Monday, January 11, 2016

73rd Golden Globe Awards Winners

Yesterday was the irreverent awards show and the most interesting part was undoubtedly the red carpet and perhaps anything/everything with Jennifer Lawrence, as the rest -including Ricky Gervais jokes- were not that much funny (ok a few exceptions), the awards that even when started with a surprise suddenly became VERY EASY to predict as trend was clear since early moments and well, have to admit that didn't saw the end as show was so not-interesting (i.e. boring) that was inevitable to fall in the arms of Morpheus slowly but surely. But I didn't miss much.

Know that the Golden Globes are about industry glitz and glamour and last night show felt more than ever like that and less about a celebration of great cinema -it made me uncomfortable but the good part is that some of the TV awards had more my approval than those for cinema. All started with the first award, Kate Winslet won her fourth Golden Globe and even her was surprised as her performance in Steve Jobs is good but not extraordinary. Alicia Vikander, Helen Mirren and even Jennifer Jason Leigh performances are a lot better than Winslet's. Then came more awkward awards but perhaps the one that shocked me as undoubtedly comes more from the celebrity value than from a remarkable performance is the one given to Lady Gaga. Top all with Matt Damon and The Martian winning in the comedy categories.

Know this blog is about movies but have to share that if one TV award I find so-deserving win is the one that went to Mr Robot -had chance to binge show while traveling- as is one of the most arresting, engaging new shows of 2015. Yes it feels like a movie, a long great hypnotizing movie. With more entertainment values Mozart in the Jungle -yes, also binged season 1 and 2 (lol)- also deserved honor as perhaps is the best performance from Gael García Bernal I have seen up-to-date, he also won a Golden Globe.

Alright will not complain more as many that read blog and/or know me are not surprised with me being upset this morning (lol). On the correction note, Quentin Tarrantino was wrong, Ennio Morricone has now 3 Golden Globes; so no, it's not his first one, He won his first in 1987 for The Mission and the second in 2000 for La Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano (The Legend of 1900). Then in 2007 after 5 nominations and no awards, Morricone got an Honorary Oscar for "his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music". I know him from my youth and yes he was the music composer for my #1 film, Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini. This paragraph is my humble homage to a great composer. Bravo Maestro.

Most likely that by now you know the BIGGEST snub goes to Carol that had the most nominations and left with no wins. Then it's clear that HFPA journalists behave quite different to American critics as Spotlight -the film that gets more film critics wins- left empty-handed as well as critics' popular Mad Max: Fury Road.

Could write a white paper on why the Golden Globes now more than before have become a joke, but will stop here to cool off and to re-start the week in a better mood. Sigh.

Winners are in *BLUE. To check TV winners at official site go here.

Motion Picture Nominees

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
*The Revenant

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
The Big Short
*The Martian

Best Animated Feature Film
The Good Dinosaur
*Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep

Best Foreign Language Film
The Brand New Testament, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
The Club, Chile
The Fencer, Finland, Germany and Estonia
Mustang, France and Turkey
*Son of Saul, Hungary

Best Director
Todd Haynes for Carol
*Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant
Tom McCarthy for Spotlight
George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott for The Martian

Best Actress - Drama
Cate Blanchett in Carol
*Brie Larson in Room
Rooney Mara in Carol
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl

Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
*Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
Melissa McCarthy in Spy
Amy Schumer in Trainwreck
Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van
Lily Tomlin in Grandma

Best Supporting Actress
Jane Fonda in Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren in Trumbo
Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina
*Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Best Actor - Drama
Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
*Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
Will Smith in Concussion

Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
Christian Bale in The Big Short
Steve Carell in The Big Short
*Matt Damon in The Martian
Al Pacino in Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo in Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon in 99 Homes
*Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Best Screenplay
Emma Donoghue for Room
Tom McCarthy and Josh Signer for Spotlight
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short
*Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs
Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight

Best Original Score
Cartel Burwell for Carol
Alexandre Desplat for The Danish Girl
*Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight
Daniel Pemberton for Steve Jobs
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto for The Revenant

Best Original Song
Love Me Like You Do from 50 Shades of Grey
One Kind of Love from Love & Mercy
See You Again from Furious 7
Simple Sound #3 from Youth
*Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre

To check official announcement (is a pdf file) plus nominees in TV categories go here or here. Believe the BIG winner from the nominations is Netflix that has only 1 nomination in Motion Picture categories but is the leader in Television categories with 8 for a total of 9 nominations; only 20th Century Fox has more nominations (12) than Netflix!  Somehow data speaks about the high quality of Netflix original programming, a fact that I absolutely approve as been able to enjoy really great shows from Netflix.

Last, on the very superficial non-cinema related side of the TV show that will take place next January 10th, 2016, the Red Carpet this year will be FABULOUS with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Lilly Tomlin, Saoirse Ronan, Viola Davis, Caitriona Balfe, Eva Green, Robin Wright, Taraji P. Henson, and Michael Fassbender (of course!!! lol!).

Nominations by Motion Picture

Five (5)

Four (4)
The Big Short
The Revenant
Steve Jobs

Three (3)
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
The Martian

Two (2)
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road

One (1)
99 Homes
Beasts of No Nation
The Brand New Testament
Bridge of Spies
The Club
Danny Collins
Ex Machina
The Fencer
Fifty Shades of Grey
Furious 7
The Good Dinosaur
Infinitely Polar Bear
Inside Out
The Lady in the Van
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Son of Saul

The Video

Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid announced the nominees for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. They were joined by Miss Golden Globe, Corinne Foxx, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President, Lorenzo Soria, and Executive VP of Television at dick clark productions, Barry Adelman.

The first snub that upset me, Carol not getting a Screenplay nomination but then film got a nomination in ALL major categories that could be nominated. As a mater of fact, Carol leads the pack with five (5) nominations followed closely by The Big Short, The Revenant and Steve Jobs with 4 each.

My most pleasant surprise came when Rooney Mara was announced in the Best Actress category as in my opinion she really deserves the Best Actress nomination, perhaps even more than Cate Blanchett. We know that unfortunately TWC is promoting Mara as supporting actress but we also know that she has a leading role that already gave her the most prestigious Cannes Palme d'Or for Best Actress. Also pleasantly surprised with Alicia Vikander being recognize with a lead performance in The Danish Girl. No doubt that the Best Actress - Drama category has become very hard to guess and more to select the best performance as all five have outstanding performances.

Seems that this year there is only ONE BIG complain (usually there are many) and as usual is the criteria behind what HFPA considers comedy, this time is The Martian which we know is a drama but they had no room left in the drama category, so went to comedy, sigh. But this kind of action usually kills film possibilities for an Oscar nomination, nevertheless this year Ridley Scott got a nomination so maybe The Martian chances are still full alive.

Impossible not to comment that Johnny Depp needs to revive his career as even this press group, whom in the past gave him nominations for silly performances in not so-good movies, ignored his performance in Black Mass. He was good in that movie, perhaps as good as he was in his early films.

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