When a dog is wearing a bow tie you know it’s a special occasion. The reason Uggie from The Artist is all dressed us is that it was the Golden Globes last night, and as they are the first award ceremony of the year we have to pretend that they matter. At least the Golden Globes has Ricky Gervais on hand to entertain and offend everyone.
My predictions were hit and miss as usual but overall I’d say the awards went to the right people. The Artist, everyone’s favourite film right now (I did a small poll last night), received Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) and Best Original Score (sorry Kim Novak) and should have won every other award going.
The Descendants, a film I enjoyed but for some reason don’t want to win any awards (I’m complicated), did very well for itself taking home Best Drama and Best Actor (Drama), leaving the Oscar battle as a dead heat between The Descendants‘ George Clooney and The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin.
Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams both won Best Actress awards, seemingly proving that a great performance in a mediocre not-quite-biopic beats any other effort this year. It still remains to be explained to me just how My Week With Marilyn fits into the Comedy/Musical category. Williams and Streep should have gone head to head in the drama category, and then lost to Tilda Swinton, in my achingly pompous opinion.
A quick shout out for Christopher Plummer winning Best Supporting Actor, Woody Allen winning Best Screenplay and A Separation winning Best Foreign Language Film; three worthy but unexpected wins. Also worth mentioning Madonna’s allegedly awful film W.E. picking up the award for Best Original Song In A Motion Picture which is a token award for a film that may never win anything again, unless another awards body wants to be able to invite Madonna along to their parties.
On the TV front all is well with Best Drama, Comedy/Musical and Miniseries going to deserving series Homeland, Modern Family and Downton Abbey respectively. The fact that I have actually seen all three is almost too much excitement for me this early on a Monday.
On the acting side it’s not too surprising to see Kate Winslet taking home an award, though she may have done better work in the film catagory this year (see Carnage). Peter Dinklage and Clare Danes rightly won in their categories and Matt Le Blanc picked up Best Actor In A TV Comedy/Musical as if to show how weak that category was this year. All that remains to be said is that Damien Lewis was robbed of his rightful award by Kelsey Grammer and Zooey Deschanel by Laura Dern.
For a full list of winners click here, and for a picture of Uggie with his very own Golden Globe look no further: