Awards season is underway as we count down to Oscars, the Super Bowl of the entertainment industry. Last night was the Golden Globes, the biggest precursor to the Academy Awards, recognizing the best of the previous year’s offerings in film and television.
There were no huge surprises at this year’s Globes. No scandalous or outrageous gowns. No unfortunate omissions or surprising confessions in acceptance speeches. All in all, it was somewhat of a ho-hum presentation. For what it’s worth, here’s my recap. (spoiler alert: this recap reveals winners!)
Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who have killed it the past couple of years, were (yawn!) underwhelming. My favorite moment of their monologue was probably their reference to George Clooney’s lifetime achievement award in light of his wife’s outstanding and impressive accomplishments.
It’s always interesting to see the celebrities’ panicked eyes and pasted-on smiles when their name is called for the monologue, mentally preparing to react on camera no matter what joke is made at their expense. Some roll with it so naturally they almost appear to be in on the joke (Steve Carell). Others seem a little uncomfortable and uncertain as they play along (Emma Stone).
Fey and Poehler’s dig at North Korea in the monologue was funny and well-timed, but the continued appearances of a “North Korean general” dragged and didn’t play as funny.
Their Bill Cosby jokes at the end were met with mixed but mostly negative reactions from the crowd, but they continued to follow the script, digging ever deeper into a controversial and uncomfortable subject. I personally didn’t find it humorous. If he’s guilty, we’re joking about women being drugged and raped. Not funny. If he’s not guilty and has somehow been attacked by dozens of lying women, the jokes further smear and destroy his public image even though he has not been convicted. Either way, not funny.
This was Poehler and Fey’s last year hosting (although in Hollywood, never say never.) They are such funny women. I would have liked more bang for their last buck. (click here to see their full monologue from last night’s show)
CRITIC’S CHOICE: JENNIFER LOPEZ
The ever-gorgeous J-Lo. I thought this dress looked uncomfortable with the fabric stretched tight underneath her cleavage and a bead or wire poking into into her breast throughout her red carpet interviews and award presentation. The critics have declared her the star of the evening, though. Her co-presenter Jeremy Renner was impressed enough to proclaim that J-Lo had “the globes.”
MY PERSONAL FAVORITES:
#1 is Julianne Moore in Givenchy–sequins and feathers?????? It doesn’t get any better than that!
#2: Jessica Chastain in Versace: Va-va-voom! Even though it plunged and I’m a bit ready for the severely plunging neckline trend to go, the beautiful bronze metallic and incredible flow of this dress was perfect with her skin and hair! Loved it.
#3: Lupita Nyong’o: because it’s purple and flowy and fluffy, and it’s Lupita!
Catherine Zeta-Jones looked fabulous in red, setting Twitter ablaze with comparisons to the red-dressed emoji salsa dancer.
Jane Fonda: OMG. The woman is 77 years old. Stunning. Amazing. I’m thinking she didn’t stop doing the Jane Fonda workout when the rest of the country moved on.
I intentionally try to avoid any picture I think will be an Oscar Best Picture nominee because my friends and I participate in the AMC Best Picture Showcase for a marathon of movies right before the Academy Awards. After seeing the number of awards taken by Boyhood and Birdman last night, I am certain they will both be in the Showcase, and I can’t wait to see them!
I have seen Theory of Everything, however, and I feel confident saying Eddie Redmayne deserved the win without even seeing his competition. His physical transformation to play Stephen Hawking was extraordinary. The range of emotions, strengths and vulnerabilities he brought to the role were truly award-worthy.
Always nice to see a newcomer win, but I loved the number of old favorites getting some recognition. Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton, and of course, Kevin Spacey.
Truly my favorite part of any awards show. I love hearing the heartfelt emotions, the gratitude, the excitement. Acceptance speeches make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Last night did not disappoint in that regard.
Jane the Virgin newcomer Gina Rodriguez revealed her dad had always encouraged her to say each morning, “Today is a good day. I can. I will.” She tearfully thanked him with “Today is a good day. I can, and I did!”
Michael Keaton’s touching speech referenced his blue-collar upbringing as one of seven children and thanked his best friend, son Sean.
But my favorite was George Clooney. He reminded Hollywood’s elite that each person in the room had already grasped the brass ring. There were no losers there, regardless of whether or not they took home a trophy. He rallied us to defend the right for free speech and stand with France (Je suis Charlie!). Then he set the internet on fire with his loving tribute to his new bride, Amal. He acknowledged how nice it is to find love in life, and told his beautiful and accomplished wife how honored he was to be her husband.
Which brings me to the true star of my night, My Knight, who watched the festivities with me all the way from red carpet to final award. I am so blessed to have a husband who supports my interests, my passions, and my hobbies. I love that man!