Steve Carell: Award-winning plagiarist

Steve Carell won the Golden Globe last week for his role on “The Office,” and gave a funny speech he said had been written by his wife, which scolded him for sundry selfish behaviors. Carell’s also up for a Writers Guild Award for his screenplay (with Judd Apatow) for “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” So, who’s writing that acceptance speech for him?
“I found that online,” Carell joked during a Television Critics Association winter press tour event.
“I didn’t think I’d win, honestly,” he continued. “So I wrote it just so I’d have a piece of paper with names on it and so I wouldn’t forget anybody. I ran it by my wife the night before and she gave it a thumbs-up. I thought she played it great. When the camera kept cutting back to her, it was perfect.”
“The Office” is also up for Writers Guild trophies, as is “My Name is Earl,” which won a People’s Choice Award but came up short at the Globes. “Earl” star Jason Lee was a no-show at press tour — he’s been diagnosed with chickenpox. But “Earl” creator Greg Garcia notes, “We think it’s chickenpox. I saw him shake Charlie Sheen’s hand at the Golden Globes, and the next morning he woke up with bumps all over him, so it could be anything.”

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TV Awards: You Wouldn’t Even Want to Visit

One of the most interminable awards ceremonies I ever had to sit (slump, lie down) through and trust me, this is saying something was the Writers Guild Awards, which is curious, since youd think a group of writers just might be able to cook up a clever evening of breezy repartee and bon mots. What was most astounding about this event was its sheer, exhausting length, longer than any Oscar show (at the time, anyway) and they didnt even give out that many awards.

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