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by Nigel M Smith
January 11, 2012 9:47 AM
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Rosie O'Donnell Trashes Critics at National Board of Review Awards Gala

Rosie O'Donnell at the National Board of Review Gala Nigel M Smith

After starting an hour late, last night's National Board of Review 2011 Awards Gala, which celebrates a slate of winners who were announced more than a month ago, blandly plugged along.

And then, around its midway point, surprise presenter O'Donnell took to the stage wearing what looked like a shiny drape to award the documentary "Crime After Crime" with the NBR Freedom of Expression Award.

The comedienne then launched into an assault on the National Society of Film Critics for naming "Melancholia" best picture of the year over the weekend ("If I had the choice between giving birth to a flaming child on the floor of an igloo, or watching that film again, I would choose the birth of my child"); trashed Denmark and Woody Allen in one swift coup ("I’m happy to hear that Lars von Trier is not here today. He’s from Denmark. Fuck it, I don’t know where that country is, I’ll never look for him, or Woody Allen. Pedophile? Who’s to say?"); and pissed off some, if not all, of the Board. ("I’m so happy that they were talking about the shit on the tables. Because I’ve learned there are no gift bags, it’s gonna be a fucking free-for-all... this is one crazy-ass black-tie dinner.")

"I’m happy to hear that Lars von Trier is not here today. He’s from Denmark. Fuck it, I don’t know where that country is." -- Rosie O'Donnell

Nothing upstaged O'Donnell's one-woman show; not even Best Actor winner (and frequent jokester) George Clooney, who was on his best behavior in accepting the award from his "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne.

Keira Knightley came close when she payed tribute to Michael Fassbender -- the night's Spotlight winner and her co-star in "A Dangerous Method" -- by saying: "If I had to be spanked by anybody, I'm glad it was by you." So did Best Actress presenter Frances McDormand who matter-of-factly stated that she didn't know who the National Board of Review was. She also didn't seem to care.

Elsewhere, Breakthrough Directorial Debut winner J.C. Chandor ("Margin Call") became visibly emotional after delivering a four-minute (!) speech, Breakthough Performance winner Rooney Mara sang praises of her "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher, despite him urging her not to do so via email a few hours earlier, and presenter Naomi Watts thanked her director on "The Ring," Gore Verbinski (there to accept the Best Animated Feature award for "Rango"), for teaching her how to scream.

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley presenting the Spotlight Award at the National Board of Review Gala Nigel M Smith



  • spidermom | January 15, 2012 8:35 PMReply

    Rosie does sometimes let words out of her mouth without thinking first. This wasn't the time or place for what she said. Who knows, some day she might want to go to Denmark.

  • Dan | January 12, 2012 6:41 PMReply

    Jerry, I couldn't have said it better myself! Well Done.

  • jerry | January 12, 2012 5:31 AMReply

    i thought rosie o'donnell died a couple of years ago. damn it all.

  • Steven Ball | January 11, 2012 9:18 PMReply

    Ms O'Donnell is ugly on the outside & ugly on the inside. She gives lesbians a bad name.
    Can you imagine Ms DeGenerese behaving this badly? I can't.

  • SLOW DOWN, PEOPLE! | January 11, 2012 3:39 PMReply

    PLEASE limit your criticisms to what Rosie O'Donnell said. These are some of the ugliest and most offensive personal attacks I have ever witnessed on this or any site. Indiewire should take them down, and some of you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • 12-String Infidel | January 11, 2012 2:43 PMReply

    I couldn't for the life of me figure out what she would be doing at an awards show.
    Aren't her ratings even lower than Glenn Beck's are now? No class, no brains Rosie.

  • maryo | January 11, 2012 1:57 PMReply

    Her friend Debbie Wasserman Shultz is lamenting the lack of civility of the Tea Party. Methinks she should look to her own kind.

  • todd | January 11, 2012 1:34 PMReply

    brilliant! i like this woman more everyday. too bad she can't co-host with ricky.

    thank you, rosie.

  • jingmei | January 12, 2012 5:08 AM

    These are two kinds of sense of humor for sure. Ricky Gervais is darkly funny but not this woman.

  • big bopper | January 11, 2012 1:02 PMReply

    Fuck this fat shit!

  • brutony | January 11, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    What an ugly, humongous, unfunny, untalented, egotistical over nothing, liberal wackjob this waste of space is!

  • ConanTheRepublican | January 11, 2012 12:26 PMReply

    O'Donnell is a fat, bloated, gay sow.