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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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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Emmy Winner and Noted Soap Opera Head Writer; Hogan Sheffer Passes Away At 61

Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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