Some random and thoroughly pointless observations about the Golden Globes:
- This marks the fourth time that Martin Scorsese has lost a Best Director Golden Globe to a director who started out as an actor. Robert Redford beat him in 1981 with Ordinary People; Kevin Costner in 1991 with Dances with Wolves; Mel Gibson in 1996 with Braveheart; and now Clint Eastwood with Million Dollar Baby. Losing to Eastwood is anything to be ashamed of, but losing to Costner, that's gotta make him wonder if he shouldn't have entered the priesthood after all.
- Hidden indicator: this marks the second consecutive year that the Best Original Song award has gone to a former member of the Eurythmics. I'm certain this is terribly significant somehow.
- It's the second consecutive win for Howard Shore as well, for what that's worth.
- I've very pleased that Jason Bateman won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy award, especially since Arrested Development lost Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. I don't get what people see in Desperate Housewives. As my friend Lori said last night, it does nothing that Melrose Place didn't do better ten years ago.
- That bit from The Birdcage in which Robin Williams demonstrates different dance styles may be the best performance he's ever given.
- For the third consecutive year, I correctly predicted the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film award. I didn't post my predictions this year, but I can produce witnesses who can attest that I made the prediction last night before the award was presented. I'll quote myself from my 2003 post about the Golden Globes, because I used the same method for picking the winner:
The only difference this year was that there were two films nominated from France and none from Mexico or Germany. I used pretty much the same system last year and once again predicted the winner. Note: my method is unreliable for predicting which film will win the Foreign Language Film Oscar, but it has proven reliable for the Globes. The difference is that the Golden Globes are voted upon by foreign nationals who inevitably allow nationalism and geopolitics to influence their votes.
First I eliminated the French nominee, because everyone hates the French. I eliminated the nominee from Brazil, because South America doesn't count, and the one from Mexico because it may as well be in South America. I tossed out China, because they're Communists, and Germany, because of lingering Nazi issues. That left Spain. No one objects to Spain, except maybe the Basques, and who cares about the Basques?
- I was disappointed that Paul Giamatti lost to Jamie Foxx, even though I knew Foxx was a shoo-in. Good acceptance speech, though. I was also disappointed that Leonardo DiCaprio won, because I hate him. And let me assure you that I am no Johnny-come-lately to the hating-DiCaprio scene; I've disliked him ever since he got an Academy Award nomination for What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Johnny Depp didn't. (But I liked him in Catch Me If You Can, and I think he was only the third-worst thing about Titanic, so I'm not irrational about it or anything.)
- Seeing Charlize Theron present DiCaprio's award reminds me that I watched Sweet November over the weekend, and man, did it suck. I saw it in my Lauren Graham wishlist, and saw that Greg Germann, Jason Isaacs, Michael Rosenbaum,and Frank Langella were in it, and thought, how bad can it be? Answer: very bad indeed. I'm aware that this has nothing to do with the Golden Globes per se, but I wanted to get it off my chest.
And that's all I got. Bring on the Oscar nominations!