Words: Saam Das
I'm not one of those people who stay up until the middle of the night to watch awards shows. I'm one of those people who stay up until the middle of the night ROFL-ing my way through Damn You Auto Correct. But seeing as I did a little write up about the nominations for the 2011 Golden Globes, I might as well discuss the winners. And losers.
But first, a note about Ricky Gervais hosting. Having not seen the awards, I can only go by the courageously humourous clip below but it seems that he really went for it so I applaud him for trying to inject some excitement into an otherwise banal environment. Maybe it was a bit "mean-spirited" but it's refreshing to see someone not playing it safe and take on the adored elite. Respect, Mr Gervais, respect.
'The Social Network' was the big "winner" at the Globes, coming away with four awards, while 'The Fighter' and 'The Kids Are All Right' both came away with a brace.
I guess my championing of 'The Social Network' is getting pretty boring so I'll just say what it won: Best Picture (Drama), Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. All pretty deserved, in my opinion, although perhaps Hans Zimmer can feel a tiny bit hard done by that Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor won the award for their score.
One of the surprises of the night (even though I totally called it on Facebook beforehand) was Melissa Leo besting both Amy Adams and Helena Bonham-Carter in the Best Supporting Actress (Drama) category. That meant that 'The Fighter' won both the supporting role categories for dramatic films, with Christian Bale picking up a win that further cements his likelihood of receiving an Academy Award.
Another of the (actual) surprises was the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film, given to a Danish film over the likes of 'Biutiful' and 'I Am Love'. So you'd suspect that 'In A Better World' is probably worth watching.
However, the array of films on offer in the Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) was farcical, suggesting that the voters don't really know what they're on about. That or there is indeed some shady business afoot. They may just have redeemed themslves by giving 'The Kids Are All Right' the award. Although it's probably more befitting of a "drama" status than "comedy".
Anyway, I don't want to bore you any further - the rest went according to plan with Natalie Portman winning Best Actress (Drama), Best Animated Feature for 'Toy Story 3', Best Actor (Drama) going to Colin Firth, and Annette Bening coming away with Best Actress (Comedy/Musical). I suppose Paul Giamatti winning Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) might have been a bit of a surprise too but as an underrated actor, he deserves all the awards he can get his hands on.
Oh and 'Burlesque' won a Golden Globe (for Best Original Song) too. I'll leave you with the thought of Cher's plastic face....
For all the nominees and winners at the 2011 Awards, go to the Golden Globes website.