Sunday, January 15, 2012

69th Annual Golden Globe Award Thoughts

I feel like I should pen some thoughts on the 69th Golden Globe ceremony held tonight but while it satisfied the bill for the award show, I don't have any single big overwhelming thoughts to share. So here's some quick thoughts - more gold dusted thoughts, than golden nuggets.

  • The love is spread - The Artist takes home comedy/musical; The Descendants take home the drama award. Scorsese takes home the director prize for Hugo. I don't think it's clear yet which one of these films will eventually take home the Oscar.

  • Ryan Gosling - they nominate you for two awards and you don't show - curious.

  • Tilda Swinton - I wonder if she really thinks her style is style at all?

  • Julianne Moore, George Clooney and Elton John seemed to be the camera team's favorite celebs - I saw those green earrings, grey hair, and strange glasses more than anything over the course of the night.

  • Props to The Artist team bringing the Uggie the dog to the awards and the Golden Globe stage. Uggie's been missing out on awards attention [The Screen Actors guild should have included Uggie in the motion picture cast, a pity].

  • Speaking of The Artist, I love the movie, but would feel better about it's front runner status if it would be released wider in the theaters - come on, what are they afraid of?

  • Favorite speech was probably Octavia Spencer's for the supporting win for her role in The Help. Spencer just seemed so happy to win.

  • There are so many awards for the mini-series and TV movies - these films seem to bring a lot of star power, but how many people are actually watching these shows? It appears the only network TV win of the night was for ABC's Modern Family. Not sure how that should be interpreted.

  • In fact, not a single TV show in the drama category is network television - the winner Homeland for best TV drama is on Showtime. Other films in this category are on HBO, FX, and Starz.

  • Further the drama category has all shows with only a single season or less under it's belt (such as Boss with only 8 episodes), with the exception of Boardwalk Empire with 2 seasons. This is kind of lame as well.

  • The film clip for The Help made it look like Mary Steenburgen's bit part as the publishing exec Elaine Stein was one of the main characters in the film.

  • I thought Madonna's back story on originally not wanting to write a song for W.E. was interesting trivia as she accepted the award for best song for "Masterpiece." To me this speaks to where Madonna wants her career path to go.

  • I am really not sure why Helen Mirren was one of the presenters for Morgan Freeman, but the Sidney Poitier presentation was touching (although stiff) and the montage was enjoyable - especially the Electric Company scene of Freeman's “I Love to Take a Bath in a Casket.”

  • I felt sorry for Rainey Qualley (daughter of Andie MacDowell and Paul Qualley) who was the golden globe girl for the night, for whatever reason the stage seemed to be set up in a way that made all the winners go the wrong way when they exited the stage. There were many moments this seemed very akward, one that sticks out is her redirect of Peter Dinkladge.


Lorna said...

You do have a discerning eye.

superdave524 said...

Shoot, they tried to show "The Artist" in Walterboro, SC, but the sound wasn't working. Wait... that was on purpose?

NeverTooEarlyMP said...

Very true about the demise of network (free) television.

I do think you are correct about Madonna wanting to go into directing at this stage in her career, and while the win will help get more people to see her film, it does tie her to the music field in a way again, so may be a mixed blessing.

I'm guessing that The Artist will release wide as soon as the Oscar nominations are announced, so that they can advertise that in the commercials. The slow release may actually help them though, in the sense that the film will potentially be picking up with audiences at exactly the right time of the year.... Unless it backfires, of course!