"Milk" and "Frost/Nixon" were shut out of the Golden Globes. It's not a huge surprise, as momentum had been heading in the direction of "Slumdog Millionaire" for the past several weeks.
Sean Penn, nominated for lead actor in a drama for "Milk," was not present, so there would not have been any statement about Harvey Milk or his legacy, anyway. But the winner in the category surely is like salt in the wound for those rooting for "Milk." Mickey Rourke, who won for
"The Wrestler," has been tireless this award campaign season, but he also has been unabashed in his use of gay slurs. Looking at it another way, given the character that he is, it's hard to get too worked up over it.
"John Adams" won for TV miniseries, as well as for stars Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson, while Laura Dern won for "Recount."
What was surprising was how little was said about Barack Obama, considering the support he garnered in the room, and given that so many of the stars are expected at the inauguration next week. It was as if everyone got the message that TV audiences are looking to escape into the glamour of the moment, largely leaving reminders of the economy and the real world.
Accepting for "30 Rock," Tracy Morgan made the sole reference to the incoming administration — in one of the few genuinely funny moments of the show.
"Tina Fey and I had an agreement that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on."
"Welcome to post-racial America! I am the face of post-racial America.
Deal with it, Cate Blanchett! We'd like to thank the Hollywood Foreign
Press … especially me, 'cause a black man can't get no love at the
Emmys. I love you, Europe! That's what's up!"