* I thought Ricky Gervais was pretty good. Controversial indeed, abrasive for sure, but I love the uncomfortable humor he puts these celebrities through. Although the final words about him being an atheist, while I don’t have a problem with him saying it, has to be the strangest dismount for an awards show ever.
* The tie for the two best speeches belonged to surprise winner Paul Giamatti and shoe in Colin Firth, with Natalie Portman’s funny reference to her fiancé coming in a close second.
* Aaron Sorkin’s speech was a little strange, but I liked it as well.
* It seems to me that Robert DeNiro has lightened up recently. Forever, he was seen as a shut in who didn’t enjoy personal interaction or interviews or just being around humans in general. But then he did Saturday Night Live. And then his acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Award last night was really funny. Self deprecating and quick witted. It also reminded me that he was actually in a truck-driver movie called Jack Knife.
* Matt Damon’s introduction of DeNiro was spot on as well.
* Robert Downey Jr. is somehow, some way, the coolest motherfucker in Hollywood.
* I am glad Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right won Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. But then again, with films like Burlesque, The Tourist, and Alice in Wonderland up against it, the win couldn’t have felt all that satisfying.
* Melissa Leo winning supporting actress was a little bit of a surprise to me. I expected Helena Bonham Carter to win for The King’s Speech. It makes me re-think my Oscar picks for Supporting Actress.
* That being said, The Golden Globes are the biggest joke of the acting awards season, and are hardly ever a precursor to the Oscars.