Who needs prestige?
January 13, 2014 8:48AM
71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show - Season 71
Updated: January 13, 2014 3:56PM
You almost never hear anyone call the Golden Globes “prestigious.”
That’s because they’re not.
Granted, the Globes have become somewhat influential in gauging the odds for the Oscars, and they’re now widely recognized as the second-biggest acting awards in North America, and when an actor wins a Globe, she (and sometimes he) often trembles and tears up and is reduced to a quivering mass of incoherence as she talks about the “incredible journey” she’s been on, and how this little statue “proves anyone can dream a dream and that dream can come true!”
The Globes also make for much better television than the Oscars, because Oscar has a stick up his butt and the Globey has a glass of champagne in his hand.
They’re also kind of a joke.
We know this, and we don’t care. We know the Hollywood Foreign Press Association consists of fewer than 100 journalists who have to write as few as four articles per year to retain membership. Some of the members of the HFPA are well-respected writers who work for established media outlets. Others aren’t even full-time entertainment journalists or critics.
You can win a Globe with all of 25 votes. An actor who’s a real charmer on the junket circuit has a decided edge over someone who’s not so patient with the process.
Some thoughts about Sunday’s ceremony:
† Why do they make those actresses in those impossible dresses climb up to that riser for the interviews with Ryan Seacrest? There’s got to be a better way.
† Love that “Gravity” line about Clooney not wanting to spend one more minute with a woman his own age. Good lines about Streep and Scorsese as well.
† Tina Fey notes that for “Dallas Buyers Club,” Matthew McConaughey lost 45 pounds — “or what actresses call, ‘Being in a movie.’ ” HA!
† As usual, the set is fairly horrendous. Looks like something from a 1970s variety TV special. And what’s with the two water slides in the background?
† If Bryan Cranston and “Breaking Bad” didn’t win, even the nominees that upset them might have booed the decision. It’s ridiculous it took so long for the HFPA to honor Cranston. The last season of “Breaking Bad” was his first Golden Globe.
† Matt Damon forgot his glasses? We’re already to the point where Matt Damon needs his glasses to read the menu or the Prompter?
† I know they don’t let the winners know in advance, but U2 kinda/mighta had the feeling they were going to win for best song.
† That “All Is Lost” score guy looked and sounded a bit crazy, but he definitely deserved to win. In a movie with virtually no dialogue, the music was almost a co-star to Robert Redford’s magnificent performance.
† Finally we get a Shia LeBeouf joke, courtesy of Jim Carrey.
† It’s great to see wins for Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan.”) Two actors doing terrific work in series that deserve a wider audience.
† By the time Jared Leto won for “Dallas Buyers Club,” we’d had more male Golden Globe winners with ponytails than women.
† The musical/comedy category is, of course, ludicrous. To be sure, there were some big laughs in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle,” et al., but comedies? Really? Leonardo DiCaprio noted this in his acceptance speech when he thanked his “fellow comedians” Bruce Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale.
† I haven’t seen “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” so it wouldn’t be fair to criticize the wins for best comedy and for Andy Samberg, but if that show is really better than “Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation” — wow, I’m in for a heckuva binge-viewing experience!