E: Well, what did you think of that? Some nice clothes, no? The show was a bit short on the funny and the weepy (though there was, happily, a bit of both). Robert DeNiro tried to do stand up, and happily didn’t go on too long. I’m inclined to agree with Robert Downey Jr that host Ricky Gervais lent an unnecessarily meanspirited tone to the proceedings. And Downey did a fantastic job if he was interviewing for future hosting duties, because he was downright hilarious, leering cheerfully at the five comedic actress nominees. Most adorable was probably pink cheeked Chris Colfer (“I think that I just dropped my heart between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, so if somebody happens to see it..”) and the castmates who were so clearly thrilled for him. Most surprising might have been Katey Segal beating a very tough field for her work in The Sons of Anarchy.
All in all, most of my predictions proved to be on point, some of my favorites won, and others of my favorite (boo, tv) lost. But that’s how the Golden Globe crumbles!
Best Supporting Actor:
I picked: Christian Bale, The Fighter
The Hollywood Foreign Press picked: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Mr Bale was looking a bit wild and woolly, wasn’t he, and rather more – er – floaty than one would have expected for the first award of the night. It’s also really odd to hear him speak in his own Welsh accent. I appreciated his thanks to Mark Wahlburg for the opportunity, for honoring the Ward/Eklund family but mostly his remark about how quieter roles like Wahlburg’s unusually go unnoticed (and so, hurray for the HFPA for nominating him). I think his work is amazing enough that the speech (which wasn’t offensive in anyway, but quite rambling) isn’t going to hurt him.
Best Supporting Actress:
I picked: Amy Adams, The Fighter
The HFPA picked: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Well, at least I can console myself by remembering that I said it would be one of the two. And while I do really like Amy Adams, I adore Melissa Leo (and the way the presenter read her name as “Lay-O”). She’s one of those magical chameleons who loses themselves in their work. She’s been astounding and utterly different in the few excellent works I’ve seen her in (Frozen River, 21 Grams, The Fighter and Veronica Mars‘s “Meet John Smith”). I thought that Adams might get awarded for playing so well against type, and for being a bigger celebrity, but I’m thrilled that Leo – who deserved the Oscar for the marvelous Frozen River – took the prize instead. And unlike her costar, she came off as completely adorable in her flummoxed little speech.
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:
I picked: Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
The HFPA picked: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Well, you can see from his speech that Giamatti’s quite funny of the cuff, not to mention bright. And he made his movie sound funny, which makes his role more Musical/Comedy appropriate than perpetual HFPA favorite Depp. The category has less than no relevance to this year’s Oscars, so it was a bit of a give away; just a nice freebie for someone who otherwise isn’t going to get any attention. So good for you, Mr. Giamatti. And that’s it for my mistakes…
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
I picked: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
The HFPA picked: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
You could pretty much have handed Natalie Portman the Oscar last night if Bening had lost here, but no, Bening’s chances live on. Her speech was just fine. Did anyone else think it was funny that she and her film’s director, Lisa Cholodenko, have nearly the same hair style and glasses? It was cute that she thanked her husband Warren Beatty by referring to him as the 1962 Golden Globe winner of most promising newcomer. Very cute.
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
I picked: The Kids Are All Right
The HFPA picked: The Kids Are All Right
There is it. It was actually a comedy, which gave it points over Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist. And it was largely acknowledged to be a good movie, which gave it props over musical Burlesque, and the action/comedy Red (not to mention the critically revile flop The Tourist). They didn’t leave themselves a lot of maneuvering room here. This movie could have beat out a much better crowd, but in this company it was a total ringer.
Best Actor, Drama
I picked: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
The HFPA picked: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
I hope we can write Firth’s name on the Oscar right now. I’m so thrilled that this lovely man – long undervalued for his work in romances and romantic comedies – is getting his due for a brilliant, brilliant performance. See the movie, seriously, and you will know just what I mean! See the movie anyway. It’s terrific. Firth looked fantastic and gave a typical British speech – humble, articulate, and full of dry wit. He was fantastic, easily the best speaker of the night.
Best Actress, Drama:
I picked: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
The HFPA picked: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Portman brings her Golden Globe total to an impressive 2 for 3. Wow, I can’t believe how recently Natalie Portman announced her pregnancy considering how very pregnant she looked last night! I wasn’t sold on her dress; maternity fashion is a peculiar field, but the pink, and the big red rose afixed to her bosom – well, it was interesting. She was cute. She rambled a bit. I do wonder – will this sound awful? – if her youth won’t be outweighed by her pregnancy when it’s the Academy’s turn to vote. Catherine Zeta Jones wasn’t hampered by her pregnancy, but she didn’t have a host of silly comedies hitting theaters that might have diluted her image. Bening has lost twice to young Hilary Swank, and might be considered “due,” but being due hasn’t helped her costar Julianne Moore.
The sort of cliche about Oscar is that the Academy loves to reward young gorgeous women and older men who’ve paid their dues and possess more experience than glamor. Tonight’s actress wins set up a showdown between two these two actresses and performances, into which ridiculous or irrelevant things (like charm, age, willingness to do publicity, rumors, ad campaigns for upcoming movies ) could easily factor. We’ll see how it turns out!
Best Picture, Drama
I picked: The Social Network
The HFPA picked: The Social Network
Bah. What can I say? This movie just didn’t speak to me. There were great lines, sure, but – eh, whatever. This win takes The Social Network from critical darling to Oscar front runner. Now, the Globes often get this wrong, which is to say, they have different taste than the Academy’s. I’m thinking Avatar, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, The Aviator, Babel, and The Hours in the last decade alone. So I’m going to hope that this isn’t the final word on the subject.
But it is nearly my final word on the subject, at least for today.
So, let’s see. Burlesque won Diane Warren best song; I was surprised to learn she hadn’t won a Globe before. I genuinely thought she’d already won every award possible for a song writer to win. The Social Network won best score. I suppose I should have bothered to note in my predictions that Aaron Sorkin was a total lock for best screenplay and that Toy Story 3 could not lose Best Animated Film; you’ll have to trust that I knew that, just like everyone else. You can assume that that will also hold true for the Oscars. Pontificaters were suggesting that even if director David Fincher won for The Social Network – which he did – The King’s Speech could still take Best Picture (which it didn’t). My favorite dress might have been Olivia Wilde’s enormous tulle sparkle strapless one, but I was fascinated by the really new shapes – lots of puffed sleeves and shoulder pads, worn beautifully on Anne Hathaway, Leighton Meister and Angelina Jolie. January Jones had the most eye-popping dress for sure, small straps cascading into fringe in bright crimson. The funniest Gervais was, I thought, was his tirade calling Steve Carell ungrateful and taking him to task for killing Ricky’s own cash cow. That was pretty funny. Otherwise, he seemed a bit disjointed to me, not to mention mean.
And that really was my final word. What did you think? Which wins – or upsets – were most exciting to you? Did any speech touch your heart? Did the tuxes or dresses leave you swooning? Do tell!