-I think I enjoyed Ricky Gervais' monologue a little too much. Perhaps it was a bit too mean. But there is also something funny about the Hollywood elite getting roasted as they laugh along. I remember at the 2000 Oscars when Steve Martin made a joke about Russell Crowe and the camera caught Crowe's scowl. None of that at the Globes. I was worried that when he started talking about Spotlight that he was going to take a cheap shot at the Catholic Church, but it veered into a Polanski joke.
-Inside Out won best Animated Film, as it should
-Sylvester Stallone was recognized for his body of work by getting the award for Creed. I haven't seen the film, but I felt happy for him.
-Ennio Morriconne's score, the best thing about The Hateful Eight, won.
-Rachel Bloom's win for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The best part about some of these awards is to bring a spotlight to something good that may be overlooked. The show is not great, but Bloom is fantastic and I'm glad she got recognition.
-Poe Dameron won an award.
-with the exception of Gervais, none of the other presenters made me laugh
-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens wasn't nominated.
-The anti-Catholic depiction of St. Thomas More, Wolf Hall, won.
-How is The Martian a comedy?
-Tarantion's smug and factually inaccurate speech on behalf of Morriconne.
Overall, it was a show with few surprises, but few people to root for.
As I wrote last year, the Golden Globes are less and less of a predictor of Oscars than they used to be.
GOLDEN GLOBEBEST DRAMA
|GOLDEN GLOBE BEST COMEDY||OSCAR BEST PICTURE|
|2001||A Beautiful Mind||Moulin Rouge!||A Beautiful Mind|
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Lost in Translation||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|
|2004||The Aviator||Sideways||Million Dollar Baby|
|2005||Brokeback Mountain||Walk the Line||Crash|
|2007||Atonement||Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street||No Country for Old Men|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Vicky Cristina Barcelona||Slumdog Millionaire|
|2009||Avatar||The Hangover||The Hurt Locker|
|2010||The Social Network||The Kids Are All Right||The King's Speech|
|2011||The Descendants||The Artist||The Artist|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||American Hustle||12 Years a Slave|
|2014||Boyhood||The Grand Budapest Hotel|
Now, let's move on to the Oscars:
As I wrote earlier this week, here are my initial thoughts on the nominations.
-Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens should have been nominated.
-Of the Best Picture nominees that I have seen, only Mad Max and The Martian should be there.
-Adam McKay, my choice for worst director of the year, got an Oscar nomination.
-Johnny Depp got snubbed for Black Mass
-Alicia Vikander should have been nominated for Ex Machina
-Here are the top 10 money-makers of 2015: Star Wars, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out, Furious 7, Minions, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2, The Martian, Cinderella, Spectre. Only 2 of them are nominated for Best Picture. This means that this will be a low-rated Oscars because there are very few films to root for.
This is important, otherwise, the show would be even more boring.
I would like to invite any of you readers to participate in my annual Oscar Game.
For those who have played before, I have made important changes.
-I have re-adjusted the point values
-I have divided the awards into different categories
-MAJOR AWARDS (the awards that the casual viewer cares about)
-TECHNICAL AWARDS (awards for technical achievements)
-MINOR AWARDS (the awards that most people don't care and haven't seen the movies)
Just click this link.
The game goes like this:
OBJECT: Get the most points!
HOW TO PLAY: Fill out a score sheet for each category with your choice (who you want to win) and your prediction (who you think WILL win).
1. MAJOR AWARDS
-Best Supporting Actor
-Best Supporting Actress
-Best Original Screenplay
-Best Adapted Screenplay
-Best Original Score
-Best Original Song
-Best Animate Feature
On the night of the Oscars, give yourself 1 point for each correct guess in MY PREDICTIONS. If you get a prediction wrong, subtract 1 point. Give yourself 1 point for each correct guess in MY CHOICE. There is no penalty for incorrect guesses for MY CHOICE.
-MY CHOICE = • "Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller
-MY PREDICTION = • "The Revenant," Alejandro G. Iñárritu
-MY CHOICE = Matt Damon in "The Martian"
-MY PREDICTION = Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"
-MY CHOICE = • Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy"
-MY PREDICTION = • Jennifer Lawrence in "Joy"
If Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins Best Director, gain 1 point for a correct guess in MY PREDICTIONS, but no points for an incorrect MY CHOICE (total points = 1)
If Matt Damon wins Best Actor, gain 1 point, for a correct MY CHOICE, but subtract 1 point for an incorrect MY PREDICTION (total points = 0)
If Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress, gain 1 points for correct MY CHOICE and 1 correct MY PREDICTION. (total points =2)
You may NOT make a guess for a MY CHOICE in a category if you have not seen any of the films in the category. You may, however, make a blind guess for the MY PREDICTION section even if you have not seen any of the nominees.
2. TECHNICAL AWARDS
-Best Visual Effects
-Best Sound Editing
-Best Sound Mixing
-Best Production Design
For these, give yourself 1 point for each correct guess in MY PREDICTIONS. Give yourself 1 points each correct guess in MY CHOICE. There is no penalty for incorrect guesses for MY PREDICTIONS or MY CHOICE.
3. MINOR AWARDS
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Documentary Short
-Best Animated Short
-Best Live Action Short
-Best Foreign Language Film
For these, give yourself 1 point for each correct guess in MY PREDICTIONS. Since so few people have seen these, there is no MY CHOICE section. There is no penalty for incorrect guesses for MY PREDICTIONS.
Fill out the below score sheet and send it to me. I will be the designated score-keeper. You may change any choice up until the broadcast begins.
The winner will receive bragging rights and recognition on this blog.
You can change your answers up until the broadcast. Here is my ballot:
When guessing for MY PREDICTION, my rule of thumb is to choose the most pretentious title.
So I invite all of you to join in the fun!