Chris Beachum: Good, bad and ugly of Golden Globe film awards

The Golden Globes kept “Argo” in the Oscar hunt and allowed some of the winners to make their Academy Awards speech auditions. (Read Chris’ take on TV awards here.)

The funniest presenter duo of any awards show in recent memory was Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Let them host their own ceremony.

Their “Saturday Night Live” co-stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were awesome too. 

Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln“) was the best I have seen him on stage in a long time. He was finally funny and charming while accepting an award. Getting ready for a third Oscar?

Ben Affleck (“Argo“) was just as good or better than Day-Lewis. Maybe the Oscar snub will not hurt his film’s chances for Best Picture?

On the other hand, the “Lincoln” PR team is pulling out all the stops with an appearance by former President Bill Clinton.

Wins by Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty“), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”), and Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook“).

The very humorous Sacha Baron Cohen.

While I certainly enjoyed the moving shout-out to Sally Field by Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables“), the rest of her speech was so self-serving. I am pulling for her to keep winning but would like to see more warmth and less of the other.

I thought Jackman’s speech would serve as a launching pad for a possible Oscar surprise, but it was straightforward and dull.

The presenter teams of Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger and Megan Fox/Jonah Hill.

Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained“) again? In this incredible field? I hope not at the Oscars.

His director, Quentin Tarantino, was an interesting choice but gave a speech almost impossible to decipher. You would think a writer could put together a few sentences better than that.

Tommy Lee Jones‘ sour face all night long.

Nominees not bothering to attend: Judi Dench, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maggie Smith, and Meryl Streep (she had the flu?).

8 thoughts on “Chris Beachum: Good, bad and ugly of Golden Globe film awards

  1. Christoph’s win isn’t ugly. He’s incredible in Django. He’s the best part of that film. My number one choice is Philip Seymour Hoffman, but Christoph winning certainly isn’t anything for me to be outraged by.

  2. If anything, Argo’s Globes will cause Oscar to ignore it even more; the Academy does NOT take it well when anyone questions its decision to snub a director (see Steven Spielberg in The Color Purple, or Barbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides which denied Nick Nolte an Oscar and helped fuel the Silence of the Lambs sweep). Only Driving Miss Daisy beat the curse, and that’s because it was running well enough on all other cylinders that its campaign simply ignored Bruce Beresford as director. I predict *ZERO* Oscars for Argo; Lincoln will be the big winner. (And Christoph Waltz should have stayed in the lead acting race; IMO his move back to supporting cost Leo an Oscar.)

  3. Of course, the biggest strike against Django Unchained is that it’s essentially Inglourious Basterds moved from WWII France to the antebellum South (and with Waltz now a good guy).

  4. So thanking one’s own mother and husband is ‘self-serving’? Then, Anne Hathaway would be extremely happy to be called ‘self-serving’. And Chris Beachum, in case you are slow on the uptake, she deliberately delivered ‘that kind’ of an acceptance speech. The film has been at the receiving end of a lot of (unfair) negative reaction from the critics (who think it is fashionable to criticize anything associated with ‘Les Mis’). And some award bloggers have been downright spiteful to the film only because Tom Hooper is the director. She was simply sticking up for them. Did you expect her to thank the actors of ‘Lincoln’ or ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ or something? Or maybe you didn’t expect the film to win so much? And you are only getting back at her. And if you ask me, it was extremely endearing to see her hugging Amanda Seyfried on stage.

  5. I vehemently disagree on Christoph Waltz being part of the ugly. The guy steals the show in Django from both its main character and its villain. That was my favorite part of the night and he was the underdog film nominee I was pulling for the most. I had Waltz picked, but a big part of me thought Hoffman would really get it. I also kind of liked Tarantino’s speech, it was very him, and I thought Cohen was a tad awkward. But I agree with everything else you say, especially sour puss Jones. Maggie Smith seems to always think she’s too good to show up to award ceremonies, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her at one. One incident I would have added to the ugly is Anne Hathaway hijacking her producer’s acceptance speech. I thought she was quite rude to do that, and to take his time just to thank her agent was incredibly tacky. She owes him a public apology.

  6. Christoph Walt’z win was “ugly?” Really? It’s a very comptetitive supporting actor field this year, but to call his win for such an excellent performance “ugly” is just….well….ugly. I for one find him to be a very gracious, humble, bright, immensely talented actor who’s very deserving of the awards he wins. Damn, that was just mean. If you wanna rip on someone for being ugly, pick on Tommy Lee Jones and his grumpy old man face. A fine actor, but a real stick in the mud on such a fun night.

  7. Just because some celebrities didn’t show up doesn’t mean they have to be listed in the “ugly” category. You think Maggie Smith thinks she is “too good” to show up to awards shows? That’s an asinine comment to make. Maybe she doesn’t like awards shows. Get over it.

  8. Since when did the caliber of a Golden Globes acceptance speech signify Oscar potential?
    Though I agree Anne Hathaway was insufferable throughout the night, her sense of entitlement to the spotlight was disappointing to witness.

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