Monday, January 17, 2011

The Golden Globes 2011 Plus a Celebrity Connection

To all the people who spend weeks and/or months writing about awards shows in advance, making predictions, guessing who will what to whom and when and live blogging and all that jazz, well I am not for you, or you are not for me, or however Shakespeare put it. In other words, to this mind, it's kind of a waste of time. Of course awards shows are fun to watch and talk about for about five minutes after the fact, but other than that, who cares? Like year end lists, awards don't represent what the Best Movie of the year is. How could it, there is, to quote William Goldman, no such thing; simply the reflection of which movie a group of people decided they liked more than the others. But regardless, while I should really be finishing that Rabbit Hole review or working at becoming a better critic, here's my 2 cents on what happened last night:
  • Jason Segel, my favourite comedic leading man, got the biggest laugh of the red carpet when he did a rendition of Meat Loaf's I Would do Anything for Love. When a Jim Steinman musical finally happens, if ever, I vote Segel in the lead.
  • Some have praised Ricky Gervais for mocking a ridiculous institution to it's face but I don't know, his routine throughout the night felt more like simply an amplification of last year. He tried to be quicker and more offensive while forgetting to be clever or laugh-out-loud hilarious and most of his targets were easy ones. The Charlie Sheen joke was Letterman grade stuff, suggesting the Hollywood Foreign Press take bribes was funny when he did it last year and really, Robert Downey Jr. rehab jokes jumped the shark when Downey announced the best special effects category at the Oscars a couple years ago. My vote for next year: Joan Rivers.
  • Speaking of Downey, he stole the show, as expected, with a line to Gervais, ""Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?" And then went on with an introduction that started off funny and dragged on longer than it should have. 
  • The only movie that deserved recognition, The Kids Are All Right won for best Picture - Comedy. Really, was The Tourist, Red or Burlesque better than Morning Glory, Hot Tub Time Machine or Easy A
  • Clair Danes won for her performance in Temple Grandin and it was sweet to see the real Temple sitting there with her and yet all I could think of was how William Goldman said that his academy vote will never go to "alcoholics or retards" because they are the easiest roles to play.
  • Christian Bale showed up as Charles Manson doing Jesus and yet, outside of saying "shit" on network TV, dropped some serious truth when he thanked Mark Whalberg for giving a quiet performance (the ones that no one ever recognizes) for him to give a loud one. There's something to be pondered here about the nature of acting and whether or not "award" type of performances are really great acting or not. I guess that explains why Colin Firth took it over Jesse Eisenberg.
  • David Fincher looked miserable, just adding to his reputation as being an impossible man to work with. Seeing him win reminded me of one of my favourite Fincher stores as told by Sharon Waxman in Rebels on the Backlot. When one of the Fight Club producers heard Helena Bonham Carter's line to Edward Norton "I want to have your abortion," she begged and begged Fincher to change it. Finally he agreed on the condition that he got to change it to whatever he wanted and it would have to stay. Fine she agreed, nothing could be worse. Until she heard the new line: "Best f**ck I've had since kindergarten," and she begged him to put the other one back. 
  • Al Pacino, you've won so many awards, why, all these years into your career, can you not compose a coherent acceptance speech?
  • David O. Russell didn't headbutt anybody. Guess it's good George Clooney wasn't on site.
  • Good for you Diane Warren, it's a great song even if the movie is suppose to be crap.
  • Trent Reznor won a Golden Globe. Both of us have apparently grown a lot since The Downward Spiral.
  • Dear Lea Michele: you are not attractive, you cannot act and your voice sounds like a poor man's Vanessa Hudgens. Make of that what you will. 
  • Inception didn't win anything. Good. It won't win Oscars either. It doesn't deserve them and it makes me sad to think that movies like True Grit or Rabbit Hole didn't get a nominations so that this one could. 
  • Robert De Niro's speech was a better indictment of the HFPA than anything Gervais did and his quip to Matt Damon, "I loved you in The Fighter" was hilarious. Usually de Niro is so stern. Good for him. 
  • All that said, Helena Bonham Carter made me think of Hitchcock's Vertigo in which Jimmy Stewart tries to transform a woman into a a former dead love:
Could Hena Bonham Carter actually be Edward Scissorhands in Disguise? You Decide


  1. Lea Michele. Yeah, I sort of agree with ya. I'd do her but for about 15 minutes. She sounds bitchy and I hate her singing voice. So overblown. I'm not a fan of Glee.

    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross winning Best Score... YAY!!!!!

    BTW, is it me or is Jennifer Love Hewitt that stupid to believe that she would win? She looked so crushed when she lost to Claire Danes. Well, who nominated J-Love... oh wait. The same idiots who nominated The Tourist and Burlesque.

  2. Quite mean at the end there. I like it.

    Everytime Glee won something, they played that Don't Stop Believing thing, when they could've just as easily played one that, say, the person who won sang.

  3. It was a good show, I just wish that there were more variations in the winners, cause now I have a feeling of who's going to win the Oscars, and there's no fun in that.

  4. I'm surprised to hear your Inception hate. Weren't you the one who gave it a 4.5 out of 5 rating, or perhaps even a 5 out of 5? Or did I miss the post where you retracted your affection for it?

    I have actually been thinking about seeing it again to feel more confident about where I'm placing it in my list, but have run out of time.

  5. Void - I don't get Glee but I don't get the Rocky Horror Picture Show either. Michele is a diva without the anything to back it up.

    Simon - Sometime ya gotta call em like ya see em.

    Vance - What I have for Inception is not hate but rather relief that it did not win any awards when I don't believe it ever really rises above the level of big budget, high concept entertainment. I have 5 out of 5 to an action movie and then indeed write a follow-up post to that justifying giving it that rating while still having reservations about the status people have given it as a great movie. I stand by my rating, my best of list it will not be on and awards it does not deserve.