HOLLYWOOD — The backstage proceedings at the Globes were unusually hurried compared with recent years, as actors were trotted out and then scampered off at the urging of the HFPA’s Jorge Camara.
Peter Jackson, who took home a statuette for directing “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” was asked backstage if he thought anything he’d do in the future would top the experience of making the trilogy. “No, not with the event it became and shooting all three at once,” he admitted. “It probably won’t happen again soon — especially by me.”
Asked about the widespread belief that the Academy was waiting for the final film to reward the entire trilogy, Jackson replied, “That is a no-win question,” but added, “If that’s happened, I’m delighted.”
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Asked the de rigueur fashion question, actress in a TV series winner Sarah Jessica Parker said she chose her Karl Lagerfeld-designed gunmetal dress because “it reminded me of the Empire State Building.” She added, “I get to keep them,” meaning the clothes she wears. “I’m not a particularly savvy businessperson, but I am with this.”
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Following in dad Kirk Douglas’ footsteps to the podium to accept the Cecil B. De Mille Award, Michael Douglas was asked how his famous father felt about the honor. Douglas the Younger said his dad had “mixed feelings. It’s one thing to have a life achievement award of your own, but you start to think you’re really old if your son has his own life achievement award.”
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“Mystic River’s” Tim Robbins, winner for supporting actor in a motion picture (drama), had a bit of fun with the fact that Golden Globe trophies are blank when handed out onstage: “I’m going to get a little engraving thing and cross out the ‘supporting.’ ”
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Anthony LaPaglia, named best actor in a drama series, amplified on his televised speech, in which he thanked his wife for supporting his “bad habits.”
Such as? For one thing, shooting “Without a Trace” takes him away from home a lot. And, for another: “I also drop my clothes all over the floor.”
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“Six Feet Under” star Frances Conroy balked at revealing anything about the next season of the skein, for which she had to report to work this morning, though admittedly “with a later call time.”
“We barely know what’s happening script to script,” she added. “But if I did say anything, they’d embalm me.”
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Jeffrey Wright, who won the Golden Globe for supporting actor in a miniseries for performing a set of roles he created onstage in “Angels in America,” philosophized about the rewards of doing theater-driven film.
“When I became an actor, I thought it could be a political vehicle,” he said, noting the main difference between performing “Angels in America” onstage and on HBO was that “when we did it on Broadway, there were people in wheelchairs in the audience who were sick with (AIDS).”
As for his inspiration for the role: “Hanging out with the queens, man.”
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A bearded Bill Murray was his usual deadpan self, acknowledging he’s a difficult man to track down and pitch projects to — even adult-oriented winners like “Lost in Translation,” for which he won the actor (comedy) Globe.
Asked what’s lost in translation in Hollywood, Murray was more introspective than usual in public.
“They really made great movies 100 years ago. I think that’s what gets lost … is that you have to know that stuff … if you’re going to tell stories in the modern age.”
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Diane Keaton, clad head to toe in a high-collared cream outfit that made her look like a photo-negative of “The Matrix’s” Neo, dismissed the notion when she was asked whether she thought her win for “Something’s Gotta Give” was significant given her age. “It is a significant honor because of the content,” she declared.
Noting that almost 30 years have passed since her winning turn in “Annie Hall,” thesp credited the Nancy Meyers laffer for showing that “love is possible among the elderly.”
Asked if the passing years had given her a different perspective, Keaton paused, then added, brightly yet a bit wistfully, “You’re more aware of the end — and it makes a thing so much more sweeter.”
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Renee Zellweger said filming any movie, especially one as challenging as “Cold Mountain,” leaves one constantly in doubt about what’s happened. At the end of a day’s lensing, she explained, questions remained: “The sun’s going down — have we done it?”
Zellweger said that while she initially thought Ruby was too different from her own experiences, she ultimately sided with the character because of “her drive, her humor, her optimism … she made me laugh.”
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Meryl Streep, who last year warned reporters not to get too close because she “smelled like a camel,” apparently smelled better this year, perhaps because of her back-to-back successes. She was quick to point out that “Angels in America” — for which she won best actress in a miniseries — “asks so much of an audience” because of its “operatic scale” but that it succeeds anyway.
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What will become of show creator and star Ricky Gervais now that BBC transplant “The Office” has triumphed in the U.S.?
“I’ll probably become more arrogant and lazy,” he smiled, holding his twin Globes for his perf and the skein.
Asked what comes next, Gervais expressed mock surprise at the mere thought of working again: “I’ll live off this for the next 10 years and then do some really bad stuff when I need the money.”
(Bill Higgins contributed to this report.)