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Celebration stirs stars’ emotions

Backstage notes from Globes

GOLDEN GLOBES COVERAGE
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Globe Trottin’

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It’s the money, honey!

HOLLYWOOD — The BevHilton aud members were barely in their seats when the evening’s first surprises hit: Back-to-back kudos for “Closer,” helmed by Mike Nichols. Supporting actor winner Clive Owen said, “It was the strangest three minutes. I hadn’t sat down at the table. It’s fantastic.”

Owen dodged questions about the rumor that he’s in line to take over the role of James Bond to rave about Nichols: “He’s an incredibly smart, charming human being. He makes you feel totally secure, so you know he’s not going to let you down. He’s got impeccable taste.”

Moments later, a beaming Natalie Portman accepted supporting actress honors, calling Nichols “the wisest, smartest daddy-friend-rock star.”

Looking ahead to the end of her stint in the “Star Wars” trilogy, she said, “It’s bittersweet. It’s an ending, but every ending’s a beginning, too.”

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Hilary Swank, facing potentially her second race against Annette Bening for the actress Oscar, said she doesn’t see it as competition. “(Bening) was so gracious to me five years ago when we were both nominated. She gave me good advice and was gracious and was an inspiration. I think it’s a shame things are seen as winners and losers.

“I’m just speechless that I’m in this position. I’ve realized since ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ that good roles are few and far between. I’m just trying to be in the moment and take it all in and be appreciative. I’m very thankful.”

She said her onscreen relationship with helmer Clint Eastwood leaked into their personal relationship. “It’s an honor to know him and call him a friend,” she said. She won’t be in his next film, a World War II pic with an all-male cast, she said, “but I told him, ‘Clint, I played a boy before.’ ”

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Jamie Foxx said winning the award on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday made him feel “great for black people.” Thesp said to under-stand that, you had to know where he came from in rural Texas. “I’ve been on the cover of GQ, all kinds of magazines, but my town of Terrell, Texas, has never put me on the cover of the newspaper.” He credited his grandmother with telling him, “You’re necessary, you’re necessary.”

Of the late Ray Charles, who didn’t live to see the acclaim for the biopic, he said, “It’s like you always think in the back of your mind that you wanted him to be here for this, but things happen for a reason. I talked to his family, and it was great to see them being uplifted.”

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Clint Eastwood said he deliberately kept “Million Dollar Baby” under the radar during production. “We didn’t have a PR person on the show. We just kind of made it and figured it would live or die on its own. On ‘Mystic River’ I found that by not overpromoting the film you don’t build a lot of expectations, (and) people discover the film for themselves.”

Eastwood said his daughter Kathryn Eastwood impressed him as Miss Golden Globe. “She did a great job of being a steady factor, for a 16-year-old girl with all those name players coming up there.”

Of his star Hilary Swank‘s acceptance speech, Eastwood deadpanned, “She certainly has a good memory. She had all the names, in-cluding her agent. I’m standing there going, ‘Who’s my agent?’ That comes with a certain age.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese savored “The Aviator’s” wins, DiCaprio as actor in a drama and the pic as top drama. DiCaprio especially enjoyed reviewing the early days of Hollywood. “Looking back in history, that era of cinema, those were the great pioneers. People were making movies at that time and breaking new boundaries. These men were like generals, breaking new ground every day.”

For his part, Scorsese called the film the end of a cycle that began on “Gangs of New York.” “Six years I think it’s been with Leo and Harvey (Weinstein), two films about America.”

Scorsese said he’d always shied away from the various Howard Hughes pics in development around town because he only remembered the older, insane Hughes. “I missed the age of aviation, the age of the aviator.” But that changed when he read the script DiCaprio and Michael Mann had devel-oped with John Logan: “It started with a young, vibrant, alive visionary obsessed with speed. That was pretty interesting.”

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“Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry admitted it was tough deciding whether to put his show up as a comedy or a drama, but now that it has won the comedy Globe, the die seems to be cast. “As far as the Emmys, now that we’ve won, it would be weird to switch over to drama, it would be kind of a showoff thing,” he said. “It’s not exactly fair, because we have our moments of angst, but the truth is we’re not like any of those dramas, either.”

His own angst comes from the idea of putting up his four leading ladies into competition in the same category. “It’s the toughest thing in the world to submit four brilliant actresses against each other, four women I love. I am scared that if we put all four gals up for Emmys, by definition you’re knocking somebody out.”

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Annette Bening said her actress character in “Being Julia” would have found the award “totally appropriate,” though “Julia doesn’t think much of movie stars. She’s from a time when people were pretty snobby about the movies.”

Bening tugged her ear as names were read in her category, sending a message to her kids at home. What was it? “It’s a secret,” she said with a grin.

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Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart, who won the original song trophy for “Old Habits Die Hard” in “Alfie,” were asked what U.S. TV shows they like.

Jagger said he mostly watched sports, but added “The Sopranos” is a fave.

Stewart said he uses TiVo so he can watch all the commercials in a row. “People must be very ill here,” he said. “They run so many drug ads.” He added that the listing of side effects was his favorite part.

“I like ‘side effects,’ ” Jagger said. “It would be a good album title.”

Asked why he thought so many older women were winning Globes, Jagger said: “Well, you have to do a great performance. It’s not enough just to be old.”

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Weighing in on the wins for over-40 women, Teri Hatcher said, “The 40s are so hot. Forty is the new 30.” She added that the producers of her hit series, “Desperate Housewives,” might not have “realized we were all over 40.”

Asked what she was going to do with her new trophy, she joked, “I might hit Nicollette (Sheridan) over the head with it. That would be such a Susan Mayer thing to do!”

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Anjelica Huston, elegant in a simple Calvin Klein gown and an array of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, said, “Maybe that’s one of the things you learn after 40: You don’t have to show too much skin.” Nommed eight times before, she said she thought “after a time I didn’t think it was mine in the offing.” Of her career, she said, “It’s a very happy time of life for me now. I’m working a lot. This (award) makes it better.”

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Geoffrey Rush, sporting “authentic 1960s suede shoes
,” admitted he had to sort through a lot of material to portray Peter Sellers, most of it pretty dark. “But I’d spoken to people who worked with him back in the ’70s and I got so many diverse opinions — I just tried to balance it out.” He demurred on the question of how his own life would stand up as a movie, adding, “Unless Colin Farrell is available to play me, there’s no point.”

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Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Robin Williams called his tribute “like a bar mitzvah, except for an older man.” The 53-year-old thesp said he may have looked nervous — “I was a little scared, but the other nominees died” — but added, “It’s nice to get it when you can actually remember what you’ve done.”

During the clip reel of his career highlights, he thought, “That’s enough of ‘Popeye,’ thank you. That was very humbling. ‘Popeye’s’ a great movie if you run it backwards.”

He called the HFPA “my extended weird family” and dedicated his award to the late Christopher Reeve. “It’s weird, it’s like a phantom friend thing,” he said. “It’s like he’s still here, he’s such a presence. I feel like the phone’s going to ring, and I’ll hear, ‘Hey brother.’ ”

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TV supporting actor William Shatner (“Boston Legal”) called his Golden Globe “a real thrill,” adding flatly, “I really wanted to win.” Asked whether his “Boston Legal” character would ask for a raise on the basis of the win, he said, “Denny Crane would ask for a raise? Well, so would William Shatner. I think I will. That’s a good idea.” As for the rest of the night, he said, “I’m ready to party. I’ve got a 6:30 call tomorrow to be Denny Crane, but that gives me until 5:30.”

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Ian McShane‘s backstage banter was almost as salty as his “Deadwood” dialogue. He referred fans to a Web site that counts the swear words: “That’s counts, C-O-U-N-T-S,” he quipped. He admitted being very relaxed about the evening, saying, “You have to be; 42 years ago I was nominated best newcomer.” It didn’t hurt that he likes his role, either. “God bless Al (Swearengen). I love him,” he said. “He’s the best gig I ever had.”

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His show may be about trying to stay sane in an insane situation, but “Arrested Development’s” Jason Bateman said the craziest situation to stay sane in is show business. “It’s a pretty fickle town, and work is tenuous at best. You work and if you do a perfect job you’re fired at the end of it and you go look for another one. All jobs eventually end.”

With an Emmy to its credit, the low-rated Fox laffer seems ready to make a run in the ratings, but Bateman admitted, “There was unfortunate timing with us wining the Emmy and not being on the air in the early fall. But (Fox prexy) Gail (Berman)’s been very supportive. We couldn’t be on a better network, with their propensity to program things that are left of center.”

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Glenn Close said she was wearing a Geoffrey Beene dress that she’d previously worn to the Oscars as an homage to the recently de-ceased designer. She admitted she hadn’t had the courage to watch Katharine Hepburn’s take on Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” until well into her shoot in Budapest. “I was really happy that I did. I learned things from her performance, and I felt her presence constantly.”

(Bill Higgins contributed to this report.)