I almost forgot the Golden Globes were on tonight, but remembered just in time to set my Tivo this morning. After watching the ho-hum show, I have some thoughts on the good and bad:
- Kate Winslet getting two acting trophies for best supporting actress (The Reader) and best actress in a drama (Revolutionary Road). She was astounding in both films; especially Road. And I just love that she referred to Angelina Jolie as “the other one” in her acceptance speech.
- Sally Hawkins winning best actress in a musical or comedy for her amazing work in Happy-Go-Lucky. It’s so hard to portray truly good characters in film; Hawkins manages to do it with grace and subtlety.
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona winning best musical or comedy. Sooo happy to see this film getting some accolades.
- Christopher Nolan’s meaningful, concise acceptance on behalf of Heath Ledger. Nicely done.
- Mickey Rourke and Colin Farrell winning best actor trophies. Is this the year of the vice-ridden rebel actor? Seriously, though, these guys were great in The Wrestler and In Bruges, respectively. Surprising that Farrell won, but he’s an underrated actor and deserves his dues.
- Laura Dern winning for Recount. She’s one of my favorite working actresses, and her role as Katherine Harris in Recount was hilarious and so apt.
- 30 Rock and Mad Men winning the T.V. comedy and drama awards. Great shows.
- Slumdog Millionaire winning best drama. I really liked this film, but I don’t think there is any way that it is better than The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. And I especially don’t understand how it beat Button in the best original score category. Alexandre Desplat’s score was simply devastating in Button.
- Miley Cyrus gets a nomination (for best original song) but the best show on television, Friday Night Lights, gets no nominations. I am glad Hannah Montana gave a shout out to God’s sovereignty on the red carpet, however.
- Tiki Barber interviewing celebrities on the red carpet pre-show. Whose idea was this??
- Gran Torino not winning any awards. Eastwood’s film better get Oscar noms. So glad to see that audiences are responding to it. $29M opening weekend!