Monday, January 12, 2009

Golden Globes review

I really like awards shows. I'm probably in the minority, but I do enjoy them, and I watch nearly all of them. I really liked the Golden Globes last night, it's organized, but rarely goes too far. Why can't the Oscars be hosted but still have such a great quick flow? They gave away 25 awards last night, and the Cecil B. DeMille award. The Oscars is almost exactly the same, yet it always takes much longer, and though there are more technical awards that few people viewed or understand the nominees (live action short, documentary short, etc.) so that's less exciting than seeing famous people win awards, they still should be able to get through them faster. Anyway, since I haven't yet been able to see Slumdog Millionaire, I guessed wrong on quite a few awards, but got all the TV awards correct - it's definitely the year of "30 Rock" and "John Adams". They did really well. I was surprised Gabriel Byrne won over Jon Hamm, but he won last year and actually this season he was pretty confusing (still good, but not rock solid like the first season), so that made sense too. And totally thrilled Anna Paquin won for "True Blood", she's terrific.
For the movie awards I was really surprised and happy that Colin Farrell won for In Bruges. He was really good, and probably deserves a little recognition for that. I will definitely see Slumdog Millionaire after all the awards it picked up - Best Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score. It must just be a wonderful, unique drama. Can't wait. Kate Winslet's acceptance speeches were wonderfully heartfelt. She was self-deprecating joking about how she's not used to winning. Given that she's often been nominated for Oscars, I assumed she'd won Golden Globes (there are twice as many nominees given the drama and comedy categories) but no, these were her first two Golden Globes as well. I hope she finally gets her Oscar. I haven't seen either The Reader or Revolutionary Road yet, but she's obviously done fantastic work in the past, so I can believe she was able to give two tours de force in a single year. It was a terrific evening of winning, with the added bonus of getting to see Steven Speilberg's film history.


ecrunner said...

Kate Winslet looked like a dream. She was gorgeous! She took great pictures all night, and was all smiles... not shocking.

Buttercup said...

Thought Kate Winslet was fabulous in The Reader and recommend it highly. Didn't like Revolutionary Road very much. Loved Slumdog.