Golden Globes Recap: The Good and Bad

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:

Good:

  • 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.

Bad:

  • 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!
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5 responses to “Golden Globes Recap: The Good and Bad

  1. I haven’t seen Gran Torino but my impression from the trailers is that it’s Unforgiven II: Racism. Is that accurate?

  2. Ha. Yeah that’s what I thought when I saw the trailers too. And it is sorta accurate. But the movie is definitely worth seeing.

  3. As you know, I completely agree on the FNL point. Not even a nom? This is a travesty.

    Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Gaius Charles all would be deserving of noms of some kind.

  4. Well, Unforgiven is a fantastic film. It’s just that I’ve already seen it.

  5. Mickey Rourke filled his role in The Wrestler really well… maybe too well

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