Awards Season: Golden Globes Results

The awards season has already begun for the collective global film industry and everybody will be engaging in an awful lot of back-slapping for the next couple of weeks. How many are worth watching? Well none of them really. Award ceremonies live and die over their nominations and results but can never encompass the entire output of the medium and can never be the final word on anything.

Anyway, we had the Golden Globes this week, soon the BAFTA’s will be in London, Sunday 13th February, The Academy Awards in Hollywood on the 27th February, the Cesar awards in Paris on the 25th.

First up was the 68th Golden Globe Awards. Probably the most interesting news, for me at least, was that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association generally got the major awards right:

Best Actor in a Motion Picture went to Colin Firth for The King’s Speech and Best Actress in a Motion Picture went to Natalie Portman for Black Swan.

The Social Network was the big winner being named Best Motion Picture Drama and David Fincher took best the director award while Aaron Sorkin won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score went to Trent Reznor. Nothing wrong there. The Kids Are All Right deservedly won Best Comedy or Musical and Annette Bening won Best Performance in a comedy.

My major surprise was the fact that Inception didn’t pick up anything major (but then, I am a fanboy).

Probably the most memorable thing about the award ceremony was the performance of Ricky Gervais, cruel and crude, but generally amusing. The media furore around his performance was purely media babble – it will be forgotten in a month and he will still be making films. At least he had the nerve to point out the accusations of corruption involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Agency and the stupidity of Burlesque and The Tourist being nominated for anything at all.

Still, most people consider this award ceremony quite irrelevant because Oscar votes are submitted two days before this ceremony never mind the allegations of corruption. Anyway here is a video of Ricky Gervais being funny/cruel.

2 thoughts on “Awards Season: Golden Globes Results

  1. I watch the Globes every year and am consistently annoyed by them. I hate the fact people think they are respected, I especially hate seeing actors think they are getting some real type of recognition for their work. I so wish actual film and television critics could give a proper award show, that people would actually watch.

    Anyway, I haven’t seen a lot of the film nominees, (I know, bad me!), but I’m completely against The Kids Are All Right. My indifference to the film is turning into hatred. It was fluff to watch, but it didn’t touch upon anything significant and deliver characters that were anything more than one-note, especially Annette Bening’s character.

    Whatever, I only watched it to see Mark Gruffalo in something in preparation for The Avengers. Haha!

    1. Hello there.

      I have to disagree with you about The Kids are All Right.

      I enjoyed The Kids are All Right. Hell, I was even a little choked up at the end. I thought Annette Bening’s character grew throughout the film. It was certainly one of the funniest films I had seen that year but then I did miss The Other Guys.

      Anyway, I figure the only awards worth looking at are at the major film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin because the more interesting films get the spotlight instead of studio dirge.

      Thanks for the comment.

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