Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Golden Globe Awards Post-Mortem

Well, I had several misfires in my predictions for Golden Globe winners (see full list of winners here), but whatever. I never claimed to have any idea what I’m talking about.

The ceremony itself was just sort of “meh.” Ricky Gervais did a fine job as host with what little air time they gave him. The Globes usually operate without a host, and for good reason; one isn’t needed. But Gervais put on a good game face, cracked wise, and shamelessly plugged some of his own projects when given the chance. Here are some moments from the night that stuck out for me:

Everybody Hates NBC

Everybody knows about the current debacle going on at NBC, and apparently, every celebrity has an opinion on it. Between the red carpet interviews and the moments on stage, celebrities like Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Julianna Margulies, Tina Fey, and the governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, had snide comments to make about the way NBC does business. My favorite was Margulies’, who after winning the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role in The Good Wife thanked CBS for believing in the 10:00 drama. NBC better make their next move carefully, because they are poised to lose favor with a lot of important names.

Sandra Bullock Wins for The Blind Side?

I find Sandra Bullock movies fun and charming, for the most part, but I have never considered her an award-winning actress. And when she was up for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama against Gabourey Sidibe, I figured she didn’t have a prayer. Then when Mo’nique won the first prize of the evening for her supporting role in Precious, I would have bet Sidibe was a lock for the win. And in my opinion, she should have been. But somehow Bullock walked away with the award and I wonder how the Hollywood Foreign Press forgot about Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and All About Steve.

Glee Wins for Best Television Series – Comedy?

I watch Glee. I enjoy Glee. I even occasionally sing along with Glee. But Glee is not the type of show that should win awards; it has so many plot holes, its production values leave a lot to be desired (the sound dubbing on the musical numbers can be painful to watch sometimes), and it struggles to straddle the line between comedy and drama, often unable to decide which end of the spectrum it wants to be on. I was expecting 30 Rock to win—again—but if the Globes were determined to give the prize to a new show, it should have been Modern Family, which has been consistently funny since its pilot episode and has already firmly established its voice. Glee is still struggling too much to figure out what type of show it wants to be to make it ready for awards, despite the cult-like following of fans it has.

Helen Mirren is Still the Classiest Dame in the Room

At every awards ceremony, Helen Mirren manages to outshine actresses that are half her age. She’s always dressed gorgeously—and age-appropriate—and is classy and gracious when she appears on stage. Maybe she should be put on the NBC board of directors; she’d whip them into shape with her cool British manners in no time.

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