Toilet humor and acts of kindness highlight Globes

Ericka Batla

Staff Writer

In 56 years of Golden Globe Awards history, no actor has ever given away his award ... until this year.

Ving Rhames won the award for best performance in a TV movie or mini-series for his phenomenal portrayal of insane boxing promoter Don King, but instead of accepting it, he gave the award to senior actor Jack Lemmon, a nominee in the same category for his work in 12 Angry Men.

What is most surprising is that the two men have never met before, but Rhames said, "I want to say that acting is about giving, and I want to give this award to someone who has given us so much."

Backstage, Lemmon said, "I think that you are seeing the most wonderful and craziest moment in history."

Well, maybe Lemmon was wrong. A few awards later, Christine Lahti won the award for best actress in a dramatic TV series (Chicago Hope), but did not come up to accept the award because she was in the bathroom.

Luckily, Robin Williams leapt on stage and kept the crowd busy by presenting the award for "best cloning" while presenters Laura San Giacomo and Michael J. Fox fumbled around for something to say.

When Lahti finally showed up, Williams handed her a towel to dry her hands. The actress was understandably surprised as she apologized to her mom for being in the bathroom.

Despite all the surprises, there were some correct predictions, namely Titanic taking home the award for Best Film Drama. It seems as if the $200 million-plus epic will be remembered more as a Gone with the Wind than a Waterworld.

Titanic, Hollywood's most expensive film ever, was nominated for a record of eight awards. It earned James Cameron a Golden Globe for Best Director and brought in awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."

To the disappointment of most women under the age of 30, Leonardo DiCaprio was beat out for Best Actor in a Drama by Peter Fonda in his comeback film of sorts, Ulee's Gold. His touching speech was capped by his wish that his father could be there to see him.

As Good as it Gets was named this year's best comedy. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt were both awarded trophies comedy actor and actress for their performances in that film.

In another surprise move, the Best TV Show Comedy or Musical award went to Fox newcomer Ally McBeal, which beat out higher rated shows Seinfeld and Frasier. Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart took home the award for Best Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical, beating out the more experienced Hunt, Kirstie Alley and Ellen DeGeneres.

And another item for the upset category: actors/writers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon took home Best Screenplay honors for Good Will Hunting, which beat out heavy contenders like Titanic and As Good as it Gets.

Other Awards:

Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy went to Michael J. Fox for Spin City.

Best Actor in a Dramatic Television Series went to Anthony Edwards for ER.

Best Supporting Actress went to Kim Basinger for L.A. Confidential.

Best Actress in a Film Drama went to British actress Judi Dench for Mrs. Brown.

Best Foreign-Language Film went to the Belgian import, My Life in Pink, which is scheduled to open in local theaters sometime in February.

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