Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


The Globes – Number 64

By on January 16, 2007

Last night NBC aired the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony which was created by the Hollywood Foreign Press to honor the work of the many talents in American movies and TV.
I fell asleep during the broadcast so did not get to see it till the end, but I did stay awake long enough to see a few of the highlights.
Prince was given the award for Best Original Song – The Song of the Heart from the animated movie Happy Feet but did not come up to receive his award. It was odd though to catch glimpses of Prince himself seated in the audience later on in the ceremony. While presenting another music-related award, Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant would explain that Prince was stuck in traffic and was late arriving for the awards his presence at the ceremony would be recognized.
One of my personal favorites was watching the the cast of the TV show Heroes presenting an award. When you watch the show, you see them at different places at different times but having them in one place at the same time was fun to see.
Jennifer Hudson who was presented with the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls was effusive but honest – you don’t know what this does for my confidence. Clint Eastwood tried to make the same sentence sound authentic later in the ceremony while he received the award for Best Film in a Foreign Language for Letters from Iwo Jima. Yeah right, Clint…I don’t think anyone bought that line.
Two very original moments during the show came from the awards given to the Ugly Betty. The show won the award for best TV series and the joy and euphoria from everyone who was a part of the show was electric even through the TV screen. Shortly afterwards, America Ferrara (pictured above) who plays the title character (and does a pretty good job too, I might add) received the award for Best Actress and watching her fight back tears of joy as she walked to the podium to receive her award was such an emotional moment. In addition to recognizing the influence of her mother (who was also seated in the audience) she tried her best to recognize every one who was part of the TV series.
I fell asleep during Tom Hanks’ speech (I wonder why) as he prepared to present Warren Beatty with the Cecil B. DeMille Award but would later read in the news that Beatty said he has moisturizers older than Hanks. I would also read that Helen Mirren received two different awards for playing two different queens in British history.
It is often said that the outcome of the Globes, always influences the outcome of the Oscars, well…we’ll just have to see then, won’t we?
Here’s a summary of the Golden Globe awardees –

Picture, Drama: “Babel”
Actress, Drama: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”
Actor, Drama: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”
Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Dreamgirls”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Sacha Baron Cohen, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”
Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls”
Director: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”
Movie Screenplay: Peter Morgan, “The Queen”
Foreign Language: “Letters From Iwo Jima,” USA/Japan
Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, “The Painted Veil”
Original Song: “The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet”
Animated Film: “Cars”

Actress, Drama: Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
Actor, Drama: Hugh Laurie, “House”
Series, Musical or Comedy: “Ugly Betty,” ABC
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Miniseries or movie: “Elizabeth I,” HBO
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Helen Mirren, “Elizabeth I”
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Bill Nighy, “Gideon’s Daughter”
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Emily Blunt, “Gideon’s Daughter”
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jeremy Irons, “Elizabeth I”
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Warren Beatty