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.