The 2019 Golden Globes: Thoughts and Takeaways
In case you missed the shenanigans from the Oscar’s drunken cousin last night, all you need to know is this: Christian Bale is a straight up SAVAGE.
After winning the Golden Globe for “Best Actor – Comedy or Musical” for his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney, he started off by thanking his wife and how she warned him not to say anything too crazy (“less is more”). Pretty stock stuff, and it was pleasant. Then, he proceeded to COMPLETELY disregard her advice and went OFF. He thanked Satan for the inspiration to play his role as VP Cheney and was like “who’s the next bland, uncharismatic politician that I should play next? Mitch McConnell?” He clearly drank a TON before making that speech, which only added to the comedic value of the whole ordeal. Whether the stunt he pulled will affect his Oscar odds remains to be seen, but my goodness, did he make an impression last night.
Aside from that, a few occasional jokes from hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh made me laugh, along with some of the presenters. Jeff Bridges’ speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award was also um… Well… Interesting to say the least. I liked it, even if I had a hard time following his thought process at times. However, at the end of the day, the Globes reminded me why award shows are losing ratings. It went on for well over three hours, and let’s be real, unless you watched all of the movies and/or all of the TV shows, and/or participated in a competitive pool, there was little reason to watch the whole thing. Commercials were EVERYWHERE, some speeches went on WAY too long, and quite frankly, I did not care about nearly half of the categories in play.
At the end of the day, I cannot complain too much. I finished with 9 correct predictions, and 5 incorrect ones, which for me is better than normal when it comes to predicting the Globes. I was doing incredibly well up until the Drama category, and then it went completely off the rails, but we will get to that in my “Top 4” takeaways from this year’s rendition.
Top 4 Takeaways
1. “Green Book” Won Big – I’ve been telling people for MONTHS that this is the best movie I have seen all year. It appears the Hollywood Foreign Press agreed with me. “Green Book” took home three big awards: “Best Picture – Comedy/Musical”, “Best Screenplay,” and Mahershala Ali brought it home for “Best Supporting Actor.”
2. “A Star is Born” Got SHAFTED – After winning “Best Original Song” for their powerful song “Shallow,” I thought the stars would align for this film. However, it was upset city when it lost out on BOTH best acting categories, along with “Best Picture- Drama” to Bohemian Rhapsody, of all films. I had a ton of fun watching that film, but definitely did not expect an upset of this magnitude. Rami Malek wins over Bradley Cooper for acting? That makes sense, Malek was awesome as Freddie Mercury. Alfonso Cuaron over Bradley Cooper for Directing? That was expected. Glenn Close over Lady Gaga? A bit surprising, but still not a complete shocker because Lady Gaga is new to the acting game. But if you told me before the nominations that “Bohemian Rhapsody” would beat “A Star is Born” in “Best Picture – Drama” before the nominations came out (heck , even when they came out), I would have thought you were either high or having a stroke. “Bohemian Rhapsody” lacked depth while “A Star is Born” possessed it in spades. Also, in case you were wondering, these two films could have easily both been in the “Best Picture – Comedy/Musical” category, but the filmmakers for both submitted them for the “Drama” category. So, here we are.
3. “Into The Spider-Verse” Pulled off the Upset over “Incredibles 2” – “Incredibles 2” was a fun film that I enjoyed, but it was nothing particularly original. “Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse” was a one of a kind film, and I for one am happy that it got the recognition it deserved.
4. No Love for “BlacKkKlansmen” and “Black Panther” – Despite both getting a solid number of nominations, both left empty-handed. To be fair, neither of these films were favored to win something, so they shouldn’t be too devastated. They also all make millions of dollars to play pretend, so did they really lose out?
Everything else went pretty much according to plan. Here is the complete list of winners for the show. In case you care, here are the categories I got right and the ones I missed, along with my post-show thoughts on all of them.
Best Picture – Comedy or Musical: Green Book – Again, I cannot stress enough how awesome this film is.
Best Foreign Language Film: Everyone and their Grandma knew that “Roma” would win this one. No surprises here.
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron – His passion project paid off for “Roma.”
Best Screenplay: Green Book – Definitely deserving of the award, and although even many “experts” did not see this one coming, I certainly did. So, SUCK IT, “experts.”
Best Animated Feature: Originally, I predicted “Incredibles 2” but after watching “Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse”, I had to change my prediction. I absolutely loved that movie from start to finish, and as mentioned earlier, I am super happy that it took home the hardware. Hopefully this bodes well for the Oscars.
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale underwent a very intense transformation for the role. You could argue “Vice” was more of a drama than a comedy (I recently watched it and would say it was a “very, very dark comedy”), but either way, unless Bale’s shenanigans rubbed Academy members the wrong way, he will be in serious contention for this award on February 24th.
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical: In my original predictions, I went with Olivia Colman in “The Favourite” without actually seeing the movie. After seeing “The Favourite”, I can confirm she more or less earned it, though I do have some hesitations about the flick (Review coming soon, stay tuned!).
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” knocked it out of the park. He received some well-deserved recognition there.
Best Original Song: Let’s be honest, if “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” did not win this, a drunken riot would have ensued at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Best Picture – Drama: “Bohemian Rhapsody” winning over “A Star is Born” was a monumental upset that I did not prepare for. Looks like I have completely underestimated the traction this film has gained within the awards show community. Who knows, it may even get nominated for “Best Picture” now.
Best Actor – Drama: I picked Bradley Cooper, but am not all that surprised he lost this one. Rami Malek turned in a wonderful performance as Freddie Mercury and deserved this award.
Best Actress – Drama: I picked Lady Gaga for this one, but upon further reflection, most of her performance leaned heavily on her musical talents, so it makes sense as to why they went with someone else. I have yet to see this movie “The Wife,” so I will withhold my judgment on it. To be fair,
Best Supporting Actress: Although I thought Claire Foy turned in the best performance of all of the nominees, I also have yet to see “If Beale Street Could Talk” (SERIOUSLY PRODUCTION PEOPLE DISTRIBUTE IT TO NORMAL PEOPLE THEATERS ALREADY I WANT TO SEE THIS). My guess is that if the creator of “Moonlight” made this film, he casted it quite well, and Regina King deserved this award.
Best Score: It’s odd, every year I rarely see the winner for “Best Score” coming. The same goes for this year. After watching “First Mam,” it never crossed my mind to think, “give this film an award for its music,” yet here we are. I will need to re-examine the score for this one going forward, and stop being such an amateur when listening to movie music.
Some years, the Globes serves as perfect foreshadowing for what’s to come with the Oscars. However, their picks are all over the place and do not reflect how members of the Academy feel. Generally speaking, the award shows to follow from the various guilds of the academy (producers, actors, directors, British people etc.) will better reflect the winners come show time. I am not going to waste my time psychoanalyzing everything that happened this year. Fingers crossed that it bodes well for “Green Book” and “Into the Spider-Verse.”