8:30It boggles my mind that Anna Faris wasn't nominated for The House Bunny, but it was good to see Kate Winslet and Anna Paquin win. And I was happy to see critics Dana Stevens, Jessica Winters and Stephanie Zacharek single out the House Bunny and Faris for praise.
Michael: The glitter on Eva Mendes’s shoulders is putting me into a trance. It also works on the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who bags the usual speech and makes way for Zac Ephron and Hayden Panetierre who are here to announce Best Actor in a Series.
Julian: Here's the category everybody's been waiting for, which will answer the question: can the Golden Globes conquer death? And yes, as expected it can. Accepting on Heath Ledger's behalf is The Dark Knight director Chris Nolan. So far, the 20-second tribute clip of Ledger as the Joker is the most enthralling portion of the show. Nolan's speech is incredibly classy: "After Heath passed on, you saw a hole ripped in the future of cinema."
Julian: Apatow-acolytes Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen present Best Adapted Screenplay and tempt death by taking cruel digs at Mickey Rourke, who has no idea who they or Judd Apatow are. Simon Beaufoy wins for writing Slumdog Millionaire. Score another for John Lopez, who says: "Simon Beaufoy traces the journey of his script for Danny Boyle's film in a long-winded and extraneous way that makes me question how much he deserves that award."
Julian: There's only one possible reason for Sean Penn not showing up: He must have known that Mickey Rourke was going to win the Best Actor award for The Wrestler (right again, John). "It's been a very long road back for me," an emotional Rourke said, right after stumbling up the final few steps of that road to take his award. The cameras catch Darren Aronofsky smugly flicking off Rourke for calling him a "tough son-of-a-bitch." In a heartfelt, touching speech, Rourke thanks Axl Rose and his dogs, among others. And because the ceremony is running so short on time, Rourke sadly becomes the first winner to be ushered out to music. Thanks a lot, Colin Farrell.
Granted the livebloggers can't revise or edit and have to post what pops into their heads. At 9:23 Julian writes, "Apatow-acolytes Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen present Best Adapted Screenplay and tempt death by taking cruel digs at Mickey Rourke," whereas I would have said "tempt fate" or "court death" but then again maybe those are cliche.