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The pious, sanctimonious Oscar ceremony is how Hollywood wants to see itself. The Globes approach the meaningless, nonsensical glamour that is Hollywood’s real selling point.

For Hollywood, the Golden Globes surfaces each year like the annual recurrence of some never defeated fungal condition or freeloading relative, driving the town to apoplexy to explain, to dismiss and to try to ignore this unsanctioned pretender.  

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Summoning their ready-made pools of outrage, the guardians of Hollywood officialdom insist the Globes means nothing, are not a “real awards show.” It has no impact on anything.  It’s gaudy, gauche and corrupt.  

But the more vehement, these outcries become, the greater the feeling that they protest too much. The Globes may be tacky; they may be implicitly corrupt in their choices—bestowing their favors for all sorts of reasons other than pure merit. They may be meaningless in the grand scheme of anything.  

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14 Best Globes Moments

Shannon Donnelly captures the buzziest moments from last night’s Golden Globes.

A Kinder, Gentler Gervais? Dream On.

While he wasn’t quite as acerbic as he was last year, Ricky Gervais still sharpened his rapier wit to a nigh-uncomfortably fine point in his role as host. “The Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that … esteem,” he joked, before launching into a cavalcade of jokes including one about, uh, “Jodie Foster’s 'Beaver.'”

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HONORS

Streep, Clooney Win Golden Globes

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While ‘The Descendants' wins Best Drama.

The Descendants won big Sunday night—snagging "Best Drama" and a "Best Actor" award for George Clooney. Meryl Streep took home the Best Actress in Drama Movie for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The Artist walked away with Best Comedy, beating out Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which won Best Screenplay. Jean DuJardin from The Artist won for Best Actor in a Comedy. Meanwhile, over in TV land, Modern Family won its first-ever Best Comedy statuette. 

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TROPHIES

Martin Scorsese Wins Best Director

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Woody Allen takes home Best Screenplay.

Martin Scorsese took home the Golden Globe for Best Director for the movie Hugo, while Steven Spielberg took home his first-ever trophy for animated feature The Adventures of Tintin. The other big director of the night, Woody Allen, won for Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris, his highest-grossing film of all time.

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Awards

‘Homeland’ Takes 2 Awards

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For acting and best drama series.

Showtime’s Homeland walked away with two top trophies at Sunday’s Golden Globes, winning Best Drama series and Claire Danes winning Best Actress in a Drama Series. Danes beat out fellow nominees such as Juliana Margulies and Mireille Enos for the honor. Danes had previously won in the same category as a teenager for her work on My So-Called Life.

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Early Wins

Christopher Plummer Takes First Trophy

While Kate Winslet wins for 'Mildred Pierce.'

And the Golden Globes are off! Christopher Plummer won the first trophy, for Best Supporting Actor in a movie, for his role in Beginners. His victory was followed by a victory for Laura Dern, who won for Best Supporting Actress in a television series for her role in Enlightened. While Kate Winslet won for lead actress in a miniseries for her performance in Mildred Pierce. Before their win, host Ricky Gervais did not disappoint in his official capacity to insult Hollywood. He read off a series of rules that the Hollywood Foreign Press had given him, and vowed to “break them all.” He also threw in jabs to Justin Bieber’s paternity suit and got Johnny Depp to admit he had not see The Tourist.

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Becoming Lisbeth

The Transformation of Rooney Mara

Isabel Wilkinson on Mara’s daring Golden Globe dress, her secretive stylist, and how fashion may help her gain recognition in Hollywood.

During the filming of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara was under wraps. There was no sight of her on the streets of Stockholm, where the movie was being filmed. A first look at Mara as Lisbeth Salander published by W magazine in February of last year revealed an 180-degree shift from the wide-eyed, rosy-cheeked co-ed who had appeared in David Fincher’s The Social Network. Her skin was porcelain, her cheeks hollow, and her hair had been cut into high, blunt bangs. She was covered with tattoos. Fincher’s Eliza Doolittle was born.

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Now Mara is practically ubiquitous. Since early December, she has shown up on red carpets around the world as she promotes Dragon Tattoo. She burst onto the scene in a white Givenchy Haute Couture dress at the film’s London premiere, stunned in a revealing black cutout dress by Prabal Gurung in New York; and wore a revealing black pantsuit by Roksanda Ilincic in Stockholm, Rodarte in Madrid, and a black leather Michael Kors dress in Berlin. “To be elegant and edgy at the same time—she’s finding that balance in a great way,” Kors told The Daily Beast. And, describing his design, said, “The dress was perfect on her, I loved the geometric look with her bangs. It was sexy without being obvious.”

Since she graced the cover of Vogue in November, one thing has been clear: Rooney Mara is a fashion force. In her public appearances, her aesthetic is dark and edgy, usually a little revealing, and always extremely sleek. It’s a long way from the baby-doll pastels, ruffles, and prints she wore as late as 2009. If Salander were forced to do red carpet appearances, this, surely, is what she would wear. The Prabal Gurung dress Mara wore to the New York premiere had, according to the designer, “a feminine appeal but the overall look showed such strength and depth...much like the character she plays in the film.”

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14 Best Globes Moments

The Artist and The Descendants win big, Ricky Gervais (mostly) behaves, and phallic jokes abound. Watch the buzziest moments from last night’s Golden Globes.

A Kinder, Gentler Gervais? Dream On

While he wasn’t quite as acerbic as he was last year, Ricky Gervais still sharpened his rapier wit to a neigh-uncomfortably fine point in his role as host of the Golden Globes on Sunday. Watch him open the show by making fun of the awards show itself.

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