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Golden Globes: Maggie Smith Wins For Downton Abbey, Julianne Moore For Game Change & Jodie Foster's Speech!

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The 70th Annual Golden Globes were handed out last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California where the best in motion pictures and television get-together for the only award ceremony honoring achievements for the past year in both mediums.

For primetime and daytime soap fans there were a few big moments!  If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, like we are, Dame Maggie Smith won her first ever Golben Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Film Made For Television for her role as the Dowager Countess for the smash British soap!  Smith who is 78 was not in attendance to accept her award.

Julianne Moore, who won a Daytime Emmy for her dual role as Sabrina and Frannie Hughes on As the World Turns took home a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her performance as Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change,  the political drama about the 2008 presidential election.

The Golden Globes speech that has stirred a mix reaction today was that of Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award receipient, Jodie Foster! Foster announced that she was “single” in a moment where it seemed she was publicly coming out, although she had alluded it to it publicly when she received an award in 2007, and those in Hollywood were already in the know. 

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Now in 2013, Foster on-stage during the Globes telecast stated, “I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never been able to air in public. So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist.  So I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud. I’m going to need your support on this.  I am…single! Seriously, I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age… But now apparently I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference…that’s just not me.”

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However towards the end of her speech, Foster thanked her longtime partner, Cydney Bernard, by calling her, “ex-partner in love” and “co-parent” who helped her raise their two sons.

The L.A. Times today said of Foster’s speech: “The mere fact that it took her more than six minutes to offer a sometimes coy but ultimately poignant explanation of why she chose to be so private on this matter for so long speaks volumes about how difficult coming out still is for many public figures.”

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Another speech garnering much attention was that of Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture winner, Anne Hathaway.  Hathaway bested Sally Field in Lincoln with her performance in Les Miserables.  However, Hathaway from the Globe podium paid tribute to Field in a memorable and touching moment.

In the most ironic twist of the night, Ben Affleck won honors for Best Director of a Motion Picture for his film Argo, although he was snubbed last week by the Academy Awards and failed to be named in the Director category.  Argo also won Best Motion Picture Drama capping off the Globes.

So soapers, what was your favorite moment of the night?  Let us know!

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Patrick
Patrick

Hello Ms. Jodi Foster and Cydney Bernard. Thank You. Eloquent, so like her intellectual humor….

I really liked that Jessica Chastain, won best actress “Zero Dark Thirty”… she was simply the best, in last years, “The Help”… for which she was also oscar nominated. This may be her year… She’s Hollywoods’ new golden girl.

Blake
Blake

I agree about Jodi and her speech! And I loved Jessica in The Help also, one of my favorite movies.

k/kay
k/kay

Gosh does it ever stop! Jodie Foster no one cares who you sleep with and do the attacks on Sarah Palin never stop does it make you feel big and important to knock someone who has never brought this country to it’s knees like that creature in the White House. The food stamp President Hollywood must be so proud!

Jeff
Jeff

k/kay: Obama(that creature in the White House) has finally brought some respect back to your country after that idiot Bush destroyed any good will or respect for the U.S. I personally refused to enter your country while Bush was in power. His government was evil and reprehensible!! Sarah Palin deserves to be picked on. Imagine if that airhead had become Vice-President, that could’ve been a disaster!

toscanti
toscanti

So very TRUE, all of it!!!!!!!!

Blake
Blake

Loved Jodie Foster’s speech, it was incredible. And I loved Mel Gibson’s reactions and her love for him, it made me respect him more!

And congrats to Julianne Moore! She was dead on with her Sarah Palin and she got the award for it!

bc
bc

Bad win for moore who was horrid. Come on. It was a hit piece and made no effort to be unbiased. I don’t care for palin. But the writing was awful as was moore’s “acting” if you can even call it that. moore struggled w/ the accent and it was like she aiming not to resemble palin but to parody her. But it definitely helped moore’s career. wth is wrong w/ tarantino? He drops the n word backstage after his gg triumph while fielding questions from the press. Who used a slur against gay people backstage after his show won at the gg? Isaiah Washington. He had to go to “rehab” for that. hollywood killed his career for that. But it’s crickets for tarantino. Typical hollywood. Bashing racial minorities by dropping slurs is accepted but it’s unacceptable when people drop epithets against the lgbt community. He may have uttered the n word but hollywood won’t kill tarantino’s career. Maggie smith is downton abbey. She gets the best lines like “she’ll bury all of us” and “i thought you were a waiter”. Great at comedy and w/ the dramatic storylines. tbh she’s carrying abbey bec it’s become too soapy. That cancer storyline is too melodramatic w/ what’s her name clashing w/ mr. carsen and then not telling him. Then she closes the lights. Her life is being extinguished like that light. No need for the soapy metaphor w/c made the whole thing annoying. macclaine’s char eats like she’s uncivilized despite all of her wealth. Her boorish char goes outta her way to be rude. She’s brought nothing to the show while her daughter still acts like a dumb dumb. Great that maggie won the gg and beat ott jessica lange from that disgusting mess ahs. The win for lena dunham was awful! How hilarious were the reactions from Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek and Lucy Liu while dunham was giving her speech?! All of those actresses had experienced career lows when they were not very active w/ high profile projects after making names for themselves. All actresses must have experienced disadvantages being racial minorities w/ the lack of roles. And all those racial minority actresses have maintained their physical appearances and had to claw their way thru hollywood to get their parts. And yet lena dunham uses hollywood nepotism to land her own show bec she’s the daughter of prominent artists! There’s lena dunham giving a gg speech for the show she directs! And writes for hbo! And stars as its lead actress! 20 something narcissitic lena dunham wrote a show abt white women only while racial minority women were relegated as background chars despite it being a ny based tv show. And now has her gg! hollywood rewards shows where racial minorities are removed from the narrative and calls that show “the voice of a generation”. That’s degrading. Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek and Lucy Liu should be annoyed.

toscanti
toscanti

Was so very pleased with the entire Golden Globes Broadcast. Two of the best host in recent history and I finally agreed with the winners list.

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ATWT and ‘Vampire Diaries’ Alum, Zach Roerig Arrested For DUI

Another actor has been arrested for a DUI, and this one happened over Memorial Day Weekend.

News out of TMZ is that former As the World Turns actor, Zach Roerig (Ex-Casey), who went to appear in CW’s Vampire Diaries was taken in by the cops.

According to the report: “Zach was busted Sunday around 2:30 AM in Montpelier, Ohio. Police tell us, officers noticed Zach’s pickup truck did not have a front license plate, so they pulled him over.”

Apparently when the officer went up to the driver’s side window they noticed that Zach’s slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and say he, “reeked of booze”.

Roerig was arrested for  for a misdemeanor and was held overnight in a holding cell.  He was later released.

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Zach’s arraignment is set as of now for June 4th.

ATWT fans will remember Zach as part of the younger set in Oakdale comprised of: multi-Daytime Emmy winner Jennifer Landon (Ex-Gwen), Jesse Sofer (Ex-Will) and Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie), all who went on to primetime fame during their careers.

So, what do you think about the latest past or present soap star receiving a DUI? Remember Zach on ATWT? Comment below.

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Michael Swan and Margaret Reed Set For ATWT Reunion

More As the World Turns former cast members come forth during the COVID-19 pandemic to participate in Alan Locher;’s weekly ‘Locher Room’ virtual chats.

Newly announced on Thursday are former on-screen lovebirds, Michael Swan (Ex-Duncan) and Margaret Reed (Ex-Shannon).

Look for the twosome to appear on the upcoming Thursday June 4th edition of the reunion series, at 2 p.m. ET/11 a. m. PT.

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Remember Duncan and Shannon’s ATWT love story? Looking forward to seeing Michael and Margaret? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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