It was shtick theater with many of the acceptance speeches at last night’s purposely laid back Golden Globes awards. George Clooney kicked it off with a “jack off” joke, Hugh Laurie (House) fished puns from his trouser pocket and Steve Carell reminded us of his Daily Show roots. In stark contrast to the pageantry of the Academy Awards, there is a long tradition of irreverence at the Globes. In years past Jack Nicholson spoke from his ass and Christine Lahti practically pissed herself. The stars seem to cut loose here.
So I really didn’t need the announcer to keep reminding me that it was an “all night party.” Nor that wannabe hip intro song welding celebrity quips onto the beat of “Don’t Cha” by the Pussycat Dolls. It was embarrassing, like your Eighth grade principal trying to seem “with it.” At the Globes let the stars bring the fun. Have them write the material instead of the paid joke writers.
As for the awards themselves. Philip Seymour Hoffman makes me really want to see Capote or reread In Cold Blood. He won for Best Actor in a Drama. On the Comedy or Musical film side, I was happy with the wins for Walk the Line. It is a strange category as Joaquin Phoenix noted. The film is really a Drama, just with songs, though not enough to qualify as a Musical ala West Side Story.
I was truly happy with Lost getting Best Series and Steve Carrell and The Office, which should gain new viewers from the attention.
Surprise of the night? Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds beating all four Wisteria Lane nominees. Felicity Huffman, of course scored the bigger prize with Best Actress in a dramatic film with her Transamerica transgender role.
Not a surprise? Brokeback Mountain, or the Globes awarding the newest and most buzzworthy TV series. The grabs for Weeds, Commander in Chief, The Office and Grey’s Anatomy prove how the Globes are quick to bandwagon. What happened to the love for The Shield, Nip/Tuck or Ian McShane (Deadwood), the Best Actor winner last year? However, this fickleness beats the Emmys, which often give statues to shows well past their prime.
The Globes stand out from traditional awards shows in many other ways too. In place of theater seating the stars are put at round tables in a small ballroom. Sometimes perhaps randomly assigned. Like why was Shirley MacLaine with Reese Witherspoon’s husband? And who put Natalie Portman at Melanie Griffith’s table? Then there are no clips for acting nominees, which speeds things along. That’s good. But on the bad side, there are no onscreen titles to indicate who the nominee is and for what role. Most of the time you don’t need it, but ever so often you do.
I did pretty good on my predictions. See for yourself.