After watching the Golden Globes tonight, I couldn’t help but take a few minutes to post something quick, because I feel kind of mesmerized by the results, and what is still to come with the Oscars.
First off, there’s the Heath Ledger debate. During the Globes, Ledger was honoured with the award for best supporting actor for his part as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Going into the awards I had some doubt about his posthumous chances, but that’s because I had it all wrong. Ledger was up for a supporting role, and in that case, there was literally no one else able to compete.
If Ledger had been nominated for the part as a lead actor, I don’t think they would have given it to him, but as a supporting role I finally get it. Which now means I completely understand why there’s all this Oscar buzz.
Next to him, no one else stands a chance. This wasn’t a mind-blowing performance by Ledger, but it was good, and as his last full role in life, it does deserve some recognition. So, in that sense, expect no surprises. If the Ledger is nominated for the Academy Awards, the award will go in his honour.
On a lighter note, there’s the topic of 30 Rock, which won for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Now, I love Tina Fey, and I love some of the performances in this show, but I can’t understand why it’s so popular. It’s not even that most of the time funny. And next to Californication, I just don’t buy that it’s a better show.
So, this is just one of those things where I’ll accept that it’s nice that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized Californication with a nomination, but do they have the final say on whether one show is better than the next? Well, no.
For that matter, I don’t buy that the Emmy Awards know what they’re doing either (they have pretty much snubbed Californication for the big awards), but how often do awards shows get it right?
But the best part of my night has to be seeing Mickey Rourke win at the Golden Globes for his lead role in The Wrestler. (And I know I’m not alone here. My pals Christopher Heard and Chris Alexander are both avid Rourke fans.)
Rourke has had an incredible career, but he had a long, rough period where he basically self-destructed. That said, looking back at all of his films, I can hardly point to any points where he wasn’t doing great work. The films weren’t always very big, but he was always amazing.
Aside from that, it was great listening to Steven Spielberg talk about his career, and the need for filmmakers to inspire each other. Definitely richly deserved recognition for this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award.
And I was a bit surprised to see Kate Winslet win two awards during the course of the night, but very pleased. It couldn’t have happened to a better actress. If you missed it, Winslet won one award for her lead role in Revolutionary Road and for her supporting role in The Reader.
The only other award that made me really smile was seeing Colin Farrell win for best actor in a musical or comedy for the film In Bruges. A brilliant film, and well, you’ve got to love Farrell when he’s really doing his thing.
Otherwise, the last complaint with the whole night was the lack of a host. It made the show feel like a bunch of business we all had to wade through. Having a host does make the night longer, but it would also give the night some structure instead of just handing out a bunch of awards while celebrities got drunk at their tables.
There was at least the matter of the random, sometimes over-the-top jokes by some of the presenters and winners. One of the best examples being when Ricky Gervais happily mocked Winslet’s win, and the HFPA. There were a few others jabs at the HFPA themselves, which I really, really appreciate, even if they were all in good fun.
After all, who are these people, who can apparently make up their own awards and hand them out, and Hollywood actually shows up? The HFPA is, after all, just a special club of questionably noteworthy journalists, but there is no escaping the fact that they are a huge pre-cursor to the Oscars, and after 66 years of handing out awards, they have justifiably proven that they have a knack for separating the cream from the crop.
The Golden Globes also seem to be a good opportunity for celebrities to turn up at a televised event and let their hair down, saying and doing things we don’t always get to see or hear. In that sense, at least, the Oscars could learn a thing or two.
So, what do you say? What do you think of the Golden Globes this year? Or “awards season” in general?
Photo of Kate Winslet © HFPA/66th Golden Globe® Awards.