The 2012 Golden Globes were on tonight (Sunday 1/15/2012) and quite possibly all of three people watched the entire thing. Funny man Ricky Gervais hosted for the second consecutive year (probably only because NBC knew that those three people watching wouldn’t tune in otherwise), and Meryl Streep gave an acceptance speech that would make Barack Obama roll his eyes. Still, the Golden Globes are the second biggest movie/television awards show out there and for a movie aficionado like myself it’s a chance to try to pinhole the Academy Awards nominations.
Here’s a run down of the night’s GG winners and what they mean to the Academy Awards:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christopher Plummer – Beginners:
Plummer’s win probably solidifies him as the front runner for this category at the Academy Awards; Beginners was a decent film but Plummer’s portrayal of the dying gay dad to Ewan McGregor’s character in the movie was spot on. Well deserved. His only real competition for the Oscar, believe it or not, is Albert Brooks in Drive and Jonah Hill in Moneyball.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn:
Williams is a mainstay on the awards ballot year in and year out and while her portrayal as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn was just about spot on, the movie was merely meh. Williams will get a nomination for her role in the movie at the Academy Awards but it’s hard to imagine her beating the likes of Meryl Streep and Viola Davis for their roles in The Iron Lady and The Help respectively.
Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin:
The animated scene had a down year in 2011 especially since Pixar decided to shit on everyone and make Cars 2 their big film this year. Spielberg and Peter Jackson score big with this win and virtually lock down the Oscar in the same category for next month. It was a good year for everyone else not named “Pixar” however with Dreamworks having two solid outings in Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss In Boots. Paramount scored with the underrated and potential dark horse Oscar candidate Rango.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
Perhaps Allen’s best film in his career, Midnight in Paris was exceptionally written and made everyone fall back in love with Owen “I have nine lives” Wilson. The screenplay was beautifully crafted and the story was carefully woven introducing extraordinary characters at just the write time. Who doesn’t love a 30’s era film in Paris? Midnight in Paris will be up against some stiff competition at the Academy Awards next month as The Descendents, The Help, Moneyball, Drive, and Hugo will all be looking to score nominations.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer – The Help
If you’ve seen the help (or have been reading this blog) you know that I think The Help was the best film in 2011. There really is no disputing that. From the actors, setting, screenwriting, and cinematography top to bottom it was best. That makes Octavia Spencer’s win for her role as Minny Jackson that more unsurprising. Short and sweet, Spencer was fantastic in the film. This win pretty much cements Spencer as the front runner but she will have some competition as Shailene Woodley and Jessica Chastain look to score too for their roles in The Descendents and The Help respectively.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
I’m sorry, I really don’t see how Scorsese won this award and I don’t see how he’ll win it at the Academy Awards. Sure the guy will get his yearly nomination but anyone who thinks Hugo was a better film than The Descendents (Even if I do despise George Clooney) or Midnight in Paris is a moron. Scorsese is officially the first director to win this award in which the winning film used 3D effects. GTFOHWTBS. I don’t want to say that Hugo has no shot at an Oscar win because it will definitely be nominated but films like the ones mentioned above and even ones that weren’t nominated for a Golden Globe, such as David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Terrance Malick (The Tree of Life) will likely get Academy nominations. Stupid Golden Globes.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Welp, here we go again. People who fall in love with “silent films” need to vacate the planet and place themselves on my “People Who I’d Send To The Moon” list. Seriously, that shit was cool in the early 1900’s but here in 2012 you need to showcase more than your ability to be on camera for me to think you’re worthy of any film accolades. I have no doubt that Jean Dujardin is a good actor (admittedly, I have not seen any other movies with him in it) but giving him the Golden Globe over Joseph Gordon-Levitt (long overdue, role in 50/50) and Brendan Gleeson (also long overdue, role in The Guard) is a slap in the face. This joker is a virtual lock for nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, tragedy. Luckily he has like 20% to win the award so my faith in movie watchers may be restored.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Another year, another win for Meryl Streep. It’s really that easy for her and she’s so loveable too! She’s like the grandmother everyone wishes they had. Streep’s performance in The Iron Lady was flawless as she portrayed Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s former prime minister. The movie may have been “bleh” but Streep’s performance is worth the price of admission alone. Streep will have stiff competition from Viola Davis (The Help) but that’s about it. Although she probably won this award hands down it might not be such a lock for the Oscar. Look for Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) to get nominations.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
See Jean Dujardin.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney – The Descendants
While I’m not the biggest Clooney fan in the world, the guy did work in 2011. His role as the grieving father in The Descendants may be the best work of his career. Not to mention he’ll likely get a Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards for his film The Ides of March. Clooney was the classic “bridesmaid never a bride” story until 2006 when he finally nabbed his little golden trophy for his role in the political thriller Syriana. I tend to think he should have won the award in 2010 for his role in Up in the Air, but alas he did not. Clooney will get stiff competition from that douchebag Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), and Michael Fassbender (Shame) so I wouldn’t call his Golden Globe win an Oscar “lock”.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
A very well rounded film that was carefully written and beautifully acted by all involved, especially George Clooney. It’s a movie about a grieving father who moves his kids to Hawaii as a chance to get away and start over. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, About Schmidt – two other Oscar nominated films) the movie makes you laugh, evokes emotions that well tears in your eyes, and provides a triumph on a lower level. Humanity’s emotions at their finest. While I tend to think that The Help and Moneyball have equal or better shots at winning the Oscar, The Descendants is no less deserving.
Other winners from the 2012 Golden Globes:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Laura Dern for “Enlightened”
Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Downtown Abbey
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Kate Winslett for “Mildred Pierce”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama – Kelsey Grammer for “Boss”
Best Television Series – Drama – Homeland
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Modern Family
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Idris Elba for “Luther”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television – Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or a Motion Picture Made for Television – Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama – Claire Danes for “Homeland”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy – Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes”*
*I would have burned that gotdamn theater to the ground if I was Alec Baldwin. This is the same guy who played Joey on Friends and had a TV spin-0ff show of the same name. He’s also the same guy who played the bad ass pilot in that god awful Lost in Space remake. The Golden Globes should officially be canceled after this one.