MOVIESBest supporting actress, drama— Kate Winslet, The Reader
And the first trophy goes to: an actress. Winslet picks up her first Globe for the role of a woman who has an affair with a young man then is tried for war crimes. "I have a habit of not winning things," she said, and started to read from a written speech. Among people she thanked: her fellow nominees, her agent, the Hollywood Foreign Press, the writer of the novel, the screenwriter, hair and makeup, the costume designer, the director ("I loved every second of working with you"), the producers, her husband, director Sam Mendes. And "My children … who are home watching on TV. Look, I won." She said to them. "Thank you for coming on this adventure with Mommy.
Best original song, motion picture— Bruce Springsteen, The Wrestler
"This is the first time I'm going to be in any kind of competition with Clint Eastwood (nominated for Gran Torino song). Felt pretty good, too." Among thanks: Mickey Rourke, who stars in the movie, for asking him to write something for it.
Best animated film—Wall-E
Accepting for the Disney hit was writer/director Andrew Stanton, who thanked Disney and Pixar. The movie, he said, "couldn't have been made anywhere else." He also thanked his children, "You inspire every emotion I ever try to capture on screen."
Best actress, comedy/musical— Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
"Oh my goodness," she said and had to put down the trophy to read her notes. "I'll get it in a minute," she assured. Overwhelmed with emotion, she mentioned all of her fellow nominees and said, "This seems insane that I'm up here when you are all in the room." With almost every thanks, she said, "I love you." "And of course, my parents, I love you. And that special guiding light (director) Mike Leigh. This is extraordinary."
Best supporting actor, drama— Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Accepting on his behalf was Christopher Nolan, who directed the movie. "All of us who worked with Heath on The Dark Knight accept this with an awful mixture of sadness but incredible pride. After Heath passed on, you saw a hole ripped future of cinema. But with the extraordinary response to his work that we've seen all over the world, I for one start to look a bit less at that gap in the future and a little bit more at the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himself with his talent and his artistry. ... He will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten."
Best foreign film—Waltz with Bashir
Accepting the trophy was writer/director Ari Folman: He dedicated the prize to the eight babies born during the production. "I hope that one day they will grow up and watch the film together, and they will see the war in the film and it will seem like an ancient video game that has nothing to do with their lives whatsoever."
Best screenplay— Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
"This is an absolute honor ... We really weren't expecting to be here in America at one point at all." He explained that the story kicked around for a while, and eventually made it to director Danny Boyle. "There are some directors who shoot a screenwriters script, but once in a blue moon, a director comes along who makes it fly. And I don't need to tell you that you made it fly. Thank you, Danny."
Best original score— A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
"Unbelievable," he said. "I have this long list," and read off many names, including director Danny Boyle and "the brilliant people from India."
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award— Steven Spielberg
Spielberg, getting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award:To standing ovation and rousing applause. "Thank you, thank you. Wow." He said Martin Scorsese, who presented the trophy, was his inspiration. He talked about seeing Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show in Earth with his dad. "I think my fate was sealed that day in 1952." He tried to re-create the movie's train crash sequence with his train set and eventually, after being threatened with no new train set, filmed it when no one was looking with his family's movie camera. "It actually brought the same feeling of gratification watching that little home movie again and again instead of wrecking the real thing. So I have to thank CB DeMille. For inspiring me to make my first movie and giving this honor real personal meaning." He went on to talk about having a mentor and mentoring in Hollywood and how the process creates a renewal in the business. "An opportunity was given to me to be an enabler, and those are the honors that I value beyond all else. ... I think in a way there's a feeling floating around during these hard economic times that the impulse and the future might be to make more movies for broader audiences, and I just want to say that we can't ever forget that we are also an audience of individuals. And without the kinds of movies nominated tonight, we would be in danger of losing that very thing that none of us can live without ... and that is inspiration."
Best director, — Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
"Thanks ever so much. Your mad pulsating affection for our film for our film is much appreciated, really deeply appreciated." He thanked everyone from his agent to producers and the actors, and the people in Mumbai. "I just want to finish by thanking my kids ... and Gail, who is their mum."
Best supporting actor— Tom Wilkinson, John Adams (HBO)
He thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for his first Globe win: "You've made me very happy indeed." Among thanks: Someone named Frank, who's last name I've forgotten. And all of those great people at HBO." Thank you "for making this job one of the most enjoyable and rewarding of my life."
Best supporting actress— Laura Dern, Recount (HBO)
Her thank yous included: "The brave and amazing HBO." Her "acting inspirations, my parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern." She also said, "I will cherish this as a reminder of the extraordinary, incredible outpouring of people who demanded that their voice be heard in this last election so we can look forward to amazing change in this country."
Best actor— Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment (HBO)
Gabriel Byrne wasn't there to accept.
Best actress— Anna Paquin, True Blood (HBO)
HBO's first water-cooler show in a while gets a win. It was Paquin's first Globe win, after several nominations. "This is awesome, I am so excited," she said. Among those she thanked: The show's entire cast, her make-up artist and costumer. "You guys are awesome."
Best miniseries—John Adams (HBO)
Accepting the trophy: executive producer Tom Hanks. Among thanks: David McCullough: "Everybody should read his books."
Best actress, mini-series— Laura Linney, John Adams (HBO)
"When you are lucky enough to have a few decades in this business, every once in a while a job comes along that you know is extraordinally special and one you will be deeply proud of. And John Adams was certanly that job for me" Among those she thanked by name: producer Tom Hanks and star Paul Giamatti.
Best actor, TV comedy series— Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
At first he joked, "Oh god, I feel so old, I remember when I used to bring (Miss Golden Globe) Rumer Willis a juice box on the set of a movie." Then he got down to business: "I want to thank obviously … Thank you, Tina. Thank you, Tina. Thank you, Tina." As in Tina Fey, the creator/writer/co-star of the show. Also among thanks, his daughter, Ireland.
Best actor, TV miniseries or movie— Paul Giamatti, John Adams (HBO)
"This was helluva job, this thing, this was a helluva job, this little costume drama we put on. It seemed like there were thousands of people who saved my (butt) every day, every minute of every day. And I need to thank ALL of them." He mentioned a few. Among them: producer Tom Hanks, co-stars Tom Wilkinson and Laura Linney, and the crew, both in Virginia and Hungary.
Best TV comedy—30 Rock (NBC)
Producer/writer/star Tina Fey was announced as the person accepting, but her co-star Tracy Morgan grabbed the mike and said that he and Tina had an agreement: If Barack Obama won, he'd speak for the show from now on. "Welcome to post-racial America! I'm the face of post-racial America! Deal with it, Cate Blanchett," he said. "We'd like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press, especially me because a black man can't get no love at the Emmys. I love you, Europe!" He went on to thank everyone from network chief Jeff Zucker to craft services. "Thank you very much!"
Best actress, comedy— Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
"Oh my, thank you," she said. "I wanna say thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press. I have always loved the Hollywood Foreign Press. As a kid I had all the Hollywood Foreign Press action figures. (Thank you, Will Arnett, for that joke.) I want you to know that I really know how very lucky I am to have the year that I've this year. And if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet; you can find A LOT of people there who don't like you. I'd like to address some of them now." Then she rattled off some screenames and told each one to "Suck it." And added. "And to my husband Jeff, I love you and thank you."