It was the coldest night in LA in 22 years, but that didn't stop the stars from strutting their stuff at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Last night we saw an excited Ben Affleck speak super-super-fast as he accepted for Best Picture - Drama for Argo but still managed to forget to thank producer George Clooney. Jodie Foster "came out" (sort of). Sasha Baron-Cohen - drink-in hand - made fun of his Les Miserables colleagues during his presentation and Bill Clinton showed up to present Lincoln and got a standing ovation.
Hugh Jackman proved to be an even more perfect man than we already thought as he gushed to his wife during his speech: "Thank you baby for always being right." while Adele made her first major appearance since becoming a mom.
I counted three winners who sported red hair so the luck was on the side of the gingers last night: Jessica Chastain took home the Globe as Best Actress, Drama for Zero Dark Thirty, Julianne Moore won for portraying Sarah Palin in Game Change and Damian Lewis for Best Actor, Drama for Homeland. Gingers rule!
Robert Downey Jr. didn't disappoint with a witty speech about Jodie Foster. And Mel Gibson appeared to be accepted back into polite society again as Jodie Foster's date. Gulp!
Not to be outdone at Gossip Dish, we've created our own "Gossip Dish Awards" awards to honour last night. So here we go!
"Best Dressed" Award - Kate Hudson
My absolute favourite last night had to be Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen. It was black, slinky, sexy and elegant. With a touch of bold gold and a teardrop cut-out at her cleavage, she was drop dead gorgeous and fashion-forward.
Lena Dunham who won as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Girls. The gown was billowing and an unflattering burgundy colour. But what made it worse was that she couldn't walk in her shoes properly so looked uncomfortable. And seeing her back tattoos (of two houses!) exposed during her presentation didn't help to sell this look.
Halle Berry was a close second. It pains me to write this, but it was a disappointment. We've come to expect much more. While her face looked stunning, the Versace dress did not. Too much fabric on her frame and too busy.
"Most Predictable" Award - Sofia Vergara
Aside from "Death" and "Taxes", we can add "Sofia Vergara in Mermaid Dress" to life's other certainties. Reminiscent of her Emmy's dress from last year, she once again donned a sparkly mermaid dress. Totally predictable and yet...when you look that good and it works for you, does it really matter? Everyone loves Sofia so if it feels good, why mess with success?
The Awards Presentation
Host Highlights - The Funniest Lines
How great were co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, right? I thought they did a great job replacing Ricky Gervais. So funny that when they disappeared for a while towards the second half of the show, I began to really miss them. Their opening dialogue was a blast. Aside from the usual celeb-bashing, they also crashed the nominees list (in cognito) and were great at ad-libbing when situations called for it.
"That was Hilary Clinton's husband!"
"I haven't really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty, but I trust the lady who spent 3 years married to James Cameron." Amy Poehler on director Kathryn Bigelow
"Taylor Swift, stay away from Michael J. Fox's son!"
"Good night everyone. We're going home with Jodie Foster"
Goes to...Taylor Swift. Check out her look when Adele beat her for Best Song for Skyfall. Yeah. Ok.
And the Male Bitch Face Award must go to Tommy Lee Jones. This is how the man reacted to the hilarious presentation by Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. I don't think I caught him smiling even once the entire night.
"Best Speech by a President of Any Academy" Award - Dr Aida Takla-O'Reilly
Dr Aida Takla-O'Reilly, outgoing head of the HFPA came out to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and made the cutest and funniest speech by any president of any awards-giving-organization I've heard in ages. "As I disappear into the delta twilight ... allow me to say three little words to Bradley Cooper...Call me, maybe?"
"Biggest Surprise Speech" Award - Jodie Foster
Maybe it was having too many drinks with date Mel Gibson, or being 50 and newly-single, or having her two sons there, or perhaps it was receiving her much-deserved Cecil B. DeMille Award that gave her courage. Maybe it was the break-up with her partner. Whatever it was, Jodie Foster made a very off the cuff, odd, rambling but also touching speech. The most moving part for me was when she talked about loving her mother and about privacy (or lack of). She also addressed her long-rumoured but-never-publicly-acknowledged homosexuality:
"Seriously, I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age."
Leave it to DDL and the Brits to make the most wonderful speeches, using both humour, humility and beautiful words. He thanked director Spielberg whom he described as a "humble genius" and joked "Are you sure there's enough room for another ex-President on this stage? If that's not showing off, Her Majesty the Queen of England is about to parachute in in a couple of minutes to make a last-minute pitch for Skyfall."
"Best Presenters" Award - Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell
These two were great as they pretended to be overwhelmed by being on the stage, speaking almost in unison and not really knowing anything about the movies they were presenting. They get my vote for co-hosts next year! Everyone loved them - except Tommy Lee Jones (see above for Best Male Bitch Face!)
"Most Annoying Trend" Award - Forgetting to Thank People
First Ben Affleck forgot to thank George Clooney and got his wife Jennifer Garner to do it for him when she presented an award. That seemed to open the door for Anne Hathaway, who crashed the acceptance speech for Les Miserables to thank her agent. People, if you forget, do it in private later. Don't use other presenting opportinities to remind everyone that you forgot.
Check out the full list of winners here.