Some TV events have to be viewed with a group: the Super Bowl, big series finales, political debates, and award ceremonies. Last night, I watched the Golden Globe Awards with a group of friends.
After several years of falling very behind on movies, I am somewhat in the loop this year, thanks to a Saturday morning matinee routine with fellow author and neighbor Jonathan Hayes. As such, I can actually follow what’s going on this award season.
Here are a few (somewhat random) thoughts about last night’s winners, losers, and bystanders.
The Host: Anyone who’s seen Ricky Gervais in The (original) Office and the sublime Extras knows he is the master of delicious awkwardness. His jokes at the expense of Scientology and the Tourist really kicked things off on the most uncomfortable note possible. I have to admire someone who doesn’t mind being hated by his audience in the name of comedy.
Best supporting actor: Chris Colfer from GLEE. Loved his speech; would’ve been even better if he sang it. (More seriously, times really have changed. Bravo, world!)
Best actor (drama): If only Brian Cranston and Michael C. Hall could have won as well, but I do love me some Steve Buscemi.
Best actor (comedy): I am the only person in America who has never seen Big Bang Theory, so I could only groan when some guy who looked like a baby Alien beat Alec Baldwin.
Best TV comedy: Glee won but should not have in light of its weak second season and tough competition from 30 Rock and Modern Family in this category. (Big Bang Theory and The Big C were the other nominees.)
Best TV drama: The absence of Breaking Bad was a robbery. Dexter, even after the slow start, probably still deserved to win in this category, but Boardwalk Empire can use the boost.
Best supporting actor: The Fighter is one of the only buzz-y films I haven’t seen yet, plus Christian Bale strikes me as a nutjob, so I have a hard time cheering for him. I was pulling hard for Jeremy Renner, but THE TOWN seems destined to lose in every category, even though it was one of my favorite films of the year. (I suspect it has something to do with Ben Affleck’s Gigl.) I do love Melissa Leo, though, so was happy to see her win (but Helena Bonhan’s Carter “WTF” look at the end of Leo’s acceptance speech was absolutely classic – did you catch it?).
Best Animated Movie: Toy Story 3 was a no-brainer. Such a wonderful story, my husband and I still can’t believe it was rated G. It was one of the darkest movies of the year.
Best Actress (Comedy): I thought Julianne Moore was more deserving to be nominated for this award than Annette Bening, but was happy to see her recognized. Robert Downey Jr. shoud get an award for best presenter. So should Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
I love Matt Damon dearly, but his tribute to Robert DeNiro was almost as uncomfortable as the Ricky Gervais bits, and not intentionally. And then Robert DeNiro turned up the discomfort volume to a 10. Whatever happened to earnestness?
Best Actress (Drama) – Natalie Portman, no surprise. Baby bump, an added bonus. And best speech of the night.
Best Film (Comedy or Musical) – The Kids Are All Right, a bit of a slam dunk in light of the other nominees (Red, Burlesque (yes, really), Alice in Wonderland, and The Tourist)
Best Film (Drama):I went in feeling torn between The King’s Speech and The Social Network. Both took potentially dry subjects and transformed them into gripping drama. Ultimately, though, my fondness for The Social Network is primarily due to Aaron Sorkin’s fantastic screenplay (which did win – yea!), so I pulled for The King’s Speech. But when Social Network won, I defended it to the many critics in our room. Best line of the year: “I’m 6’5″, 220, and there’s two of me.”
The (even more) wholly superficial:
Nicole Kidman – What has she done to her face to make herself look so much like Renee Zellweger?
Kelly green dresses- I lost count but I saw at least four just on the red carpet, including on Angelina Jolie (who seemed eerily clingy with Brad Pitt; I suspect tabloids will be conjecturing).
Tina Fey – I’m amazed that she still manages to rock that nerdy-and-only-secretly-attractive persona even as she’s transformed herself into such a gorgeous superstar.
If mutliple marriages were legal, my husband would have to learn to be brother-husbands with James Franco, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Downey Jr. (with drug testing).
(Most Of) The Other Awards:
Best Actress in TV drama – Katey Segal (Sons of Anarchy), over Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).
Best Actress in TV comedy – Laura Linney (The Big C), over Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), and Lea Michele (Glee).
Best Actor (film comedy) – Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version), over Jake Gyllenhaal (Taylor Swift, I mean, Love and Other Drugs), Johnny Depp (times two), Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack – never heard of it).
Best Actor (drama): We had a generational divide in our group between Colin Firth and Jesse Eisenberg. Colin Firth takes it (and was suprisingly funny)!
Best Director: David Fincher (The Social Network), over Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Christopher Nolan (Inception), and David Russell (The Fighter). Still no clue as to why TRUE GRIT was locked out of everything, because I think it was probably the best film of the year.
My apologies to our regular readers who are wholly uninterested in the Golden Globes. We’ll be back to our regular programming tomorrow. As for the rest of you, what were your most memorable moments of the Golden Globes or this year’s movie and TV seasons?