70th Golden Globes Winners
Last night was the Golden Globes.
It was all right.
I didn’t pay much attention to the winners, even as they were happening, mostly because the only interesting category of the night happened right off the top. I was mostly watching and waiting for Jodie Foster to show up, and man, she didn’t disappoint.
So yeah, anyway, people won awards and shit. Now we’re gonna go over them and pretend like they mean something for the Oscars:
Best Picture – Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Remember yesterday when I said I figured Lincoln would win, but don’t count out Argo? Yeah. That happened. They gave it to Argo. I still think that’s a legitimate Best Picture contender despite the lack of a Best Director nomination. (We’ll see what the DGA does. If they give it to Affleck, shit’s really gonna hit the fan.) It also seems like a continuation of the HFPA going the cooler route and not the “obvious” one. Since Argo is a much more interesting choice than Lincoln. But, again, this really won’t affect the Oscars all that much, except maybe it keeps Argo in the conversation a bit more for people.
Best Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Winner: Les Misérables
No surprise here at all. This was always gonna roll. And in fact, most people probably would have figured this to be a Best Picture frontrunner a month ago if it won here. I don’t think we believe this has a legitimate shot at winning, but — if Argo does… not to mention, this does have 8 nominations, which isn’t bad. So it’s still in there, though I think we all feel like Argo has more of a shot. (Plus this doesn’t have an Editing nomination, so most likely it’s not a major contender. But who knows?)
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Winner: Ben Affleck, Argo
This was no surprise. They announced this with an hour to go in the ceremony. What would have been interesting is if they gave Best Picture to something else.
But yeah — no surprise, given the Best Picture choice.
Best Actor – Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
No surprise at all. The lead categories all went according to expectations. Nothing new to report with this. Of course he won.
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Winner: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Of course. I doubt he’s upsetting Daniel Day-Lewis, but he’s pretty much the only one with a shot, I’d think. Either way, no surprise, and it keeps Best Actor marginally interesting for a little while longer. (What if he wins SAG? I know he won’t, but… what if he does?)
Best Actress – Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Winner: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
We all know the Oscar category is between Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence (unless Emmanuelle Riva upsets, which I don’t really see happening unless a real shocker comes out), so this played right into that expectation. SAG is gonna be big (and honestly, I’d think Chastain has it at the moment, but we’ll see), and she already has a BFCA win, so at this point (not that this matters all that much), it seems like Chastain’s to lose.
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
No surprise at all. She’s gonna come down to the wire. in this one.
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Winner: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Here’s what I said about this category yesterday:
“Don’t vote for Arkin. Tommy Lee Jones could win on a sweep, but that’s a tough call to make. Hoffman won the BFCA, so a second win here could be huge for him. And then – Leo has bad luck at the Globes, it seems, though they did give him one for The Aviator. And don’t count out a Waltz win here. It could happen. Once his name was announced, I immediately was able to see him winning a second one. Still think it’s unlikely, but – don’t rule it out.”
I just had that vision of him winning again. Maybe not the Oscar, now, but I did see that path flash before my eyes. That would have been one of those things I’d have normally went, “You know, maybe I’ll take a shot with this,” and guess it and be wrong and go, “Well, I guessed something crazy, what the fuck do you want?” I’m surprised he actually won. That’s pretty great. Real curious to see what happens with this race.
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Ten points if, before they announce the presenter for this category at the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane says, “And here to announce the Anne Hatahway Appreciation Award…”
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Winner: Django Unchained
They gave it to Quentin. That’s gotta boost his Oscar chances, right? (I hope.)
Best Original Score
Life of Pi
Winner: Life of Pi
They went Life of Pi. I think that might actually win at the Oscars. It’s pretty wide open. It’s these four and Skyfall instead of Cloud Atlas. It’s a pretty stacked category. But Life of Pi sounds like something everyone would go for.
Best Original Song
“For You,” from Act of Valor (Keith Urban)
“Safe and Sound,” from The Hunger Games (Taylor Swift)
“Suddenly,” from Les Misérables
“Skyfall,” from Skyfall (Adele)
“Not Running Anymore,” from Stand Up Guys (Jon Bon Jovi)
Winner: “Skyfall,” from Skyfall (Adele)
Problem with this win is — the Globes always go for shit like this, so it’s hard to say this was a big step forward for the Oscars. But I’ll take it.
Best Animated Film
Rise of the Guardians
They love Pixar here. Can’t see this truly affecting the Oscar category just yet, and I think this is gonna be a toss up until the night of, since we know at this point, Pixar basically takes itself out of the running for the Annie Awards most years, so that might not even be much of a help. I still say Wreck-It Ralph is the frontrunner, but it’s close.
Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone introduced this category. Someone has a sense of humor.
Anyway — no surprise here. It already has the Oscar in the bag. (Note: It may fall into that Pan’s Labyrinth trap of people not voting for it because of the other nominations, but I think this is too big to lose at this point. But it’s NOT a 100% sure thing. Huge upsets are the norm in this category. We have to take it, of course, but DO NOT rule out the fact that it might lose. But I’ve seen most of the category — it’s not losing.)
Best Television Series – Drama
It’s the series du jour. It had won both lead categories by the time it won this, so it was no surprise, but damn — they just sell out on shit for one year, then toss it the fuck aside.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
The Globes love being trendy. They love it. They look cool now.
Best Miniseries or TV Movie
Hatfields and McCoys
Winner: Game Change
Always vote HBO. Not sure why Hatfields & McCoys didn’t win, but technically they did award the driving force of that miniseries.
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Winner: Damian Lewis, Homeland
And watch him never win this again. That’s how this category works, unless you’re Alec Baldwin. You win one, and never again.
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland
Clean sweep. Probably them making up for missing it last year when everyone was buzzing about it. Now everybody knows, so they give it to them now.
Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Winner: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Didn’t even realize Baldwin lost. That’s a first. Right? Or did he lost last year, too. Maybe I’m thinking of SAG. Either way — didn’t see Cheadle coming. There’s always one that comes up randomly in the TV categories. This was the one.
Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Winner: Lena Dunham, Girls
Not really much of a surprise. They couldn’t give one of the hosts the award, and Dunham was the only other choice for them. They want to be popular.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Winner: Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Man, he gave a weird acceptance speech, didn’t he? Like he was going home to off himself or something.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Winner: Julianne Moore, Game Change
She played Sarah Palin. Of course she won.
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Hatfields and McCoys
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Winner: Ed Harris, Hatfields and McCoys
I forgot he won this. He wasn’t there. That’s why. But yeah, it seems weird that Hatfields & McCoys didn’t win the main one too. Hmm.
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vegara, Modern Family
Winner: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
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Anyway, those are your winners. Nothing really enlightening. The show was pretty ho hum, too.
But Jodie Foster was awesome. So that’s something.