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Charles Bright: Good, bad and ugly of Golden Globes

By Charles Bright
By Charles Bright
Jan 14 2013 12:28 pm
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GOOD
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler execute their hosting duties brilliantly. With jokes about torture, James Cameron, James Franco and a drunken Glenn Close, I think everyone will be hoping for another round of their comedy next year.

The Oscar race is still very interesting in several categories. Sure Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") and Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables") further cemented themselves as favorites, but with wins by "Argo" in Drama Picture and Directing and Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained") triumphing in Supporting Actor, we have some wide-open races. Imagine how crazy the Oscar race for Picture and Directing will get if Ben Affleck wins DGA.

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig making believe they had seen the performances of the Best Actress Comedy nominees including new starlet and one-time police officer Judi Dench and Meryal Streep playing a sassy sheriff and telling people to “Get out!”

HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly from Dubai making her remarks funny, brief and understandable as opposed to the incoherent rambling about what the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. does besides the Golden Globes.

The look on rival nominee Taylor Swift's face when the camera cut to her during Adele’s acceptance speech for Best Original Song. It was priceless and made me all the happier for Adele’s win.

Bill Clinton made an appearance to introduce “Lincoln”! OMG! OMG! It was Bill Clinton!

Anne Hathaway's ("Les Miserables") shout out to Sally Field ("Lincoln") in her acceptance speech about how she admired her for being able to overcome those first roles and develop as an actor.

Aziz Ansari being carried out to stage by Jason Bateman and proceeding to pretend he had just gotten baked with the cast of "Downton Abbey" and saying that Michelle Dockery needed to bring more cookies. Ansari’s humor and Dockery’s reaction were priceless.

The clip for "Argo" ending with Alan Arkin’s line about taking a leak next to Warren Beatty at the Golden Globes.

Sacha Baron Cohen's little riff on his “Les Miserables” co-stars was very funny …

BAD
But Cohen's reference to Hathaway’s wardrobe malfunction felt a little tasteless and uncalled for.

The teleprompter that obviously was not working when Selma Hayek and Paul Rudd were supposed to be doing the introduction for Best TV Drama. With someone as funny as Rudd on stage, you would think that he could have come up with a line or two instead of standing there awkwardly.

Tina Fey’s disguises fell a bit flat to me.

A lack of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler throughout the rest of the telecast after their opening bit. If you have a host for the ceremony, you might as well use them. Maybe the Globes should schedule themselves until 11:30 next year to give their hosts some extra time, but ONLY if it’s the two we saw last night.

While I was happy for the wins by Hathaway and Affleck, their tactic of thanking people after their speech was just not cool. Hathaway’s interjection during the “Les Misérables” win for Best Musical/ Comedy felt really self-serving and Affleck having his wife, Jennifer Garner, thank his producers just didn’t sit right.

NBC promos taking up too much room at the bottom of the screen. Is there any way they could be more subtle with those things?

UGLY
During their win for Best TV Drama, Howard Gordon of “Homeland” named several cast members who were no longer on the show because they had to “sacrifice their characters for the plot.” Way to blow the season for those who still have it back-logged in their DVR or don’t even get Showtime. As someone who’s had stuff ruined and has accidentally ruined stuff for other people on this website, I know it’s not a pleasant thing. Fortunately, I have forgotten which actors he named last night!

The facial expression of Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln") felt like a graveyard where humor goes to die. While watching the telecast with my roommate, he showed me that Jones’s facial expression was already becoming an internet meme sensation.

 
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