Ladies night for annual Golden Globes awards
BY RICHARD ROEPER January 13, 2013 10:12PM
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show
Updated: January 31, 2013 4:36PM
Ben Affleck got a nice consolation prize, Jodie Foster made just about every actress in the room cry, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler killed it.
The 70th Annual Golden Globes show was the usual mix of hilarious moments, head-scratching oddities, hit-and-miss comedic routines and constant reminders the bar was open and this is always a much looser event than the Oscars.
It was a coming out party for multiple winners Lena Dunham and “Girls,” and a lifetime coming out party of sorts for Jodie Foster, who made veiled references to her sexual orientation while delivering a lovely and gracious speech while accepting the kind of lifetime achievement award usually bestowed upon someone much older than the 50-year-old Foster..
Then again, Jodie’s been in show business since she was three.
To no one’s surprise, “Homeland” continued to get the love, with Damien Lewis and Claire Danes winning over more deserving performances in better shows.
Again: I liked the first season of “Homeland.” But in its finest moment, it’s not as innovative or memorable as any given scene in “Breaking Bad.” But that’s just me.
Your hosts for the evening…
As for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler:
They should host everything.
Awards shows. Retirement dinners. Dinner parties. Hearings on the next Secretary of State.
The eternally funny Fey and the eternally-just-as-funny Poehler stepped up to the plate as co-hosts and knocked out one line drive after another, delivering one-liners about Ben Affleck; Anne Hathaway’s disastrous stint as co-host of the Oscars; the dubious credentials of the Hollywood Foreign Press; and “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow knowing the true meaning of torture “because she was married to James Cameron for three years.”
Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig also killed with a routine in which they pretended to be dunderheaded fools who clearly hadn’t seen any of the performances they were introducing. They brought down the house — but Tommy Lee Jones looked like he wanted to kill them.
Sir. You’re an actor. I’ve seen four-star generals that have a better sense of humor about themselves. You want an acting challenge? Act like you can stand other people for three hours at an awards ceremony.
There were a few other mild surprises, including Hugh Jackman winning Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. But again, we have to remember who’s voting for these things: about 75 foreign journalists who spend a lot of time on the junket circuit. Jackman’s a talented guy and a winning, personable interview subject. Don’t think for a second the latter isn’t important.
† Adele’s acceptance speech for “Skyfall.” I want to see her starring in “Bridget Jones’ Diary: Mum’s Night Out.”
† Kevin Costner’s introspective acceptance speech after winning for “The McCoys.”
† The real-life Tony Mendez introducing “Argo.” But you’d think a CIA hero would know to speak into the mic!
† Jennifer Lawrence, winner for “Silver Linings Playbook,” noting she beat Meryl Streep. (Was this a reference to a line from “First Wives Club”?)
†Jessica Chastain bested one of the strongest fields in any category to take home Best Actress in a Drama for her sublime work in “Zero Dark Thirty.” If she can defeat that international field at the Globes, she may win Oscar as well.
†“Argo” scored the upset for Best Picture. I still think “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln” are the frontrunners for the Oscar.
As was the case every year, the telecast of the Globes was more entertaining than we can expect the Oscars to be.
Your move, Seth.