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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

74th Golden Globe Awards Winners


Last Sunday was the always colorful Golden Globes awards ceremony which this year was highly unusual for me as kept me awake for the whole broadcast (lol) as besides the feature film categories had interest in several TV categories, but undoubtedly winners speeches kept me awake and yes, positively impress with what was said in prime TV by the most amazing American living actress, the recipient of the Cecil B, deMille award. Bravo!!! She is a great actress and a greater human being with impressive eloquence and definitively knows how to use words.

Had lots of fun with the many Red Carpet broadcasts and high quality online streams, most impressed with Twitter stream quality even when those interviewing were not much better than the norm or those in E! (lol). Did not enjoy much Jimmy Fallon, miss too-much Ricky Gervais darker humor and even the too-American (but funny) humor of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. No doubt that the best sketch was from presenters Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig which made me cry from laughing so-loud. So, no matter Fallon, the net is that ceremony was quite entertaining just from what was happening and NOT because of production guidelines; hope Oscar producers take note as what happened in this ceremony could be motivated in the Academy Awards ceremony.

Now to the winners. There were a few records broken this year as well as some milestones like Tracee Ellis Ross winning actress in a television series musical o comedy to become the first black woman to win in 35 years! But the broken record everyone is talking about is La La Land's new record of seven (7) wins that topped 1975 One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest and 1978 Midnight Express each with six wins.   Then there is also the unusual achievement of winning ALL the awards in the categories that film was nominated as La La Land was nominated in seven (7) categories and won all!

Wish to remind all that Golden Globes awards are given by the foreign press in Hollywood, meaning they are not industry insiders nor AMPAS members, so whatever they like might not be the same as what Academy voting members do.  But yes, they are influencers and there are many years when top awards coincide in the Golden Globes and the Oscars.  So, no surprise when discovering that the Golden Globes and the Film Critics in general (check general post here) show two (2) films as lead contenders for Best Picture:  Moonlight and La La Land, one won a Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Drama and the other in Comedy or Musical.

Was not expecting, but yes! was hoping Isabelle Huppert to win just because is about time she is honored by the American critics and industry as repetitively have mention I do not particularly like her performance in Elle and well, Natalie Portman is outstanding in Jackie.  But the marketing machinery behind Elle is one to emulate by non-American films that wish to incursion the American awards season.  The surprise came when Elle wins Foreign Film as was expecting multi-honored Toni Erdmann to win but imagine is also consequence of film marketing program.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories, including Television, go official site here.

Motion Picture Nominees

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
*Moonlight

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
*La La Land
Sing Street

Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
Ma vie de Courgette (My Life as a Zucchini)
Sing
*Zootopia

Best Foreign Language Film
Divines, Houda Benyamina, France and Qatar
*Elle, Paul Verhoeven, France, Germany and Belgium
Neruda, Pablo Larrain, Chile, Argentina, France, Spain and USA
Forushande (The Salesman), Asghar Farhadi, France and Iran
Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, Germany, Austria and Romania

Best Director
*Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress - Drama
Amy Adams in Arrival
Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane
*Isabelle Huppert in Elle
Ruth Negga in Loving
Natalie Portman in Jackie



Best Actress - Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening in 20th Century Women
Lily Collins in Rules Don't Apply
Hailee Steinfeld in The Edge of Seventeen
*Emma Stone in La La Land
Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress
*Viola Davis in Fences
Naomie Harris in Moonlight
Nicole Kidman in Lion
Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor - Drama
*Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton in Loving
Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington in Fences

Best Actor - Comedy or Musical
Colin Farrell in The Lobster
*Ryan Gosling in La La Land
Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill in War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg in Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel in Lion
*Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nocturnal Animals

Best Screenplay
*Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Tom Ford for Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan for Hell or High Water

Best Original Score 
Nicholas Britell for Moonlight
*Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
Johann Johannsson for Arrival
Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka for Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Benjamin Wallfisch for Hidden Figures

Best Original Song
Can't Stop the Feeling from Trolls, Music and Lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback
*City of Stars from La La Land, Music by Justin Hurwitz, Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Faith from Sing, Musci and Lyrics by Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder and Francis Farewell Starlight
Gold from Gold, Music and Lyrics by Brian Burton, Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pemberton and Iggy Pop
How Far I'll Go from Moana, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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12/12/16
HFPA President, Lorenzo Soria introduced Anna Kendrick, Laura Dern and Don Cheadle who announced today the nominations via online only for the first half and via major American TV networks the second half; announcement came from The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Will not be a major surprise to many when learning the film with more nominations, La La Land by Damien Chazelle which collected seven (7) nominations followed by Moonlight with six (6) and Manchester by the Sea with five (5).  No surprises here as three films are still the major contenders for the Academy Awards honors.  Perhaps the biggest surprise comes from Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford becoming an interesting contender.

Surely nominations snubs are more interesting as there is no nomination to Fences as best drama, even when they nominated both actors, Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who was snubbed from the directing category.  Wonder if the Hollywood Foreign press had a change of watching Silence by Martin Scorsese as was completely absent and yet, Andrew Garfiel got a nomination for his other great performance in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.
This year there are some controversial nominations, like for example Anette Bening nomination in the Best Actress Musical or Comedy category and can't say that Rules Don't Apply and The Edge of Seventeen are comedies (more likely dramedys) or musicals; but the most ridiculous is to say The Lobster is a comedy.  Well, is the Globes (!) where around 90+ foreign film journalists decide what they like.  Truth is that as a TV show the Golden Globes tend to be fun-to-watch and hopefully this year with Jimmy Fallon hosting will be as fun as when Ricky Gervais was the host.

As we already know the Cecil B. deMille Award this year goes to Meryl Streep, who got a well-deserved nomination for her glorious performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.  Also this edition Miss Golden Globe 2017 is a trio, a Stallone trio; yes, three Silvester Stallone daughters: Scarlet, Sistine and Sophia, will walk the stage along presenters and winners.

To check official announcement (is a pdf file) plus nominees in TV categories go official site here or check here for posters and info.

Can't help but to comment the very noticeable TV snub of Orange is the New Black, a favorite of mine that had a terrific season with outstanding performances by sever of the actresses, sigh.  Still, the TV actresses with Drama nominations, all have outstanding performances.  It's impossible not to recognize that TV has changed so much that nowadays there are too-many shows with extraordinary performances by actors that do cinema but now now are incurssionating into the small screen with what I call "long-movies" like for example, mesmerizing Goliath, fun-to-watch Mozart in the Jungle, outstanding OITNB, puzzling Mr. Robot, awesome Susanne Bier's The Night Manager, and so many more, especially those that many awards still forget NOW, the amazing Nordic TV series (!!!) that imagine soon will come across the pond to America.

The awards ceremony will be on NBC on January 8, 2017 at 8:00pm EST.

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