The Big Winners of the Big Screen
January 17, 2005

It was a night of surprises, joy and tearful acceptance speeches at Sunday night's 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, where Jamie Foxx, the stars of "Closer" and "The Aviator" emerged as big winners.

After his standing ovation for his unbelievable portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles, Golden Globe winner Jamie Foxx came straight to "Extra" backstage, telling us, "You know what, it has been absolutely fabulous."

Foxx, whose birth name is Eric Bishop, got emotional onstage, bringing the audience to tears with his tribute to his late grandmother, Ester Tally. "I used to think it was corny when people say people are looking down on them, and I didn't really believe it, but I got a feeling, thank you," Jamie told the audience.

Afterward, Jamie admitted, "You know me, I'm the clown of comedy. I've always said don't cry on TV. I've always been that guy against everything."

What Jamie didn't know was that "Extra" had a little surprise for the big winner: his senior yearbook, in which his grandmother wrote to him: "Eric, I've watched you grow during the last 17 years. I'm very proud of your accomplishments. Life is a road of trials and errors and the path is just beginning. When the path grows dark just remember to ask God for help. Love, Granny."

"It was tough for me," Jamie admitted. "But it wasn't until this past week I had dreams of my grandmother holding my hand. Those words now make a lot of sense."

But Foxx certainly wasn't the only winner who stopped by our "Extra" lounge. Annette Bening, who took home the Best Actress Golden Globe, told us, "My husband was really keeping me away from the champagne before, because we didn't have any dinner, so now we're making up for lost time."

Leonardo DiCaprio took home his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in "The Aviator," and he told us how he felt moments after winning: "I have two words: surreal and phenomenal. This feels amazing man, it really does."

Hilary Swank won the Best Actress Golden Globe for her role in "Million Dollar Baby," and "Extra" also had a surprise for her and Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director for the film: a pair of Sugar Ray signed boxing gloves.

So how are the two superstars going to celebrate? "I'm going to put these on, and Clint and I are going to spar," Hilary insisted.

And from big winners to the big laughs, the Globes had it all, including Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart, who picked up an award for Best Original Song. "We were really happy we got recognition because it's not something we'd ever done before," Jagger said onstage, but the pair stopped short of thanking all of their children, as Mick joked, "There's so many, we're not even going to mention it!"

It was also a first for winners Clive Owen and Natalie Portman, who took home Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their roles in "Closer." And Natalie told us how she planned to spend her evening: "I need to eat, I'm ready for dinner!"

But the night was certainly not without some serious laughs, thanks in part to Cecil B. Demille winner, Robin Williams. "I also want to thank you for having Prince, William Shatner, Puff Daddy and Mick Jagger on the same stage. That is the sign of the apocalypse, thank you," Williams said while accepting his award.

The legendary comic also delivered one of the night's most touching moments when he dedicated his award to the memory of his friend, Chris Reeve: "I miss you, and I also say, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, sweet prince."


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