Here's how the 63rd annual Golden Globe ceremony gave a lively kick start to the 2006 award season -- and gave some Oscar hints

As she left the 63rd annual Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 16, Geena Davis broke down in tears, thrust her award for best actress in a TV drama in the air, and exclaimed, ”Winning this award means more to me than my Oscar!”

Actually, that didn’t happen. But it could have. And it would have been perfectly reasonable given the unpredictable events of the rambunctious evening, which turned out, as always, to be as much about the antics as the awards. Juiced on free booze, a vast spectrum of celebs packed the Beverly Hilton to watch their peers take home awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. There were surprises, statuettes, and more than a few silly stumbles so here’s your guide to everything that mattered during the first big awards show of the year.


As expected, Brokeback Mountain and Walk the Line were the night’s trophy magnets, the former picking up prizes for picture, director, screenplay, and song, and the latter dominating the musical/comedy categories, taking home best picture and awards for Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. But Walk the Line wasn’t the only undefeated contender of the night. (The Johnny Cash biopic went three-for-three.) Capote swept in all of its categories too — okay, all one of its categories — thanks to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won best actor over Heath Ledger in the Globes’ biggest horse race. Despite the impressive kudos, the bearded thespian had things other than victory on his mind as he approached the stage to accept his prize. ”There was a cameraman in front of me and this cord got caught in a chair, and I thought he was going to fall,” he said with a smile, just minutes after winning. ”That’s what I was thinking about!”


Others weren’t distracted when their names were called. Just shocked. Double nominee Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Desperate Housewives) claimed that she ”was ready to come home empty-handed and drunk,” but after winning for best actress in a drama she turned out to be wrong on at least one count. Her partner in humility was three-time nominee George Clooney, who scored the evening’s first award (best supporting actor for Syriana) and admitted on stage that he thought he’d lose to Cinderella Man‘s Paul Giamatti. ”I really didn’t think I was going to win any Globes,” the debonair actor/lust object said afterward. ”Did you?” (Actually, George, we figured you’d take home the screenplay prize. But hey, what do we know?)


On the TV side, there were juicier surprises — even though Lost and Desperate Housewives predictably won. Going into the evening, the big question was, Which Housewife would win best actress? The answer…none of them! Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker snuck away with the victory. Asked backstage how shocked she was on a scale of one to ten, Parker shot back, ”Ten and a half! I’m so out of it! Is the show over? Who won best actor?”