Monday, January 16, 2012

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

PICTURE (Drama)- The Descendants
PICTURE (Musical or Comedy)- The Artist
DIRECTOR- Martin Scorsese, Hugo
ACTRESS (Drama)- Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
ACTOR (Drama)- George Clooney, The Descendants
ACTRESS (Musical or Comedy)- Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
ACTOR (Musical or Comedy)- Jean Dujardin, The Artist
SUPPORTING ACTRESS- Octavia Spencer, The Help
SUPPORTING ACTOR- Christopher Plummer, Beginners
SCREENPLAY- Midnight in Paris- Woody Allen
ANIMATED FEATURE- The Adventures of Tintin
FOREIGN FILM- A Separation
SCORE- The Artist- Ludovic Bource
SONG- "Masterpiece," W.E.

The naval gazing of the Hollywood Foreign Press is done with, and usual suspects like George Clooney and Meryl Streep added shiny new statues to go with their several old dusty ones, and The Artist lead the field with 3 wins and The Descendants followed with 2 awards.  I'm curious if this share the good-will act will continue with the Academy Awards, as this year has but a few consensus titles, but of which (The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, The Help, Moneyball) could all find themselves in small spots of recognition.

One question that I've been hovering on lately is if the race is in fact between The Artist and The Descendants, might the Clooney-ness of it all be enough for a Best Picture win.  The Artist is the clear winner of the critical derby, and has the Weinstein loyalty for it, but it's also a low-grossing black and white silent film made by and starring a French guy.  In truth, inside Hollywood types of films, even glowing homages to old-Hollywood have never been awarded Best Picture in the past.  Some crystal ball gazing tells me the next month may not be as kind to The Artist.  I fear of backlash-- though am glad that that silly Kim Novak-raping-of-Vertigo fuss wasn't enough to start one.

The Descendants, one the other hand (despite not being the best film of 2011) is an all-American drama-comedy, one with an exotic-enough Hawaiian location that is distinctive, but not off-putting.  It seems reminiscent of past Best Picture winners like Kramer vs. Kramer, Terms of Endearment and Ordinary People.  Then again, movies like that haven't been honored in twenty-eight years.  I assume that some questions might be solved come SAG Award evening...

For the record, Meryl Streep's victory for The Iron Lady marked her 25th Golden Globe nomination and eighth award.  Her Golden Globe collection:
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Best Supporting Actress)
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981, Best Actress-Drama)
  • Sophie's Choice (1982, Best Actress- Drama)
  • Adaptation. (2002, Best Supporting Actress)
  • Angels in America (2003, Best Actress- TV Mini-Series)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006, Best Actress- Musical or Comedy)
  • Julie & Julia (2009, Best Actress- Musical or Comedy)

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