Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globes 2011 commentary

Well, of course I watched the Globes last night.  And as expected it was an eclectic mix of winners to match the crazy group of nominees.  However, with the host, Ricky Gervais, I think Robert Downey Jr. said it best.  The tone of the show was "hugely mean-spirited with sinister undertones".  There's a fine line between funny and mean.  An example, when introducing RDJ, Gervais listed some of his movies (Iron Man, Wonder Boys, Two Men and a Girl) and laughed that they sounded like porn films.  Funny.  Then summed up by saying more people might recognize him from the Betty Ford Center and Los Angeles County Jail.  Mean.  The night was definitely overwhelmed by awkward laughter and strange humor (why did Robert DeNiro make fun of people for not seeing his lesser known movies?)

But there were some moments that were terrific and brought the tears to my eyes.  Watching all the color drain out of Chris Colfer's face when he won for Supporting actor over some wonderful veteran actors, and then to see him pull it together and give a heartfelt speech with a little humor, many thanks, and social commentary was impressive for a first time winner.  Also, while Melissa Leo had a big year recently with Frozen River, this year seems to be hers for the taking in the supporting category and she looks so excited to enjoy it all.  Colin Firth was the expected (and deserving) winner, and his speech was perfectly British and kind.  I wasn't disappointed to see The Social Network take so many awards.

Also, just to put this to rest for me - I saw The Tourist yesterday and it most definitely, in no way possible could be considered a comedy.  I definitely enjoyed it, but it's a very romantic, heist and crime thriller.

5 comments:

The Curmudgeon said...

I teared up at Chris Colfer's final words - and wanted to slap Lea Michele for the crocodile tears!

Jess said...

I know - they really shouldn't have shown the other Glee nominees at that moment. Showing the denied supporting actor nominees appropriate - leave his castmates alone. Then they won't feel the need to keep acting and be judged for it.

5plitreel said...

Haha I loved Gervais - I guess he's one of those love it / hate it kind of guys. He wanted to push buttons and some people took it way too seriously.

Jess said...

Oh, I love him too. On occasion he had some absolutely terrific comedy. The opening about Charlie Sheen was funny and over the top, but hardly mean. It was when he got a little mean and then the actors didn't take it particularly well adding to the awkwardness.

MrJeffery said...

I agree with your highlight moments! I thought Gervais was lame. Dated, boring jokes. My commentary with my friends was much more amusing.