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Golden Globes Recap

There weren’t too many surprises last night at the Golden Globes if you have an idea of how they usually like to vote. The Globes are nominated and voted on by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press which is a very select group of people that consists of less than 100 members right now. Of those 100 members who knows how many actually voted?

This small group has a history of loving big movies and big stars and they proved this most egregiously last night with some of their winners. The top prize for best drama went to Avatar (pronounced Avada or Abadar by Governor Schwarzenegger) and best director was won by James Cameron. Avatar is a good film and one of the best action/sci-fi films of our time but it is not a better work of art than The Hurt Locker. Also as hard as Cameron worked on his film, Kathryn Bigelow did a lot more with a lot less. I suspect the ship will be righted come Oscar night.

For best comedy or musical picture the winner was The Hangover. By all means a very good comedy but better than 500 Days of Summer? I am also not sure why A Serious Man was not at least nominated in this category. At least we got to see Mike Tyson on stage at the Golden Globes.

As for the acting categories there were some obvious choices and some odd surprises. Mo’Nique and Christoph Waltz won in their respective supporting categories and both gave elegant and sincere speeches. They will both win every acting award possible this season and deservedly so. Jeff Bridges won for best lead actor in a drama and got his second standing ovation of the weekend, the first being on Friday night at the Broadcast Critics Awards. It looks like Jeff is on the same train as Mo’Nique and Christoph at this point.

Meryl Streep won for Julie and Julia as expected and she is probably now the frontrunner for the Academy Award. This is simply because I can’t see Sandra Bullock winning it and because all the buzz on Carey Mulligan has died down for some reason. Sandra won best lead in a drama last night which while not a complete surprise is still a little strange to me. I am not sure how anyone who has seen both Precious and An Education can say Sandra’s work in The Blind Side is superior. I asked for unpredictability this year and I got it.

In perhaps the most random award of the night Robert Downey Jr won best lead male in a comedy or musical over the likes of Matt Damon in The Informant and Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man. This right here is what the Golden Globes are all about.

I thought Ricky Gervais did a commendable job overall but you could tell he was not at his best. During an interview after the show he did say he was feeling sick and that he thinks he has the flu. If if did have the flu then kudos for him for gutting this one out. God knows he looked like he was not very excited to be there.

Without a doubt the highlight of the night was to see Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio present the Cecil B. Demille award to Martin Scorsese. Scorsese is a living legend and one of the all time great directors. I personally love most of his work with both De Niro and Leo so seeing this montage they edited together along with the presentation was very nice.

If only these shows had more moments like that and less of basically everything else.

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