Monday, January 9, 2017

Deconstructing the Golden Globes

Last night was one of the best, most memorable Golden Globe Awards in recent memory. And for several reasons. At the top of the list would be the record shattering 7 wins for my favorite film of the year, Damien Chazelle's "La La Land."  Also a Best picture, drama award for another of 2016's masterpieces, "Moonlight." And perhaps most importantly due to a speech from Meryl Streep that encouraged empathy while also giving a firm voice to those of us who are/were in pain from the previous year's election.

The night began with a win for Aaron Taylor-Johnson's performance in "Nocturnal Animals" in the Supporting Actor category. In my review of the film I praised Taylor-Johnson for his attempt to flesh out a full character in Tom Ford's exercise of style/attempt (and sometimes success) at substance. I loved Mahershala Ali in "Moonlight," but I actually think Jeff Bridges is better, and had "Nocturnal Animals" been better, ATJ might have a shot. What does this mean? It means he might get a nomination. More people might watch the film. These Globes will have an impact of some sort on the Academy's nominations.

Speaking of impact, here's hoping that "Elle" winning Foreign Language over Toni Erdmann in addition to Isabelle Huppert's win will translate into her getting a nomination. I think, if she could just get in, she could win. These are the Globes. 90 journalists. Anyone saying that Portman is out because she lost when Emma Stone was out of the competition is wrong. All this does is help Huppert. I still believe (and SAG will help us see) that this is Portman's Oscar to lose.

Viola Davis and Casey Affleck are still in the lead, although don't be surprised if either loses the Oscar. Denzel might win...and Michelle Williams could still sneak in a win.

I'm thrilled that "La La Land" won Best Screenplay. I have said all along that it is a beautiful screenplay. The end of the film alone is masterful, but there are so many delicate scenes. The opening moment with Stone and her friends going to the party, the scene after Stone's "Audition." All of this warrants a WIN. The dissenters don't know what a screenplay is. It is that simple. Not to mention the difficulty level of telling a musical story. Do I think it will win the Oscar. I think it could.

On the television front, I should have predicted both wins for "The Crown." I even mentioned it in my predictions. The Globes go new and good. Maybe had I watched it, I could've figured that out.

All in all, it was a great show. Fallon was fine. The speeches were divine! I cried when Emma Stone accepted her award because I felt she was talking to me. Billy Bob Thornton was fantastic, reminding me that I always love him.

If you're interested in the full list, see below. And my predictions: 14/25. Not good. But for the Globes, good enough.

Golden Globe winners:

Best picture, drama: “Moonlight

Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land

Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle

Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land

Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land

Supporting actress: Viola Davis, “Fences

Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals

Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land

Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land

Animated film: “Zootopia

Foreign language film: “Elle” (France)

Original score: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land

Original song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land

Best series, drama: “The Crown,” Netflix

Best series, comedy or musical: “Atlanta,” FX

Best television movie or mini-series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Actress, mini-series or television movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actor, mini-series or television movie: Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager

Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown

Actor, drama: Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath

Actress, comedy or musical: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Actor, comedy or musical: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager

Supporting actor: Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager

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