For whatever reason — more alcohol, fewer fawning montages and less strictness in general — the Golden Globes are looser, funnier and generally better TV than their big brother, the Oscars. Years of Golden Globes shows have seen their fair share of nuttiness, from Elizabeth Taylor’s sadly strange yelling of “Glaaaadiator!” in 2001 to the Rat Pack hijacking the show in 1958. Read about more embarrassing moments here.
This year, the big story was Jodie Foster and her sprawling, sort-of coming-out speech upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Whether from the pressure of being in the spotlight for nearly the entirety of her cognizant life, and/or the added pressures of those pushing her to reveal details of her personal life and the criticisms of her friend, Mel Gibson (whose googly eyed expression took to memesville), Foster chose to use her time at the podium to air her frustrations in a defensive, almost bitter but fiercely real speech.
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I’m still processing what happened — regardless of how blase it may seem when a famous person whom everyone presumes is gay comes out of the closet, it’s still a big deal for its ripple effects. Foster’s speech didn’t make me feel sorry for her, but it did make me like her even more. It’s clear she’s reached the don’t-give-a-fuck stage of her life and career, at age 50, after starring in more than 70 films, directing three and producing several more, and winning two Oscars. Her candidness and awkwardness was a big breath of fresh air during a televised awards show, most of which tend to be rife with unrelenting ass-kissing. Read her entire speech here. See more coming-out speeches here.
The main reason I know I watched was for hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I know I wanted to see a lot more of then. The time they did have onstage was memorable for both comedians’ particular brands of naughty but not overly offensive humor that values brainy silliness over big-laugh grossness. I loved when they made fun of Anne Hathaway for her hosting of the Oscars with James Franco. I loved even more when they made their deliberately bad body-image jokes. Read all of their jokes here.
One thing I don’t care that much about is Oscar/Golden Globe fashion. One friend I watched the show with thought Julianna Marguiles looked like a character from Final Fantasy. I think should be an entire show devoted to comparing celebrity fashion to anime/video game characters. Or not, because that is a terrible idea.
Who wore it best?
Another nice thing: The winners weren’t terribly predictable. At least not to me. I lost our Golden Globe pool pretty badly. I thought Lincoln would trump Argo. I did expect Golden Globes to snub my favorite movie of 2012 (that I’ve seen so far), The Master, and expect Oscars to do the same. I also expected them to reward Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. I was pleasantly surprised by a nod for the excellent Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained, as well as for the Best Screenplay win for Quentin Tarantino. I think Oscar will reward the same films and performances in the major categories, save for Ben Affleck, who won Best Director at the Globes but was not nominated for that Oscar. I think it’s still a tossup between Lincoln and Argo for the Best Picture Oscar. See below for a list of the winners, along with links to their DVDs/Blu-rays, when available, on Amoeba.com.
Film, Golden Globes:
Best Film – Drama: Argo
Best Film – Comedy or Musical: Les Miserables
Best Director: Ben Affleck
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
Best Foreign Film: Amour
Television, Golden Globes:
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Game Change
Best Drama: Homeland
Best Comedy or Musical: Girls
Best Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, Homeland
Best Actress, Drama Series: Clare Danes, Homeland
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Best Actress, Comedy or Muscial: Lena Dunham, Girls
Best Supporting Actor — Series, Miniseries, or Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change
Best Supporting Actress — Series, Miniseries, or Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Best Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Best Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
See Brad’s blog on Oscar nominees here.