GOLDEN GLOBES- Winners & Notes

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Ricky Gervais, that British comedic genius responsible for Extras and The Office, hosted the 67th Golden Globes. And was he ballsy or what! Taking a dig at Hollywood celebrities in general, commenting on the amount of plastic surgery present in the room, to attacking individuals with pointed remarks like when he said, “I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” Gervais did get a few boos when he directed a jibe at Paul McCartney and his divorce last year. But I personally found Gervais’ no-holds-barred political-correctness-be-damned comedy absolutely wonderful and refreshing. His best moment at the event came when he wryly remarked, “One thing that can’t be bought is a Golden Globe…Officially.” And he later noted that he’s unlikely to be asked to host this again, so why not go all out!

Best Picture (Drama)
AVATAR
THE HURT LOCKER
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
PRECIOUS
UP IN THE AIR

Note: I’m quite thrilled with this because I really wasn’t very sure of this. I felt Up In The Air was a serious threat here. It was nice to see James Cameron humble for a change, unlike the last time around when the whole world hated him for unashamedly gloating with his Titanic success. This win doesn’t guarantee anything at the Oscars though. The precursors have been all over the place, sharing their love between The Hurt Locker and Up In The Air. Avatar is only now beginning to gather steam…and this win will surely boost its Oscar chances even further.

Best Picture (Comedy/Musical)
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
THE HANGOVER
IT’S COMPLICATED
JULIE & JULIA
NINE

Note: Wow! If someone told you six months back that a massy crude road-trip comedy with unknown actors would win at the Globes over the Oscar nominated Rob Marshall’s adaptation of a Tony award winning musical that was based on Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ and starred Daniel Day-Lewis, you’d think the person was either out of his mind…or suffering from a massive hangover! Well, the sleeper box-office sensation has done the unimaginable. I still can’t believe it.

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER)
James Cameron (AVATAR)
Clint Eastwood (INVICTUS)
Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR)
Quentin Tarantino (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

Note: This is the biggie. Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s ex-wife, has been winning awards for her work all season…but that was before Avatar released. Ever since, there has been a definite shift in the momentum, but one was still waiting for a definite sign. This win, which even Cameron admittedly wasn’t anticipating and believed that Bigelow would win, makes Cameron the frontrunner at the Oscars. Again, he really has changed. He was very humble and thanked his present wife Suzy Amis and the spouses of everybody who was a part of the film.

Best Actor (Drama)
Jeff Bridges (CRAZY HEART)
George Clooney (UP IN THE AIR)
Colin Firth (A SINGLE MAN)
Morgan Freeman (INVICTUS)
Tobey Maguire (BROTHERS)

Note: My personal favourite award of the night. Jeff Bridges has always been one of my favourite actors and the world knows how underappreciated his work has been. This win now makes me positively safe that this will be Jeff’s year. How does this guy manage to look cooler and sexier as he ages? And he was so classy when he thanked his wife of 33 years and remarked that the number of accolades and wins that he’s receiving for this film is messing up his underappreciated tag.
P.S. – Can’t wait for Tron: Legacy

Best Actress (Drama)
Emily Blunt (THE YOUNG VICTORIA)
Sandra Bullock (THE BLIND SIDE)
Helen Mirren (THE LAST STATION)
Carey Mulligan (AN EDUCATION)
Gabourey Sidibe (PRECIOUS)

Note: Well, Bullock had to win this one, I guess. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association always likes to honour star-driven vehicles and The Blind Side is the highest grossing sports film ever that has rode solely on the shoulders of its popular female lead. Besides, Sandra had an amazing year at the box-office with her comedy The Proposal also doing very well. I still feel that in all fairness Carey Mulligan was the best of the lot here; and the actual deserving one wasn’t even nominated- Abbie Cornish for Bright Star.

Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)
Matt Damon (THE INFORMANT!)
Daniel Day-Lewis (NINE)
Robert Downey Jr. (SHERLOCK HOLMES)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER)
Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN)

Note: You thought the nomination was a surprise. Well, Downey Jr.’s win here left everyone flummoxed. At least, Robert himself was able to see the absurdity of it and used the opportunity instead to give one of the most hilarious acceptance speeches I’ve ever heard. “I’m certainly not going to thank Warner Brothers; they needed me! Avatar was going to take us to the cleaners. Without me they didn’t have a shot. What am I supposed to do, thank my producer?” he said.

Best Actress (Comedy/Musical)
Sandra Bullock (THE PROPOSAL)
Marion Cotillard (NINE)
Julia Roberts (DUPLICITY)
Meryl Streep (IT’S COMPLICATED)
Meryl Streep (JULIE & JULIA)

Note: Meryl Streep took yet another step towards what is most certainly going to be her third Oscar. This one was a given. Streep is such a legend though. Never disappoints.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama & Comedy/Musical)
Matt Damon (INVICTUS)
Woody Harrelson (THE MESSENGER)
Christopher Plummer (THE LAST STATION)
Stanley Tucci (THE LOVELY BONES)
Christoph Waltz (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)

Note: Any chance that Harrelson had at gate-crashing into Waltz’s party was this. With Christoph winning the Globe, they’ve probably started inscribing his name on that Oscar statuette already. Truly deserving though; and he also gave to my mind the best acceptance speech of the evening. I don’t remember clearly but it had something to do with his own globe (his small world) and Tarantino’s orbit (the global recognition) and the win making it golden!

Best Actress  in a Supporting Role (Drama & Comedy/Musical)
Penélope Cruz (NINE)
Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR)
Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR)
Julianne Moore (A SINGLE MAN)
Mo’Nique (PRECIOUS)

Note: With this win Mo’Nique, like Waltz, destroys any opposition. The Oscar is hers to lose. She gave such a heartfelt speech though, and for someone who played such a nasty character in the film, she comes across as a very gentle and considerate woman in person.

Best Foreign Picture
LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS Broken Embraces (Spain)
BAARÌA- LA PORTA DEL VENTO Bagheria- Windy Gateway (Italy)
LA NANA The Maid (Chile)
UN PROPHÈTE A Prophet (France)
DAS WEIßE BAND The White Ribbon (Germany)

Note: How cool was it to see Michael Haneke at a mainstream event such as the Globes? Shame on the organizers though for not showing the master enough respect and playing the wrap-it-up music while he was delivering his acceptance speech. I didn’t hear it when Streep went on for as long as she did!

Best Animated Picture
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
CORALINE
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
UP

Note: Pixar’s really going from strength to strength. They are consistently churning out great animation films that are right up there with the best features. On an aside, McCartney was so cool when he said that animation films are not just for kids but also for adults who take drugs!

Best Screenplay
DISTRICT 9 (Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell)
THE HURT LOCKER (Mark Boal)
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
IT’S COMPLICATED (
Nancy Meyers)
UP IN THE AIR (Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner)

Note: I thought this was an easy slam-dunk for Tarantino. Reitman is the flavour of the month, I guess. But it was so nice to see Reitman acknowledge that probably Tarantino deserved it. Also, take a note Bollywood filmmakers. The first thing that Sheldon Turner did when he accepted his award was thank the author Walter Kirn on whose book the screenplay is adapted from. Turner noted that he merely worked on what was Kirn’s blueprint. Graceful and classy!

Best Original Score
AVATAR (James Horner)
THE INFORMANT (Marvin Hamlisch)
A SINGLE MAN (Abel Korzeniowski)
UP (Michael Giacchino)
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Carter Burwell and Karen O)

Note: I wanted to Horner to win this. I absolutely love his work on Avatar. I still feel he has a shot at the Oscars. I was surprised that they didn’t go with the veteran Hamlisch, who will be a contender at the Oscars as well. But I’m glad that Giacchino has won it. I’m a fan of his work on television’s Lost.

Best Song
“Cinema Italiano” (NINE)
“I See You” (AVATAR)
“I Want To Come Home” (EVERYBODY’S FINE)
“The Weary Kind” (CRAZY HEART)
“Winter” (BROTHERS)

Note: I like the song from Avatar, but always had a feeling that the number from Nine would win. I’m so glad that the Crazy Heart song took this home. It has that same feel which Bruce Sprinsteen’s song in last year’s The Wrestler had.

The television awards were evenly distributed, with the morbid Dexter winning two acting awards for its lead Michael C. Hall and manic killer John Lithgow. It lost Best TV Drama to Mad Men however, whose creator I wanted to listen to while he was on stage…but I kept getting distracted by Christina Hendricks’ breasts! Chloë Sevigny almost had her dress ripped while she accepted a prize for her supporting turn in Big Love. 30 Rock lost out Best TV Comedy to Glee but it did win an award for its lead Alec Baldwin. Toni Collette took home a prize for her comedic role in United States Of Tara. The other winners of the night were Kevin Bacon for the TV movie Taking Chance and Hollywood child Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens, which also won Best TV Movie. Julianna Margulies won Best Actress in a TV Drama for Ridley and Tony Scott’s The Good Wife.

The WTF moment of the night was when Arnold Schwarzenegger presented James Cameron’s Avatar called it a technologically brilliant film and added that it had a fantastic plot! I’m a big fan of Avatar, but even I know that everybody knows that Avatar doesn’t have a plot, let alone a fantastic one! Arnie did make amends quickly though with a few well-timed wisecracks.

- Abhishek Bandekar