And the Golden Globe Goes To…

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. 

Cate Blanchett at Golden Globe awards

Cate Blanchett  at Golden Globes

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.

Jennifer Lawrence at Golden Globes

Jennifer Lawrence at Golden Globes

“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.

Kaley Cuoco at Golden Globes

Kaley Cuoco at Golden Globes

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…


9 responses to “And the Golden Globe Goes To…

  1. I watched most of the GGA. Thank god for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, they were by far the best performers on the stage. Many of the other Winners seemed ill at ease and unprepared, it was kinda akward. DiCaprio was masterful and assured as always. They need to change the venue for those awards the Beverly Hills Hilton just isn’t suited for that size a crowd. It took forever for the recipients to wind through the crowd. The table seating could have been a lot better also. Should never have a winner seated in the back row and not on an aisle.

    Its hard to mix TV awards and Movies, obviously Movies carry more weight. The time allotted for TV’s was shorter by far. I mean after all we already have the Emmys and the Oscars so why not let the Foreigh Press voters put this on in Paris or some other place.

    I haven’t seen a lot of the Movies and look forward to especially seeing American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave. I have seen all of the HBO Ray Donovan series that John Voight won for and that was well deserved. He plays the just released con father of the lead character and is a manipulative socio path bastard. He plays it with great credibility.

    I was really surprised that this years awards unlike the previous 2 years did not recognize Homeland which is riveting stuff. We have been watching it on demand now for about a month and have almost gotten through 3 years (36 episodes)

    If it wasn;t for HBO, Showtime and AMC TV would be mostly a wasteland of reruns, not funny sitcoms, reality barf, and formulaic predictable dramas about lawyers doctors and cops. Of course there is still live sports which mercifully can be recorded too.

    • > TV would be mostly a wasteland of reruns, not funny sitcoms, reality barf, and formulaic predictable dramas

      Yes,and since I don’t have those “premium” channels, my salvation is the oldies on ME channel.

  2. I watched a little bit of the Golden Globes. Not being much of a tv watcher or a movie goer, I couldn’t connect with much of it. But I too noticed how unprepared so many of the winners appeared. Some of them came right out and said it, “I didn’t prepare an acceptance speech.” Why not? You’re nominated for an award and you don’t even bother to prepare a little something, just in case? Either the actors have that little faith in themselves or they’re just lazy.

  3. Since there may be a few more…chilly…days in Minnesota, you might be able to catch some of these films when they get to Redbox. I highly recommend Blue Jasmine.

  4. I saw the most of the shows that are being rerun as original broadcasts. Then I saw the reruns, and then the re reruns. So premium TV is the way to go for me. It’s available in Tallahassee. Just pick up the phone.

    • What single premium channel do you recommend and for what shows? I may give it a trial,even though I don’t watch much TV.

      My”entertainment” is indulging my megalomania by “conquering” poker tournies and computer strategy wargames, which can be played e-mail.

  5. Not sure you can buy just one channel in your market. Mine are part of different bundles (which I dislike). But…that having been said there are 2 of equal value to me HBO and Showtime. That is one bundle for me at a cost of $30 month through Brighthouse. It’s more than I want to spend BUT I feel its worth the cost. I simply can’t watch the stuff I referenced before.

    • Comcast website seems to reflect that I can pick one premium channel at $10 / month for a trial period but the promo seems to have ended. But I’m sure if I ask for that rate anyway they’ll give it to me.

  6. Oh and both HBO and Showtime allow you to watch much of their stuff on demand WITHOUT COMMERCIALS. So you can watch when you want to.

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