I don’t always watch the Academy Awards but I always catch at least part of the Golden Globes. The reason being…
I’m a bit skeptical of awards based on “peer recognition.” I often have not seen a number of the nominated films and I have more time on my hands than Hollywood professionals. I wonder how many Oscar votes are based on “buzz” or friendship, sympathy or other factors.
The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood foreign press, folks who have objectivity. At least theoretically…
Four awards, however, seemed to me to have an element of sentimentality but since I didn’t see the shows I have no opinion on whether they deserved the awards. “Breaking Bad” and Bryan Cranston, its lead, won for best TV drama and actor. Was it coincidence that the show just ended its run?
And, I’m sure “everyone’s talking” 😉 about Jon Voight’s win for best supporting actor in a TV movie or series. I suspect there a lot of folks unfamiliar with Jon Voight’s history. I remember him from 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy” with Dustin Hoffman, which won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. Here’s a trailer from that film.
Same for Jacqueline Bisset,who won the female category that Jon Voight did. She has a long film history,including “Bullit”and “Casino Royale” (1967 version) but I had forgotten about her until now.
But on to the film awards…
I’ve no complaint about “12 Years a Slave” winning Best Drama, besting “Captain Phillips” and Gravity” (and two others I never heard of.) A few days later, the film also won the Critic’s Choice Award for best picture.
I was a bit surprised that Matthew McConaughey won best drama actor over Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) and Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”). McConaughey also won the Critic’s Choice award for best actor.
And I’d really have been suspicious if Cate Blanchett had not received the best drama actress (and Critic’s Choice best actress award) for her performance in “Blue Jasmine” even though she was up against strong competition such as Sandra Bullock (who won the Critic’s Choice award for “best action actress”), Emma Thompson and Judy Dench. But I doubt anyone who saw Blanchett’s performance didn’t palpably feel her pain as a fallen socialite who is forced to move in with her working class sister while trying to regain her social status. This is now the best Woody Allen film to date in my opinion. (It had been “Annie Hall.”) Watch the trailer.
I wasn’t as pleased with best drama supporting actor,which went to Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyer’s Club). Along with many others, I was rooting for newbie Barkhad Abdi, the principal Somali pirate in “Captain Phillips.” Even the presenters acknowledged him by joking that women should sleep with their limo drivers before they become famous movie stars. Oh well, there’s always the Oscars….
Best supporting actress went to Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”), an…interesting…win since she was competing with Julia Roberts (Osage County) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), who did win the Critic’s Choice award in that category. Apparently, Jennifer was also surprised by her win because she floundered around in her acceptance speech.
“American Hustle” also won best comedy / musical (and Critic’s Choice awards for both best comedy and “best ensemble.”) Amy Adams won best actress in that category for the same film. But Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor in the category for his performance in “Wolf of Wall Street”, which was also a contender for best film in that category.
While I don’t have much interest in “who wore whose design” I liked The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco who wore something “different” yet appealing.
In last (Saturday) night’s smaller Screen Actors Guild awards, Cate Blanchett won best actress for “Blue Jasmine” and Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress for “12 Years A Slave.” Best actor and best supporting actor to went to Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, respectively, for “Dallas Buyers Club.”
“American Hustle” bested “The Butler” for best ensemble. And Breaking Bad continued its roll by winning best TV drama male actor and best TV drama ensemble.
We’ll see what the Oscars bring…