Given delirious emotional life the telecast usually takes on, I’m still surprised Silver Linings Playbook didn’t win more prizes at last night’s Golden Globe awards. The messy emotional atmosphere the night took on reminded me of the film with certainty that it would win. That said, Les Miserables isn’t nearly as emotionally together as David O. Russell’s film, so I suppose its win for Motion Picture and Actor in the comedy/musical branch wasn’t such a left field surprise. The night’s biggest surprises rightfully came from the telecast itself. While not rising from the drunken haze it always shall be, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were up to the task of entertaining the room, though not used nearly enough throughout the show.
Three particular moments come to mind that separate last night’s show from the general heap of Golden Globe trifles, two of which coming from presentation of nominated films. They clearly felt that Argo and Lincoln were significant to the night, the former bringing out CIA legend Tony Mendez himself to present Affleck’s film, which must have pleased him so fantastically. In the rush of accepting his award, he even forgot a few names that his wife, Jennifer Garner, came on stage later to politely throw out. Emotions clearly led the way throughout the evening.
Even more rapturous a moment that caused the room to burst archaically was former president Bill Clinton coming out to introduce Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Given his recent activism in the 2012 presidential campaign, the plug couldn’t have been more handy to the film’s season long odds. I’d be rather confident in this moment to bet that Lincoln goes on to win Best Picture at the Oscars next month. The night emphasized that the Academy race was clearly between that, Silver Linings Playbook, and Life of Pi, given that none of the three won the top prize. It may just be Spielberg’s year once more.
Plenty unexpected wins prompted emotional reactions, particularly towards Lena Dunham’s television branch wins for HBO’s Girls. Mychael Danna won Original Score for his ethereal score for Life of Pi, though detractors of that film can easily imagine the award as a prolonged commendation for previous work on films like Moneyball and The Ice Storm. Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz were both caught unexpected and elated by the HFPA love for Django Unchained, both having trouble reeling in their reactions. Even Michael Haneke had trouble coming to terms with receiving an award in Hollywood from an Austrian, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Haneke also had the loveliest, most composed speech of the evening, breaking down the statue’s credit as the base going to the crew, but the Globe itself going to the incredible actors.
Of the night’s many surprises though, won we knew was going to happen was Jodie Foster’s Cecil B. Demille award, curiously delivered with snark by Robert Downey Jr. In spite the odd presenter, Foster had her long moment on stage with a speech that felt like she was pleading for her continued existence. It was devastatingly inspirational, something of a wrangled mess, but completely indicative of the night itself and the unexpected pleasures it brought. What’s more, she may have the chance to be up on stages accepting awards next year if her role in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium is as promising as it sounds.
All that is hope best left for another day. What are your opinions on last night’s Golden Globe awards, as well as its winners. The full list of winners can be seen either on the live-blog page, or listed below. I got 6 out of 14 of my predictions correct.
Best Motion Picture – Drama: Argo (PREDICTION: Argo)
Best Motion Picture – Comedy: Les Miserables (PREDICTION: Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Actor – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (PREDICTION: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln)
Best Actor – Comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables (PREDICTION: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Actress – Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (PREDICTION: Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone)
Best Actress – Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (PREDICTION: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained (PREDICTION: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables (PREDICTION: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables)
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo (PREDICTION: Ben Affleck, Argo)
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained (PREDICTION: Tony Kushner, Lincoln)
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi (PREDICTION: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi)
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall (PREDICTION: “Suddenly” from Les Miserables)
Best Animated Feature: Brave (PREDICTION: Wreck-It Ralph)
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour (PREDICTION: The Intouchables)
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Jodie Foster