The fact that the "Golden Globes" aired on NBC didn't dissuade a little friendly network-bashing over the whole "Tonight Show" fiasco. But all things considered, it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Tina Fey was perhaps funniest on the Red Carpet minutes before the official show began, proclaiming that it wasn't actually raining in Hollywood, it was God crying for NBC.
Best moment of the night: Raleigh native Michael C. Hall (left) winning the Best Actor award for his role on Showtime's "Dexter." Votes were cast before Hall announced last week that he has Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
I was lukewarm on Ricky Gervais as host. I love him and think he's hilarious in everything he does. So, I had unreasonably high expectations, and he wasn't as funny as Golden Globes host as I thought he'd be. A nice, but totally expected bit, involved his usual bashing of Steve Carell from the stage. Gervais said the American "Office" has jumped the shark and that he (Gervais) went for quality over quantity with his now defunct British version.
His "Oh No He Didn't" moment came in the last hour of the show when he appeared on stage drinking a beer and explained, "I like to drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson" -- that was how he introduced Mel Gibson, who was a good sport.
The audience turned on Gervais a little with a not very funny joke about Paul McCartney's recent divorce. But his jokes mocking the importance of actors and the dullness of writers were funny. "I don't want to keep on about actors, but they're the most important ones." His delivery was always perfect.
Here's a quick rundown of TV winners:
Michael C Hall, as we mentioned earlier, won Best Actor for "Dexter." Also for "Dexter," John Lithgow won Best Supporting Actor for his role as serial killer Trinity. And also for Showtime, Toni Collette won Best Actress for "United States of Tara."
Juliana Margulies won Best Actress for CBS's "The Good Wife." In her speech, Margulies thanked the president of CBS "for believing in the ten o'clock drama." Even though NBC gave her her start on 10pm with "ER," it was a fair shot. With or without this Conan vs. Leno drama, there's no denying that NBC gave up on ten o'clock dramas.
Best TV Movie or Mini-series went to "Grey Gardens" from HBO. Drew Barrymore won Best Actress for "Grey Gardens," and gave one of the weirdest speeches of the night (except maybe for Robert DeNiro's intro for Martin Scorsese). A very sweaty Kevin Bacon won Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-series for HBO's "Taking Chance."
Alec Baldwin won Best Actor in a Comedy for NBC's "30 Rock," but he was at a charity event in Canada, robbing us of what was sure to be an entertaining acceptance speech.
Not surprisingly, the Best TV Drama award went to the very deserving AMC masterpiece, "Mad Men." Chloe Sevigny won Best Actress for HBO's "Big Love," knocking out Jane Lynch's awesome Sue Sylvester from Fox's "Glee." But "Glee" was redeemed with a win for Best Comedy (Tina Fey called it). "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy dedicated the award to anyone who ever got a wedgie in high school.
Here's a full list of all winners, including Film categories.