Ah, the good old days. I remember when the Golden Globes could barely get coverage as an award show that appeared on over-the-air UHF channels. This is all in the day when three-networks dominated everything and cable was just a wire you could hold in your hands.
Now as a demonstration of how our celebrity culture has risen, the GGs are big, big, big. The pre-Oscar/Emmys, and much ado about pop.
I’m not exactly sure if that’s what I’d call progress.
The programs I like to watch more often than not were rewarded on Sunday. AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” a great show. Moviedom’s “American Hustle,” uneven but great acting. The HBO/Liberace biopic, “Beyond the Candelabra” well, read my review here: http://aaldef.org/blog/liberace-the-queer-for-non-queers.html
But as much as I like watching Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and even Bryan Cranston (with or w/o hair) I like to watch women, and all my favorites won as well. (I don’t mean to be sexist. I appreciate a good acting performance, but is it wrong to say I tend to prefer watching women?)
Robin Wright who has been underrated on Netflix’ “House of Cards,” won a Golden Globe. So did Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, who both lifted “American Hustle” from the pedestrian.
But the best acceptance speech of the night had to be the salty one from Jacqueline Bisset right at the start.
I’m surprised that some didn’t like her bit and would disagree with me. But here’s the situation. You’ve won. You beat the odds. They sat you about a two miles away from the podium because no one thought you’d win. But you’ve won. All eyes are on you. And now you get to tell off all your detractors.
Of course, perhaps, such a situation would call for a little grace.
But what the heck, you’re an older actress who some have left for dead. You’ve got a lot of fire left, show it. Why not? Or not.
Listen, Amy and Tina are affable lap dogs. Cool, but not real. They ran amok within the confines of convention. JBisset was trying to prove she was not just a shadow of her former self. She was a winner. And she still had what she said after a lot of “p-ss and vinegar.”
To that, I say good for her. I liked it a whole lot better than the Woody Allen bit. But then I’m a Mia Farrow fan.
The Oscar nominations come out later this week.
I have yet to see “12 years a Slave,” so I’ve refrained from commenting on its Golden Globe win for Best Picture. But the movie that I saw more than once this year likely won’t get nominated. I was on a 20 hour plane ride to Asia and managed to watch “Frances Ha” at least 4 times on the round trip.
“FH” is all about young people in New York. In Black and White. Starring a captivating Greta Gerwig. She was nominated for a Globe for best actress but didn’t win. That was always the thing about the Golden Globes. You could always count on some oddball winners and nominees compared to the other award shows.
Let’s see how traditional Oscar is this year.
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