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. (Read more Hollywood writers' strike stories.)