about him; it affected everybody -- from crew to producers. People watching this show from the beginning appreciated the cumulative affect the Trinity Killer had on 'Dexter'; he's always been fascinated by other killers." Hall, who recently revealed that he was receiving treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which is now in remission, said he opted to make his health issues public because of awards season appearances. "It was nice to make a statement that I was on the road to recovery, but it's nice to have a justifiable excuse to accessorizing." As for the Season 4 cliffhanger that left Dexter's wife, Rita, dead in a pool of blood, he's just as clueless as everyone else as to what comes next. "The writers reconvene this Wednesday. We're just going to start throwing stuff around the room and see what sticks. I think I am as excited as all of the viewers are to find out what's in store. I don't have any idea."

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AMC's "Mad Men" made it three best drama Globes in a row Sunday, and series writer/exec producer Matthew Weiner was in awe of the repeat performance. "It's hard to believe we've gotten to do this three times," he said backstage. "I feel like this organization basically picked us and put us on the map. I'm very well aware of what the competition is. TV is really, really good right now, and it's amazing to be recognized when there are shows that weren't even nominated." Co-star January Jones was quick to pick one show she felt the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. overlooked: " 'Jersey Shore'!" To which Weiner responded: "In our category, January!" A bearded Jon Hamm, meanwhile, touched on the most attractive thing about playing Don Draper: "Beards!" he said, adding that Draper is "packaged in this very attractive box, and that's one of the themes of our show. ... He's quintessentially American. I think that's an interesting thing to a lot of people -- good and bad."

Martin Scorsese talked about his unending love of storytelling (he said he would be a teacher of storytelling if he couldn't direct), but he admitted the technology is changing the way the world tells stories. " 'Avatar' is really showing the way there," he said, likening that movie's impact to the introduction of sound. "It's a world I'd like to be a part of, but I don't know if I can.

The entire cast of Fox's "Glee" had no idea that they upstaged Martin Scorsese's speech backstage after celebrating their best comedy series win. "We had no idea," writer-director Ryan Murphy said. "We were screaming and very joyous and drunk!" Touching on the success the rookie musical dramedy has had, Murphy was skeptical that another genre-style show would repeat it. "No, I don't. When I pitched the show, they were skeptical but loving for me because I'd done 'Nip/Tuck' for FX. But I think it's really hard. The thing about the show is that it sets a particular tone. I think it's about the cast. It's a once-in-a-lifetime cast that can pull it off. I've looked at the state of pilots shooting in May and there are no other musicals shooting. I don't think anyone else will try it." Co-star Jane Lynch added that what was great about "Glee" is that "everyone wants to be in it: Julia Roberts is a fan and wants to be on it." When she was asked what she thought about Suri Cruise being a fan of the show, Lynch was "blown away" and joked in a very Sue Sylvester-like fashion: "I know this is a really bright child; she's very exceptional. I know she's old for her age, so I take that as a compliment!" She later offered advice to Tom and Katie's daughter: "Keep watching 'Glee'! ... And Scientology is a very powerful drug!" As for what's next when the show returns for its back nine in April, the cast is filming the tribute to Madonna episode and, Murphy said, "She may or may not be on the show. We're also doing a great number with Jane Lynch and Olivia Newton-John, and they're going to do 'Physical.' Jane and I both idolized Olivia as children."

Addressing the backstage press with "sugah," "brotha" and "sistah," Mo'Nique took on everything from her fast rise to acting stardom with "Precious" to the issue of all manner of abuse to getting asked words of advice for Rihanna ("Stop trying to catch me, baby," she admonished the reporter). She did reveal that the hardest scene to film in the gritty movie was the one where she throws a baby away and calls it "an animal": "After we shot that, we had to take a minute," adding they brought the baby's real mother into a group hug.

Christoph Waltz, who collected the Globe for supporting actor in a drama for his turn as a Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," said he wasn't worried about being tied to such diabolical role or being typecast: "If that were true, yes (I'd be worried). But it isn't, so I'm not worried."

Toni Collette was all about being comfortable at Sunday's Globes. Collette, who hung out at the Farmer's Market and had a breakfast burrito before getting dressed and stepping back out into the rain before the ceremony, said she wasn't nervous after winning her first Globe, for best actress in a TV comedy for Showtime's "United States of Tara." "Last night, I was at an event where it was completely overwhelming to have my tribe recognize my work. It took some of the nerves out of this evening," she said. As for what does make her nervous, Collette noted that public speaking wasn't her favorite thing to do. "Last night there were three Aussies being honored at a ball and I was third up there, and they were both very prepared with speeches. I, however, was ill prepared; I chose to speak from the heart and that's what I did tonight. I did forget some people, though."

"The worse the villain, the bigger the death," John Lithgow said backstage after taking home the Globe for supporting actor in a TV miniseries for Showtime's "Dexter." Lithgow, who previously won for "3rd Rock From the Sun" -- called his Trinity Killer a "delicious role," and one he knew would end badly. "It would have diminished the character had it gone on any longer. And the audience out there was hungry to see the end of Trinity. They may have loved Trinity, but the (story) needed an end." The theater actor, who noted he's returning to New York on Monday for a role in "Mr. and Mrs. Fitch" with Jennifer Ehle at the Second Stage Theatre, said he loved that Trinity's cover was a "nice family man. That's what made him so very creepy. I really knew how to creep people out." Touching on Michael C. Hall's first Globe win for "Dexter," Lithgow said he's happy to see the show "get its due. It takes a while for a show with a protagonist who is a serial killer for people to realize that this is great drama. It has taken a while for people to realize that Michael is a tremendous actor."

It was a lucky seven for "The Good Wife's" Julianna Margulies, who nabbed the Globe in her seventh try -- including three noms for her role opposite George Clooney on NBC's "ER." The best actress in a TV drama winner said she had trouble making her way to the stage, but spotted and kissed Clooney in the audience, and that seemed to ease her nerves. "It was the best!" she said of the smooch. "I got flustered and then I saw his familiar face. It was very heartwarming to me." Touching on cable's early dominance at the Globes, Margulies, who plays a loyal wife standing behind a cheating husband, said CBS' early Season 2 pickup for the drama "gave the whole show an infusion of energy. It's good energy on the set because we know we have jobs for next year." She added that she initially was looking for a cable show to join "because I was looking for a role that would allow me artistic freedom and I ended up with 'The Good Wife' and CBS in a role that allowed me artistic freedom."

Kevin Bacon took center stage Sunday after years of "carrying the tray behind" wife Kyra Sedgwick. Earning his first Globe -- as best actor in a miniseries for his role as Lt. Col. Mike Strobl in HBO's "Taking Chance" -- Bacon was pleased with the impact the HBO telefilm has had. "You make movies, you hope they affect people. There are people who had no idea about the process that goes into taking remains back to their final resting place," he said. "In a way, it's almost embarrassing. I feel it was an important story that needed to be told. If you make a small, sad movie and put it out in theaters on a couple screens in L.A. and New York you have to beg people to come see it rather than 'Avatar' for a third time, but instead you give it to HBO and 10 million people see it." Bacon added that he was pleased the State Department changed its policy on photographing caskets when they come home from war. "The policy changed and the Pentagon decided it would be up to the families to decide if they wanted them to be honored," he said, adding that he was told the secretary of defense had seen the telefilm and that "Taking Chance" had had an impact on the change.

Drew Barrymore used her backstage press moment to thank her "Grey Gardens" co-star Jessica Lange, whom she forgot to thank on stage. "I wish I could split this award in half," she said. "And there's a song line from the movie, 'All along I'm a like a joke without a laugh' -- and that's how I feel about Jessica Lange." Barrymore was joined on stage with her "Gardens" director and producers, and they were asked if they planned to reteam for another TV project. The group hemmed and hawed ("I don't know how much I'm allowed to say," murmured Barrymore) then Michael Sucsy dodged that bullet by complimenting companies like HBO for turning made-for-television movies into A-list events now that studios are focusing more and more on blockbusters. "People still want to see these kinds of movies," he said, referring to smaller, character-driven dramas.

Pete Docter revealed the true reason behind having a septuganiarian in "Up": "We thought it was a market that wasn't exploited yet, so we went that way," he said, then slipped in: "Just kidding." But Doctor did say that compared with other Pixar movies, which get their share of young fans, this one expanded the demographic. "We got letters from older widowers," he said. When asked if there was a chance for an "Up" ride at Disneyland, he said Pixar had been talking to the park about new attractions. "I hope there is (an 'Up' ride)," he said. "It's one of the reasons I got into this, my love for Disney."

Michael Haneke was quick and to the point backstage about his foreign-language film win for Germany's "The White Ribbon." Asked, in German, if he thought the Globe win would impact his life, Haneke replied through a translator, "Yes, my desk will look a little bit different now." On a more serious note, the writer-director said the initial response he received to wanting to shoot his World War I film in black and white wasn't a positive one. "I have