Golden Globes Gay Girl-ish Highlights: Streep, Foster, Gellar and Perabo, Madonna and More: Video
This year featured actresses nominated in LGBT or gender bending roles – like Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Glenn Close and Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs. Winner Meryl Streep shouted out to the lesbian-themed film Pariah while Ricky Gervais mentioned Jodie Foster’s “beaver” – in front of her kids no less – and Madonna attempted to jibe the sharp-tongued host by calling him a girl. Jodie Foster's Beaver.
The Golden Globe Awards hails the beginning of awards season and is often more fun to watch than the Oscars with its melding of film and TV luminaries hanging out at tables and sipping Moet. It doesn’t hurt that the Globes, like much of pop culture, are getting increasingly more LGBT inclusive.
This year featured actresses nominated in LGBT or gender bending roles – like Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Glenn Close and Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs. Winner Meryl Streep shouted out to the lesbian-themed film Pariah while Ricky Gervais mentioned Jodie Foster’s “beaver” – in front of her kids no less – and Madonna attempted to jibe the sharp-tongued host by calling him a girl.
Here are some Globes’ highlights!
Button pushing Brit and host Ricky Gervais is an equal opportunity offender – and ratings getter-- which is likely why the Hollywood Foreign Press Association invited the host back for a second year. While Gervais trained his sharp tongue on everyone from Johnny Depp to Madonna he also took a jab at very private Jodie Foster. Gervais quipped that he was not allowed to discuss Mel Gibson after last year, nor was he allowed to discuss Jodie Foster’s ‘beaver’ – The Beaver being the name of the film Jodie directed that starred Gibson. But Gervais didn’t stop with one mention of Jodie’s beaver. He went on to say that he’s never seen it and neither have very many men, alluding of course to Jodie being a not-quite-out-of-the-closet lesbian. Jodie took the jab like a trooper, laughing it off – even with her kids there in the audience - but Elton John looked like he would shank Gervais in the bathroom and his expression never changed from that point on.
Among a field of seasoned funny women Laura Dern nabbed the outstanding actress in a comedy award for her work on the darkly – even uncomfortably – funny HBO freshmen series Enlightened. A woman who plays falling apart better than just about any actress out there save for maybe Sally Field - see Citizen Ruth and Inland Empire - Laura endeared herself to her lesbian fans when back in 1997 when she played Ellen DeGeneres’ love interest in Ellen’s benchmark coming out episode. Congrats to the lovely Laura!
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While Downton Abbey won the prize for outstanding miniseries or TV movie over HBO’s Mildred Pierce, there was no stopping the juggernaut that is Kate Winslet in the titular role. Looking fabulous in a dress that hearkened to the 1930’s – Mildred Pierce’s era - Kate gave a lovely speech acknowledging the amazing women in her category. On her way to the podium the camera scanned the audience to reveal Jodie Foster vigorously clapping for Kate. Meanwhile, Kate paused to give her costar Evan Rachel Wood a peck.
A million fan girls’ heads collectively exploded when Sarah Michelle Gellar, who made Buffy so iconic, and Piper Perabo of Lost and Delirous and Imagine Me and You fame, took to the stage together to present. Consensus is that while neither was vying for best dressed of the evening Piper and SMG looked hot together.
Nothing was sacred for host Gervais, and while many celebs took his snipes in good humor, Madonna, who happened to win for best song for her film W.E., couldn’t resist firing back at Gervais when she came out to present. While Madonna’s retort, in which she basically called Gervais a girl, felt outdated and fell flat, you got a give a girl credit for trying!
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A Golden Globe winner last year for Temple Grandin, Claire Danes, the woman who once embodied the ultimate moody teen Angela Chase, landed the award for outstanding actress in a television drama for Showtime’s Homeland.
While Michelle Williams was also excellent in the indie western Meek’s Cutoff the actress who got hot and heavy with Chloe Sevigny in If These Walls Could Talk 2 pulled in the award for outstanding actress in a movie musical or comedy for My Week with Marilyn. Michelle proved she’s a class act with her thoughtful speech.
A perennial scene-stealer with her hilarious humble-pie acceptance speeches, Meryl Streep won outstanding actress in a movie drama for her depiction of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Rather than merely acknowledge the women in her category Meryl gave a shout out to terrific actresses across the board in film this year including Adepero Oduye in Dee Rees’ lesbian-themed film Pariah!