Which Stars Were Missing From the Golden Globe Awards?

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At last night’s Golden Globe Awards, some of Hollywood’s biggest names in film and television were nowhere to be seen. Check out some of the A-listers who were missing in action (Cory Monteith and Russell Crowe, anyone?) and find out why they missed the big event:

Robert DeNiro: The actor, who played the patriarch in the Best Motion Picture— Comedy or Musical nominee Silver Linings Playbook, was in Las Vegas during the awards show. The former Golden Globe winner was busy filming his next flick, “Last Vegas,” a film about a wild bachelor party, also starring Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.

Maggie Smith: The Downton Abbey dame, who won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Picture Made for Television, stayed home ill from the awards ceremony. The 78-year-old star was also nominated for her performance in Quartet. George Clooney accepted Maggie’s win on her behalf and noted that she was "under the weather."

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Cory Monteith: While the Glee hunk wasn’t nominated for an award last night, his off-screen love and co-star Lea Michele was there to present the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama. Cory, who’s usually attached to the hip of his leading lady, was MIA not only at the Golden Globes, but also at the People’s Choice Awards last week, where Lea won an award for Favorite Comedic Actress. Perhaps there’s trouble in paradise?

Meryl Streep: Like Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture— Comedy or Musical for her role in “Hope Springs,” was sick and unable to attend the event. And while we missed her, Jennifer Lawrence kept her presence alive at the show after winning the award and joking, “I beat Meryl!”— a quip from the 1996 comedy, First Wives Club.

Ricky Gervais: Last year’s Golden Globes host passed along the torch to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler this time around, as he was unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming Muppets movie. While he was missed, the dynamic duo did a fabulous job filling his shoes.

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Russell Crowe: The Les Miserabl├ęs star may not have been in attendance, but that didn’t stop Sacha Baron Cohen from poking fun at Russell's singing voice! "Russell Crowe had four months of singing lessons. That was money well spent," the comedian said sarcastically. But Les Miserabl├ęs pulled in a win for Best Motion Picture anyway, and the actor tweeted about their victory: “So Cool Golden Globe love for #LesMis Congrats @RealHughJackman and the amazing Anne Hathaway, 22.25km bike ride,now taking the kids 4 pizza,” he wrote.

While these famous folks weren't able to attend, the night was definitely a star-studded affair. Who do you think stole the show?

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