Mirror Mirror On the Wall...

updated 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Only at this awards show could Ann Jillian beat Vanessa Redgrave—and have the announcement surprise absolutely no one. At the 46th annual Golden Globe ceremonies in Los Angeles, Jillian indeed triumphed over the great English actress (in A Man for All Seasons) by playing herself in a TV movie about her mastectomy, Barry Bostwick tied with John Gielgud for their work in War and Remembrance, and reason barely won out over folly. "This is a fun evening," said L.A. Law's Susan Ruttan. "It's much more relaxed than any other awards ceremony." And not just because open bottles of Moët champagne dotted the tables. After all, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a conclave of some 80 showbiz journalists, once cited Pia Zadora as most promising newcomer, and this year's event threatened to continue that grand tradition. In 24 categories, the voting resulted in five ties, including a couple of three-way deadlocks—and still Meryl Streep went home without a prize.

Despite—perhaps because of—its unpredictable balloting, the Golden Globe ceremony commands a star turnout that might make the Oscars review its Rolodex. Although they usually shun the awards circuit, Gene Hackman, Susan Sarandon, Candice Bergen and John Cleese were in attendance. Jodie Foster brought her mother, Brandy. Sharon Gless brought her brother Michael. Even reclusive Doris Day showed up to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award for her oeuvre from her Carmel neighbor Clint Eastwood, who won Best Director for Bird. Although she hasn't made a feature in 21 years, Day sounded like she'd prefer a part to a testimonial. "I've been away much too long," she announced. "And I want to do some more work."

At the Golden Globes, sometimes even the winners get confused. When Phil Collins won Best Song for "Two Hearts," he joked. "I didn't think we were gonna get this, so I started drinking." After thirtysomething won as TV's best dramatic series, co-creator Marshall Herskovitz remarked, "When we arrived tonight and found our table had been removed by the Fire Department, you can imagine what we thought that did to our chances." When it came time to announce the award for best performance by an actress in a television series-drama, L.A. Law's Jill Eikenberry turned to her competitor Sharon Gless, a frequent nominee for Cagney & Lacey. "Are you getting to the point where you don't get nervous?" asked an obviously edgy Eikenberry. "Never," replied Gless, lighting up another cigarette. A moment later Eikenberry won. "I never like not winning," said Gless's tablemate Shelley Long. "That kind of evening was never fun."

As the show proceeded, partygoers at the Beverly Hilton dished out their own impromptu kudos. Best dressed: Teri Garr, whose tight-fitting strapless gown rendered her appealing, if not ambulatory. Best makeup: Beauty and the Beast's Ron Perlman, who pointed to his face and thanked his producers "for turning this into a romantic hero." Most congenial comedian: Tom Hanks for Big. "I married a Greek babe, so I know what it means to have affection for foreigners." Biggest loser: onetime Oscar front-runner Mississippi Burning, which didn't win a single award. Rainman beat Mississippi Burning for best drama, and for the last five years in a row, the Golden Globe best-drama winner has gone on to receive the best-picture Oscar. Best actor with most dramatic speech: Dustin Hoffman, who cried during his acceptance for Rain-mankind also chastised the Hollywood Foreign Press for its curious culinary choices. "You people in Europe are behind us in nutrition. You should have your cholesterol checked. You served a steak with shrimp on it, and you're taking a big gamble with your lives." Most improved player: Melanie Griffith, who won as best actress in a musical or comedy for Working Girl, and then promptly exclaimed a four-letter word on live television. Griffith put the evening in perspective though. "The last time I was up here," she said, "I was Miss Golden Globes."

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