Golden Globies

Post Golden Globes

I’m a big fan of awards shows. There are four that I never miss: The Tonys, The Emmys, The Golden Globes, and The Oscars. Now, of course, not all awards shows are created equal. The Tonys often seem to have a lot of technical errors. (You’d think the people who do live theater for a living would be pros at this type of event, but apparently not.) The Emmys are almost maddeningly predictable. In fact, this year the nominees for Outstanding Variety Series did a bit based on the fact that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was winning for the 10th year in a row. Basically, two of the other nominees (Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon) pretend that they won’t stand for it any more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GfF5LqIvYg

That was actually one of my favorite moments from any awards show ever. Truth be told, I don’t mind that the Daily Show keeps winning. It’s one of my favorite shows. But it happens with so many categories. Modern family had no business winning again this year. There are much funnier shows on TV.

Most recently, of course, were the Golden Globes. The issue with this awards show is actually that you can NOT predict what will happen. There are some truly surprising wins. An example from this past Sunday: Ben Affleck won Best Director for Argo when he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar (an award that is general deemed more significant) in that category. 

Surprises and all, I actually found the program quite enjoyable. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were the perfect hosts; they were truly delightful and hilarious. And of course, it was a good night for Les Misérables. Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Hugh Jackman won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, and Les Misérables won Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Now I think “Comedy or Musical” is a super bizarre category (serious things tend to win more acclaim, so if it’s a dramatic musical it gets a leg up), but I’m still glad to see recognition of such a great movie.  Hugh Jackman’s acceptance speech was adorable; I love how much he loves his wife:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SSzoeLnSy8

I suppose no review of the 2013 Golden Globes would be complete without a mention of Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson, but I don’t feel up to the task of dissecting all that. If you’re dying to read about it, check out one of my favorite TV reviewers, Price Peterson. (Confession: I know him, because he recaps young adult shows like The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf.  I could insist that my goddaughter forces me to watch those with her, but I actually rather enjoy them.) Price has a rather irreverent tone, so if you believe awards shows are sacred this article is not for you. If you don’t, have at it:

http://www.tv.com/news/the-70th-annual-golden-globes-were-an-embarrassing-joke-obviously-but-also-sort-of-fun-photo-recap-30397/

What did you guys think of the Golden Globes? Are you excited for the upcoming Oscars?