There’s a major difference between the Golden Globes and the Oscars when it comes to reporting backstage. At the Oscars, the press is stationed in a room approximately three Rhode Islands away from the Kodak Theatre. But at the Globes, you’re in a Beverly Hilton ballroom that’s literally next door to the ceremony. This proximity to the celebrities adds a certain amount of excitement to the task at hand. Need to make a stop at the restroom? Oh, there’s Colin Firth strolling by with his Globe in hand. Off to the concierge desk to set up your wireless Internet? Why hello, Brad and Angelina, so nice of you to waltz through the lobby now and remind me of my actual place on the good-looks hierarchy.
And then there’s the press room, where winners are interrogated about their careers, their dresses, their pregnancy fitness routines (Natalie Portman swims), and their ability to evade questions regarding Sarah Palin. (There were two Palin questions, which is two more than there should have been.) Most winners handled the media circus like pros (see Chris Colfer, Annette Bening, and Melissa Leo), while others (namely, Robert De Niro) appeared to be having as much fun as a 5-year-old forced to watch C-SPAN. Thus, I hereby present the 3rd Annual EW Backstage Awards – a collection of the press room’s most flavorful moments.
Biggest Robert De Niro fan: Christian Bale, who clarified the bleeped-out portion of his acceptance speech for The Fighter. “I spotted [De Niro] right there, and I just told him that he’s the s—,” said Bale. “You see an actor of that caliber… I was proud to be in the same room as him.”
Biggest Ricky Gervais fan: Also Christian Bale, who praised the Globes host for pushing the envelope. “That’s what comedy’s supposed to be about,” said Bale. “The guy’s a genius. I remember when we were in Iceland before starting on Batman Begins, I was watching his The Office endlessly, just crying and laughing.”
Most Visibly Happy (tie): Glee’s Chris Colfer and Danish director Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won Best Foreign Language Film. First, Colfer said he was attempting to hold back tears. “I have my big-boy pants on, so I am trying not to [cry],” said Colfer. “It’s insane. I have been watching [the Globes] since I was in embryo.” And did the actor think his victory had any positive social ramifications? “I think one of the best things for all the kids that are watching tonight who don’t quite understand that Kurt is a character and that we are actors, they saw Kurt Hummel get an award for just being him,” said Colfer. “I think that’s a great thing they are seeing right now.”
Second, Bier, whose movie surprisingly beat the likes of Biutiful and I Am Love, was asked what her award will mean for the Danish film industry. I thought her response had a beautiful simplicity to it: “It means that a tiny country of 5 million people can actually manage to communicate to the rest of the world.” Bier revealed that In a Better World will be released stateside in March.
Most Aware of His Tendency to Ramble: Al Pacino. While in the middle of a particularly lengthy explanation of where he keeps his awards, Pacino stopped himself. “Boy, I am giving long answers,” said the actor. “I can almost put myself to sleep. I start talking and I can feel myself drifting off.”
Most Lethargic: Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Robert De Niro. Despite reporters’ repeated attempts to jolt a semi-enthusiastic answer out of De Niro, the actor wasn’t having any of it. Where do you get your tenacity? “I just keep working.” Do you love watching any of your films? “No.” What satisfaction has acting given you? “I have had a good life.” After awhile, De Niro stopped trying to make eye-contact with whichever journalist was speaking. Instead, he simply stared off toward the back of the room.
Most Creative Use for a Golden Globe: Claire Danes, who won a Globe in 1995 for My So-Called Life, received her second Globe for her performance in the HBO movie Temple Grandin. “Now I can actually stuff my bra because I have got two,” joked Danes. “I need a little stuffing.”
Glee Scoop(s) of the Night: Showrunner Ryan Murphy mentioned that he had just run into Anne Hathaway, who “has created her own role” as Kurt’s lesbian aunt. “I said we would definitely be interested,” Murphy added. Also, the upcoming Super Bowl episode features the series’ biggest budget yet, according to co-creator Brad Falchuk. “There’s a huge Cheerios number that involves people with flaming whips and BMX bikers, which bother Sue Sylvester to no end,” Falchuk explained.
Most to the Point: After Annette Bening fielded a question about how The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko and many other female filmmakers were overlooked for DGA nominations, Kids co-star Mark Ruffalo stepped up to the mic to deliver a message directed at Oscar voters: “I would just like to say to the Academy members, why don’t you grow a pair and vote for Lisa Cholodenko as well!” Of course, his plea was a couple days late – Oscar ballots were due last Friday.
Biggest Press Room Gaffe: The moderator introduced Colin Firth as Colin Farrell. It happens.
Shyness Award: The Social Network director David Fincher, who didn’t make an appearance backstage. “I think David ran in terror about coming into this room,” said Kevin Spacey, an executive producer for the film.