John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Globular Clusters

So, howzabout them Golden Globes? I was working last night, so I didn't get to see them, but hey, we're talking about the Golden Globes, so no big loss. That doesn't mean I have nothing to day about them.

  • I've seen the pictures and though it pains me to say so, my girlfriend Reese Witherspoon did not have a successful fashion night. I liked the dress, but the hairstyle didn't suit her and her makeup looked weird. So a big thumbs down there.
     
  • I had never heard of Babel before it was nominated for a Golden Globe, and even now all I know about it is that it was nominated for, and won, a Golden Globe for Best Drama. Oh, and that Brad Pitt's in it. Movies just haven't interested me much lately.
     
  • It seems like every year there's a British actor or actress who has been doing solid work for decades without much notice or acclaim who all of a sudden gets noticed: Jim Broadbent, Tom Wilkerson, Judi Dench, etc. Helen Mirren doesn't exactly fall into that category, since she's been widely acclaimed for a good many years now thanks to her work as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, but before this year I never really saw her mentioned as a film actress, so I think she counts. And now she's a Golden Globe winner and will probably be nominated for and win an Oscar too. Good for her.
     
  • Forest Whittaker winning Best Actor-Drama isn't a surprise either. And while he's sure to get an Oscar nomination, I'm not convinced he'll win. Will Oscar voters be able to resist the opportunity to do right by Peter O'Toole? Of course, I said thwe same thing when Lauren Bacall was nominates a few years ago, so longevity may not count for as much as it used to.
     
  • I really dislike the way the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lumps comedies and musical together in one category. Dreamgirls was a drama, so it shouldn't have been competing against four comedies. At least Dreamgirls actually is a musical, unlike two other recent winners in this category, Walk the Line and Ray, both of which were just regular old movies with a lot of musical performances in them.
     
  • I was glad to see Sacha Baron Cohen win Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy, but I have to admit I was rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor. My allegiance to former Jossverse actors remains strong.
     
  • Whoo, Eddie Murphy! Haven't seen Dreamgirls, but I hear he's the best part of it. Which is no surprise, really; he's always been a better supporting actor than a leading one. Glad he's finally getting some official recognition for that, even if it is only from the HFPA.
     
  • My nephew Matthew will no doubt be delighted that Cars won Best Animated Feature Film. Last time I saw him, every other word out of his mouth was "Lightning McQueen!"
     
  • Well, here's one category in which the Golden Globe winner will not win the Oscar: Letters From Iwo Jima is not eligible for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, because it's an American production, not a Japanese one. Of course, if it were a Japanese production, then it really would be a foreign language film, would it? What is Japanese if not the native language of Japan?
     
  • Speaking of Peter O'Toole, I wonder if Martin Scorsese's win last night is a sign he'll finally win an Oscar for Best Director? Of course, he's won a Golden Globe for Best Director already, and look what that got him. At least he didn't lose to an actor that time, just a fugitive sex offender. Still, I think he's got a better than average chance this year. My fingers are crossed for him.
     
  • I've never heard of the movie that won Best Score. Not, for that matter, any of the nominees for Best Score other than The Da Vinci Code. Man, I was really out of it last year.
     
  • I'm pretty indifferent about the TV winners too. Don't watch any of the shows that won awards, except 30 Rock. Alec Baldwin is great in that, so I was glad to see him win. Though I wouldn't have been sad had he lost; it was a really strong field this year, and I would have been pleased to see any of the other nominees win.
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