Atonement, Sweeney Win Deflated Globes

Stars don't come out for event punctured by writers strike
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2008 3:33 AM CST
Tables full of working journalists replace celebrities as presenter Jim Moret speaks at the podium during the 65th annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Golden Globes ceremony scaled down by the writers strike to a press conference in a mostly empty ballroom yesterday awarded best picture honors to Atonement and Sweeney Todd, and best actor nods to Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis. None of the stars, reluctant to cross the writers, were on hand to receive their awards, reports People magazine.

The show was "probably as strange as movies would be without scripts," quipped one director to the Los Angeles Times. The deflated ceremony wasn't the only depressing note: The awarding of almost all the TV prizes to cable shows added to the already considerable woes of broadcast television, noted TV Guide.