Posted by: ckckred | January 15, 2013

70th Golden Globes Review

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler give the best hosting job I've seen in years

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler give the best hosting job I’ve seen in years

I don’t take the Golden Globes very seriously, mostly because they give out nominations to films and shows that don’t receive very positive reviews.  The past two years I liked having Ricky Gervais at the podium, even if he was a little mean spirited.  This year the Globes brought in both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in to host.  While I knew it would be funny, I was surprised that their stint exceded my expectations.  Every line and zinger they had made me laugh very hard, from their jokes about James Cameron to Anne Hathaway’s stint at the Oscars.  It was perfect for TV audiences, not too edgy like Gervais but not too soft like James Franco and Hathaway.  I would argue they were the best hosts in years.

The Golden Globes, unlike the Oscars, are very unpredictable, picking winners I wouldn’t have guessed.  Argo surprisingly took home Best Picture and Director for Ben Affleck and Django Unchained won Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Waltz and Best Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino.  There were decisions people saw a mile away but still very deserved, like Daniel Day-Lewis’ win for Lincoln.  Surprisingly I had relatively few complaints for the movie category, though I didn’t think Les Miserables deserved to win over Moonrise Kingdom or Silver Linings Playbook.  The picks won’t be likely to affect the Oscars very much but you never know.

As for the TV category, the results were mixed.  I wouldn’t have given Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries to Kevin Costner over Benedict Cumberbatch and preferred to see Louis C. K. take Best Actor in a Comedy series.  But there were deserved winners as well.  Homeland swept the drama categories while Girls won many awards, including Best Comedy.

So overall, I’d say it was a good night.  Now for some side notes.

  • I typically like Will Ferrell and Kirsten Wiig, but their bit went on too long
  • Jodie Foster gave a pretty good speech, though it annoys me that the Globes would censor out that bit
  • I liked it when Amy Poehler channeled in Leslie Knope when she referred to Bill Clinton as Hilary’s husband
  • Does any celebrity know what to do when the teleprompter doesn’t work?

MOVIES

BEST DRAMA

X – “Argo”

“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR

X – Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”

John Hawkes, “The Sessions”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”

X – Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL PICTURE

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

X – “Les Miserables”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR

Jack Black, “Bernie”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook,”

X – Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS

Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

X – Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Judi Dench, “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

Maggie Smith, “Quartet”

Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

X – Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

X – Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Amy Adams, “The Master”

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

BEST DIRECTOR

X – Ben Affleck, “Argo”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST SCREENPLAY

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Argo”
X – “Django Unchained”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

“Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

“Anna Karenina”

X – “Life of Pi”

“Argo”

“Lincoln”

“Cloud Atlas”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“For You” from “Act of Valor”
 Music by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban Lyrics by: Monty Powell, Keith Urban

“Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
Music by: Jon Bon Jovi Lyrics by: Jon Bon Jovi

“Safe and Sound” from “The Hunger Games”
Music by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett Lyrics by: Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett

X – “Skyfall” form “Skyfall”
Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth

“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables”
Music by: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics by: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg

BEST ANIMATED FILM 

X – “Brave”

“Frankenweenie”

“Wreck-it Ralph”

“Rise of the Guardians”

“Hotel Transylvania”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

X – “Amour”

“The Intouchables”

“Kon-Tiki”

“A Royal Affair”

“Rust and Bone”

TELEVISION

DRAMA SERIES

“Breaking Bad”

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Downton Abbey”

X – “Homeland”

“The Newsroom”

DRAMA ACTOR

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

X – Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

DRAMA ACTRESS

Connie Britton, “Nashville”

Glenn Close, “Damages”

X – Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

COMEDY/MUSICAL SERIES

“The Big Bang”

“Episodes”

X – “Girls”

“Modern Family”

“Smash”

COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

X – Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Louis C.K., “Louis”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

X – Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

TV-MOVIE/MINISERIES

X – “Game Change”

“The Girl”

“Hatfields & McCoys”

“The Hour”

“Political Animals”

TV-MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTOR

X – Kevin Costner, “Hatfiends & McCoys”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”

Tobey Jones, “The Girl”

Clive Owen, “Hemmingway & Gellhorn”

TV-MOVIE/MINISERIES ACTRESS

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gillhorn”

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”

Sienna Miller, “The Girl”

X – Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animal”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

X – Ed Harris, “Game Change”

Danny Huston, “Magic City”

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”

Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”

X – Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Sofia Vergara, “Mode”

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Responses

  1. I really enjoyed the ceremony – the hosts were great, though i prefer Gervais, he is so unpredictable. LOVED Waltz winning, but DiCaprio winning would be a nice thing to witness – snubbed by Academy, at least it would be something, kinda like with Affleck winning the director.

    • I liked Ricky Gervais as well, but I think I preferred Fey and Poehler. I haven’t seen Django yet but Waltz is a great actor. Overall I’d say the Globes did rather well this year. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Yeah the hosts were really funny.

    “When it comes to torture, I trust the woman who spent three years married to James Cameron.” — Amy Poeher

    • I don’t think I’ve had that many laughs at an awards show for a long time. I really hope they host next year.

  3. Agreed. I was quite impressed by Tina and Amy. The choice to have them co-host was a smart one. And such a great show the whole ceremony was. I was pleased with some of the surprising wins as well. Hooray!

    • The winners were pretty good and I really liked Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts. I hope they do it again next year.

  4. Christoph Waltz and Quentin deserved their wins. Agree with you about Benedict winning the award over Kevin Costner. That was a bad decision, in my humble opinion.

    I liked Arnold and Stallone’s award presentation gig. They were funny!

    • Yeah, Benedict was much better than Kevin Costner. I also liked Arnold and Stallone’s presentation. Thanks for commenting.

  5. It was my first time watching the Globes and I actually thought it was great. So much less stuffy than the Oscars. I think my favorite part was seeing angry Tommy Lee Jones during that bit by Ferrell and Wiig.

    • One thing I do like about the Globes’ show is that it feels much quicker paced than the Oscars. I also laughed pretty hard when Tommy Lee Jones frowned at Ferrell and Wiig’s jokes. Thanks for commenting.

      • sadly no Billy Crystal in black face that would be my only complaint 😉


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