The 68th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 16, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
“THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT”
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
(“The Kids Are All Right”)
Annette, what was it about “The Kids Are All Right” that made you want to do the movie?
Annette Bening: Julianne [Moore] was already going to do the picture, so Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg worked on the script for many years. And then Julianne became involved, and they invited me into it … I had admired Julianne’s work. I knew her, but I didn’t know her well. It’s hard to pick among the performances which she has given. My favorite was “The End of the Affair” with Ralph Fiennes, and then she made the movie with Colin Firth, “A Single Man,’ and that was a beautiful performance as well.
So I was lucky to be asked to the party. And I loved the script. I thought it was beautiful and about family. And I hope that the movie will open a few minds. I know it’s opened some hearts. It certainly did mine. It was a joy to do. Our producers, who are here, had to work very hard to get the movie financed. People were reluctant to do so. And so now here we are. It’s a real joy for all of us. We’re very, very grateful.
Annette, would you like to be the heroine in an action movie?
Bening: Well, I think in a way this was an action movie. I feel like the heroine. Would I like to be the heroine of an action movie? I guess I’ll say yes. Why not?
Lisa, when “The Kids Are All Right” premiered a year ago, did you ever imagine that the movie would have this kind of success?
Lisa Cholodenko: Yes. It was a long road, as you’ve probably read many times. Stuart and I toiled for a long time on this script. It was like a hand-made thing. We just really cared about it and put everything into it, all the way down to the casting, which was really precious to me. So Annette’s win tonight is particularly special.
But you never know. You get to the next step and the next step, and the next thing is you’re making a movie and cutting a movie. And you really don’t know until you put it in front of an audience. So you can only kind of feel that it’s working and hope that it’s working, but really last year at Sundance, when we showed it for the first time, and the distributors lined up, and the audience was as receptive as they were, I felt there would be a good season. So ending it like this is a really big deal. So thank you.
Do you think “The Kids Are All Right” will help overcome homophobia in America, especially since so many conservatives have taken over Congress again?
Jeff Levy-Hinte: Certainly, we have the desire that it will help overcome [homophobia]. And I think it goes back to something Annette said. I really do feel that there is a healing power to love. And I think the film was about love and the love in this family. I think it would be very difficult to see that and to really take that in and to have that incredibly fearful anger that animates so much of the regressive, backwards, inhumane legislation that’s preventing options — marriages — that’s really stealing away people’s civil rights. That’s not what out country is about, I hope.
One thing I will say is that it almost seems inevitable that we’ll get to the place where we can treat everybody equally. And I just hope it’s sooner rather than later. Politicians who use this [homophobia] as an issue to get attention for themselves and to win votes is absolutely disgusting. It’s inhumane. And I think in different parts of our history, like African-Americans or different histories of Jewish people, it’s the same type of scapegoating. And I think it cannot be tolerated. Intolerance cannot be tolerated. I do hope that people will see the love, share the love, and thereby will make some positive change.
Have movies opened your mind?
Bening: I was thinking about, as I’ve been part of this year’s process so far, that I think most of us who make movies are the biggest fans of movies. So yeah, absolutely. And there’s something about the power of the media of the motion picture and the camera, that is very visceral. So I hope that this film, as I said, can work in that way, because it gets you in your heart. And maybe that’s the way that our country can include and dignify the families of same-sex couples, not only for them but their children, because the children in these families deserve the respect and the dignity that everyone else has.
Annette, you gave a great mention of your husband, Warren Beatty, in your acceptance speech. What is it about your own family that has kept it together, when so many celebrity families are broken by divorce?
Bening: I don’t claim to be an expert on that. I just know that this morning, I looked at my husband and said, “So, what was the first year that you went to the Golden Globes?” And he said that it was in 1962, when he won for most promising actor. I just thought that was so adorable! So I made a little mental note and thought, “Oh, maybe I’ll get a chance to say that.” I wouldn’t try to answer that question except to say that we’re all trying to do the best we can with our families. And that’s why this family and this movie maybe is kind of important, because everyone gets to see that everyone struggles with the same issues.
Do you think it’s unfair that only men have been nominated for best director for this year’s Directors Guild Awards?
Bening: I don’t know. I’m very prejudiced [toward “The Kids Are All Right”]. I’m part of this movie. It’s very special to me, so I know that in directing, in my experience with good directors, often the very good directors are not calling attention to themselves in their filmmaking. And sometimes those directors are less recognized because of that.
So it’s very powerful to make a film of this kind in the way that Lisa did. And I know when I saw the movie, I saw her taste and I saw her vision and the way she wanted to make it. We had to shoot it very quickly.
And her other pictures I knew. And when I saw it, I thought, “There’s such a strong, guiding force in it, but it never called attention to itself.” So sometimes directors are more recognized when they’re doing more elaborate things with cameras — and that has a place, too. But I share your frustration, and I thought that she deserves all of those nominations as well.
Mark Ruffalo: I would just like to say to the Academy members, “Why don’t you grow a pair, and vote for Lisa Cholodenko as well?” Thank you.
Annette, the last time you won a Golden Globe, it was for the 2004 film “Being Julia,” which was produced by Robert Lantos, who produced of “Barney’s Version,” for which Paul Giamatti won a Golden Globe tonight. Can you talk about that?
Bening: Thank you for mentioning that. Robert Lantos, who produced “Being Julia,” he’s a good guy, and that picture he did totally on his own. [He] produced the picture, called up [“Being Julia” director] István Szabó, who is the most respected director in Hungary, and asked him to do it. And then they asked me to do it. So I’m very grateful for that, and I’m very happy for them tonight. And I was very happy to see Robert Lantos and Paul Giamatti win.
Did you see the anti-gay demonstration outside of the Golden Globes this year? Do you have a comment?
Bening: I didn’t see the demonstration, but I did see some people holding signs as I was driving in. It made me feel very, very sad.
Do you think the demonstrators were protesting about “The Kids Are All Right”?
Bening: I don’t know. They may have, but I think that gives us all the more reason to be grateful to the Golden Globes and the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] to see beyond that and not get caught up in that kind of narrow-mindedness. And maybe if enough of us keep doing what we’re doing … maybe that will all begin to change a little bit more.
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