67th Golden Globe Awards

The Golden Globes are upon us! I’m gonna be updating this post as the results come in. So, keep on refreshing to know the winners and what I thought about it all. :)

More infos on the movies here.

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Reading Neil Gaiman’s twitter feed (who is attending with Amanda Palmer) has warmed me up nicely for the Golden Globes. I’m ready for them to start now (especially, since I’m sitting through the last minutes of Walking Tall: Lone Justice, which would be an awesome title for a spoof if it wasn’t real). I especially enjoyed this tweet:

We have an escort. We have silicone nipple covers (not for me). It’s go!

It’s two a.m. and Kevin Sorbo is still all manly. Dammit.

Okay, it’s 2:01. Kevin Sorbo just shot the bad guy. I hope it’s over now and that I’m not missing too much.

2:02 Noooooooooooo. An epilogue.

FINALLY!

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The Golden Globes Post

As I had my job interview this morning, I didn’t watch the globes yesterday night (in Austria, they start at 2 am and go till 5 am). But I taped them and I will watch them now and I will give you my comments anyway, just about 20 hours later. I managed to stay off Globes news, so I don’t know who won yet.Unfortunately, most of the movies aren’t out here yet. Anyway. Have fun! I know I will. :)

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More infos on all the movies here.

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Golden Globes – Condensed Version

I thought I’d write about the Golden Globe Winners but I guess I can’t really do that because I haven’t seen most of the films. Then I thought, what the heck, I’m sick at home, I have nothing to do in my Eureka-breaks, I’ll write about it anyway. I’ll just leave out the movies I haven’t seen.

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: Atonement
Nominees: Eastern Promises, Atonement

Between the two, it was really hard to decide. Both were extremely good – intelligent, well acted and convincing. Maybe you’ve got to give a little more credit to Atonement, because it’s not only a very good movie but one of the best literary adaptions these last years.

Therefore: decision authorised.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Not this year.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: –
Nominees: James McAvoy (Atonement), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)

Both guys are good actors, but in this case, I’d give Viggo Mortensen the lead because he fit the role better. In Atonement (the book), Robbie is this incredible, breath taking, I-just-look-at-girls-and-they-faint-and-I’m-intelligent-enough-to-get-them-on-their-feet-again-type of guy. James McAvoy, for all his qualities, just doesn’t look the part. Viggo Mortensen on the other hand, is just the right mixture of sleazebag and tough guy for this role.

Therefore: seeing, as they decided for someone else entirely, no comment on the decision.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: –
Nominees: Keira Knightley (Atonement), my shame for still not having seen Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Keira Knightley is a good actress. Personally, I don’t understand why everybody took to her like that and I don’t find her that attractive (but I could say the same thing about Scarlett Johansson, maybe I’m just old-fashioned and don’t understand the beauty ideal right now), but she is not a bad actress. But right now my shame for not having seen Elizabeth: The Golden Age outweighs everything, so I guess it’s my personal winner.

Therefore: I hope Away from Her still makes it to the movies here.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Not this year. (I still want to see all of the nominees.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner: –
Nominees: Amy Adams (Enchanted)

Enchanted was cute, it was really nice and sometimes actually laugh-out-loud-funny. Going so far and giving it an Golden Globe … I’m not sure it deserves that. Well, maybe the chipmunk. And Amy Adams’ enchanted (for a lack of better words) facial expression was just perfect.

Therefore: Only about a month until Sweeney Todd…

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Not this year.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Winner: –
Nominees: Saoirse Ronan (Atonement)

This is getting tedious, I haven’t seen almost any movies… and I thought I went to the cinema often… Well. Obviously not often enough. And in the wrong country. Saoirse Ronan was good in Atonement. As about every single thing in this movie was.

Therefore: I’m so looking forward to seeing I’m Not There.

Best Director – Motion Picture / Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Winner: –
Nominees: Joe Wright (Atonement) / Christopher Hampton (Atonement)

Again, this was just a perfect movie. Thank you, Mr. Wright and thank you, Mr. McEwan and Mr. Hampton.

Therefore: Now where did I put Le Scaphandre et le Papillon? I know, I borrowed that book from my mom about 3 years ago.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

Winner: –
Nominees: That’s How You Know (Enchanted)

I don’t think the song is that great, but the situation in the movie is really funny. One of the best scenes in the whole film. Still, the song is just a run of the mill pop song.

Therefore: Decision, not to decide for it, authorised.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Winner: Dario Marianelli (Atonement)
Nominees: Dario Marianelli (Atonement), Howard Shore (Eastern Promises)

Another Atonement vs. Eastern Promises situation. Both of these movies didn’t have a soundtrack I wanted to listen to right away (as was the case with Se, Jie for example) but the music didn’t bother me, either. I guess it’s okay that Howard Shore didn’t get another award and Dario Marianelli got his first. Although, personally, I wouldn’t have nominated either film.

Therefore: Decision, from these nominees, authorised.

Best Animated Film

Winner: –
Nominees: The Simpsons Movie

Wow, time just flew by… I wanted to see Ratatouille and I wanted to see Bee Movie. I’m afraid, it’s too late now for the cinema. Guess, I have to wait for the DVDs (or do I?). The Simpsons Movie was great, in any case. But I’m just a sucker for Simpsons…

Therefore: Can’t write now (am entangled in some internet research).

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: –
Nominees: Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)

Se, Jie was just wonderful. Sad and beautiful. And obviously very dangerous, as K. pointed out. It would have deserved all Golden Globes, not getting any was a big lapse.

Therefore: Decision NOT authorised.

I won’t get into the TV stuff, being nowhere near any country that shows these films and series, it doesn’t make much sense.

Writer’s Strike and an almost unrelated rant

I guess you heard that the Golden Globes have been more or less cancelled because of the Writer’s Strike. (Stars teamed up with the writers and declared they would not attend. 3 hours of ceremony reduced to 1 hour of press conference.) Personally, I’m a little shocked about how this is turning out.

Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s great that the stars support the writers – kudos to them! It’s unfortunate that they had to cancel the Golden Globes but that’s not my problem. They are losing their money, not me.

What I find weird that it’s so hard for the writers to get fair conditions. (And I do think what they demand is fair – have a look at wikipedia to judge for yourself.) Can you imagine the actors having to fight for fair payment?

I don’t want to sound condescending but I’m afraid I will. Sometimes I’m just really fed up with those superficial movie-goers who only pay attention to the pretty faces on screen. They have no idea about the director who told everyone what and how to do or the writer who told everyone what, when and where to say it. Of course, actors and good acting are important – you can have the best script, if the actors suck, you won’t believe it. But just because those people are on screen and others are not, that doesn’t mean they’re more important.
I know that (almost) all of the people at work for a movie are important. I also know that you can’t know them all. (Unless you’re an obsessive genius.) But at least the writer, director and leading actors of a movie should be known. [And in an ideal world: one more group you’re especially interested in (like cinematographers, composers, set designers et al.)].
If you don’t want to spend so much time with the background of the movie, that’s ok. Have fun watching it, but please don’t comment on it on sites like imdb giving every movie a 10 star rating because you didn’t fall asleep/there were some explosions/the actor or actress is soooo cute/…
Of course, knowledge about who did which film won’t prevent people from giving stupid commentaries (not stupid because of their opinions, everyone is entitled to their opinion but because they basically just have no idea what they are talking about. If “Big Mommas House 327” is your favourite movie ever, that’s fine but find some better reasons than “they have that hilarious guy dressing up as different people”) but maybe, just maybe, they will think about it before they write them.
I don’t want to encourage pseudo-philosophical/psychological/spiritual babbling either. When you see a leaf tumbling from a tree in a movie, in most cases it’s not an allegory for the fragile balance between life and death which death ultimately wins. Mostly it’s just a leaf falling from a tree, which is pretty and goes as deep as telling you that autumn is coming, so maybe a stretch of time just passed. Interpretations can be fun but don’t take them to seriously.

What I would like to see is an audience, able to think for itself and doing so as well. An audience who (which?) doesn’t take everything they see at face value but doesn’t see things that aren’t there either. And I want me to stop this rant now.

What I originally wanted to write about – before I got distracted by my frustration – was today’s poll at imdb:

How do you feel about the cancellation of this year’s Golden Globes ceremony?

Saddened — I look forward to the show every year
Steamed — I am in support of the WGA strike, but I wish it didn’t effect the Globes
Extra steamed — I am not in support of the strike, and I am annoyed that it has effected the Globes
Nonplussed — I am not into the Globes and/or I don’t care about the strike
Happy — It’s one less thing I have to TiVo and/or now I can watch my favorite show(s) that night
Confused — I have no idea what you’re talking about
Somewhat satiated — I am content to watch the planned Golden Globes news conference

7 answering possibilities and not one of them is
Satisfied — I like the Globes but I think that the WGA strike is more important and I appreciate the stars reacting to it in that way.

Disappointing.