Monday, January 8, 2018

Thoughts on Golden Globes 2018

Sunday's Golden Globes demonstrate once again how much this award show is slipping into cultural irrelevance. 

As I've written in years past the Golden Globes are less and less of a predictor of Oscars than they used to be.

2001A Beautiful MindMoulin Rouge!A Beautiful Mind
2002The HoursChicagoChicago
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingLost in TranslationThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004The AviatorSidewaysMillion Dollar Baby
2005Brokeback MountainWalk the LineCrash
2006BabelDreamgirlsThe Departed
2007AtonementSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetNo Country for Old Men
2008Slumdog MillionaireVicky Cristina BarcelonaSlumdog Millionaire
2009AvatarThe HangoverThe Hurt Locker
2010The Social NetworkThe Kids Are All RightThe King's Speech
2011The DescendantsThe ArtistThe Artist
2012ArgoLes MiserablesArgo
201312 Years a SlaveAmerican Hustle12 Years a Slave
2014BoyhoodThe Grand Budapest Hotel

2015 saw The Revenant and The Martian take home the Globes while Spotlight won the Oscar.  And event thought Globe winner Moonlight also ended up taking the Oscar, you can see how the frequency of correlation is diminishing.

On top of that, there were very few things to root for. 

The top 10 highest grossing movies of 2017 were:

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Beauty and Beast
Wonder Woman
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Thor: Ragnarock
Despicable Me 3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Justice League

Now I will defend all of these as great works of art.  But NOT ONE OF THE TOP TEN FILMS received a nomination. 

The Best Picture Globe winners have a combined box office of $60 million, which is almost 1/4 of the Justice League.

And while TV ratings are harder to gauge because of streaming services, you would need a subscription to both Hulu and Amazon Prime to see this year's Globe winners.

Again, this is not to say that the movie nominated were undeserving.  I happen to think that Dunkirk  is a technical masterpiece and The Greatest Showman is one of the most delightful movies in years.

But so few of the movie and tv audiences have seen these nominees and winners. 

The question that no one in the awards industry seems to be able to answer is: "Why should we care?"

And something tells me that the Oscars will not be able to answer either.


-Gary Oldman should have won a long time ago.  He is the greatest living actor and I've heard nothing but good things about The Darkest Hour

-For some reason I was incredibly happy for Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero for being able to attend the Globes 15 years after the premiere of The Room.

-I felt badly for Kirk Douglas.

-I'm glad The Greatest Showman won for best song, though any of the songs on the soundtrack are award-worthy.

-I don't think I laughed at any of the jokes for the entire show.

-The speeches felt more lecture-y than ever.

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