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Backstage with the Golden Globe winners

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Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood
Photo Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

Jamie Foxx was gratified to win a Best Actor Golden Globe for Ray, in part because it helps him spread Ray Charles’ musical legacy. On a more immediate, practical level, however, he said that the award means, ”Now I have leverage.” Talking to reporters backstage after picking up his prize, he explained: ”Say you’re in the club. ‘Do you want to dance? No?’ ” Then, flashing his trophy, he continued: ” ‘Now do you want to dance?’ ”

Foxx wasn’t the only winner who knew Ray Charles well. So did Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director for Million Dollar Baby. ”You should ask me if I wanted to play Ray Charles,” he said. ”I knew Ray fairly well; we worked together a lot. We were both about the same age. We liked the same music. And we both went crazy trying to learn [1930s boogie-woogie pianists] Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons tunes.”

Eastwood’s star, Best Actress winner Hilary Swank, said she’d love to work with the director again. Unfortunately, she said, his next film is a World War II drama with no female roles. ”I told Clint, ‘You know, I’ve played a boy before. I could do it again.’ ”

Victory at the Globes can make a housewife a lot less desperate. Just ask honoree Teri Hatcher. ”Can I just tell you, a year ago, I was in my pajamas in bed, watching this show, eating popcorn,” said the Best Actress winner backstage after collecting her trophy. ”That’s how much I had no idea I could do a show like [ Desperate Housewives], and it could be a success like this.” Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, she added, ”Next year, I could be serving steak.”

Supporting Actress nominee Nicollette Sheridan, who went onstage to accept the Best TV Comedy award with the rest of the ensemble, commented on her first-place finish last week in a more dubious contest, Mr. Blackwell’s annual worst-dressed list. ”First of all, it’s always nice to be a winner,” said the giddy Sheridan. ”And to be the worst dressed is an accomplishment! I’d rather win the worst dressed than be number two on the best-dressed list. And what the hell does Blackwell know, anyway?”

One theme of the evening seemed to be a celebration of performers past ingenue age, especially actresses (Annette Bening, Anjelica Huston, Glenn Close, most of the Housewives). Singing the praises of the older nominees was expert on women Mick Jagger (who shared the award for Best Song with Dave Stewart for their Alfie tune ”Old Habits Die Hard.”). Sir Mick praised nominee Meryl Streep, along with the above-mentioned actresses. He added, ”But you have to be in a great film. It’s not enough to be old.”

Older men were honored as well. First-time winner William Shatner was beaming as he cradled his trophy for Best Supporting Actor. ”I really wanted to win,” said the 73-year-old Boston Legal star. ”Denny Crane would probably ask for a raise,” he said, referring to his amoral attorney character. ”So would William Shatner.” The only downside of the evening? ”The shrimp are soggy.”

Robin Williams was just as hilarious backstage as he was during his largely improvised acceptance speech for his Cecil B. DeMille Award. He riffed on everything from what he was thinking as he watched the career retrospective clips (”I’ve had enough of Popeye”) to the silver and black zigzag pattern on his boots (”It’s French rodeo: After you ride the horse, you eat it”). He also commented on the Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston breakup, noting that it came after Pitt starred in Troy. ”Once you’ve played Achilles, you’re vulnerable.” As for Aniston, he said, ”She hasn’t returned my calls. I said, ‘Would you like an older, hairy man?’ It would be a bit of a different experience for her.”

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