Golden Globes: The good, the bad & the ugly

The Good 
It was a night of well-received winners in the top Comedy/Musical and Drama categories, with “The Artist,” Jean Dujardin, Michelle Williams, “The Descendants,” George Clooney and Meryl Streep all cementing their status in this year’s Oscar derby. Not too much to complain about here.

Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech was a gracious, genuine and entertaining as always. Memo to the Academy: It’s time to finally bestow the “greatest living actress” with her third Oscar if for no other reason than she’ll give a dynamite acceptance speech.

Was this the year of the penis joke? Not one, not two, but three surprisingly funny phallic jokes. Seth Rogen noted he was concealing “a giant erection” (with Kate Beckinsale grinning sheepishly beside him); Jane Lynch and Tina Fey high-fived over their joke about “Hung” star Thomas Jane;  and George Clooney paid tribute to rival nominee Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) telling him he could play golf with his hands tied behind his back. It’s this kind of irreverent humor that is always so very welcome when it comes to the Golden Globes.

The Bad

Although I am a fan of George Clooney and “The Descendants,” I think this is the Year of Brad Pitt. It is his turn. He has only one supporting Golden Globe (“12 Monkeys,” 1995) and he has never won an Oscar. I was disappointed to see Clooney trump his pal for the Best Drama Actor prize.

No disrespect to Christopher Plummer as he racked up yet another win on his likely steamroll to the Kodak podium next month, but it would have been really great to see a surprise in this category, just to mix things up a little.

As for Octavia Spencer, I was happy to see her win but she did herself no favors by rattling off a seemingly endless list of names she wanted to thank. For such a talented comedic actress, why not let rip and make us all laugh, or inspire us like you did at the Critics Choice Awards just three days ago?

The Ugly
When it was announced that Madonna’s closing credits afterthought ditty “Masterpiece” won the Original Song category, I could swear there was an audible groan heard throughout the Beverly Hilton. Or maybe that was just me.

The winner of the Animated Feature Film category was “The Adventures of Tintin.” Really? Over “Rango”? A more cynical analysis might suggest that it was the best excuse to get Steven Spielberg on the stage, seeing as his live action contender “War Horse” was not going to win in the Drama Picture category. I’ll leave it at that.

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