Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Golden Goblets, er, Globes


As MUCH as I tried to resist, I will give in to comment upon Sunday's Golden Globes. First of all, I think they double the categories (Drama and Comedy/Musical, Motion Pictures and Television) just to get MORE cool swag, parties and screeners from the nominated studios. But, FINE, I'll just go with what the Globes did.

BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN -- I LIKED "Brokeback Mountain," but I LOVED "A History of Violence" and "Good Night and Good Luck." Also, "The Constant Gardener" was another step for director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") to becoming a true auteur! I would rank "Brokeback Mountain" with "Match Point" myself.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA

*FELICITY HUFFMAN - TRANSAMERICA -- Hands down, a great performance!


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA
*PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN - CAPOTE -- Again, a great performance!! Heath Ledger does the 'internal burning' thing quite well. David Strathairn had the benefit of Edward R. Murrow's truly brilliant speeches. Russell Crowe was quite good, but the character is sort of standard. Terrence Howard should have been in the musical category, where he should have WON! Howard gives the most realistic and untheatrical performance of this entire group.

BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
*WALK THE LINE -- Ok. I must confess: I haven't seen this. I saw the other four, however. "The Producers" IS Musical AND Comedy! "Mrs. Henderson Presents" produced a bunch of laughs from me. I suppose you could consider "Pride & Prejudice" a comedy. I guess. "The Squid and the Whale" was not funny, nor musical. It was just twisted and uncomfortable. I don't know why or how it made the cut here.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
*REESE WITHERSPOON - WALK THE LINE -- No, I haven't seen it. But I DO think she is a good actress. But is she better than Dame Judi Dench and Laura Linney? Uh, I don't think so. I don't why Keira Knightley is here. I haven't seen "The Family Stone."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
*JOAQUIN PHOENIX - WALK THE LINE -- So, I am beginning to think that "Hustle and Flow" was NOT in this category so "Walk the Line" could claim three top awards, for some unknown reason. Johnny Depp is a brilliant actor. Nathan Lane works his ass off. Jeff Daniels is in the wrong category, if he is to be nominated at all. Haven't seen "The Matador" (and I'm not going to) or "Breakfast on Pluto" (don't want to, but probably will see it). Steve Carrell should have been in this category for "The 40 Year Old Virgin."

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
*PARADISE NOW (PALESTINE) -- I just couldn't bring myself to seeing this. I LOVED "Kung Fu Hustle," but the BEST Foreing Language film of the year, if not one of the BEST over all, was "The Best of Youth" (Italy) which wasn't even nominated. Poop on the Globes for that!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
*RACHEL WEISZ - THE CONSTANT GARDENER -- Quite good, though Michelle Williams ("Brokeback Mountain") was incredible! Scarlett Johansson will have a "role of a lifetime" moment someday, so she can wait. I didn't see the other two: "In Her Shoes" (Shirley MacLaine) or "North Country" (Frances McDormand). Oh, and why aren't there double categories in support roles? Hmmmm?

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
*GEORGE CLOONEY - SYRIANA -- Agreed, though I would have been happy with any of these guys.





BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
*ANG LEE - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN -- Well, ok, I guess, since he made a 'gay cowboy movie' palatable to the general audience. However, George Clooney did a visually stunning job with "Good Night, and Good Luck." Peter Jackson helmed the BIGGEST and most complicated movie of the year with "King Kong", and STILL made me choke up more than I did in "Brokeback Mountain." Woody Allen ("Match Point") adn Gernando Meirelles ("The Constant Gardener") are auteurs and above this kind of thing. David Cronenberg should have been in this category, instead of Speilberg!

BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
*LARRY McMURTRY & DIANA OSSANA - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN -- They stretched a short story to something full length. So good for them.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE
*JOHN WILLIAMS - MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA -- This was the only one out of the five that I did not see! But he is a great composer, so he gets the benefit of the doubt.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE
*"A LOVE THAT WILL NEVER GROW OLD" - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN -- eh, ok. I think 'Best Song' is a silly category to begin with.

I'm going to skip through the television categories as I don't really watch that much. Well, of this stuff anyway. "Trash TV" doesn't have it's own category. :(

BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA

*LOST (ABC) -- God yes!! I continue to be stunned by it!



BEST TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
*DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC) -- Tough one, this. I LOVE my DH fix every Sunday night! BUT is it better than "Curb...?" It is NOT better than "Arrested Development" which wasn't even nominated.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
*MARY-LOUISE PARKER - WEEDS -- I've only seen one episode of "Weeds" and would have to agree that she should have beat the four "Desperate Housewives."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY
*STEVE CARELL - THE OFFICE -- Wrong. Though it makes up for his snub from the motion picture section. My money was on Jason Lee ("My Name is Earl"), and would have been thrilled for Zach Braff "Scrubs" or Larry David "Curb..."

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
*SANDRA OH - GREY'S ANATOMY -- I. Love. Her.

2 comments:

JimmyD said...

You don't watch 'My Name is Earl'!!! You will be tested on each and EVERY episode from this day... oooo! SHINEY!

Jay, the Angry Little Man said...

FINE!! I'll "Season Pass" it starting tonight! }:)