It was a surprisingly convivial evening at the Beverly Hilton, where the Hollywood Foreign Press made 76th annual Golden Globe Awards choices that seemed to satisfy and surprise many of the guests in the ballroom. We chose some of the outstanding moments and acceptance speeches and a few missteps.
Best of the best: Carol Burnett
Not since the Cecil B. De Mille award was introduced to the Golden Globes ceremony in 1952 has the Hollywood Foreign Press Association created another award to honor the lifetime contribution of a creative artist. Acknowledging the ascendancy of television in popular culture, they did this year and picked a most worthy recipient: Carol Burnett. The HFPA even named the award after her. Steve Carell gave a gracious and funny introduction, pretending there were other nominees. When Burnett took the stage, she reminded the audience of the scope of her variety series: the size of the orchestra, how many dancers there were, two guest stars per episode, etc. — and how that would all be cost prohibitive today. The icon also movingly told the audience how she grew up seeing six to eight movies a week, and then learning to love TV and hoping that she would entertain people on it one day. Very few entertainers will ever have her career, her longevity or enjoy the esteem in which she is held.