Golden Globe Results

18 Jan

The Golden Globes took place last night, and host Ricky Gervais was even more outrageously rude in his comments than most thought he would be, causing people to either love or hate his job as host (I, for one, thought he was brilliant). As for the results themselves, there were a few surprises in the TV categories, but the film side of it all was populated by the usual suspects. Here’s a round up of the winners and my brief thoughts on them.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: The Social Network
The Globes had a mini-sweep by The Social Network, the film winning 4 of its 6 nominations, including this one, the big race. This, along with the Critics Choice win on Saturday, cements it as the clear front-runner for the Oscar. Though it will be interesting to see what film the SAG goes for the Best Ensemble trophy.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
An easy and extremely deserved win for Portman, who looked beautifully pregnant and gave a funny shout-out to her fiancée during her speech: “Benjamin choreographed the film, and you may remember him as the guy who, when they ask, ‘Would you sleep with that girl?’ and he’s like ‘No.’ He’s the best actor, it’s not true, he totally wants to sleep with me”. However, I don’t think the Oscar isn’t that sewn up for her just yet, let’s wait for the SAGs to happen before we call her a lock.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Winner: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
Another easy win for Mr. Firth, who’s a lock to win the Oscar.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: The Kids Are All Right
Considering the company it was in, this was an easy win for the exquisite The Kids Are All Right. Very cool to see that awesome table go on stage to pick up the award.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
Annette Bening is one extremely cool lady. And seeing her win, as obvious at it may have been, was one of the highpoints of the telecast for me. And it really pains me to think that come Oscar time I’ll have to vote against her to give my support to Ms. Portman.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Paul Giamatti for Barney’s Version
As I said in my predictions, I haven’t yet seen Barney’s Version, but I also noted that I was sure Mr. Giamatti would be a very deserving winner. So I was happy here, especially because the HFPA didn’t reward Johnny Depp for either of his two sub-par performances.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Melissa Leo for The Fighter
The other three acting races seem to be more of a lock, especially in the male side of things, but this one I always thought was the wildcard. And even though Melissa Leo ended up winning this, as well as the Critics Choice on Saturday, I still think there could be another winner come Oscar time, and I’m hoping for that winner to be Amy Adams.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Christian Bale for The Fighter
As it seems will be the case in every awards show left this season, The Fighter will dominate both supporting races. Here Christian Bale gets another easy win on the road to his sure-fire Oscar. He also gave one very long speech, which was the first of the night, and was bleeped off at the end when he was so in awe of looking at Robert De Niro that he called the Cecil B. DeMille award winner of the night (and also the man who gave one seriously long and strange speech) “the shit”.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Winner: Toy Story 3
This was the biggest sure thing of the night, and there would have been riots in Hollywood if it went to any other film. This was also the award presented by Justin Beiber and Hailee Steinfeld, and when director Lee Unkrich picked up the award he said “Were you two even born when the first Toy Story came out?” For the record, Beiber was 1, while Steinfeld wasn’t yet born.

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Winner: In a Better World, from Denmark
This was the only surprising win in the film side of things. with the Danish film, which I haven’t seen yet, triumphing over some more high-profile candidates such as Biutiful and Io Sono l’Amore.

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: David Fincher for The Social Network
Very easy win for Fincher, who’ll win the Oscar without any problems.

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Another easy win for The Social Network. Aaron Sorkin was rad in his speech, giving a very cool shout-out to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Winner: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Social Network
I thought this was one of the toughest races to call. And even though I predicted Hans Zimmer to win this one, I said I would personally give it to Reznor and Ross, so at least that happened, and seeing Reznor win a Globe was another of the highlights of the night.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Boardwalk Empire
In my predictions I gave the win to Mad Men, which would have been its fourth straight, but mentioned that an upset at the hands of Boardwalk Empire could happen. And even though I acknowledged the possibility of that upset, it still sucked quite a bit to see it happen, not because Boardwalk Empire was bad this season (because it was actually amazing), but because Mad Men’s fourth season was just too good.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy
To me, probably, this was the biggest surprise. Not because Sagal was undeserving, because she’s actually just as good as Julianna Marguiles or Elisabeth Moss. But because Sons of Anarchy, a show I’m in love with, is weirdly uncelebrated by awards organisations. So yes, as surprising as this win may have been, it was one that was extremely welcome, and that hopefully will only mean bigger and better things for the series in the future.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Winner: Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire
This, much like the Best Series – Drama category, was another category I had predicted a Mad Men win, but acknowledged the possibility of a Boardwalk Empire upset. And it was another one in which exactly that happened. As good as Steve Buscemi may be, he’s got nothing on the sensational job Jon Hamm did this season, in my opinion.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Glee
I predicted a fight between Glee and Modern Family for this one. But as was the case in the supporting TV races, Glee won. The supporting ones were understandable, but after giving it to Glee last year, I still think the HFPA should have switched it up a bit in this one.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Laura Linney for The Big C
As I predicted, and wished, this one went to Laura Linney, who wasn’t present to receive the award. I guess there are times during the series in which you could say that The Big C is more of a drama than a comedy at times, but still, a much deserved win.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Winner: Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory
Very very cool to see the HFPA reward Parsons here. And the fact that he got the award from his co-star Kaley Cuoco who was extremely excited for him made the victory that much sweeter to watch on TV.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Jane Lynch for Glee
As I said, it was common knowledge that Jane Lynch was the clear front-runner to win this one. In my predictions I stated a hunch I had that maybe Kelly MacDonald would be able to pull an upset for her tremendous work in Boardwalk Empire, which would have been a far better outcome in my opinion. But alas, even though Boardwalk Empire managed to beat Mad Men, and Steve Buscemi edged out Jon Hamm, the HFPA apparently preferred Lynch over MacDonald, which was hard to fathom.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Winner: Chris Colfer for Glee
I predicted Chris Colfer, and I said I’d actually like him winning. And I did, his was the most genuine shock from the winners, and his speech was actually kinda neat.

So there you have it. The results of the Golden Globes, the film side was predictable, but the TV categories had a few surprises, some of them nice, some of them not so much. As for my predictions, I went 13 for 21, not that great, but considering the surprises I didn’t bet against (namely Boardwalk overthrowing Mad Men) and the personal hunches I went with instead of being conventional (Amy Adams against Melissa Leo or Modern Family against Glee) then I guess it’s not all that bad. Will do these same sort of posts come the SAGs and Oscars.

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