Golden Globe Winners and Thoughts 2011

I am an ardent fan of the Oscars, but the Golden Globes have never been more than a blip on the precursor radar for me. Last night I did not set aside the whole evening for the ceremony, but I did catch enough to see some of the winners and Ricky Gervais’ monologue. The response across the blogs and Twitter has been mostly mixed with some people praising it as one of the better ceremonies of the past decade and others decrying it as an outrageous joke. Here are a few of my observations from what I’ve seen and heard followed by the winners list at the bottom of this post.

Ricky Gervais was excellent as host.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has done an adequate job of proving that their annual awards have no legitimacy whatsoever with ample reports of corruption and bribery taking place among its few dozen members. Gervais held nothing back in his joke delivery and obviously had no desire to be invited back. He targeted his harshest roasting at the most deserving celebrities (Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise) and threw a few blows at the HFPA. Reportedly the HFPA was not pleased with Gervais and have already spoken out against him claiming that his movies will now be blackballed by their organization, proving that film quality means nothing to this group and it’s all about which stars, producers, etc. treat them right.

Sure the winners were boring, but they don’t mean anything.

A lot of the criticism for the film has surrounded the fact that the winners of the Globes were the same winners we have been seeing all year. That did not upset me much, because I don’t consider the Globes to be the most legitimate of Awards ceremonies. I’m more curious to see the acceptance speeches as the winners are usually extra careful to make sure that the say exactly the right things knowing that the Academy is watching. I’m hoping that the speeches get better than they were last night, because from what I saw they seemed pretty off-the-cuff and uninspired.

The Social Network is headed for a landslide.

As an Oscar watcher I tend to have a short-term memory and forget that just last year, even though it seemed The Hurt Locker was taking every award in existence, it actually did miss a few. Sasha Stone points out that The Social Network has actually won more precursors than any film in almost two decades. If it were to lost the Oscar at this point it would absolutely go down as the upset of the century.

Michael Douglas was the highlight of the night.

The one genuinely moving part of the ceremony was when Michael Douglas received a standing ovation from the sea of his peers and followed it with the ingenious line: “There’s got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation.” He looked healthy and in good spirits and it was great to see.

Golden Globe Winners 2011

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Social Network

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Kids Are All Right

Best Director
David Fincher for The Social Network

Best Screenplay
The Social Network

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Paul Giamatti for Barney’s Version

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale for The Fighter

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Melissa Leo for The Fighter

Best Original Song
Burlesque – “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me”

Best Original Score
The Social Network

Best Animated Film
Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film
In a Better World (Denmark)

What did you think of Gervais? Any highlights that I missed?

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  • Anessa

    Yah the speeches were pretty disappointing this time around. aside from a select few. But who was worse Al Pacino or DeNiro, haha.

    As for Gervais…well I knew he was going to be crass, I did think most of the things he joked about were hilarious and I missed him a bit when he was practically gone from the second half of the show. But I still can’t help but feel somewhat offended about his last comment, there’s a line you know….

  • Jose

    Anessa, that last comment was hilarious!

    And Bale I thought gave the worst speech.

  • julian

    robert de niro…the biggest has-been in Holywood. My God, that was truly an akward moment when he made that “deportation” joke!

  • Angel E.

    Ricky Gervais is an idiot…

    As for the show, it was pretty predictable who was going to win one thing I hate is how to cut on the show’s length, they rush things. I find it really rude to cut people of when they are giving speeches. I mean, the show comes once a year, and for some actors, its once in a lifetime.
    I actually like to hear them talk, even though some of the speeches were lame.
    I swear theyre were some presentations that lasted no more than 2 minuets.

    I was really disappointed in Robert DeNiro’s speech though, for such a great actor he is, it was lame.

    I do agree about the Michael Douglas moment.

    As for awkward moment, Natalie Portman, on how she talked about her man sleeping with her.
    That was pretty awkward.

  • @Anessa – Which last comment?

  • @Angel E. – That part in Natalie Portman’s speech about the guy wanting to sleep with her was just little bit extremely awkward.

    @Anessa – Was that the ” Poor people are gross and they smell bad” comment? I though that was pretty offensive to people who actually use public transportation, since thats what he was talking about, but honestly I thought that was the funniest quote of the night.

  • julian

    regarding portmans comments: it would be even weirder not to make a comment concerning her being pregnant with her ballet instructor (and co-actor)…! She chose a rather “fresh” approach by being explicit about the sex (but hey, in relation to the movie where the co-dancer doesn´t find her sexy, it´s kind of funny in an intertextual, selfreferential way…) Not THAT awkward, is all i’m saying

  • Anessa

    @Alex and Quinn, it was actually when he said “I’d like to thank God that I’m an athiest” when closing the Golden Globes. I’m sorry but I don’t find it funny. He did a great job fishing for controversy though. As for the “puplic transportation” bit, I laughed, but still felt lil bit bad for Sandra, haha.

  • @ Anessa
    Everybody seems to be taking Gervais’ last comment about being an athiest seriously and I could really care less (I’m not religous). First and foremost it was just a joke and second of all it absolutely shouldn’t offend anybody since he wasn’t insulting a particular group of people.

    Gervais is uasually an idiot, but this time he was a funny idiot, so he was worth having on in my opinion since the Golden Globes are usually boring.

    I actually liked De Niro’s speech, although I hated the montage shown before. Only 3 seconds of The Deer Hunter was shown.

  • Anessa

    @Brandon, I know I know, but I am religious, so yah I think jokes like that are in bad taste. I’m not gonna start hating him or anything, still too funny a guy.

    Also I think I found DeNiro’s speech more awkward than Natalie Portman, but definitely agree on the bad montage.

  • Jose

    I consider myself religious and yet I found nothing offensive about that remark. I assume he just said it since there were to many people saying “Jesus Christ” in their speeches. (And how funny was it that Giamatti said Berry’s name after he mentioned Godiva chocolates?)

  • Holden

    It’s kinda nice that this was a calmer ceremony. No big upsets or snubs (maybe for Mad Men.)

    Gervais was hilarious. If people don’t want to be the butt of jokes, they shouldn’t do things that will land them in that position.

    For that last line, it’s a joke. I consider myself particularly religious, but whatever. What are you gonna do? He wasn’t offending anyone that should have felt offended. It’s his job to be outrageous. Is there a limit? Maybe. I don’t think Gervais got that far. If he had gone a huge tirade and was completely viscous, then that might be one thing.

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