Rob Licuria: Good, bad and ugly of Golden Globe film awards

The Golden Globes are always best when they deliver up surprises, and this year there were a few. But the highlight of the night was the show’s dynamic hosts, who were classy, funny and entertaining. (Read Rob’s take on TV kudos here.) 

Can Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host all awards ceremonies from now on? Every single joke worked. They weren’t too mean (like previous host Ricky Gervais has been accused of being). That opening monologue especially was a real hit. The true queens of comedy!

To me, the big battle of the night was Hugh Jackman vs. Bradley Cooper and “Les Miserables” vs. “Silver Linings Playbook.” Jackman and the musical won in a bit of an upset. As usual, Jackman was affable, dignified and cemented his status as the only guy who could maybe, just maybe, triumph over Oscar frontrunner (and Globe winner on the drama side) Daniel Day-Lewis. “Les Misérables” gave “Silver Linings Playbook” a setback in its quest to unseat “Lincoln” as the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Picture race.

The HFPA always seem to attract the biggest names, but Bill Clinton? Wow, now that is a GET. What could give “Lincoln” more gravitas than having a former US President introduce the clip?

Speaking of heavy hitters, bringing out the real-life Tony Mendez alongside John Goodman to introduce the “Argo” clip was genius. There’s a great example of the “Argo” campaign not giving up in the race to the Best Picture Oscar.

“Argo” winning Best Drama Picture and Ben Affleck winning Best Director are great developments in this crazy awards season. HFPA members voted for these awards before the shock Oscar snubs were announced. What would have happened had this Oscar calendar not been truncated?

Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell were laugh out loud funny. Even better was Tommy Lee Jones’ face as he looked on in horror. More comedians to present awards please!

However, the line of the night came from Best Comedy/Musical Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence (“SIlver Linings Playbook”) to awards maestro Harvey Weinstein: “Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today”.

Adele wins another award, this time parlaying her Grammy and AMA dominance to the Globes for her fantastic “Skyfall” anthem, with a funny and charming speech at the podium. Oscars next?

Finally, Jodie Foster. In my opinion, it is a little premature to be honouring Foster with the Cecil B. De Mille Award. I have so much respect and admiration for her, but to me, this lifetime achievement award should be for old-timers. Not someone who has many many years ahead of her. The HFPA should be commended for finally honouring a woman (long overdue), but there are many others waiting in line for this kind of tribute. But, this does not belong in any section but the very Good, as her acceptance speech left the entire gathered audience in that auditorium in tears. She’s a true class act.

The overly emotional winners are sometimes a little too much to bear. Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained“) is a deserving winner in what has become a wide-open category, and I was happy to see him win. But his gushing speech hurt my teeth a little. Perhaps tone it down a little? I’m also looking at you, Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”).

HFPA President Aida Takla-O’Reilly gave what I think was the funniest speech by kudos exec ever. I usually hate it when we have to waste even a few seconds listening to the boring welcome speeches. But this one was almost worth it, apart from taking up time that could have been given to the many winners that were (yet again) unceremoniously played off.

Here’s a great idea to save time instead. Cut the fat! This awards show crime is not exclusively perpetrated by the Globes, but it is time that something is said about introducing clips for each nominated film. A couple of these worked well (“Argo” and “Lincoln”) but, ultimately, they slow the show down and are a bore that needs to be eliminated.

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