The Golden Globes are supposed to be loose, but so loose that it could spur FCC sanctions? The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. can thank newly minted Globes winner Mickey Rourke for one of its most profane acceptance speeches in recent history -- highlighted by frequent use of the word "balls" as a compliment. Then, as he teased Darren Aronofsky about being smarter than everyone in the room, except maybe for Steven Spielberg, "The Wrestler" director shot back a friendly flipping of the bird. And, oh, yes, "Slumdog Millionaire" producer Christian Colson -- who accepted for film drama, closed out the evening with an expletive as he realized he was out of time for his speech.
Clearly, the champagne was flowing Sunday night. The Globes have long been famed for their relaxed, off-the-cuff air, fueled by the knowledge circulating the room that nobody puts "Golden Globes winner" on their gravestone. Past high jinks have included Jack Nicholson mock-mooning the audience and Brad Pitt thanking Kaopectate, the diarrhea medication, for its contribution to mankind.
On Sunday, the comedians, perhaps sensing a countrywide need for a few laughs, were in particularly fine form.
Presenter Ricky Gervais complained: "I can't believe I'm not nominated. What a waste of a campaign. Today is the last time I have sex with 200 middle-age journalists. It was horrible. Really. A lot of them didn't even speak English. Europeans with wispy beards. The men were worse."