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January 18, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Ricky Gervais returned as Host for the 2011 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards aired this Sunday with more than its share of controversial speeches and memorable moments.  And in-between the salacious hilarity, some truly well-deserved awards.

A lot of the post-Golden Globes buzz is about the program’s controversial host,  British comedian Ricky Gervais.  Personally, I love him, even though most of his jokes on Sunday night were low blows.  Gervais is a man who creates his jokes for an audience (in this case, YOU not the celebrities) and forgets about the feelings of those actually in the room.  Fine by me — it was hilarious.

Stranger than Gervais was the camera editing: What the heck was with all the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie close-ups!?  Not only do I despise hearing or seeing this couple (the hype was over years ago), were they even nominated for anything?  Oh wait, that pile of crap some might call The Tourist.  But seriously, what does Robert DeNiro’s speech have to do with a 10 second shot of their faces?  I mean, let’s face it: Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson are more relevant now and were also in attendance.  And the gorgeous Tron duo of Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund were also there!  Where were those close-ups?

Aside from Gervais’s off-color entertainment and crazy editing, here are the Golden Globe moments that stood out the most to me:

Natalie Portman Wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture and Gossips About Her Sex Life on Stage

Natalie Portman Wins Golden Globe for Best Actress

Is it just me or has Natalie Portman made her love for fiance and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied a little too TMI?  Once a woman who rarely spoke about her personal life, Portman gave the audience quite a shock with a part of her acceptance speech:

“…Benjamin choreographed the film, and also you might remember him in the movie as the guy when they ask, ‘Would you sleep with that girl?’ And he’s like, ‘Pffsh, no.’ He’s the best actor. It’s not true: He totally wants to sleep with me!”

Girl’s just being honest!  Natalie has really been glowing since Black Swan erupted in Hollywood, and her love for Millepied has really shone through.  It was actually quite sweet to hear her gush and laugh over it.  Obviously there is no hiding the baby bump (she has announced it’s due in the summer), and I think the comment settled the usual snotty atmosphere of award shows.  Check out the speech to hear her refer to her Black Swan co-star as “Mila ‘Sweet Lips’ Kunis.”

Laura Linney Wins for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series: A Big Yay! for The Big C and Confusion Over Glee

Laura Linney in The Big C

Laura Linney was a deserving winner.  Her performance on Showtime’s The Big C is so real it’s almost unbearable. Especially the scenes were she is embarrassing her teenage son.  We can all imagine having our mother take us off the soccer field after we refuse to go over to her during the break.  It makes me cringe to think of my own mother doing the same!

On another note: was anyone else surprised at the Lea Michelle nomination in this category?  I mean, I love Glee and Michelle’s character, but when I see her in interviews and paparazzi videos….she’s kind of the same person. It doesn’t seem to be a stretch for her.  Check out her audition tape.  She even admits that her own personality (not any incredible acting talent) was what got her the role!

Chris Colfer Wins for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series and Delivers Anti-Bullying Message to Glee Fans

Chris Colfer Wins For His Performance in Glee

Did anyone become wordless at the exact same moment Chris Colfer won? What a dream come true for this rising star! Colfer has really made Glee great.  His character, Kurt, has stolen the show and the hearts of many.

The underdog who broke through Hollywood gave a nod to the bullied kids of today in his moving acceptance speech, dedicating the award to “the kids who are constantly told they can’t…be who they are or have what they want because of who they are.  Well, screw that, kids.”

It’s so great to see someone like Chris Colfer offering himself as a role model.  He’s worth admiring for his charisma, strength, and success.

Aside from Colfer’s own award, the Glee cast took home another statue this weekend for Best Comedy Television Series.  This was another one that just had to go to Ryan Murphy and the cast.  This season was a big step up from the first.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network) for Best Original Motion Picture Score: Was Inception Robbed?

The Social Network Soundtrack

It was such a close call between The Social Network and Inception for best soundtrack this year.  I am a total soundtrack nerd, so this was my big Golden Globe holding-my-breath moment.  Well, it was more of a ‘Google search and gasp’ moment.

While I am still having a hard time deciding if Hans Zimmer’s tension-building soundtrack for Inception should have been the winner, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and  composer/producer Atticus Ross made a really special soundtrack.  I barely remember any real notes of 127 Hours‘ soundtrack (mostly because I was too busy cringing for James Franco’s life), and Alice in Wonderland had only a few good pieces.  If you have seen The Social Network, a movie just as great as you’ve heard it is, you will immediately experience a smooth flow between the scenes, resting heavily on the songs.  Ultimately, The Social Network soundtrack deserves at least a nod from the award powers-that-be.

The Social Network walked away with the most Golden Globes this year.  The movie won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay in addition to its soundtrack award.  But I’m still not sure it really was the stand-apart best.  This year, I loved all of the nominated films so much that I really can’t tell you which one should have gotten the Globe.  Each one was so completely different from the other, and each one I could watch again and again!

Which film do you think should have won Best Picture?  Tell us what you think about this year’s Golden Globe awards!

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