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question of the day: What do you think of the Golden Globe winners?

The 67th annual Golden Globes awards were handed out last night. On the film side, at least, there weren’t many surprises:

FILM
Best Motion Picture (Drama): Avatar
Best Actress (Drama): Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Actor (Drama): Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical): The Hangover
Best Actress (Comedy or Musical): Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Actor (Comedy or Musical): Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Animated Feature Film: Up
Best Foreign Language Film: The White Ribbon
Best Director: James Cameron, Avatar
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up
Best Original Song: “The Weary Kind,” Crazy Heart
TV
Best Television Series (Drama): Mad Men
Best Actress (Drama): Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Best Actor (Drama): Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Best Television Series (Comedy): Glee
Best Actor (Comedy or Musical): Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Actress (Comedy or Musical): Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture: Grey Gardens
Best Actress (Mini-Series or Motion Picture): Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Best Actor Performance (Mini-Series or Motion Picture): Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Best Supporting Actress: Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
Best Supporting Actor: John Lithgow, Dexter

See here for the complete list of nominees.

What do you think of the winners? What’s the best award of the bunch? What’s the worst? Are they harbingers for the Oscars? Did they miss your favorite television show?

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  • JoshDM

    I believe Gervais won’t have a job doing this next year, even though I thought he was a riot.

    Until “Rachel from Friends” does a new film that isn’t derivative junk, she needs to get the heck off that pedestal she’s put herself on.

  • JoshDM

    Also, my Golden Globe -related QOTD question is in your prior QOTD comments.

  • Rick B.

    Wish they would have given either Best Director or Best Picture to “The Hurt Locker”. I loved “Avatar”, but don’t like to see everything trounced by the blockbuster.

    Also violently disagree with “Glee” for Best TV Comedy/Musical. It has its moments, but is wildly uneven, with character development happening randomly out of the blue when demanded by the plot, then running off into the distance when no longer convenient. It’s never been as good as the pilot, and the over-production of the musical numbers is starting to leach the emotional impact out of them.

    “Modern Family” is the funniest show on television, and really should have won – it’s been solid just about every week so far – if they keep it up, it should be a shoo-in next year. “30 Rock” has been its usual brilliant self, and I wouldn’t have argued with another statue for them, either. But “Glee”? Nope, sorry, bad choice given too much credit for making the musical work at all.

  • I’d never heard of The Hangover, not that I’m up-to-date by any stretch of the imagination, but it looks, I dunno, kind of American Pie-ish, doesn’t it? And do I really want to see or award a film with a convicted rapist in the cast?

    All in all, a rather strange night, although I did laugh quite loudly at Gervais’s gibes. (Do you think he’ll ever get asked back?)

  • Der Bruno Stroszek

    I can’t really comment on the television section because I don’t watch much TV, but the selection of winners for the movies were safe, safe, safe – completely predictable and boring. All kudos to Bridges, Downey Jr., Mo’Nique and Waltz, and of course Pixar always deserve it, but most of the other winners actually made me a little angry.

    [Warning – bitter rant follows]

    I’ve been predicting for a long time that this year’s awards season is going to be historically bad because it’s such a bad market for serious drama at the moment, and Hollywood is terrified of being accused of being ‘elitist’ (you know, liking good things) by ‘culture warriors’.

    So this is what you get. You know, I liked Avatar plenty, but did it get Best Dramatic Feature and Best Director because it’s genuinely the best (and best-directed) picture of the year, or because it’s the flavour of the minute? If they wanted to reward a blockbuster, what was wrong with District 9 or Inglourious Basterds? Was The Hangover really the best comedy of the year, or were they just scared of being accused of “elitism” and “anti-war bias” if they awarded In the Loop? I adore Meryl Streep, but isn’t Streep playing a real-life character such a soft option compared to Carey Mulligan, Gadbourey Sidibe or Abbie Cornish winning Best Actress?

    And yeah, I realise that the best film of the year rarely wins at the Golden Globes or the Oscars – I’ve been watching them too long to think otherwise. But the cynical populism is particularly depressing here. Come the Oscars, are we going to have a Lifetime Achievement award for Adam Sandler now?

  • Jim Mann

    I adore Meryl Streep, but isn’t Streep playing a real-life character such a soft option compared to Carey Mulligan, Gadbourey Sidibe or Abbie Cornish winning Best Actress?

    I’m not sure what “soft option” means here. Streep did a superb job, and I think this sort of biographical role is at least as hard as playing a fictional character.

    On another note: I must confess I don’t understand the Golden Globe’s breakdown between “Drama” and “Comedy/Musical.” Sherlock Holmes comedy? Sure, it had a few funny moments. So did Raiders of the Lost Ark, and I wouldn’t call that a comedy.

  • What do you think of the Golden Globe winners?

    I generally try to think of them about as little as possible…

  • Alli

    I’m really happy John Lithgow and Michael C. Hall won for Dexter, because they were both great this season. Lithgow was so creepy. As for the film categories, I think the Globes were mostly concerned with celebrating the big money makers. (500) Days of Summer is a much better film than The Hangover. Kathryn Bigelow losing to Cameron is BS too, but at least he admitted as much.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens at the Oscars for best picture. Even though Avatar is breaking a gazillion records, I don’t think people are pushing it to win Best Picture like many did for Dark Knight last year.

  • Muzz

    Toni Colette was a bit of a gimmee, but it’s not as though she didn’t earn it. I never really got into the show though, even though I thought it was very well crafted.

  • Dr Rocketscience

    *shudder*
    *twitch*
    *shake*
    *breathe breathe breathe*
    Best drama, huh?
    Also, in what foreign Hollywood is Sherlock Holmes a comedy?

  • LizeCK

    I sense a theme, that will probably be repeated neatly at the Oscars:

    “And the Golden Globe goes to…which of the five nominated films in each category made the most money!”

  • Well, apparently they don’t call it a Golden Globe Award for nothing…

  • MaSch

    Jim Mann: Would “Sherlock Holmes” (or “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) be more correctly categorized as “Drama” than as “Comedy”?

    Of course, to ask this question this year, after “Avatar” has won in the “Best Drama” category is, admittedly, quite daft. Maybe a third category, “Best Action Movie”, would be a solution?

  • Avatar as Best Picture? Fucking ridiculous for it to be even nominated outside the visual effects category.

    It’s good though… because sometimes we need to be reminded of how these awards shows are just a bunch of famous people kissing their own assholes.

    Next: Oscar!

  • Carolina

    I wanted “La Nana” (The Maid) to win best foreign language film, but since I haven’t seen The White Ribbon, I can only pout, without any real argument…

    *pout*

  • KLW

    Re: Meryl Streep winning for J&J:

    Note to actors: If you’re looking to snag a Best Actor Oscar, give a good performance of re-creating a real-life person. To whit –
    Sean Penn
    Milk
    Marion Cotillard
    La Vie en rose
    Helen Mirren
    The Queen
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Capote
    Reese Witherspoon
    Walk the Line
    Jamie Foxx
    Ray
    Nicole Kidman
    The Hours
    Charlize Theron
    Monster
    Julia Roberts
    Erin Brockovich
    Geoffrey Rush
    Shine
    Ben Kingsley
    Gandhi
    Sissy Spacek
    Coal Miner’s Daughter

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