69th Annual Golden Globes

January 16, 2012

Last night was the infamous Golden Globes telecast, the first awards show during awards season and the one that has the least amount of impact for the one and only, Academy Awards. But nonetheless, NBC airs the unpredictable awards show and has asked Ricky Gervais to host once again. While this made the public salivate at what kind of shenanigans he could get into this year, he was much more subdued as host this time around.

I’ll run down the television winners first, since they will always be runner-up in importance to cinema.


The Best Series – Drama was sort of a pleasant surprise, as the debut season of Showtime’s Homeland won the Golden Globe over other shows like Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. While Boardwalk Empire is great, I still think it’s slightly overrated. In my opinion, Game of Thrones was the best show of the five nominated, but I’m glad that Homeland won.

Best Series – Comedy or Musical went to ABC’s Modern Family for the second straight year. The family-comedy didn’t have any real competition aside from HBO’s Enlightened. Glee has definitely tailed off to the point where I’m surprised it was even nominated. New Girl is one of the most watched comedies, but still overall is just a “cute” show.

Best Actor in a TV Drama went to Kesley Grammar for Boss. This was probably the biggest surprise of the evening, as he beat out last year’s winner Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), the popular and amazing Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and the acclaimed Damian Lewis (Homeland).

Best Actress in a TV Drama went to Claire Danes (Homeland) and it was the right choice. I sort of thought Julianna Margulies would take the award, but looking at the past decade of winners in this category, none has won the award twice so that ruled her out (she won the Golden Globe two years ago for The Good Wife).

The Best Actor in a Musical Comedy TV Series went to Matt LeBlanc (Episodes). So Joey finally got an award? People actually watched Episodes? Everything was confusing for me, but what confused me the most was how Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) was nominated instead of his co-star Jim Parsons.

The Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy went to Lauren Dern (Enlightment). Beating out the very competitive group that consisted of Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) was impressive. But hey, this was The Golden Globes, not the Emmy’s. No one has had a run in this category since Sarah Jessica Parker won three in four years for Sex in the City.


Moving on to the movie portion of The Golden Globes, there was some competition but not much since the awards are divided into Drama and Musical/Comedy categories.

The Best Drama went to the very-deserving The Descendants, which I still have in the number 2 rank for Best Picture. Hugo was really the only competition for The Descendants, but those who are keeping score know this is a bad omen for the film. In the past 8 years, The Golden Globes Best Drama has only matched up with The Academy Award’s Best Picture ONCE (Slumdog Millionaire). Although I would love to see The Descendants win Best Picture, they have a long way to go.

The Best Musical/Comedy went to The Artist, and to be quite honest I was surprised about the selection. I know The Artist is insanely acclaimed and it’s definitely the front-runner for Best Picture, but these are the Globes for crying out loud. This category has been won by films such as The Hangover, Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Sweeney Todd. I wasn’t alone when I thought Bridesmaids had this award locked.

The only category that really mattered in the movie portion was Best Director, which went to Martin Scorsese (Hugo). I really shouldn’t have been surprised about this, because after this year’s win, Scorsese has won the Golden Globe’s Best Director three times in the past decade (but has only won Best Director once in his entire career at The Academy Awards). What can I say? The HFPA loves them some Scorsese.

For acting, George Clooney (The Descendants) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) won for their categories, which does nothing for us bloggers to speculate who has the lead in the Best Actor race. Also, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) won the Best Actresses awards.

Overall, this was just another typical Golden Globes ceremony. It’s good in the way that it gets the public interested in awards shows and the prestige of excellent film and television. But really, the Golden Globes and the HFPA cannot compare to the merit The Academy Awards has, and it never will. It’s only the lead-in entertainment to the big show. If the Globes wanted to be taken more seriously, eliminate the separate Drama and Musical/Comedy categories and combine them into one. But for now, we all know it’s just a ploy to have the most celebrities packed into one room as possible.


Recap: The 2011 Emmy’s

September 19, 2011

Jane Lynch got the show rolling with a video of her walking through dozens of TV show sets while singing a show-tune. Stopping at sets of The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights, and her very own Glee, she sang about the greatness of television. While I enjoyed the video, her time as Emmy host was limited to a quip here and there. I was looking forward to Lynch guiding the telecast through its 3-hour length, but instead forgot halfway through that there was even a host.

Leading off with the Comedy genre, Lynch joked after a commercial break, “Welcome back to the ‘Modern Family’ awards!” because the acclaimed ABC comedy program won the first four awards of the evening: writing, directing, and both supporting acting categories. While it was fun seeing the Dunphy’s winning awards back-to-back, I was growing tiresome at Modern Family’s inferior second season receiving as much attention as its first (and also how there are better comedies on TV that aren’t getting noticed by The Academy, but that’s a different topic entirely). To no surprise, Modern Family snagged the Best Comedy Series award.

The most memorable part of the Comedy segment was when they announced the nominees for Best Lead Actress to a Comedy Series. As each name was read, they ran up to the stage with fake excitement, as if they were being picked as the final group of a pageant out of hundreds of people in the theater. And finally when Melissa McCarthy was announced as the winner, they donned her with a crown and handed her roses along with her trophy. I don’t know who’s idea this was, but it was great!

While the Comedy portion of the ceremony was fun, I was mainly interested in the Drama awards. Just thinking about the number of engaging drama shows that are on the air is breathtaking. Television has grown to be a powerful medium with premium channels like HBO and AMC. The quality of dramas have been increasing every year, to the point where these directors, writers, actors, etc. should even be compared to movies.

For the most part, I was very pleased with the winners. I was ecstatic when my beloved Friday Night Lights won two major awards from the more popular nominated shows. Completing their final season this past year, Friday Night Lights got the awards recognition they deserved with a Best Writing award and the Best Lead Actor award to Kyle Chandler, who beat out a group of excellent actors. The other winners in the category were deserved and predictable, with Martin Scorsese winning Best Director for Boardwalk Empire, Julianna Margulies as Best Lead Actress for The Good Wife, and Mad Men continuing their reign as Best Drama Series.

Since I was more interested in the recipients of the awards instead of the entertainment of the ceremony, I’d say I was very pleased with the Emmy’s this year. But I guess if there wasn’t even a ceremony, instead just an hour-long event where they celebrated the winners only… I wouldn’t be too impartial to that idea. As long as I don’t have to suffer through another Lonely Island performance ever again.

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