Monday, January 16, 2012

Dwarf-tossing decried at Golden Globes ceremony

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Sunday night's annual Golden Globes awards ceremony didn't yield a lot of surprises. Host Ricky Gervais did his best to make fun of Hollywood royalty. Best film awards went to The Artist and The Descendants. Best actor and actress awards were received by George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn). Martin Scorsese won best director (Hugo) and Woody Allen took best screenplay (Midnight in Paris). Probably our favorite moment in the entire three-hour broadcast came courtesy of Meryl Streep, who let out a string of bleeped-out expletives when she realized she'd forgotten her reading glasses and would have to wing her speech.

The night's most cryptic comment came when Peter Dinklage won best supporting TV actor for his work in HBO's Game of Thrones. At the end of his acceptance speech, Dinklage briefly mentioned someone named Martin Henderson and suggested the worldwide audience Google him. It turns out Henderson, like Dinklage, is a dwarf (and an actor) who suffered a serious injury when he was picked up and thrown to the ground by a stranger outside a pub in Somerset, England.

Henderson blames England's rugby team for inspiring the attack. Team players received widespead press coverage in England for attending a dwarf-tossing contest while competing in the World Cup in New Zealand.

Here's a promotional clip about Dinklage and his Game of Thrones character, Tyrion Lannister.

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