January 16, 2012
Sure, what I'm about to do is a little strange. I'm about to post the winners of the Golden Globes on my blog before watching them. Also, as I write this sentence, I do not know who the winners are. I have the winners page ready to be looked at, but I haven't looked at it yet. Here's the thing. I told someone that I'd definitely post the winners this morning, which is totally fine with me. I'm sick this weekend, and trying to recover, so unfortunately, I had to sleep through the Golden Globes. I DVR'd it, so I will watch it sometime today. Therefore, I know nothing about any speeches made or any antics which occurred. That will be the surprise I look forward to when watching the awards. As for the winners, I'll already know...but that's okay. I really want to know them right away anyway. Awards shows are just pageantry. It's the awards themselves that matter for me.
By the way, even if the planet Melancholia was about to kill me, I would watch the Oscars live. I don't care how sick I am. The Golden Globes are...well...The Golden Globes. Comparing the Oscars and the Golden Globes are like comparing apples and the Kardashians regarding importance.
What I will do is give my initial reaction to the winners right now, since I haven't watched the show or seen any feedback from anyone.
Here are the nominees and winners:
Best Motion Picture- Drama
Winner- The Descendants
The Ides of March
My take: I've seen The Descendants, The Help, The Ides of March and Moneyball. Out of those four, my favorite is The Ides of March and my least favorite is The Help. Moneyball is second and The Descendants is third. I really didn't like The Descendants. I found Payne's insistence on sarcastic humor off-putting regarding the fact that he also wants to imbue true moments of insight and profundity. I also didn't believe in the specific journey within the film. I'm pretty alone in my dislike for the film, but as long as The Help didn't win, I'm feeling okay. I also think Clooney was excellent in it! Speaking of which, I think The Ides of March is very good, but I don't think it deserves a Best Picture win (or even a Best Picture Oscar nomination for that matter). Therefore, I'm really looking forward to seeing Hugo and War Horse to see if there's a film that clearly deserved to win. If not, then I'm pretty nonplussed by the victor in this category.
Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy
Winner- The Artist
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
My take: I've seen all of these films except My Week with Marilyn. I really loved both The Artist and Midnight in Paris almost equally, so I'm totally pleased (and not at all surprised) that The Artist won. I really enjoyed Bridesmaids, but it's a step or two below the other two. 50/50 did work for me, but it's perhaps a step or two below Bridesmaids. Overall, nice job HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama
Winner- George Clooney- The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio- J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender- Shame
Ryan Gosling- The Ides of March
Brad Pitt- Moneyball
My take: I've seen Clooney, Gosling and Pitt. I think Pitt maybe deserved it a little more, just because I really don't like Pitt, but he was fantastic in Moneyball. Clooney, whom I like more than Pitt as an actor, was also fantastic in The Descendants, so I'm really fine with his win. Gosling was one of the weaker aspects of Ides of March so I'm happy he didn't win. I'm looking forward to seeing DiCaprio and especially Fassbender. I hear Fassbender's excellent!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama
Winner- Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady
Glenn Close- Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis- The Help
Rooney Mara- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton- We Need to Talk About Kevin
My take: I've only seen Davis in The Help. Davis was spectacular in that film, but I'm kind of okay she didn't win because any (no pun intended) help for that film is another step to that atrocious film winning the Best Picture Oscar. I want to make it clear, though, Davis is just amazing in The Help, and if she wins the Oscar, I'll be very happy. I can't wait to see the other four performances. I've been saying for a while that it will take something pretty extraordinary for Streep to win another Oscar. She'll be nominated until she's dead, but it'll be hard for her to win since she's almost always deserving of winning every year. Therefore, her talent is her own worst enemy. I don't think she'll win the Oscar at this point, but it's definitely a real possibility now. Therefore, I really can't wait to see The Iron Lady.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy
Winner- Jean Dujardin- The Artist
Brendan Gleeson- The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt- 50/50
Ryan Gosling- Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson- Midnight in Paris
My take: Haven't seen Gleeson or Gosling yet, and Levitt was good at times in 50/50, though, in general, I think he's still growing as an actor. He hasn't won me over in general quite yet, but I think he'll get there. I thought Owen Wilson was tremendous in Midnight in Paris. He absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination, and he should be one of the front runners. His performance is the most underrated of the year. That being said, Dujardin will be nominated for an Oscar and will be one of the front runners, AND HE ABSOLUTELY DESERVES IT! I hate to abandon my campaign for a Wilson Oscar nomination for a second, but I will. Dujardin gives the male leading performance of the year out of those I've seen. He deserves to win this award. There are a few more performances I need to see before I actually call his performance the best leading male performance of the year, but he's close to perfect in The Artist.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy
Winner: Michelle Williams- My Week with Marilyn
Jodie Foster- Carnage
Charlize Theron- Young Adult
Kristen Wiig- Bridesmaids
Kate Winslet- Carnage
My take: I've only seen Wiig, and I loved her performance. I'd love to see her get an Oscar nomination, though I don't see that happening at this point. Can't say I'm the biggest Theron fan, but I hear she's great in Young Adult. Otherwise, I ADORE Williams, Foster and Winslet. I can't wait to see all three films in this category which I haven't yet checked out.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Christopher Plummer- Beginners
Kenneth Branagh- My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks- Drive
Jonah Hill- Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen- A Dangerous Method
My take: I've only seen Hill, and I wasn't impressed. Good for Christopher Plummer! If he wins the Oscar, which I think he very well might, that'll be great to see. I've heard him referred to as the most talented living actor who has never won an Oscar. Can't wait to see Beginners (and the other three films nominated as well, especially Drive).
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role- Musical or Comedy
Winner- Octavia Spencer- The Help
Berenice Bejo- The Artist
Jessica Chastain- The Help
Janet McTeer- Albert Nobbs
Shailene Woodley- The Descendants
My take: NO NO NO NO NO!!!! I really can't stand The Help, and I thought Spencer's performance was totally over the top and added to my dislike of the film. Chastain didn't register to me much either way, so I'm glad she didn't win, and Woodley's performance was one I didn't really like in a film I really didn't like. Haven't seen McTeer, but I have seen Bejo, and that's who deserved to win! Bejo was radiant on screen! NO NO NO NOOOO!!!!
Best Director- Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese- Hugo
Woody Allen- Midnight in Paris
George Clooney- The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist
Alexander Payne- The Descendants
My take: The only film I haven't seen is the one that won. I'm not kidding when I say that Hugo is the film I am most excited to see. If I weren't sick right now, I'd go out and see it right now. Therefore, I believe it could be the best directed film of the year, but I don't know. Also, am I not mistaken, but isn't Scorsese's win a bit of a surprise? I wouldn't have thought of him as a favorite in this category. I would have thought Payne was the favorite with Hazanavicius as the other favorite. I think The Artist is gorgeous, but, since I found it a bit derivative, I'm actually not in favor of Hazanavicius winning. Also, though I really love The Artist, it's not among the five (or maybe even ten) of what I'm assuming will be the best films of the year when I eventually see the ones I plan to. Out of the 30 films I've seen from 2011, The Artist is only the fourth or fifth best film I've seen. There are some that are gushing over The Artist--not me. It's a wonderful movie, though.
Best Screenplay- Motion Picture
Winner: Woody Allen- Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
My take: Wow! Unexpected! Out of those five, Woody Allen would have been my choice, but I would have thought I had no chance. Excellent job HFPA! By the way, this is the first category for which I've seen all five films.
Best Original Song- Motion Picture
Winner: Masterpiece- W.E.
Lay Your Head Down- Albert Nobbs
Hello Hello- Gnomeo & Juliet
The Living Proof- The Help
The Keeper- Machine Gun Preacher
My take: I could care less about this category, though it is fun to say "The Keeper from Machine Gun Preacher" out loud.
Best Original Score- Motion Picture
Winner: The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
My take: Ummm... what's W.E.? I'm going to have to do a little research and maybe add that film to my list. I've never heard of it. Only seen The Artist out of these five. No surprise here, and I'm happy, though I know there's been some people saying that The Artist's use of some music from the film Vertigo was really corny and flawed. Not sure what that's all about, but still, there's gorgeous music in The Artist, which is to be expected in a silent film.
Best Animated Film
Winner: The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
My take: (Yawn) I bet most thought Rango was the favorite. I've only seen Rango and Tintin, and Rango was better, but I wasn't a huge fan. I'm not surprised Tintin won since it's such an iconic character overseas in comparison to America. I also hear it's doing well overseas. I do hear Puss in Boots is very good. It's on my list to see. Oh well... (yawn)
Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: A Separation (Iran)
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid with a Bike (Belgium)
The Skin I Live In (Spain)
My take: Some of these films might be 2012 releases in the US. I haven't seen any of them, though A Separation and The Skin I Live In are both on my list to see, and more than one critic (including Ebert) have called A Separation the best film of the year. It is playing near me, so I will check it out once I feel better.
The remaining categories are television categories, which I won't get into, but I do want to mention the Television Film or Miniseries winners. I'm also going to shorten the obnoxiously long category titles for television films.
TV Movie Actor- Idris Elba- Luther
TV Movie Actress- Kate Winslet- Mildred Pierce
Best Miniseries or TV Movie- Downtown Abbey