Published on January 18th, 2012 | by Jen McShane0
The Hits and Misses from the Golden Globes.
We’re always looking for fresh blood at Culch, because somewhere in Sinead’s attic is a portrait getting… Never mind. The point is that we are rather delighted to introduce New Girl Jen into the Culch mix, to which she has sworn to add passion, intrigue, and many pictures of George Clooney. Oh look, she’s started already. ~ Lisa
Award Season officially got off to a glitzy start as this year’s Golden Globes saw the crème de la crème of the Hollywood elite come out in hopes of picking up a coveted award. We had our usual hits and misses in terms of the fashion stakes… Reese Witherspoon, when I die, I’m coming back as you but what where you thinking? Kelly Osbourne and Sarah Michelle Gellar? An entire post could be devoted to the fashion stakes, but the awards themselves proved to be more interesting.
Slightly more relaxed than the Oscars (with a hell of a lot more ad breaks too, it has to be said), TV stars also get a chance to be acknowledged here which is nice to see. British comedian Ricky Gervais gleefully stepped back into the ring as this year’s host, but despite the anticipation from all sides, his very reverential monologues didn’t quite make the cut (we’re guessing the producers had more than a quiet word after the controversy he caused last year). True, the opening monologue was very entertaining – the shot of the terrified stars as they waited with baited breath for things to start was classic – but after that his time at the helm proved rather more dull. Definitely a much more staid affair than last year – save for some of the host’s zingers, musical moments (thank you Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy!) and Seth Rogen’s reference to his penis (a moment of brilliance) — the ceremony capped a long week of statuette-accepting and speech-giving ahead of next month’s Oscars.
We mimed our delight as The Artist further solidified its spot at the front of the awards-season pack with three wins including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Actor (though our fingers were crossed for The Fass). Surprisingly The Descendants, which won for Best Motion Picture — Drama and Best Actor – Drama, showed that it could play the spoiler come Oscar night. Non-surprisingly, the veteran and all-round formidable talent that is Meryl Streep won for her role in The Iron Lady (kudos to her, she took advice from Gervais and dedicated her award to God and her entire family) and was so delighted and shocked to win that we can forgive her slightly rambled acceptance speech.
At the grand old age of 82, Christopher Plummer won for his role in Beginners (though disappointingly didn’t make any sort of musical reference – boo!) and Woody Allen very deservedly picked up a statue for his gem of a movie Midnight in Paris. The talented Michelle Williams deservedly picked one up for her performance in My Week With Marilyn, but how on earth did it get into the Musical or Comedy category?
The TV side was a more mixed affair, with no show dominating and high-profile wins going to newcomer Homeland and Modern Family. Kate Winslet very deservingly took home a statuette for her role in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce. The cast of the hit series Downton Abbey were thrilled with their win too.
Though it is of course always an honour to be nominated, there were a few who missed out on an award. Our own Brendan Gleeson more than deserved to win for his comic genius in The Guard, and Jodie Foster should’ve won for her role in upcoming Polanski film Carnage. In terms of TV, I think the brilliant Boardwalk Empire should have walked way with at least one award but hey, there’s always next year. And in terms of hosting skills, Gervais lost out big time. Let’s hope host Billy Crystal can give Gervais a run for his money in the humor stakes at next month’s Oscars.
All in all it was a good, albeit very rushed, start to the awards season and gave us some good indicators into who might be in with a chance for Oscar glory this year. Before all that we have the slightly smaller affairs of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and The BAFTAs to give out their honours to the best films this year.
For those of you that missed the show, we have a video of Ricky Gervais’s amusing Golden Globes opening monologue.