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 SOCIAL NETWORK”
Best Motion Picture – Drama
There have been some misperceptions about “The Social Network,” such as that older people might not understand the movie. What is it about “The Social Network” that has it beating the odds?
Scott Rudin: I think it’s proven to run, in a funny way, along generational lines. Older people who have been through the experience of starting something, and learning that your fantasy of success isn’t exactly what success feels like, relate to it as a cautionary tale.
And younger people look at Mark Zuckerberg as a complete rock star. And they think it’s [“The Social Network] about a triumph of innovation and a guy who fights very hard for what he believes in and mows down the opposition. And they agree with what he does. They think what he does is entirely justified.
But it’s worked around the world in every territory it’s [“The Social Network] been in. It grossed $200 million worldwide this weekend. You can’t really say there isn’t a place where it hasn’t really happened.
Marz Zuckerberg has really tried to change his image with his recent charitable donations. How much of that do you think is because of “The Social Network”?
Rudin: I can only speak to in relation to our relationship with Facebbook. It started out as cordial adversaries, and has become at the end of this process, I think at this point we’re all really good friends. [Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman] Amy Pascal had a party last night for all of their movies, and Sheryl Sandberg, who’s the COO of Facebook was at the party. I think they [the people at Facebook] feel really good about it. I think they feel it’s been a great thing for the company.
It’s also introduced Facebook into certain territories where they wasn’t Facebook before. We’re including, this weekend, Japan. More people saw the movie in Japan than have Facebook in Japan. So they’re very grateful for that. And they’ve also, I think, relaxed about what they felt about it. It’s hard to think about what t would be like to be 26 years old and have a movie made about the things you did when you were 19.
And I think Mark has been an incredibly gracious protagonist, and allowed us to use his life as fodder for making a drama. It’s not a biography. It’s a metaphoric movie. It uses him as a vessel through which to tell a story. It’s not meant to be a documentary. I think his initial hesitation about it has given way to genuine understanding of what it is we were doing.
There are so many messages in “The Social Network.” If there was one message you’d want audiences to walk away from after seeing this movie, what would it be?
Rudin: Build something, start something, start your own thing. Do the thing you want to do. Fight for it.
Mike De Luca: Have love in your life, and not keep yourself isolated. Along with building something, I think our film trades in the human constants of friendship and love and acceptance and freedom from loneliness. And I think Aaron [Sorkin, the screenwriter of “The Social Network”] beautifully brought all that out in his screenplay, and David [Fincher, the director of “The Social Network”] in the film. I think that message is something we’d love for the film to communicate as well.
Aaron, you criticized how Sarah Palin shot a moose on her reality show. Do you have any comment on her statement in the wake of the Tucson shootings?
Aaron Sorkin: I’ll be honest. When it comes to Tucson, I spoke about my daughter on stage earlier. She’s the same age as Christina Green, the little girl who was killed [in the Tucson massacre]. When I think about Tucson, I can’t get past the unspeakable grief and pain that her parents must be feeling, so I’m really not thinking about Mrs. Palin at all.
Aaron, for a movie about Facebook, there aren’t a lot of scenes with people on computers and typing, which could have been boring to watch. What were some of the hurdles that you had to get over to create “The Social Network” screenplay?
Sorkin: I think that’s a question better posed to David [Fincher], who brought all of that to life. As I said on stage, he — along with Kirk [Baxter] and Angus [Wall], two great editors, were able to take these scenes of typing and coding, and make them into thrillers and make it thrilling. It was really David’s hurdle to get over, how to shoot that.
I think it was probably helpful that I’m not a computer person. I’m not fascinated by that kind of thing. I knew that there were going to be moments of drama that would take place on a computer screens in the movie. I knew that I was going to have to make it work on the page, but neither David nor any of the producers behind me or the studio did that.
Kevin, how important was it for you to attach yourself to a movie like “The Social Network,” which exemplifies the art of storytelling? And how do you think “The Social Network” may be a push back to all the movies that go for cheap thrills?
Kevin Spacey: Hey, cheap thrills are fun! Look, there’s only one reason why I’m standing here. And that’s because eight years ago, I made a decision to go to London and start a theater company, and I left my film company, Trigger Street, in the hands of this remarkable young, brilliant producer named Dana Brunetti. And Dana first brought me this project because of our relationship with Ben Mezrich.
I think the initial response was, “A movie about Facebook, what would that be like?” When we realized that in fact it had all the hallmarks of what make great drama — which is friendship and betrayal and power and money, the idea of something that can change our world — I believed that it was an important film. Aaron took this idea and Ben Mezrich’s book proposal and turned it into such a remarkable story about human relationships that Sony Pictures and Amy Pascal and all the executives there decided [to make the movie] — probably with a little bit of trepidation, because it’s not the kind of film they would normally make.
I look back at the ‘70s, when you’ve got Hal Ashby and Robert Altman and Mike Nichols making incredible films about our time — and yet are timeless. I hope that the success of this film, the work of all of these producers that are, Aaron’s work, David’s work, our remarkable and supportive system in Sony will encourage other studios that these films have value, that you should take some of the profits you make in the big tentpole movies, and do these kind of movies. Don’t leave it to the independent world, because it’s so hard for independent films to get the kind of release that this film gets.
So I hope it encourages other studios. I hope it encourages other executives that these kinds of movies about relationships — as Aaron has often said, “It’s just a lot of people in rooms talking at the end of the day — and can do what this movie has done. I’m very proud to be a part of it.
Where is David Fincher right now?
Spacey: I think he ran in terror at coming into this room.
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