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

By Chris Beachum
Jan 13 2013 21:21 pm
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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 GOOD
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.

THE BAD
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.

THE UGLY
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?).

 
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