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The List: Best Golden Globes quotes

The scene at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards. (© HFPA)
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The 68th annual Golden Globes for 2010 will be handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California on Sunday night. This week, the List looks at some notable quotes from previous Golden Globe events. 

  • Todd Phillips (2010): "I just want to thank my mom, who supported my decision to become a director when she realized I wasn't as smart as my two sisters," said the "Hangover" director after accepting the award for best comedy.
  • Bruce Springsteen (2009): "This is the only time I'm going to be in competition with Clint Eastwood. Felt pretty good, too," the singer said after winning the best-original-song award. Mr. Eastwood was nominated for music for "Gran Torino."
  • Billy Bush (2008): "A lot could happen in this hour," said Mr. Bush, a co-host. Nothing did. The 65th annual version of the Golden Globes was nearly called off because of the Writers Guild of America strike. Instead, the usual three-hour glitzy event was replaced with a one-hour show in a press-conference format, devoid of star power. There were no actors accepting awards, no gowns and no speeches, and it "was about as exciting as a senior prom held in somebody's basement with the king and queen crowned via cell phone," the Detroit News said.
  • Charlize Theron (2004): "This is so crazy. I'm from a farm in South Africa," said the best-actress-in-a-drama winner for her role in "Monster."
  • Russell Crowe (2002): "We may be a long way away, but we have all the modern technology," the actor said backstage. "The art form of cinema in Australia is something that is held very dear by the audience." Mr. Crowe won the award for best actor in a drama for portraying Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr. in "A Beautiful Mind." Australian actress Nicole Kidman won the award for best actress in a musical or comedy in "Moulin Rouge," which won the top award for a musical or comedy and was directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann.
  • Jim Carrey (2000):  "Second year in a row — what's going on here man?" the comedic actor asked. "I'm the establishment I once rejected — I'm the Tom Hanks of the Golden Globes." Mr. Carrey won for best comedy movie actor in "Man on the Moon." The previous year he won as best dramatic actor for "The Truman Show."
  • James Cameron (1998)  "Does this prove that size matters?" the director asked. Mr. Cameron won the best-dramatic-picture award for "Titanic," which at the time was the most expensive film ever made, with production costs at $200 million.
  • Robin Williams (1994): "If I start shaking, it's my nerves, not the room," the comedic actor said, referring to a recent earthquake in the Los Angeles area. "The exits are over there and there." Mr. Williams won as best actor in a musical or comedy for masquerading as a British nanny in "Mrs. Doubtfire."
  • Joan Plowright (1993): "I have seen the other nominees, and I think this award should be broken into little pieces and given to all of us," said the British actress, who won the best-supporting-actress award for the HBO special "Stalin." Then she added, "But I have a desperate desire to keep it." She played Stalin's mother-in-law.
  • Marlee Matlin (1987): "I can't believe it! I'm shaking! I'm not much of a speaker — he is," the actress said, referring to the interpreter. She won the award as best actress in a drama for her role as a troubled deaf woman in "Children of a Lesser God."
  • Shirley MacLaine (1984): "I did expect this," the Arlington actress said as she picked up a best-dramatic-actress award for the movie "Terms of Endearment."
  • Shirlee Fonda (1982): "He's sitting in bed, and he's watching, even if he won't admit it," Mrs. Fonda said of her husband, Henry Fonda, who won the best-actor award for "On Golden Pond."
  • Dustin Hoffman (1980): "Awards are very silly. They pit very talented people against each other. They hurt the hell out of the ones who lose and relieve us that win," he said after winning the best-dramatic-actor award for his role in "Kramer vs. Kramer."
  • Jane Fonda (1979): "I guess I'm back," the actress said. "So is Nixon. Only I'm getting paid, and he isn't." Miss Fonda won the best-actress award for the antiwar film "Coming Home."
  • Barbra Streisand (1977): This was "the most painful, the most difficult and yet the most rewarding film experience I've had. It was a picture about and for love, and tonight I feel so much of it," said the singer-actress, who was named best actress for her starring role in "A Star Is Born."

Compiled by John Haydon

Sources: The Associated Press, the Houston Chronicle, the Gazette (Montreal), the Detroit News and The Washington Times

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