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Golden Globes: Paul Giamatti Wins Actor Comedy/Musical for Barney's Version

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 17, 2011 at 3:25AM

Given the weakness of the Golden Globe comedy/musical categories this year, it was hard to call who would win best actor. Paul Giamatti totally deserved the win for hilarious Canadian comedy/drama Barney's Version. I hope this award drives more people to watch the movie, which is worth seeing not only for Giamatti's performance, but those of Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike. It's just going into theaters now.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Given the weakness of the Golden Globe comedy/musical categories this year, it was hard to call who would win best actor. Paul Giamatti totally deserved the win for hilarious Canadian comedy/drama Barney's Version. I hope this award drives more people to watch the movie, which is worth seeing not only for Giamatti's performance, but those of Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike. It's just going into theaters now.

Here's our interview with Giamatti.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.