In the Public Eye

63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards
Los Angeles, January 16, 2006, 2006

A Boy and His Boa

"The evening's best accessory, Colin Firth"
(Karen Heller, Philadelphia Inquirer)

"But I love my sexy neck beard" recipients: Colin Firth"
(Corina Zappia, Village Voice)

Emma Thompson's boa snagged more than her fair share of the press corps' attention, as she and Colin (joined at the neck) conquered the Golden Globes Red Carpet. Or should we say Emma and her husband Greg Wise? Never mind. (Be sure to watch the videos.)

Both Emma and Colin introduced clips for nominated films. Emma winged her way through a very funny intro to the new and very young Pride and Prejudice, while Colin respectively read the one for Woody Allen's Match Point. His method training was obvious. No one can do the proper Brit quite like Colin.

Later, Colin was spotted sitting at the same table as Best Actress Felicity Huffman and her husband William H. Macy and Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. You can't miss him sitting there when her name is announced.

The ceremony and afterparties were filled with former Colin co-stars, so he could not possibly feel like a duck out of water with Scarlett, Laura, Gwyneth, Reese, Renee, Kelly, Keira, and Cillian (oh, sorry, he just looks like a girl) somewhere nearby. Pity that Amanda didn't appear to drop in on a party. But Colin did make the rounds from HBO's pre- and postparties to those hosted by The Weinstein Company/Glamour, Universal/Focus Features/NBC, and InStyle/Warner Bros.

While this trip to LA was definitely for work, i.e., to publicize Nanny McPhee, it's nice to see that a little "play" was thrown in. As his character Vince Collins might say, "bottoms up!" That would be white wine naturally.

The Golden Globes gallery includes pictures from all related events from the Red Carpet to the many parties, plus links to videos on firth.com and elsewhere.

Opening Night for "The Exonerated"
  London, February 24, 2006

Colin attended the opening night of the death-row drama "The Exonerated," a play having its London premiere at the Riverside Studios. Written by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, the play is being directed by Bob Balaban and currently stars Stockard Channing, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo, as well as several real-life exonerees playing themselves.

The play was first performed in spring 2002 at Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang Theatre in Los Angeles. Under Bob Balaban's direction, the show built a starry list of cast members during its 608 Off-Broadway performances, one of which was filmed and shown on Court TV.

Following the New York model, there will be a revolving cast of American and British actors. Confirmed to appear during the 16-week run are Kristin Davis, Richard Dreyfus, Danny Glover, Gina McKee, Kate Mulgrew, James
Purefoy and Catherine Tate. Others expected to take their turn include: Peter Boyle, Gabriel Byrne, Mia Farrow, Peter Gallagher, Jeff Goldblum, Andrew McCarthy, Alanis Morisette, Rob Morrow, Bebe Neuwirth, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Kyra Sedgwick, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Kathleen Turner, Montel Williams and Debra Winger.

The play runs through June 11, 2006. Details on the actors scheduled to appear, plus booking information, can be found at the Riverside Studios' website.

More background about the play can be read here

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