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Posted by Joanna Weiss  January 13, 2008 07:51 PM

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I'll say this for Billy Bush: He makes it abundantly clear that there are no scabs ghostwriting behind him. As he and Nancy O'Dell announced - then commented on - the Golden Globe victors in an awkward "Winners Special" on NBC, his thoughts were clearly coming from within his spacious, minimally-furnished head.

Apparently, Billy didn't think Cate Blanchett deserved a supporting-actress award for portraying Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There." "At the end of the day," quoth Billy, "it's a woman imitating a man." And when Jon Hamm won a best-TV-actor award for "Mad Man," Billy offered this expert analysis: "Imagine a guy named Hamm becoming an actor."

We could have gotten better insights from the "Football Night in America" panel, which appeared briefly and snarkily in the middle of NBC's two-hour Dateline special, a bloated leadup to the glorified press conference. (Some other cable networks carried the actual press conference announcing the awards.) At any rate, the sports guys looked about 400 percent more journalistic than Matt Lauer, who asked Sally Field intense questions about "The Flying Nun." (The cameras made sure to capture Field and Lauer hugging.) Oh, and what was with all of the candles in the background during the interview with Jeremy Piven? It looked like the set from "The Bachelor."

Final thought (actually, a question): Don't you feel better for not having watched an awards show?

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6 comments so far...
  1. All award shows should be this simple!

    Posted by Sue P. January 14, 08 05:37 AM
  1. In 2007, I didn't watch a single awards show - and my life was just fine, thank you. Ditto for 2006. And 2005. AND....well, you get the idea.

    Posted by Mary January 14, 08 07:50 AM
  1. I'm sure they saved a lot of trees and prevented tons of carbon dioxide emissions since they canceled the awards show. It also saved me from watching three plus hours of glamorous drivel. Thank you Writers Guild of America! Sincerely!

    Posted by Paul H. January 14, 08 08:50 AM
  1. JUst imagin if thu mcees had to maikit up awlthyme - itawl miad sens tummee - hoo neidz wrters annyhow???

    Posted by Stan January 14, 08 10:13 AM
  1. Best Golden Globe I ever saw. 10 mins, 9 mins too long tho

    Posted by kazabud January 14, 08 10:26 PM
  1. Actually, a lot more time would have been saved had the producers handled the awards the same way that the Academy Awards handles the nominations: interrupt regular TV programming long enough for two people to read the names and get it over already!!

    Posted by Deborah Dessaso January 14, 08 10:44 PM

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