The Not-So-Golden Globes

The Golden Globes were last night and since, as host Ricky Gervais kept reminding us, actors are the best and most important people in the world, we here at NPI cannot let that the occasion pass without some commentary. As usual with awards shows, it was a mixed bag.

The Best Three Things:

3) Michael C. Hall’s Win for Dexter

This was a tricky category. Hugh Laurie gets perpetual accolades for House and Jon Hamm gave another great performance this year on Mad Men (I was also somewhat shocked to see that Bryan Cranston was not nominated for Breaking Bad, but that may be due to scheduling of seasons). Nevertheless, I fully endorse the choice of Hall: Dexter leans more heavily on Hall than Mad Men does on Hamm, and Hall turns Dexter into a likable, complicated character. Also, it was nice to see him win after announcing that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma; luckily, that’s “the good Hodgkin’s.”

2) The Hangover Winning Best Comedy

Now, I don’t really think The Hangover was the best “comedy” of the year. That distinction would belong to A Serious Man, a movie that gets considered a “comedy” by the Hollywood Foreign Press. But the fact that The Hangover beat out safe, predictable choices like Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated, and the atrocious Nine was a very welcome surprise. Too often awards shows have an unjustified bias against vulgar, commercially successful movies without any Oscar pedigree. That would explain why the best film of the last decade wasn’t recognized at the Golden Globes or the Oscars.

1) Ricky Gervais as Host

A host’s role in awards shows is often overstated. Even when someone like Jon Stewart hosts the Oscars, it’s still too long, overindulgent, and mostly boring. But at least the host can be a bright spot, as Gervais was. His opening monologue featured more barbs at Steve Carell, which is basically becoming an awards show mainstay at this point: “If you think this version of The Office has Jumped the Shark—that’s what some of the forums are saying, anyway—then watch the British version on Adult Swim…it’s quality, not quantity.” His best line of the night, though, came during his introduction of the man presenting the Best Director award: “I like a drink as much as the next man….unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”

The Median Two Things:

2) Christoph Waltz’s Win and Acceptance Speech

This category actually had probably the least amount of drama in it as any at last night’s awards. Waltz’s was the odds-on favorite to win the award, and he did. But even if it wasn’t at all surprising, it was still nice to see his excellent performance in Inglourious Basterds honored. He also seemed legitimately humbled and grateful for the award, crediting Quentin Tarantino and the film’s entire cast for his work.

1) Mad Men Wins Best Television Drama

Yawn. A mediocre season of a critically beloved show wins as Matthew Weiner goes on and on about how great TV is now. This is not exactly groundbreaking stuff. It’s not that I necessarily disagree with the choice—of the nominees I’ve seen, it was the best show on TV—it’s just that Mad Men doesn’t really need anymore critical validation, particularly after an unfocused season.

The Absolute Worst Fucking Thing:

Avatar Won!

In a big “Fuck You!” to creativity, complexity, deep themes, interesting dialogue, and fully developed characters, Avatar won Best Picture, Drama. This makes it the clear Oscar front-runner for Best Picture, despite the fact it was not, you know, a good movie. I’ve already been over this multiple times, but the overwhelmingly positive response to James Cameron’s film has turned what was originally only a slightly negative response for me into outright hostility. What makes it worse is that, unlike some other years in which I didn’t like the Best Picture winner, I know that one of the other nominees was a lot more deserving. If I have to watch Cameron give another acceptance speech in his stupid fucking made up language at the Oscars, then I’m going to burn down a movie theater.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Completely agreed on your take :).

    ” I have to watch Cameron give another acceptance speech in his stupid f——g made up language at the Oscars, then I’m going to burn down a movie theater.”

    this was mine

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