If you're catching the Golden Globes on television tonight, or even if you're not, there are going to be a few notable plot lines to follow. Perhaps the most prominent will be the battle royale between "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" for the picture-drama category. On the line are not only bragging rights for this evening but a tea leaf for the Oscar picture race, which this year is as wide open as ever.
We're only about 40 minutes into the show, but it's been an interesting time backstage so far. (Incidentally, you can follow the blow-by-blow account of all the goings-on in the Beverly Hilton and backstage at our sister Awards Tracker blog.) The film winners so far include Christian Bale and the filmmakers behind a five-hour geopolitical epic ("Carlos"). Perhaps the most candid moment came so far from Bale, who acknowledged that his acting skills don't always translate to holding-a-room skills.
"I can get up in front of billions of people, but I'm just not that comfortable in a roomful of people. Some people," he added "don't get that actors are bloody shy."
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Christian Bale backstage at the Golden Globes. Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters