Golden Globes were mostly un-American

CELEBRITY NEWS

January 21, 2008|By LIZ SMITH | LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first," said Ronald Reagan.

The third oldest profession must be the creation of award shows. And while we ponder the writers' strike and the end of "Hollywood" as we have known it, did anybody notice that most of the winners of the Golden Globe Awards were not notably the big talents here in the colonies?

Great Britain, Australia, France and Spain triumphed with the following: best picture for the English Atonement, best movie acting awards to Julie Christie, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Javier Bardem and two awards to the British TV drama Longford. The winning best musical film was Sweeney Todd, made in London.

The United States triumphed mostly from TV -- stars such as Glenn Close, Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, David Duchovny, Queen Latifah and Jeremy Piven were honored.

Our own movie world had to make do with Johnny Depp, plus Ethan and Joel Coen.

Anti-paparazzi

You've already seen Page Six on Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, mixing it up with a photographer the other day as Martin took his famous wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, out of a New York hospital where she'd gone for some tests.

Threatened violence isn't always applauded, and the photographer, naturally, feels he wasn't doing anything wrong. But posters at TMZ and other blog sites are giving Chris high marks for "acting out" and protecting his wife. Even some of the most rabid lovers of gossip have had it with the confrontational paparazzi tactics.

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