While the Oscar is still the gold standard in movie awards, the Golden Globes have become almost as important. The Globes is of course the best party of the year with food and drinks a plenty. The Hollywood Foreign Press has consistently thrown a good party and usually has a hit with it’s hosts as well.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned this year to host for their second consecutive year after Ricky Gervais hosted two years in a row. Their jokes were humorous and well timed. They were not edgy but were able to take the shots at the stars. The trouble the Oscars have is that it is such a formal event it’s hard to mix the formalness with great light roasting humor. It is also tough because the Oscars had such successful hosts in the past in Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal that fit their style. Todays comedians are too edgy for the Academy and when they are tamed it comes across as uncomfortable. But I digress.
The show started off with Jennifer Lawrence winning her second Globe in as many years. This award was slightly more surprising than last year, which was all but guaranteed. Watching her win is always fun because she is having so much fun in her success and doesn’t take her success to serious nor herself.
Another highlight was Cate Blanchett and Leonardo Di Caprio winning for such great performances. They are two of classiest people in the way they handle themselves. Their acceptance speeches were just right. Di Caprio was given a particularly big ovation because of how often he is nominated and so few he wins.
The night had some other nice moments like Breaking Bad going out with a bang and Brooklyn Nine9 pulling the biggest surprises of the year. The night although had the awkward moments and just bad ones. Jacqueline Bisset winning her first Globe looked like it was gonna be a nice moment but her general erratic speech and refusal to get off the stage became very uncomfortable quickly and then turned disastrous when she swore and still just kept rambling. It truly was the worst moment of the night. Diane Keaton would do her best to try and equal Bisset when she accepted Woody Allen’s Cecil B. DeMille award for him which included her own rambling segment and then she sang what seemed to be a children’s song. Making a well deserved life achievement award moment seem just bad.
For me personally, the highlight was Michael Douglas winning for his performance as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra. A stellar performance and considering how much he has been through since his cancer diagnosis, it was good to see he still has got the skills to dominate.
Overall it was an enjoyable night that flowed pretty well and for the most part everything that deserved recognition and awards got it. Now it’s on to the SAG awards and then we will begin to see which way the Oscars will start taking shape.