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RECAP & REVIEW: 2014 Golden Globe Awards

I say this every year…I love the Golden Globes!  It’s one of three award shows I look forward to every year with the GG being my favorite (the other two are the Tony’s and the Emmy’s.)   I love watching everyone get all boozed up and either presenting or accepting awards.  It’s fabulous.  Plus, as Amy Poehler put last year, it’s where the beauty of movie stars rubs elbows with the rat faces of TV.  Love her.  AND SHE WON!!!!  Ok I’m jumping ahead.  But I’m starting with her and Tina Fey.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted again this year.  Just when I was nervous they couldn’t top last year’s brilliance, they did.  I honestly believe it has something to do with their friendship.  You’ve seen other pairs over the years host award shows and they are so stiff and uncomfortable with one another because they don’t know each other as well.  This doesn’t happen all the time.  But recently, it seems to be the case.  As with James Franco and Anne Hathaway and Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.  And don’t even get me started on the year the reality hosts “hosted.”  What a disaster.   But Fey and Poehler know each other so well, they work seamlessly together.  They just fit.  They are the female Turk and J.D.  You can’t imaging Chris Turk without John Dorian right?   Just like I can’t imagine with Tina without Amy.  They are perfection and they were again last night.  From the fantastic opening monologue to Tina introducing her “son” Mr Golden Globe Randy, to Poehler making out with Bono once winning her award, they didn’t have a bad spot all night.  My two favorite jokes had to be these two zingers:

  • “Gravity is nominated for Best Film.  It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die then spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”
  • “And now, like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio”

The only thing you could say that was bad, was that they weren’t on stage enough.  There was probably a good hour to hour and 15 minutes where you didn’t see them at all.  But there are a lot of awards to get through so I can understand that.  I just wish the spacing was better so we didn’t go so long without seeing the dynamic duo on stage.

Favorite Moments

  • Emma Thompson’s Presentation.  She strolled right up on stage with a martini in one hand and her Christian Louboutin’s in the other.   Brilliant!  She was obvious feeling good but was still completely together and absolutely charming on stage.  A+ Ms. Thompson!
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Big Night.  There has been a ton of controversy over this.  I don’t get it.  I think B99 is damn good show.  It’s funny, well written, well acted.  This was a show that right from the pilot was cruising like this show has been on for 3 seasons.  The cast chemistry is fantastic.  They all play off one another so well.  It’s very natural how the dialogue and reactions flow.  B99 didn’t have the yips early on like some comedies do and then hit their stride.  They hit their stride in the pilot and haven’t looked back.  They just aren’t getting the big ratings.  I don’t think Dads as a lead in helps.  But this is a solid show that against that competition deserved the win.  As did Andy Samberg.  Great writer, great delivery, excellent comedic timing, his chemistry with Andre Braugher is perfection.   Absolutely well deserved honors on both fronts.  Season 2 here they come!!!!
  • Diane Keaton.  When I’m 68 years old, I hope to look 10% as good as Diane Keaton.  She.  Is.  Gorgeous!  She gave a beautiful speech last night honoring the disgusting Woody Allen and was gracious, classy, and elegant as always.  I’ve heard a few people are upset with honoring of Woody Allen and by extension, Diane Keaton’s speech accepting the award on his behalf.  I’ll talk about Woody Allen below but I think people need to revisit their hostility towards Keaton.   She was asked to accept an award on his behalf.  What is she supposed to do?  Get up there and talk about what a vile person he is?  Of course not!  And she has a much different relationship with him than many other people do so if she wants to salute her friend, so be it.  Not to mention, it wouldn’t have been appropriate for her to rip him to shreds….and who knows if she would want to.  I don’t know what she feels about him personally.  But professionally, he helped launch her to stardom.  So I can understand if she wants to be very benevolent in her speech.  Plus, this was an award honoring his career, not his personal life choices.  I think she did a wonderful job and looked spectacular in doing so.
  • Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston.  The final year of Breaking Bad and the show and Cranston got much deserved props (from what I understand.)  I’m one of the few idiots in the world who have not watched one second of Breaking Bad.  However, it is on my Netflix and the husband and I are planning a major marathon this summer because we don’t have one friend who watches this show who has ever said a bad thing about it.  And of course all the national press it receives is off the charts.  And I already know I’m going to love it so I already know how happy I am that BB and Cranston won last night!
  • Matthew McConaughey.  All right, all right, all right!  Love him!  I was really happy for his win last night because he was so good in “Dallas Buyers Club.”   He’s on fire lately with tons of movie and a hot new TV show, True Detective, to boot.  He’s come a long way from Dazed and Confused!!  But man, please put those 45 pounds back on….waaaaaay too skinny still.
  • Speeches: Amy Adams, Amy Poehler, Alex Ebert, Alfonso Cuaron, Andy Samberg, and Elizabeth Moss.  I love heartfelt speeches and each one of these people gave a touching, emotional, real speech that I just wanted to mention them.  Other speeches were good as well but these really stood out to me.  Moss gushing about her talented brother and thanking her mom and hoping she’ll be 1 tenth the woman that she is…wow did I need some Kleenex.  Adams honestly saying she’s was hoping she’d just get a commercial someday….look at her now.  Cuaron explaining that he told Sandra Bullock not that “he was going to give her herpes” but that “he was going to give her an earpiece.”  LOL, classic.  Ebert thanking the production team for “letting him try all over their movie.”  Poehler for just being Poehler.  And Samberg for being so completely surprised and having no speech just winging it and “thanking everybody” including his “team.”   Oh and I also loved Dan Goor, one of the co-creator’s of B99 who said in regards to him not going to med school “that this was way better than saving a human life.”
  • Taylor Swift not winning.  Enough said.

Not So Favorite Moments

  • Jacqueline Bisset’s Speech.  What.  Was.  That?  Seriously, has she stopped talking yet?   You want to talk about being CRAZY uncomfortable watching someone on stage and that was me watching Bisset.  What the hell was she talking about…when she was talking.  It took her 30 seconds just to start talking then when she did, she never stopped blabbering some sort of gibberish.  Wow.  I was happy for her to win but I don’t ever need to see a speech like that again.
  • P Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Combs, whatever he’s called this week, hitting the Ciroc a little too much.   Diddy, stop.  Just stop.  Not everything is about you.  You were presenting but the night is about the nominees and the winners.  NOT YOU.  So back off and let these people have their moment.   On a side note, U2 totally blowing him off when he came in for a handshake was hilarious!!
  • Melissa McCarthy and Jimmy Fallon’s presentation.  I love both of these comedians but this just fell very flat.   And it went on too long.  It’s disappointing too because these two are talented and funny but last night was bad.
  • Woody Allen getting the Cecil B DeMile Award.  I don’t like Woody Allen as a person.  I think he’s disgusting.  But that’s besides the point.  Woody Allen is one of those directors and film makers that either people love or hate.  You either get him or you don’t.  I don’t like his films and I don’t get him.  I never did.  Maybe I’m not sophisticated enough to appreciate his work (although I can appreciate the longevity of his career) and that’s why I’ve never been able to understand the gushing praise over his films.  But that’s my opinion.  Many others will disagree and that’s fine.

What did you think of the GGs?   What were your favorite or head scratching moments of the night?  Let me know!

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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Award Shows, Golden Globes, NBC

 

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2012 SAG Awards Nominations

And I thought the Golden Globes were bad (and they really weren’t that bad.)   These are HORRENDOUSLY bad!!!  Oh my Lord.  I was already convinced, but this completely solidifies my position that these people who are in charge of the nominations don’t watch TV and just pick the popular shows and actors because of name and past recognition.

I’m not going to comment on the TV movies or miniseries because the only one I watched was The Kennedys.  The one thing I will say, why not Barry Pepper for The Kennedys?  Greg Kinnear was great, but Barry Pepper was sooooooo much better.

Before I get into my issues with the acting categories, I just want to say, that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these actors nominated, I love and think are fantastic at their craft.  However, just because they rock at their professions as a whole, doesn’t mean they deserve the nominations below.  There are some incredible names listed below, but I have to say, many are getting props for the wrong reasons, in my opinion.   So I just want to be clear, how much I admire and respect the actors below…you know, before I rip them to shreds!  Actually, I’m not ripping them, just the stupid award people.

So as for the actors, I will say that I am THRILLED for Patrick J. Adams from the best new show of the summer, Suits.   That’s awesome!!!  Although in my humble opinion, if one of the actors would be nominated, I would have given it to Gabriel Macht.  Adams was fabulous but I thought Macht was just a tick better.  If only because he had a bigger range to play this season.   Overall, I don’t have a problem with the male category.   Although Damien Lewis is a glaring omission.  The female category, is a bigger issue for me.  Kathy Bates, really?  I like I said when she was nominated for the Emmy last year, I don’t hate KB.  I love her in fact.  But this character, doesn’t deserve a nomination, I’m sorry.  There are other people more worthy of a nomination than her.   While Jessica Lange was the best part of AHS, a best actress nom performance, it was not.  Kyra Sedgwick, I think this is a farewell nomination with this being the last season of the Closer, so I’m ok with it.  And Glenn Close and Julianna Margulies completely deserve the noms.   But where are Monica Potter, Lauren Graham, Emily van Camp, Claire Danes, Stana Katic, Emily Deschanel?  Hell, I would even give Kristen Bauer from True Blood a nom over some of these names.  I’m sure I’m forgetting other people, but come on.  I don’t understand and I never will.

As for the comedic acting categories, the first thing I will say is can we please get off the Betty White bandwagon please?  Yes the woman is hilarious but not better than Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec and no one will convince me otherwise.  And at some point, someone needs to explain to me how Nurse Jackie is a comedy.  IT ISN’T!!!!!  So stop putting a show in a category it doesn’t belong in just so you can nominate Edie Falco.  And while many people love Modern Family (I did in the beginning but have stopped watching it because I don’t think the writing is a strong as its premiere season), they don’t deserve all the acting noms they get.  It’s a great ensemble show, but not THAT many people stand out on that show.  And Jon Cryer?   Really?  I think not.  Also, while I am a HUGE 30 Rock fan, and a major Tina Fey fan, both Fey and Alec Baldwin’s nominations are getting tiring.  They are great at what they do, but haven’t brought anything fresh to the role in a while.   Where is Nick Offerman?  Who does he have to sleep with to get nominated?   The man is a genius on my TV screen every week.  I also think Danny Pudi and Eliza Coupe are constantly overlooked.  They are freaking hilarious!!!!  And I am surprised not to see Zooey Deschanel on the list.  I know she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but she is perfect as Jess on New Girl.  I also think Jane Levy (Tessa from Suburgatory) should have received some recognition for her work.   And I know this show turns a lot of people off, but Beth Behrs (Caroline from 2 Broke Girls) should have been given consideration.  She is fantastically funny as well as incredibly likable in her role.    And what about Melissa McCarthy from Mike and Molly?  How could she be left off this list?    I think the number one name left off this list is Jason Segal from HIMYM.  His performance last season was incredible and certainly deserved to be on this list.  Not to mention, Neil Patrick Harris should be a staple on here.  There is a large pool of very talented actors to choose from, but that didn’t happen.

As for the shows themselves, I have no real beef with the dramas other than Homeland was missing.  As for the comedies, Big Bang, Glee, and The Office don’t deserve to be there.  I am still a big 30 Rock fan (I know a lot of people have grown tired of it, which I understand, but I don’t have a problem with it) and  I personally don’t think Modern Family should be in this category. I think it is HIGHLY overrated and not one of the best comedies on TV.  What I would have liked to see….Parks and Rec, Happy Endings, Episodes, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and maybe Community.  Community is a very up and down show…when it’s good, it’s the best comedy on TV, but when it’s bad, it’s as awful as Whitney.  So I can understand why it was left off, but this season has to be it’s best so far (especially from a consistency standpoint.)   The other shows are fresh and funny and have fantastic ensemble casts that really bring out the best in each other.  But that’s my list and that counts for exactly, nothing.

I sincerely believe the people making these decisions are incredibly lazy or are getting some sort of kick back.  I don’t know how you can watch TV (and watch the scope of the shows necessary to make these decisions) and pick these actors and shows for nominations.  Again, it’s not a knock on the actors themselves, but these performances aren’t as solid as some of the other performances out there that get constantly overlooked.

I really have to stop getting worked up over these things, but I hate seeing really talented, exceptional people and shows not getting the recognition they deserve for their work.  There are many names on this list who at one point, were the best and have been recognized as such.  Maybe in the roles below and maybe in other roles.   But it’s time to start spreading the wealth and because while the people below are very talented, there are a whole mix of actors out there that are missing their opportunity to get the acknowledgements that is rightly there’s and getting the chance to be publicly honored for their accomplishments.

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE – “THURGOOD” (HBO)
PAUL GIAMATTI – “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)
GREG KINNEAR – “THE KENNEDYS” (REELZ CHANNEL)
GUY PEARCE – “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)
JAMES WOODS – “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
DIANE LANE – “CINEMA VERITE” (HBO)
MAGGIE SMITH – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
EMILY WATSON – “APPROPRIATE ADULT” (Sundance Channel)
BETTY WHITE – “HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE” (CBS)
KATE WINSLET – “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PATRICK J. ADAMS – “SUITS” (USA)
STEVE BUSCEMI – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
KYLE CHANDLER – “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” (DirecTV)
BRYAN CRANSTON – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
MICHAEL C. HALL – “DEXTER” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
KATHY BATES – “HARRY’S LAW” (NBC)
GLENN CLOSE – “DAMAGES” (DirecTV)
JESSICA LANGE – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” (FX)
JULIANNA MARGULIES – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
KYRA SEDGWICK – “THE CLOSER” (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
STEVE CARELL – “THE OFFICE” (NBC)
JON CRYER – “TWO AND A HALF MEN” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIE BOWEN – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
EDIE FALCO – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
SOFIA VERGARA – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
BETTY WHITE – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
BREAKING BAD (AMC)
DEXTER (Showtime)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK (NBC)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
GLEE (FOX)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
THE OFFICE (NBC)

Dick Van Dyke will present Screen Actors Guild’s 48th Life Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Award Shows, SAG

 

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