Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Golden Globes Broadcast: A Review
There were others.
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) beat Meryl Streep (Hope Springs) and bragged about it, displaying a distinct lack of class.
Anne Hathaway beat Sally Field and offered nothing but class in her paean to Field. Hathaway said Field showed her how an actress could start out playing the Princess in Princess Diaries and move on to serious roles. (Field, of course, started out as Gidget and the Flying Nun.)
On TV, The Newsroom and Downton Abbey were shut out by Homeland. That would be a toss-up to most, but my heart was with The Newsroom.
Damian Lewis of Homeland beat The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels who would have been my pick, though Lewis is an outstanding actor. I didn't even know he was British until last night's acceptance speech.
Similarly. Homeland's Claire Danes, took the prize over Connie Britton, Nashville; Glenn Close, Damage; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, and Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (who has won enough times).
In the best supporting actor in a drama film category, Christoph Waltz of Django Unchained, won in a crowded field of great performances: Alan Arkin, "Argo," Leonardo DiCaprio, "Django Unchained," Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln," Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master."
It was no shock that Hugh Jackman won as best actor in a musical/comedy, and true to his reputation, his acceptance speech was humble and complimentary to his fellow actors.
Finally, there was Jodie Foster who delivered a rambling acceptance of her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, touching on her age, her sexuality, her family and other topics. The audio cut out during part of it, leading some to speculate that she said something the censors didn't like. She didn't; it was just a technical glitch. But there was something weird about her seemingly endless diatribe. You do have to like Jodie who was been acting since she was three. That's 47 years of her 50 years.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as co-hosts were great, though they didn't show up much after their biting monologue directed at Ricky Gervais (shut out of show biz after hosting last year), James Cameron (guilty of causing misery to Kathryn Bigelow to whom he was married) and others. I thought it particularly funny that they would compare Anne Hathaway's turn in Les Miserables to her Oscar-hosting gig with James Franco. The cutaway to Hathaway covering her face (in embarrassment or amusement) was priceless.
This was a Golden Globes night they'll be talking about for awhile - and it was fun to watch.