A brief review on the 67th Golden Globes

The night started out well enough, thanks to the comedic whit of Ricky Gervais. Reading through various reviews today, I’m a little surprised to see that the majority of critics think that Ricky “fell flat.” I guess some don’t get his brand of humor. What a shame for them. I think he’s brilliant.Ricky’s opening monologue contained the regular shots at Steve Carell, to which Steve responded with a straight face, “I’m going to kill you.” He continued by taking shots at Angelina Joli, Hugh Laurie, Kiefer Sutherland and Hollywood in general and closed with a (hilarous) slam on NBC saying, “Let’s get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno.”

The first award of the night went to Mo’Nique for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Precious). Yes, Mo’Nique won a Golden Globe. I never thought I’d live to see the day that people would take Mo’Nique seriously as an actress. I hear she was actually deserving of the honor, but I never saw Precious. I will say, however, that I found her acceptance speech a little on the obnoxious side and a bit too rehearsed, but it would appear that I’m in the minority with that thinking.
(Side note: Why is it that there are several well-respected large black actresses, but no white ones? Just a thought.)

Best performance by an actress in a television series – musical or comedy: Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
I have nothing against Toni Collette, honestly, but I was really surprised to see her beat out her stiff competition. (Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie, Courtney Cox – Cougar Town, Lea Michele – Glee and Tina Fey – 30 Rock) Does anyone even watch The United States of Tara? I didn’t even know it was still on the air.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: John Lithgow (Dexter)
Although I would’ve been happy to see Michael Emerson or Jeremy Piven win, I thought John Lithgow was more than deserving for his portrayal as Trinity on this season of Dexter. It’s good to see the show and his talent get some recognition.

Best Animated Film: Up
This was  a given. Pixar is unstoppable.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama: Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Michael has been nominated for two Emmys and four Golden Globes for his portrayal as Dexter Morgan, but this is his first win. I couldn’t be more excited for him! Due to other shows like Mad Men and LOST, it seems like  Dexter has taken a back seat with the critics. I was ecstatic to see this show finally get some love.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Julianna Margulies

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham – “The Weary Kind” (Crazy Heart)
A dude named T-Bone beat out Sir Paul McCartney.. that’s just not right.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Michael Giacchino (Up)
I’m not the most observant of movie scores, but Michael did a great job with Up. It’s also been brought to my attention that he’s done most (if not all) of the music for LOST. Kudos to you, Michael!

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Grey Gardens (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
I really can’t stand Meryl Streep. I have no idea how she’s been deemed the best actress.. apparently ever. Sorry, everyone else. You never stood a chance. (Not that I thought any of the nominees were that spectacular.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air)
While I really enjoyed Up in the Air, wasn’t the screenplay an adaptation? I don’t know how fair that win was.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Coming from someone who watches all the shows nominated (except Hung), Alec Baldwin deserved this one.

Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon

Best Television Series – Drama: Mad Men
No shocker here. The critics love this show. I’ve only seen the first season, so I can’t give an accurate opinion on the matter.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture: Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)
I just got disc one of season one in the mail. I’m looking forward to watching it.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
I think everyone was pulling for Christoph on this one. His performance as Col. Hans Landa was easily one of the best (if not the best) performances this year.

Best Director – Motion Picture: James Cameron (Avatar)
While I think every other film nominated in this category was better than Avatar (In all fairness, I haven’t seen Invictus.), I’m not too upset about James winning best director. After all, the special effects were groundbreaking and you can’t deny that the guy invested a ridiculous amount of time in this project.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Glee
I like Glee as much as the next guy, but really? Over 30 Rock, Entourage, The Office and Modern Family?! I’ll be happy when the hype over Glee calms down. They’ve only aired 13 episodes. I really do like the show, but it didn’t earn this Globe.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: The Hangover
The Hangover winning anything over (500) Days of Summer is just absurd. Overrated.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Heh..

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes)
I watched the Globes with Brandon and MJ – After hearing Robert’s name announced there was a collective WTF moment followed by squeals of joy from MJ.. and with good reason. We all guessed any and all of the other nominees would win before RDJ, but you won’t see any of us complaining. While I think Robert shouldn’t have won for his performance in Sherlock Holmes, he’s such a great actor that I will be happy with any win he gets. Plus, his speech was far better than anyone else’s would’ve been.. Oh, and he’s gorgeous.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Motion Picture – Drama: Avatar
Blerg.

Other highlights:

  • “I like a drink as much as the next man.. unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” Not even Ricky could keep a straight face before hitting the punch line on this one. Nice burn!
  • Am I the only one that noticed everyone was talking over Taylor Lautner? Heh..
  • Paul McCartney makes a funny: “Animation is not just for children. It is also for adults who take drugs. So let’s take a look at the films that were nominated by drug-taking adults.”
  • If someone can find or make me a gif of that Brenden Fraser laugh/clap reaction, I will love you forever. Next to the Mel Gibson joke, that was easily the funniest moment of the night for me.
  • “This.. is Avdaa.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “One stereotype I hate is that all Irishmen are just drunk, swearing, hell raisers. Please welcome Colin Farrell.”
    “Oh, I once was a cliche. I heard Ricky had specifically asked to introduce me and I thought, ‘Oh, balls’.”
    (I love Colin Farrell because he is blatantly all those things, by the way.)
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9 thoughts on “A brief review on the 67th Golden Globes

  1. “I really can’t stand Meryl Streep. I have no idea how she’s been deemed the best actress.. apparently ever.”

    What, what, whaaat? Based on which of her roles?

    “I’m not too upset about James winning best director. After all, the special effects were groundbreaking and you can’t deny that the guy invested a ridiculous amount of time in this project.”

    “The Hangover winning anything over (500) Days of Summer is just absurd. Overrated.”

    Agreed on both counts, and I liked The Hangover. I would’ve really liked to have been a fly on the wall in the judging room when they decided The Hangover was a better film than 500 DOS. Or maybe a wasp. That way, I could sting the stupid out of them.

    1. What answer are you looking for on Meryl Streep? Which one of her roles made me not like her or which one of her roles makes her “the best actress ever”?

      I can tell you what went on in the judging room for The Hangover – “We all know that (500) Days of Summer was a much better movie, but the general public really liked The Hangover and we need the ratings. The Hangover it is!”

      1. Which role of hers made you not like her.

        That actually sounds about right for The Hangover. But then again, if NBC hadn’t gotten into the fiasco with Jay and Conan, they wouldn’t need these stunts to boost ratings anyhow.

  2. No role in particular made me not like her, just all her roles collectively. I’m not saying she’s not a good actress, but she’s not the best actress out there.

    Go Coco, nay Jay!

    1. Hurm…we’re going to have to agree to disagree. I’ve found her phenomenal in even her less-acclaimed work, like One True Thing and Kramer vs. Kramer. Her quality of work over her career has been stronger than any other actress that I’ve seen, and stronger than most actors.

      1. “..and stronger than most actors.” Ooohh yeah. We are definitely gonna have to agree to disagree on this one.
        I’m a sexist when it comes to acting, though. If I were to make a list of my favorite actors of all time, I’d be over 100 before I hit a female.

  3. I think Meryl Streep is just consistant. She knows her craft well, and it shows in every role she does, whether its Adaptation or Devil Wears Prada.

    Anyways,I was actually pretty surprised to see Avatar win. I actually didn’t want it to. I loved Avatar, but it already has enough going for it (namely hype and box office) to get the “I hate Avatar” abndwagon rolling, winning all these awards is only going to get more people on board that wagon.

    You were right about Christoph Waltz, he definitly deserved it. And he should get the Oscar too. And yes, you may be in the minority about monique’s speech, but don’t worry, I am as well. I agree with you. And then there was James Cameron’s self-congratulatng speech….

    1. Streep is consistent, but her range seems pretty limited to me. Granted, I haven’t seem nearly all her movies, but to me, she seems to play a b***h all the time. She just doesn’t do anything for me. I know that’s not a popular opinion.

      I’m on the bandwagon. Honestly, I have no problem with it winning anything based on technical merit. I can’t deny that it looks amazing, but when it starts winning things like Best Picture, it really irks me.

      I’m sure Waltz will win the Oscar. It was such a strong performance and he’s already locked up the Globe and the SAG.
      I’m glad you’re with me on the Mo’Nique speech. Good call on James Cameron’s speech. I felt like I’ve dogged everything Avatar related enough, so I’d let his speech go. But, since you brought it up..

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