Boasting a star-studded ballroom and plenty of memorable moments, the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards blissfully erased all memories of last year’s nonevent. Among all the winners (Slumdog Millionaire, 30 Rock, anything on HBO) and losers (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Meryl Streep), a handful of honorees emerged as the most iconic members of the Globes Class of 2009.
Prom King: Danny Boyle
The Slumdog director’s Mumbai love letter dominated with four prizes, including best drama. ”My mind is completely blown,” he told EW after the show. ”You can feel the mad love that people have for this movie. It’s such a tribute to the place that we made it, which seems like it’s a long way from here, but isn’t. Bollywood and Hollywood — there’s, like, one letter that separates them.”
Drama Queen: Kate Winslet
Double wins for best actress in a drama (Revolutionary Road) and best supporting actress (The Reader) reduced the usually composed star (and previous five-time Globe loser) to a quivering mess. ”My wildest dream was that I would win one and not the other. I didn’t even think about winning both,” she said backstage. So what’ll happen if she actually scores her first Oscar next month? ”I will literally collapse.”
Most Improved: Colin Farrell
Three years after a stint in rehab, the In Bruges star provided one of the evening’s biggest shocks with a win for best actor in a musical or comedy, resulting in a heartfelt, off-the-cuff (and sorta endless) acceptance speech about love and loyalty. ”I could’ve stayed up there for a half an hour,” he said. ”I have a propensity to get histrionic about things. Indulgent little bastard, you could call me.”
Besties 4-Ever: Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange
The Grey Gardens costars walked the red carpet together and spent the better part of the evening holding hands.
Most Likely To Succeed: Anna Paquin
True Blood‘s leading lady continued the Globes’ trend of rewarding dramatic TV actresses in their debut seasons (Keri Russell, Jennifer Garner, Glenn Close). No wonder she was considered the favorite to win. ”If anyone was saying that, they weren’t saying that to me,” said Paquin, who’d been out of the country for the last five months working on the Holocaust-themed TV movie Miss Irena’s Children and visiting family. ”I hadn’t even seen the show until a few days ago.”
Most Popular: Tina Fey
30 Rock matched its Emmy sweep with wins for comedy series and leads Fey and Alec Baldwin. ”I don’t feel guilty because I know how hard our writing staff and our crew works,” Fey told EW. ”But I can’t believe this has happened again.” In other words, the days of referring to it as ”that underdog 30 Rock” have come to an end. Cracks Fey: ”It’s a short walk from underdog to dog.”
Class Clown: Tracy Morgan
The 30 Rock costar brought down the house with a hilarious acceptance speech — cobbled together at his table just minutes before the show’s big triumph. Afterward, Morgan was still buzzing about his chance to crack up the Hollywood heavyweights. ”I played the biggest room in Hollywood!” Morgan boasted. ”It felt really good to have Clint Eastwood laugh at my speech. How cool is that?”
Besties 4-Ever, Part 2: Mickey Rourke and His Dogs
The best-actor-in-a-drama winner neglected to mention Wrestler screenwriter Robert Siegel — but he did thank all his four-legged friends, dead and alive.