TV Golden Globes: The good, the bad & the ugly

The Good

Perhaps Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy should be considered for hosting duties next year. On stage to announce the supporting actress award, they sang a charming little tune that ended with “it’s an honor to be nominated, blah blah blah blah blah blah…” It went over really well with the audience, and goes to show that not all awards show banter has to be trite and superficial.

Peter Dinklage is a class act. Accepting the mish-mash supporting prize with his usual humility, he selflessly gave a shout out to assault victim Martin Henderson, who was recently attacked and left partially paralyzed in the UK subtly throwing some light on an issue that troubles him without ramming it down everybody’s throat.

As usual, the Globes made some great choices on the TV side, with Showtime having an especially good night. “Homeland” took home the drama prize and won for leading lady Claire Danes, and Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”) prevailed on the comedy side.

The Bad
No disrespect to Laura Dern, but Best TV Comedy Actress for “Enlightened”? Really? Over “sure-thing” Zooey Deschanel for “New Girl”? I’m still shaking my head.

There was little else to gripe about when it came to the TV awards this year. So much so that my only real genuine complaint was having to witness Thomas Jane, sitting in the audience as a nominee for now-cancelled “Hung” in his best 1970s pimp attire. Please, Mr Jane, get thee to a stylist.

The Ugly
I have saved master of ceremonies Ricky Gervais to last. I am on record as being a huge fan of his divisive hosting performance last year. However, this year, a more muted, tongue-in-cheek Gervais was just not terribly funny. What a let down.

And to top it all off, when introducing Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek as presenters, he thought it necessary to curse loudly that he didn’t “understand what the f*** they were saying.” Perhaps this was funny to some, but for those of us watching the show live (without a tape delay) in the early hours of the afternoon (remember, the show is aired all over the world), it was not appreciated: “Daddy, what does that mean?”

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