Globe Winners Announced as Oscar Warms Up in the Bullpen
Well the Golden Globes were last night, signifying the official start of Hollywood's annual pat-on-the-back season. That glorious time of year when all anyone can talk about is who is wearing what, who won, who will win, and "where the hell did the valet go with my car?"
The awards are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - a group of less than 100 individuals writing for magazines no one in the US has ever read or even heard of. But that doesn't matter, because the Golden Globes are considered to be a bellwether for the Academy Awards. At least that's what everyone tells me.
The awards are given out in a variety of categories for both television and film, comedy and drama.
This year's winners include Mo'Nique (real name Monique Imes) for her role in "Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire" A title I've always hated. They couldn't just call it "Precious" and put the other information in a line below the title, No. That is the complete title. Did anyone know who Sapphire (another one name person) was before this movie came out? My guess is no. (FYI: she was a high-school drop-out/ city college graduate/ San Francisco hippie that made it big. Good for her.)
The big winner of the evening was Avatar for "Best Motion Picture - Drama" Really? OK, cinematically it was impressive; Those computer geeks really coded their asses off creating that completely synthetic CGI environment. And the 3D was really cool, and its made a gajillion dollars at the box office...but is it REALLY the best motion picture of the year? Nice job, HFPA. Way to hop on that bandwagon.
James Cameron also won for best director - something I won't question in the slightest.
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won for best screenplay for "Up in the Air"
"The Hangover" won for best comedy. And rightfully so. It was hilarious.
In the television category, "Mad Men" won again, Alec Baldwin won again, and "Glee" beat out "The Office" "30 Rock" and "Entourage."
OK, sure they throw a hell of a party and lots of celebs show up and get plastered, but when it comes right down to it, the golden globes really don't mean a damn thing. There is only one award in this business that actually means something. Only one worth winning. The big brass ring of Hollywood: the Oscar.
And with the globes finally in the history books, that crazy time known as "Oscar Season" now kicks into full gear, with "experts" speculating on who will win the little gold dude. Stay tuned as every media outlet in existence (including us) will have some opinion on who they think will win.
Here's the complete list of all the Golden Globe winners, courtesy of the HFPA.
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