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Showing posts with label Golden Globes. Show all posts
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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Golden Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Again)



So the producers of the Golden Globes listened to me when I said they should bring back the brilliantly talented Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the hosts after their amusing performances last year. And those two funny ladies once again did an outstanding job - and I hope they both return in 2015 to entertain "all the women and gay men watching at home".

As for the 71st Annual telecast, here are the winners (my winning predictions are in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Golden Globes Flashback starring Shirley MacLaine, Barbra Streisand and many others



In honor of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, I thought it would be fun to look back at some past Globe winners and Cecil B. DeMille recipients (for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment). So below I've selected 26 speeches for your viewing enjoyment:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

And the Golden Globe goes to . . .



This morning nominations were announced for the 7lst Annual Golden Globe Awards, which NBC will air on Sunday, January 12, with two of my favorite funny ladies, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, returning as the hosts. And Woody Allen will deservedly receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment".



Below is a list of all the nominees (with my predictions in pink):

Best Motion Picture - Drama
12 Years A Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf Of Wall Street

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Golden Globes: Girls Just Want to Have Fun



Thank God for Tina Fey and Amy "None of us has plans to do porn" Poehler, who seemed to be having a ball on last night's 70th Annual Golden Globes. They made me laugh a lot - which was desperately needed during the many incredibly dull acceptance speeches of the evening. There were a few good ones, but overall most of them put me to sleep. However, our brilliantly talented hosts saved the show with their amusing schtick - bring them back next year!

Now here are the winners (my winning predictions are in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

And the Golden Globe goes to . . .



This morning nominations were announced for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which NBC will air on Sunday, January 13 (my birthday!), with two of my favorite funny ladies, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, as the hosts. And Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment".



Below is a list of all the nominees (with my predictions in pink):

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Argo (I have a feeling that either Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln will win, but I like Ben Affleck)
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress in a Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock (Chastain will probably win, but I loved Mirren's performance)
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor in a Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions (although I'm sure he's great as Lincoln, I'm not a big Daniel Day-Lewis fan, so I'm choosing Mr. Hawkes, whose performance has also garnered rave reviews)
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables (I'm looking forward to this film, but I did enjoy Moonrise Kingdom)
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Monday, January 16, 2012

Christ on a stick, the Golden Globe goes to Jessica Lange!



If Ms. Lange hadn't won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her fabulous performance on American Horror Story, I would've thrown a brick through my television (if I had one lying around). Although I adore Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey, Lange was more of a revelation in her juicy role - and she definitely deserved the award. So I was quite pleased with last night's 69th Annual Golden Globes, and host Ricky Gervais - whom I didn't care much for last year - made me laugh. The Academy Awards really should take notes from the far more laid-back and fun Golden Globes, which breezed along during its three hours. I had a good time.

Now here are the rest of the winners (my winning predictions are in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

And the Golden Globe goes to . . .



This morning nominations were announced for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will air on Sunday, January 15, on NBC with Ricky Gervais returning for the third time as the host (let's hope his jokes are more amusing this year). So here are my predictions in pink:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

Best Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Golden Globes: The Good, the Bad & the Gleeful


I recently read an interview with comedian/actor Ricky Gervais, who hosted last night's 68th Annual Golden Globes for the second year in a row, and he said the following:

"I don't think I went far enough [last year]. Obviously not, because they invited me back. So, I'm going to do it again, do a proper job. And I guarantee they will not invite me back."

Well, Ricky, I think you will get your wish - especially after the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made a nasty crack about your own less-than-stellar film career. It didn't seem like many folks in attendance were enjoying Gervais' sense of humor. A few of his jokes were funny, but when you begin the night with some tired Charlie Sheen jab, you know you're in trouble. The audience didn't laugh when he made fun of the film, The Tourist - whose nominations were already a joke - and everyone gasped when he ridiculed closeted gay Scientologist actors (whom I don't believe showed up for all the fun). However, when Gervais made an asinine remark about no one wanting to see Cher perform since 1975, I was ready for him to shut up and get on with the show - which I will now do myself. So here are the winners (my winning predictions are in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

And the Golden Globe goes to . . .


This morning nominations were announced for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will air on Sunday, January 16, on NBC with Ricky Gervais returning as our host for the evening. So here are my predictions in pink:

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Golden Globes: A Gleeful Hangover


And another awards ceremony bites the dust. Overall, I think last night's 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards were entertaining - even though I was disappointed by a few of the evening's winners. Host Ricky Gervais was fine. I laughed at some of his jokes, but the Golden Globes really don't need a host in my opinion. They are far more loose and laid-back than any other awards show, and Gervais didn't even get to perform an amusing musical number like Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris have - to great success - in recent years. I say the Globes should just forget about a host and keep everyone pleasantly sloshed in order to make the speeches more interesting. Also, I would love to see an awards ceremony with only presenters who are 65 and older. Let Sophia Loren round up some of her old pals like Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine and Debbie Reynolds to hand out the trophies instead of allowing pretty but boring "stars" - who will soon be appearing in a new film that we all know will probably suck - to do this. It's a crazy idea I know, but I'd just rather see more Hollywood royalty at these silly ceremonies. Now here are the winners of each category (with my winning choices in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Best Motion Picture - Drama: Avatar (my gut feeling is that it will also win the Oscar for Best Picture, so it almost seems like a moot point to nominate 10 films this year)

Best Actress in a Drama: My gut feeling came true as Sandra Bullock won for The Blind Side.

Best Actor in a Drama: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (it was so nice that he received a standing ovation, and I liked that he thanked his longtime stand-in)

Best Seats in the House: Julia Roberts got to sit next to Sir Paul McCartney, while Colin Firth was right next to Sophia Loren.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: The Hangover (really, Hollywood Foreign Press, The Hangover was the BEST comedy/musical of 2009? Oh sure, it made a ton of money, but I seriously doubt that the Oscars will pay any attention to it. Call me a snob, but that's just the way I feel)

Most Unexpected Win: See Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (both a delighted Kate Hudson and I felt Meryl deserved it)

Best Speech: I liked Meryl's about her mother.




Best Lines in a Speech: Director Jason Reitman's line about his wife that she's "the fuel to my creative fire", and Glee creator Ryan Murphy's "this is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school."

Most Painfully Sharp Jokes: Gervais teased McCartney about his divorce and Mel Gibson about his drinking.

Worst Commercial: Seeing Rod Blagojevich continue to embarrass the people of Illinois with his upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice. I hope Donald Trump fires him first.

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Robert Downey, Jr. for Sherlock Holmes (his speech was funny, and I've always liked him)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique for Precious (whose heartfelt speech was one of the best of the evening)



Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds

Wish I Wasn't Here Award:
Cameron Diaz (especially during Gervais' penis reduction joke) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (looking like he was having a miserable time)

Best Animated Feature Film: Up (for "adults who take drugs" according to a former Beatle)

Best Foreign Language Film: Germany's The White Ribbon

Most Gorgeous Gal at the Globes: A tie between Jodie Foster and Toni Collette.

Most Intriguing Dress: Sophia Loren (who deserved her standing ovation)

Sexiest Dress: Halle Berry's revealing frock

Morticia Addams Award for Costume Design: It was great to see Cher, but her dress made her look kind of mysterious and spooky.

Worst Dress: Julianne Margulies' dress was not flattering.

Most Gorgeous Guy at the Globes: A tie between Julianna Margulies' pretty husband, Keith Lieberthal (lucky girl!), and the hot guy sitting behind Stanley Tucci (I think it was Neil Patrick Harris' boyfriend, David Burtka).

Best Director: James Cameron, Avatar (I'm not a big fan of special effects movies, so I'm glad it will probably take him at least five years to develop his next film)

Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Presenters Whose Dumb Movie Will Open on March 19: Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston (this girl desperately needs a new agent)

Most Boring Presenters: The two actors from Avatar - pretty but dull.

Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up

Best Original Song: "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" ("Cinema Italiano" was robbed)

Best Montage: The clips of Martin Scorsese's movies (the director received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and I am curious to see his new film, Shutter Island, which finally opens on February 19)



Best Television Drama Series: Mad Men (but it was weird to see the show's actors sporting 2010 haircuts instead of their '60s dos)

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series: Another gut feeling that came true was Julianna Margulies' win for The Good Wife (despite her ugly dress, I did like her remark about CBS "believing in 10 o'clock dramas" - and it was sweet to see her former ER co-star, George Clooney, give her a kiss on her way to the stage).

Best Actor in a Television Drama Series: Michael C. Hall, Dexter (he's undergoing treatment for a treatable form of Hodgkin's lymphoma, so that's why he was wearing the stocking cap. I wish the talented man a speedy recovery)

Best Television Musical or Comedy Series: Glee (and I couldn't be happier)

Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series: Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (too bad he wasn't there)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: HBO's Grey Gardens

Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens (for someone who has been going to the Globes since she was seven, the actress seems so sweet and down-to-earth. I was very happy for her)



Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Chloë Sevigny, Big Love (although Sevigny is great on the show, I still think Glee's Jane Lynch was robbed! And Sevigny didn't score any points for briefly freaking out about the man who accidentally ripped her very long dress)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: John Lithgow, Dexter (he seems like such a nice guy, doesn't he?)

And that, folks, is my review of the Golden Globes. As for my predictions, I correctly chose 11 out of the 25 winners - not great, but better than I expected.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

And the Golden Globe goes to . . .




The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday (January 17) at 7 pm (CST) on NBC, and I always find them a lot more fun to watch than the Oscars just because everyone is letting loose and having a cocktail or two. Ricky Gervais is our host for the evening, and 18-year-old Mavis Spencer, daughter of Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard (St. Elsewhere, Desperate Housewives) and writer/producer Roderick Spencer, is this year's Miss Golden Globe (she joins an impressive list that includes Linda Evans, Anne Archer, Melanie Griffith, Laura Dern and Mr. Golden Globe of 1996, Freddie Prinze, Jr.). Now here are my predictions (and I, of course, will post a review of the show):

Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Hurt Locker (Avatar will probably win, but you never know)

Best Actress in a Drama: Carey Mulligan, An Education (my gut feeling is that Sandra Bullock will win because she seems to be the current flavor of the month despite last year's All About Steve, but I loved Mulligan's performance - and FYI, that's her, the hairy chest of Peter Sarsgaard, and a banana in one of the most heterosexually explicit photos that I've ever posted)

Best Actor in a Drama:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart (an extremely tough category, but Bridges seems to be the current male flavor of the month - and he's also a damn good actor - but I won't be upset if either Colin Firth or George Clooney wins)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Julie & Julia

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia (I loved Marion Cotillard in Nine, but Meryl's Julia Child was simply marvelous)

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon, The Informant! (I have no idea who's going to win in this category, but I hope it's not Daniel Day-Lewis, whom I thought was woefully miscast in Nine)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Mo'nique, Precious (I'll be very surprised if anyone else wins, but Anna Kendrick was wonderful in Up in the Air)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (I didn't see the film, but I've heard good things about the actor)

Best Animated Feature Film: Up

Best Foreign Language Film: Broken Embraces (Spain)

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Best Original Score: Abel Korzeniowski, A Single Man

Best Original Song:
"Cinema Italiano" from Nine (I would love for this groovy tune to win, but I doubt it will)

Best Television Drama Series: Mad Men

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series:
January Jones, Mad Men (another gut feeling - Julianna Margulies will win for The Good Wife, but since I don't watch that show, I'm rooting for the fabulous Miss Jones, who was named after a character in Jacqueline Susann's novel, Once Is Not Enough)

Best Actor in a Television Drama Series: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Best Television Musical or Comedy Series: Glee

Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (but I won't be disappointed if Glee's Lea Michele wins)

Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (but I won't be disappointed if Glee's Matthew Morrison wins)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: HBO's Grey Gardens (it better win)

Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens (she was terrific as Little Edie)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Jeremy Irons, Georgia O'Keefe

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jane Lynch, Glee (Sue Sylvester has to win)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (as long as Jeremy Piven doesn't win, I'll be happy)

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Golden Globes: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly


We love you, Tina Fey, we really really do. At least this blogger does. And so does the Hollywood Foreign Press, who bestowed three awards on her hilarious sitcom. I still think she should've thanked Sarah Palin during her acceptance speech. Without that crazy Caribou Barbie, I'm not sure if Ms. Fey and her show would be the current darlings of the media. Don't get me wrong, they certainly deserve all the accolades that they're receiving, but. . .never mind. I'm thrilled for Tina, whom I don't want to piss off like Babs in LaCrosse and others apparently did.

Now here's the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of last night's Golden Globes:

The Good

Besides 30 Rock's three wins for Best Television Musical or Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series (Tina Fey), and Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy Series (Alec Baldwin), I was most happy about Slumdog Millionaire's many awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. The movie now has great momentum going into the Oscars, and I have a feeling it might do very well at the 81st Annual Academy Awards next month. And Slumdog actress Freida Pinto is so pretty, isn't she?

I was also pleased with Vicky Cristina Barcelona's win for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Mad Men's award for Best Television Drama Series, and the delightful Wall-E being named Best Animinated Feature Film.

My favorite moments of the evening were the emotional ones: Sally Hawkins' genuine tears, and the kindness that both Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson--two of the classiest ladies in Hollywood--showed her as she made her way to the stage and delivered her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Kate Winslet's state of shock over winning her second award of the evening was also quite heartfelt and deeply moving (she won for her performances in Revolutionary Road--Best Actress in a Drama--and The Reader--Best Actress in a Supporting Role). I was not surprised by Heath Ledger's win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and I thought it was so nice that he received a standing ovation.

The Golden Globes certainly had its fair share of surprise winners, especially Mickey Rourke as Best Actor in a Drama (I can't remember the last time I saw a person give someone the finger on regular television--Rourke's producer flipped him off). I'm happy that the troubled actor has pulled himself together, but the years have not been kind to him since his glorious Diner days. I also wasn't expecting Colin Farrell to win for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, Gabriel Byrne for Best Actor in a Television Drama, and Anna Pacquin for Best Actress in a Television Drama (I'm definitely going to check out the latter two's shows--In Treatment and True Blood--when they're released on DVD later this year).

Most Gorgeous Guy at the Globes: Aaron Eckhart (he was lookin' mighty fine--that's him in the photo. I almost featured another pic of Ms. Fey, but at the last moment I chose Mr. Eckhart instead. He may not have a won a Globe, but he definitely won my vote in the looks department)

Most Gorgeous Lady at the Globes: Drew Barrymore, who just lit up the room with her big smile and lovely Marilyn Monroeish look (and I can't wait to see her and Jessica Lange as the Edies in HBO's Grey Gardens).

Most Ageless Ladies at the Globes: Susan Sarandon and Demi Moore (they're both lookin' fabulous)

The Bad

Borat stepped over the line last night by calling Madonna's ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, her personal assistant. The audience didn't think that was very funny. It wasn't appropriate humor for that crowd; no one wants their private lives used as a source of humor in such a public environment. And we still love Madonna, so back off, Borat.

The funniest comic bits of the night were from 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan, who is now the official spokesperson for the show since Obama won the election, and Ricky Gervais' "no gag reel on the DVD of a Holocaust movie" in reference to Kate Winslet's The Reader.

I have nothing against the Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who is an attractive man, but I don't think I've ever heard him speak before. His thick accent combined with talking out of the side of his mouth didn't fit very well with his handsome face. Just an observation that took me by surprise.

The Ugly

Renee Zellweger's horrific dress! YIKES! What was she thinking? The girl was a hideous nightmare in black.

Also, I think I like Sting better as a blond. He just didn't look like himself with all that dark hair.

And that's my review of the Golden Globes. As for my predictions, I correctly chose 14 out of the 25 categories. Not too shabby--and much better than my 8 out of 28 Emmy selections last fall.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Who will win a Golden Globe?



The Golden Globes will be handed out on Sunday night (Jan. 11) on NBC, beginning at 7 pm. They're usually a lot of fun to watch because everyone's kicking back and enjoying a cocktail. Here are my predictions based solely on who and what I enjoyed watching in 2008:

Best Motion Picture - Drama: Slumdog Millionaire (it's a great film, but if Milk had been nominated as it should've been, it would be a much more difficult choice)

Best Actress in a Drama: Meryl Streep, Doubt

Best Actor in a Drama: Sean Penn, Milk (a very tough category, but Penn was perfect as Harvey)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody finally got his comedy mojo back)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky (as much as I loved Meryl in Mamma Mia!, the lady doesn't need to hog all the awards)

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (I thought he was wonderful)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (obviously I really liked the movie)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Best Animated Feature Film: Wall-E (it better win, dammit)

Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz With Bashir (Israel)

Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire (again, if Gus Van Sant had been nominated for Milk. . .)

Best Screenplay: Slumdog Millionaire (written by Simon Beaufoy--but where's Dustin Lance Black, who deserved a nomination for Milk?)

Best Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire (composed by A. R. Rahman)

Best Original Song: "Down To Earth" from Wall-E

Best Television Drama Series: Mad Men

Best Actress in a Television Drama Series: January Jones, Mad Men (she's so good as Betty Draper)

Best Actor in a Television Drama Series: Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Best Television Musical Or Comedy Series: 30 Rock

Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series: Tina Fey, 30 Rock (after the year she's had, she has to win)

Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (he's a hoot!)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Cranford (it probably won't win up against John Adams and Recount, but I loved it)

Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Judi Dench, Cranford

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Paul Giamatti, John Adams

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Eileen Atkins, Cranford

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (please, God, don't let Jeremy Piven win--he's got enough awards and I hear he's a real ass)

I will, of course, post a review of the awards, giving the good, the bad and the ugly highlights of the show. Have a fabulous weekend!