The mood on the Golden Globes red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton matched the temperature — warm and breezy. A strong crop of feature contenders and a passel of great TV shows have industry insiders feeling upbeat about the state of the content biz these days.
“I just love movies,” Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn assured us as he talked about the riches available to the studio from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Disney Animation. But he admitted that “Saving Mr. Banks” was something of an internal favorite as it was a home-grown project by Sean Bailey and Alan Bergman’s teams.
“It is a creative joy to work with all these talented people,” Horn said. Speaking of talented people, Alan, tell us something we don’t know about the state of “Star Wars.” He smiled and assured that J. J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are “closing the gap. We really are going to do this.”
Ted Sarandos (pictured with wife Nicole Avant) was having a bit of a pinch-me moment, considering how far Netflix has come in the past 12 months. A year ago, Netflix was nowhere with originals; today it’s a heavyweight contender with three nominated shows: “House of Cards,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Arrested Development.” “It’s pretty surreal,” he said. “We have a pool of incredible talent working for us that got us here.”
“12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen took a moment to praise the actors who helped him deliver his deeply emotion story of the African-American experience.
“I am in awe of actors and what they do,” McQueen said. “I chose the best actors for the roles and they showed up and delivered every day. And not only did they turn out to be the most amazing actors, they are the best people.”
“Masters of Sex” star Michael Sheen was hoping for a particular kind of hookup at the Globes.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my ‘Midnight in Paris’ co-star Corey Stoll here tonight,” he said. noting that Stoll was nonmed for “House of Cards.”
Sheen wouldn’t reveal much about “Masters of Sex’s” upcoming second season, except that there it may reveal more of him. After all, he wasn’t seen entirely naked in season one. “Not all of me. Not yet. Save some for Season two.”
Sony Pictures Classics’ co-prez Tom Bernard also enthused about the state of moviemaking in 2013. He didn’t hestitate when asked about his favorite pic of hte year that he had nothing to do with: “Nebraska,” which he called a throwback to the great 1970s stories of America like “The Last Picture Show.”
“It captured Middle America,” Bernard said. “If you ever spent time one one of those towns, you were right back there in that film.”
It’s a good time to be Beau Bridges. He had one of the best roles of his career in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” and he’s in the ensemble of CBS’ promising new sitcom “The Millers.” With “Masters” he felt an obligation to be good and truthful in his role as a conflicted, closeted gay man. “Millers,” on the other hand, “is screwball comedy.” His only concern is making sure that he can still do both shows down the road — fortuantely it’s all in the CBS family so the will should be there to work it out.
Judi Dench couldn’t make it tonight because she’s filming overseas, so the real-life subject of the movie she is nonmed for, Philomena Lee, was on hand and ready to do accepting honors if needed.
In a room packed with stars, who was she most eager to meet?
Whitney Friedlander contributed to this report.