Well, last night’s Golden Globes sure were a snooze-fest! Ricky Gervais was hardly the bad boy of last year’s telecast, toning it way, way down no doubt at the request of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He confined his insults largely to those not in attendance or to those stars good-natured enough to take it (Johnny Depp, Colin Firth). As for the TV Winners, it was all very predictable save for one or two minor upsets.
Kelsey Grammer picked up the trophy for Best Actor in a Drama, much to the consternation of the Hollywood Twitter elite (Mindy Kaling expressed her desire for him to trip and fall off the stage) – all were rooting for Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad. The lovely Claire Danes scored the Best Actress in a Drama win for Homeland, which also won Best TV Drama on the whole. I was glad to see Peter Dinklage win for the devilish Tyrian Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones’ in the wake of his Emmy, but surprised Dame Maggie Smith didn’t win for Downton Abbey – that honor went to veteran Jessica Lange for American Horror Story. In the predictable category was Kate Winslet for Mildred Pierce, Downton Abbey for best miniseries, and Idris Elba for Luther.
I was extremely disappointed with the TV Comedy winners – Modern Family was a predictable win, but Matt LeBlanc over Johnny Galecki???? No thanks. Similar feelings on Laura Dern over Amy Poehler; Parks & Rec just can’t catch a break.
A few thoughts on the film winners: speaking of people who can’t catch a break, poor Leo DiCaprio is always a bridesmaid: nominated all the time but never a winner, as George Clooney beat him out for Best Actor. You can’t hate on the Clooney, though, as he is ever the wry and adorable gentleman. And to the shock of no one except Meryl Streep, apparently, she won for The Iron Lady. Also predictable: Scorsese for Hugo, Spielberg for Tintin, and The Artist (deservedly so) for Best Picture/Comedy, Best Actor/Comedy, and Best Score. I was happy for both Michelle Williams and Octavia Spencer, who won Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. The award for Most Classy Acceptance Speech goes to Christopher Plummer, who thanked his wife of 43 years in the sweetest way possible (awww Captain von Trapp!). Least Classy goes to Madonna, her befuddled acceptance speech, and boob-crushing dress. Eek.
The Descendants nabbed Best Picture, thus solidifying the inevitable Oscar run. I have to say, I’ve seen the previews, read the plot synopsis, and love Hawaii, yet cannot bring myself to be depressed by this movie for two hours in the name of critical praise.
Best Dressed, in my opinion, were Claire Danes, Tina Fey, Angelina Jolie, Zoeey Deschanel, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Paula Patton, and Laura Dern. And Ricky Gervais! I liked his burgundy tux. Worst Dressed: Meryl Streep (hire a damn stylist, Meryl), Evan Rachel Wood (shedding real feathers on the red carpet), and Sarah Michelle Gellar (seriously and completely disastrous). In fact, the red carpet entertained me far more than the telecast this year. Tsk tsk.
Here’s hoping that Billy Crystal will do it up right, and the Oscars will be far more entertaining!