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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