To describe the 69th edition of the Golden Globe Awards, I must use a word that no producer or network wants to hear: “boring.” Their top choice, of course, would be “exciting” or “great,” but they would even settle for “bad” (like the most recent Academy Awards), because that would at least have people talking this week. The lackluster result was due to a lack of spontaneity by presenters, winners, and especially host Ricky Gervais more than the actual winners chosen.
Sidney Poitier as part of the Morgan Freeman tribute.
The charming presenter duo of Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy.
Clooney’s tribute to Michael Fassbender.
Seth Rogen‘s intro.
The complete lack of energy by the audience (who mostly couldn’t even be bothered to keep clapping until winners walked on the stage).
The complete lack of energy/preparation by the host.
The strange presenter pairings (Melissa McCarthy and Paula Patton?).
Winners like Octavia Spencer reading from a piece of paper (NEVER EVER do this again — the audience hates it!).
Jimmy Fallon (who is always great in these situations) was pretty annoying and not funny.
People that were in the audience but not invited to appear and bring life to the show (Sacha Baron Cohen, Albert Brooks, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Deschanel, and “Modern Family” guys)
The unbelievable number of “Smash” commercials (NBC is really, really desperate for it to be a hit).
The teleprompter failing more than once and other technical glitches.
The sour attitudes by Dustin Hoffman, Elton John, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and many others.
Meryl Streep (not the win itself but her complete lack of focus just because she forgot her glasses; she is the greatest actress on the planet and should be able to wing it better than that).