Paul Giamatti in 'Barney's Version' (Credit: Sabrina Lantos/Sony Pictures Classics)

Paul Giamatti in 'Barney's Version' (Credit: Sabrina Lantos/Sony Pictures Classics)

There was no one more surprised by last night’s Golden Globes win for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) than Paul Giamatti himself.  Recognized for his work as an irritable and womanizing TV producer Barney Panofsky in Barney’s Version, Giamatti beat out Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Kevin Spacey for the honor.  “Yeah I suppose it feels good, I know those two guys,” said Giamatti backstage at the Golden Globes Awards.  “(Actually) all three of them I know.  It’s nice but I know those guys so it feels a little weird too. But it’s good, I was very shocked actually and surprised.”  Barney’s Version, which co-stars Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver, and Rosamund Pike as Panofsky’s three wives, is based on the 1997 novel by late writer Mordecai Richler. Click on the media bar and listen to Giamatti explain why Barney Panofsky is a more likable soul in the movie version.

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