Here are some random thoughts on the Golden Globes; please add yours. Bear with me, because I'm doing this while watching the West Coast telecast. It would be cheating to peak at the list of winners:
1) It should be mandatory to have one clever Englishman at each awards ceremony. Two years ago, Sacha Baron Cohen was delightful; tonight, Ricky Gervais matched that.
2) The comment Gevais made was true, incidentally. In a hilarious "Extras" scene, he had Kate Winslett insisting on doing a Holocaust movie so she could win an award. Now she's done one and won one.
3) Not all English folks are great at getting or presenting awards though. Please tell Winslett this: You could have thanked those people afterward, at the party.
4) This is the part I hate. The star of "Happy Go Lucky" spent most of her time crying.
5) As all those awards pile up, remember this: "John Adams" was a good miniseries, but far from a great one. It started wonderfully, then got dragged down in the lethargic nature of its lead character.
6) Then again, also remember: "30 Rock" IS a great show. It's erratic -- all comedies filmed without an audience seem to be -- but often wonderfully funny.
7) Tina Fey had the best line: "If you ever feel too good about yourself, there's this thing called the Internet." I won't prove that here. Fey is a good actress, a fine producer and a terrific writer.
8) Also, letting Tracy Morgan do the acceptance speech for "30 Rock" was a master stroke.
9) Rumor Willis has the rare distinction of being Miss Golden Globesfor two straight years. She was chosen last year, but the strike scuttled everything. NBC's dim-witted presentation, hosted by Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell, was one of the awful moments in TV history.
10) It's easy to make fun of those Miss Golden Globes people over the years, assuming they are dull, big-globed heiresses. Let's not be so sure, though. Laura Dern -- a brilliant and gifted actress who just won her second Globe -- was Miss Golden Globe in 1982.
11) If I understand this correctly, Don Cheadle has gone from "Hotel Rwanda" to "Hotel For Dogs." This is not, presumably, an upgrade.
12) The comments by Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese were terrific, as they urged people to avoid the easy, mainstream way. Still, let's remember this: In all of Hollywood history, Spielberg is absolutely the finest craftsman of popular, mainstream movies.
13) Let me recommend a couple of the non-winners in the movie-comedy category. "In Bruges" isn't quite a comedy, but it is interesting and original. And "Burn After Reading" is a delight.
14) Things get kind of quiet when anyone mentions "In Treatment"; reaction to Gabriel Byrne's win was muted. Very simply, not many people have seen the HBO show. It will be back soon; the first season was subtly written and superbly acted.
15) Hey, "In Bruges" did win something after all. Colin Farrell didn't have to do a lot of acting in it, but he was perfectly cast and gave a neatly subtle performance. It was good to see a former bad-boy type being honored for good work.
16) Winslet won again and was just as bad the second time. She's a great actress, but now she's on my no-more-awards list.
17) You can probably do well, just by predicting upset wins by Anna Paquin. She did that 15 years ago at the Oscars for "The Piano" and did it again now for "True Blood." She's just right in a terrific show.
18) Mickey Rourke AND Colin Ferrell both won? Two self-destructive, crumbling guys have turned it around. Comebacks are great.
19) OK, I get the message. I promise to watch "Slumdog Millionaire" as soon as it gets to town.
20) Last year, "Mad Men" won and nobody was watching. Maybe this year will make a difference. In its own oddly restrained way, this is a fine show.