Monday, January 17, 2011

68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners

So the “biggest” party of the year is over and what surely everyone will be talking today is about why Ricky Gervais disappeared for almost an hour! Twitter went crazy with #freerickygervais where twits went pondering if he was fired on the spot, held backstage, ordered to tone down, etc.; the last one probably was true as when he finally came back it wasn’t his usual routine at all. To me he was doing his normal ‘mean’ routine, but seems his audience of Hollywood A-listers was not amused and I wonder how television audience reacted, but will check later.

Anyway the show biggest accomplishment was not to bore me as was able to watch the complete show and of course one of the show’s best entertainment moments was watching the Red Carpet that this year I got the excellent idea of watching on the computer (with no sound) the live streaming of a press member that generated an X-rated video that made laugh hard just with the images, all this while watching on TV the ‘normal’ Red Carpet shows (with sound). Absolutely a great idea that I will replicate for Oscar as saw many celebrities, stars and real great actors/filmmakers that never appeared in the any of the ‘official’ broadcasts.

So here are the winners for the feature film categories that only gave me great surprises for the not so popular categories, like best foreign film, as in other categories the predictable winner won. By the way, with these awards we “finish” the critic/press round and from now on all winners announcements will come from actual Academy voters, so we will start to play more accurately the guessing game about what Oscar could be like; hopefully some more interesting results happen as if the trend continues alike, guessing the Oscars becomes a (boring) sure bet.

Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Social Network
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Kids Are All Right
Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World, Denmark

Best Director: David Fincher for The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo in The Fighter

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Paul Giamatti in Barney’s Version
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale in The Fighter

Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for the The Social Network
Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network
Best Original Song: You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me from Burlesque

Have to comment that winners in the television categories were more interesting than predicable feature film categories, particularly Claire Danes win for the excellent HBO film Temple Grandin where she does an outstanding performance in a very remarkable film and story. To check feature films and television award winners go here.

So that’s it for this year and hope next year the HFPA returns to more quality nominations and does not nominate films in wrong categories as they did this year; already talked about The Tourist nominated as Comedy or Musical, but I had no idea that The Kids Are All Right was a comedy or musical (pun intended) as I found nothing comic or humorous in that horrendous film and if Alice in Wonderland was a comedy is new news to me as Johnny Depp can do very dark humor but that doesn’t make any of his films a comedy or you are going to tell me that the Pirate saga movies are comedies just because Jack Sparrow is an ingeniously dark character?

While watching the show I also entertained me checking my predictions and out of the 14 feature film categories got 10 Right, 1 half right, 1 half wrong and 2 wrong (lol!), not bad as the categories where I was wrong had no idea at all.

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