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Posted at 9:29 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Golden Globes 2011: Your lingering questions answered

By Jen Chaney

Christian Bale: the hair is his choice. (NBC/AP)
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Even though the Golden Globe Awards are over, a few lingering questions may still be buzzing around in your brain. Why was Geoffrey Rush wearing a hat? Has Christian Bale let his hair grow long for a role? What the heck is the movie "Barney's Version"?

We know these nagging queries are keeping you awake at night, and that won't do. This is awards season and we all need our rest so we can come up with witty, hypercritical things to say about the dresses that far more famous and attractive people get to wear on red carpets. With that in mind, here are answers to a few of those leftover matters of Golden Global importance.

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So was that really indie rocker Jenny Lewis with Jake Gyllenhaal?

Yes. As People reports, the newly unattached Gyllenhaal brought the Rilo Kiley frontwoman he once dated to the Globes as his date. The two have remained friends since their split in 2001, according to People. Was this a PR move on Gyllenhaal's move, a subtle way of reminding the public that he has dated age-appropriate, hipster singers as well as younger, ridiculously popular ones? That's a question that will have to continue lingering.

Why was Geoffrey Rush wearing that hat?

According to this report, it was indeed a way to cover his bald head, which he shaved for his role in the play "Diary of a Madman," opening in New York next month.

Why does Christian Bale look like Jesus?

You say Jesus, I say impossibly hot guy with long hair. In any event, the tresses are not the result of another Bale transformation for the sake of a role. As Bale told E!: "The long hair is unemployment."

So is Ricky Gervais going to be banned from the Golden Globes forever or what?

Gervais told The Hollywood Reporter that the vibe backstage and after the show was fine, despite what appeared to be tension during the telecast generated by the comedian's particularly pointed zingers. But Gervais also said he doesn't expect to return next year, and one member of the Hollywood Foreign Press told Popeater: "Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure. For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain."

Perhaps this is why Gervais can make fun of the HFPA in the first place: because some of its members actually think it's fine to ban nominations for an actor's future, unseen films just because he said some mean stuff.

How were the Golden Globe ratings?

They were up again, but only a wee bit. As Vulture notes, 17 million viewers tuned in, compared to 16.98 million in 2010. Both figures represent an upswing from 2009, when fewer than 15 million people watched.

This is why all the talk about Gervais getting banned may be a bunch of nonsense. If the ratings and attention on the Globes are on an upswing, the HFPA could find it in their hearts to forgive before next January.

How come Laura Linney wasn't at the Globes to accept her award for her role on "The Big C"?

Sadly, the actress's father passed away on Saturday, a fact that understandably kept her away from the Globes. Romulus Linney, a noted playwright, died Saturday of lung cancer.

You know that movie, "Barney's Version," the one that won a best actor Globe for Paul Giamatti? When the heck did that come out?

While screened in time for both Globes and Oscar consideration, this indie opened in semi-wider release (read: four theaters) last Friday. It's rolling out in more cities later this month including the D.C. area, where it opens Jan. 28.

By Jen Chaney  | January 18, 2011; 9:29 AM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Celebrities, Movies, TV  | Tags:  Golden Globes  
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Comments

I don't believe "Barney's Version" is eligible for Oscar consideration. The AMPAS rules state that the film must be run for a complete week prior to the end of the year on at least two (2) theaters in the United States (typically NYC and LA). The movie did not meet that requirement, and unless the AMPAS changed the rules for eligibility, it will not be on the Oscar ballot.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 18, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Its Rilo Kiley. Not Riley Kiley

Posted by: rickyp131 | January 18, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe you missed one of the biggest lingering questions. Who the hell cares about his hair - when on earth did Christian Bale start talking like a London barrow boy and why? That simply cannot be his natural accent. Not with his upbringing. Unless it's a sort of 'Guy Ritchie-ish' adaptation.

Posted by: volvican | January 18, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh those poor celebrities! Being made fun of by that big,bad bully Ricky Gervaise. Maybe they should take a class in emotional mangement.

Posted by: tnc68 | January 18, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Stupid scruffy sexy Bale!

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 18, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh those poor celebrities! Being made fun of by that big,bad bully Ricky Gervaise. Maybe they should take a class in emotional mangement.

Posted by: tnc68 | January 18, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Also, I didn't watch the show, so I can only go by what I heard- but for me, Ricky Gervais was cool up and until he razzed Robert Downey Jr. That just seemed like a cheap shot. I'm totally agreed that the HFPA needs to get over itself, though.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 18, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Except Downey, of all the people who were "roasted" by Gervais. seemed like he could care less. Gervais was hilarious and Downey seemed like he could take it just fine. I love them both and Robert Downey is the first to admit in many interviews that he was a dumba&% way back when...

Posted by: ropespin | January 18, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Except Downey, of all the people who were "roasted" by Gervais, seemed like he could care less. Gervais was hilarious and Downey seemed like he could take it just fine. I love them both and Robert Downey is the first to admit in many interviews that he was a dumba&% way back when...

Posted by: ropespin | January 18, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

My only problem with Gervais were his quips about the celebs just were not funny unlike his quip about Mel Gibson last year. Gervais isn't the first guy to roast celebs at an awards show.

Posted by: JAMNEW | January 18, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Re the reaction to Ricky Gervais- it reminds me of my long-ago Army days and one of our favorite sayings, F... 'em if they can't take a joke".

Posted by: justmike | January 18, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Gervais stunk and if this many people think that sarcasm, cynicism and mockery are entertainment, we're in trouble. If he wants to work that way in some slummy club, fine. If he wants to 'entertain' a world-wide audience, show a little consideration for the actors and their craft. What a low-life!

Posted by: amac3 | January 18, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

This is like when Roseanne Barr was invited to sing the national anthem or Stephen Colbert was invited to host the White House Correspondents dinner. What were they thinking? They know what the performer is known for. What do they expect?

Posted by: Rudesan | January 18, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

In America we have no royalty. This seems like news to the White House and to the collected inhabitants of Hollywood, both seem to feel that some inferred privileges exist that do not, specifically that no one may poke fun of their utterly human weaknesses.

Ricky Gervais is enough to make me actually watch the Golden Globes next time if he was back. I mostly am bored in seconds my the emotionally masturbatory self-adulation festivals these award ceremonies are.

I am sure he won't get the invite for the next year's event but I am sure that Rob Lowe has a criminal record, Charlie Sheen is actively extending his, Tim Allen has fewer credits to his name than Tom Hanks, etc. Pointing this out is "sinister and mean-spirited?

I am mostly repelled by the Hollywood types not having their lives ruined by a nominal scrape with the law yet alone repetitious episodes. That they get preferential treatment over all the" little people" turns my gut and tunes me out.

Screw off Hollywood; Ricky Gervais- you are openly invited to my home whenever you feel like it. I'll take you criticism and laugh with you.

Posted by: ascpgh1 | January 18, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If I was Ricky I wouldn't want to be any place Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Bruce Willis were together and him without a body guard. They just might prove what he joked about was true and he got the worst of it.
On the other hand, Mila Jovovitc could turn any gay straight. She reminded me of Elaine Stewart from the 50s.

Posted by: msjn1 | January 18, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Gervais stunk and if this many people think that sarcasm, cynicism and mockery are entertainment, we're in trouble. If he wants to work that way in some slummy club, fine. If he wants to 'entertain' a world-wide audience, show a little consideration for the actors and their craft. What a low-life!

Posted by: amac3 | January 18, 2011 12:21 PM |

If only you could host it next year amac3. You seem like a ton of fun and obviously have a wonderful sense of humor.

Posted by: mack1 | January 18, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Gervais is the only reason to watch the GLOBES!

Posted by: Rocc00 | January 19, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I think RG should be invited back every year to remind Hollyweird that the sun does not shine out of its ----.

Robert Downey, Jr. needs to think twice about throwing stones at people that mock his self-inflicted substance abuse and then shooting his mouth off about wanting to shag Julianne Philips (her husband most have felt good about that remark).

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen - Grumpy Old Men 3

And... Charlie Sheen... could care less.

Everyone else is just believing their own press.

Well done, Ricky.

Posted by: thetroubleboys | January 19, 2011 4:39 AM | Report abuse

I think RG should be invited back every year to remind Hollyweird that the sun does not shine out of its ----.

Robert Downey, Jr. needs to think twice about throwing stones at people that mock his self-inflicted substance abuse and then shooting his mouth off about wanting to shag Julianne Moore(her husband most have felt good about that remark).

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen - Grumpy Old Men 3

And... Charlie Sheen... could care less.

Everyone else is just believing their own press.

Well done, Ricky.

Posted by: thetroubleboys | January 19, 2011 4:39 AM | Report abuse

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