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January 12, 2009

Globes by the numbers


It's Monday morning, so that must mean it's Golden Globes post-mortem time (read a good review of the show by THR's Ray Richmond here).

First, a few numbers: Your resident Gold Rusher had 17 correct picks and eight misfires, which might translate to a decent average if you ignore the fact that we missed some of the most important categories (Mickey Rourke's best actor upset -- is that why Sean Penn didn't show up? -- and Gabriel Byrne and Anna Paquin as best actor and actress in TV dramas "In Treatment" and "True Blood").

So, ignore that, will ya?

Another number: 75 seconds. That was the allotted time for each winner to fumble through his or her acceptance speech. We're glad the following people didn't pay much attention to that -- Sally Hawkins, who was genuinely joyous; Rourke, with his ode to his canine companions and his agent's cojones; and Colin Farrell, whose 2 minute, 47 second speech started with him saying, "They must've done the counting in Florida" and ended with a joke about the "insane hour" he spent with the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (Watch it here -- it's sweet and funny and redemptive and worthwhile, just like his winning role in "In Bruges"). 

84253084 And of course Tracy Morgan

Seems that Tina Fey was able to get all her "suck its" in within the time frame. Hilarious and to the point.

Number of times Kate Winslet has been nominated for Golden Globes before last night: 5. Number of times she's lost: 5. But she went two for two courtesy of performances in "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader."

People who saw that feat: 14.6 million, which is a 26% drop from the 2007 awards (last year's writers strike-induced press conference doesn't count). More ratings details here.

Number of times somebody flipped somebody off: 1, at least as far as the viewing audience knows. (That was "The Wrestler" director Darren Aronofsky putting Rourke in his place).

Winks of sleep we need after all this: a couple hundred.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

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