The Golden Globes: Known as the only semi-just awards ceremony in Hollywood. It was a particularly momentous year for the Hollywood Foreign Press, especially since 1) Instead of one white man, two white women hosted (I guess proving that it takes two women to do one man’s job) and 2) It’s the seventieth year of the ceremony’s existence. While there were some wins that came as no surprise, others left us with our mouths agape. Here’s a look at the nominations, winners and who should have won.
In the drama category, Argo beat out Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln. The easy guess for this win would have been Zero Dark Thirty. After all, isn’t it just plain unpatriotic to not choose a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden? But then, this isn’t the Academy we’re dealing with. Django Unchained obviously didn’t stand a chance, but it is the film that should have won. I just don’t think the world is quite yet ready for such a loose version of the concept of drama.
In the comedy or musical category, Les Miserables beat out Moonrise Kingdom, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (which isn’t really comedic) and Silver Linings Playbook. Les Miserables’ win was more than likely fueled by its budgetary output, but the true winner here is Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson’s minimalist approach to comedy actually makes me think that he could easily take on a musical.
In the director category, Ben Affleck beat out Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino. While Argo was a superbly directed film, the ideal winner would have been Tarantino for Django Unchained. His passion for the film is visible in every frame, not to mention the meticulousness of every shot. But at least Affleck has proven he’s fully recovered from participating in Gigli.
In the best screenplay category, Quentin Tarantino beat out David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Chris Terrio (Argo), Tony Kushner (Lincoln) and Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty). As you may have guessed from my previous zeal for Tarantino, I whole-heartedly concur with his win.
In the best actor (drama) category, Daniel Day-Lewis beat out Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix, John Hawkes and Richard Gere. Clearly, no one was going to be able to take this award away from Day-Lewis as the troubled sixteenth president of this once fair nation, but a close runner-up would have been Joaquin Phoenix.
In the best actress category (drama), Jessica Chastain beat out Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz (quite a formidable list of competitors, I must say). If nothing else, Chastain deserved to win for the amount of effort and secrecy she put forth alone. Otherwise, I would say Helen Mirren as the strong, yet accommodating wife of Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, had a fair chance at winning.
In the category of best actor (musical or comedy), Hugh Jackman beat out Bill Murray, Bradley Cooper, Jack Black and Ewan McGregor. Jackman's win seemed the most logical based on the films that the other actors were nominated for, seeing as how none of them were really all that comedic (except Bernie, which was much more on the dark comedy side of the spectrum).
In the category of best actress (musical or comedy), Jennifer Lawrence beat out such industry giants as Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Emily Blunt. In spite of battling against such titans, Lawrence's award was well-deserved as she so brilliantly played the role of the "damaged whore," so to speak.
In the category for best supporting actor (drama), Christoph Waltz beat out Tommy Lee Jones (much to his overt annoyance), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Alan Arkin. With Django Unchained offering up two actors for this category, it would have been a little insulting if one of them hadn't won.
In the category for best supporting actress (drama), Anne Hathaway beat out Amy Adams, Sally Field, Helen Hunt and Nicole Kidman. While her performance and vocal stylings as Fantine were impressive, I feel as though Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy is the true winner here.
In the category for best original song, Adele's "Skyfall" of course beat out Keith Urban, Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Hugh Jackman. As well she should have.
In the category for best foreign language film, Amour beat out A Royal Affair, The Untouchables, Rust and Bone and Kon-Tiki. Hands down, Amour was the right choice.
In the category for best animated feature, Brave beat out Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania, Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph. Pretty much any other nominee save for Rise of the Guardians would have been better. Especially Frankenweenie--and not because it's Tim Burton, but because it was Tim Burton's very first labor of love.
In the category of best TV series (drama), Homeland beat out Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey and The Newsroom. Obviously, Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire should have been the victors.
In the category of best TV series (comedy), Girls beat out The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Modern Family and Smash. With not much in the way of competition, it's understandable that the show won.
In the category of best actor (TV series drama), Damian Lewis beat out Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels and Jon Hamm. How Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston or Jon Hamm could have been denied in such a way is beyond me.
In the category of best actress (TV series drama), Claire Danes beat out Julianna Margulies, Michelle Dockery, Glenn Close and Connie Britton. Admittedly, Danes was the only real option. And honestly, who else could cry with their whole body?
In the category of best actor (TV series comedy), Don Cheadle beat out Alec Baldwin, Louis CK, Matt LeBlanc and Jim Parsons. While House of Lies is a great show, Louis CK should never lose anything when it comes to comedy.
In the category of best actress (TV series comedy), Lena Dunham egregiously beat out Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Zooey Deschanel. Considering Dunham is barely acting in this role (though, the same goes for Deschanel and Fey), it seems a bit unfair for her to win. My vote would have been for Louis-Dreyfus or Poehler.
And voilà. There are all the major winners and nominees. It's not the most upset I've been after an awards show, but it's not the most elated I've been either. So, until the Academy Awards, I may be fine.