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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!


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


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RECAP & REVIEW: 2013 Golden Globe Awards

I always enjoy the Golden Globes.  I love it because it isn’t as stuffy as the other awards shows.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s always a good time.  Plus, as the wonderful Amy Poehler put it, I love seeing “the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of TV.”

First of all the hosts….Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  They.  Were.  AMAZING!!  I thought Neil Patrick Harris should host every award shows…I was wrong.  Ok, he can keep the Tony’s but I want Fey and Poehler for everything else.  They were perfection!!!  So as a result of their genius, a few of their best bits from the evening:

  • “Celebrating shows that have entertained us all year and films that have been in theaters for two days”  – Tina Fay 
  • “When you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host this show two more times.”  – Amy Poehler
  • “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent 3 years married to James Cameron.”  -AP  (In regards to Kathryn Bigelow’s direction in Zero Dark Thirty)
  • “When left untreated, HFPA can lead to cervical cancer.”  -AP
  • “He filmed his first films in Boston but moved this film to Iran because he wanted a place more friendly to outsiders.”  -TF (To Ben Affleck)
  • “I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.”  – TF (to Anne Hathaway)
  • “She had a difficult time performing with the camera so close to her face.  Then she’ll never make it in porn.  I don’t think she has any plans to do porn Amy.  None of us has PLANS to do porn Tina.”  – TF & AP (again to Anne Hathaway)
  • “The Hunger Games is also what I call the 6 weeks it took me to get into this dress” – TF
  • “The Life of Pi is what I will call the 6 weeks after I take this dress off!”  – AP
  • “Meryl Streep is not here tonight because she has the flu and I hear she’s amazing in it.”  – AP
  • “Wow, what an exciting special guest!  Hillary Clinton’s husband!  Bill Rodham Clinton!”  – AP
  • “Good night everyone.  We’re going home with Jodie Foster!”  – AP

Unfortunately my bullet points don’t have the same inflections and facial expression that the ladies do so it probably loses a bit but you get the point.  Genius, genius, genius.   My only complaint, we didn’t have enough of them throughout the show.  Actually, they could have gotten rid of some of the boring presenters and just stuck with them.  Except for one pair…their SNL counterparts…Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell.  Again, hilarious!  Maybe went on a touch too long, but I didn’t care.  It was wonderful.  Just ask Tommy Lee Jones who seemed to be rolling on the carpet howling with laughter at their bit.  (Insert sarcasm.)

There were many parts of this show that I loved.  Some parts that made me laugh, some parts made me roll my eyes, and some parts had me scratching my head.  I loved Jessica Chastain, Adele, and Ben Affleck’s acceptance speeches.   All were really from the heart and genuine and I couldn’t be happier for each one of them.  Take that Oscars for not nominating Affleck for Best Director.  That’s a crime.  Also, just when I thought it was impossible to love Adele more, she proves me wrong.  She is delightful and the type of person I just want to go and have a few pints with.  Just as I thought my love for Adele couldn’t increase, I thought my dislike for Taylor Swift couldn’t increase.  I was wrong, again.  Sitting there with her pissed off face for losing to Adele just shows again what a phony she is.  Show some class and be happy for your colleague who, quite frankly, can write circles around you and your pedestrian crap.  Moving on.  For some reason Lena Dunham and Anne Hathaway’s speeches didn’t come across as genuine.  I love Anne Hathaway. I do.  But her speech came across as a bit rehearsed and fake.  Except for her comments to Sally Field, that felt very real to me and they were beautiful.  But the rest…eh, not so much.  Lena Dunham’s speech was very nice, but it’s harder to believe someone’s sincerity when they are stiffly reading it off loose leaf paper.  I know it’s not fair and she probably had stuff written down because she was nervous.  I get all that.  I’m just saying it doesn’t feel as heartfelt.  Also, to say you’re “so surprised” yet you have an acceptance speech ready?  If you really don’t think you’re going to win, there’s nothing for you to prepare, right?    But I will say, her thanking Chad Lowe?   AWESOME!  Kevin Costner’s speech reminded me why I’ve never liked his acting.  It was a dry and boring and he is.  But congrats!

Then came Jodie Foster.  Foster is one of my all time favorite actresses.  If you really press me, she’s in the top 5.  She’s brilliant.  I was thrilled to see her getting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award because she is so deserving and I was ready to be wowed by her speech.  I was watching her feeling empowered yet confused at the same time.  I was touched and baffled all at once.  Does that make any sense?  I couldn’t tell if she was coming out or looking for a date.  If she was retiring or starting a self-help business.  It was bizarre.  But it was also beautiful.  It was just, odd.  It went off in these strange tangents but then when she focused herself back, she had some wonderful sentiments, especially about her mom.   Twitter last night was going off on her speech…some love it and some hated it.  Some were just as confused as I was.  But what no one can deny is that Foster has been a huge force in the film business for over 40 years.  And when looking back on her career, it was, and still is, glorious.

From the winners and losers standpoint, nothing was very shocking, on the TV end, except for one…Don Cheadle winning Best Actor in a Comedy for House of Lies.  Wow.  I love Don Cheadle and think he’s a great actor, but that show is awful.  And before you scream at me, yes I know he won and not the show, but he is wasted on that show.  His character is horrible, the plots are outrageous, and I can’t root for people who help slime balls out of jams they have no business being out of.  There are many awards Cheadle deserves, this wasn’t one of them.   But all the Homeland and Game Change love was well deserved.  The other one I’m not on board with is Girls.  I can’t speak very intelligently with this show because I only watched two episodes, but I couldn’t get into it.  I was bored by it.  And I know it’s the darling show right now and Lena Dunham is the darling writer/actor.  It did nothing for me.  But I’m happy for her and her cast and crew because it’s always nice when a new show can break the mold.  And hell, at least it’s not Modern Family right?   Yeah!!   The one person I’m hoping gets some love soon is Max Greenfield.  He is absolutely sensational as Schmidt on New Girl.  Please, please, please someone give this man the props he deserves!!!

The only thing I’m going to say from the movie side, since this is a TV blog after all, is that I have a TON of movies to see before the Oscars.  The last few years, there haven’t been many “Best Picture” movies I’ve wanted to see and truth be told, I think the last few years, I haven’t seen any of them.  But this year…Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miz, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln…wow.  What a great year for movies.  And I can’t wait to see all of these.

What did you think of the GG?  Love or hate it?


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2013 Golden Globe Awards Winners vs. Nominees List



Miniseries or TV movie

WINNER: Game Change, HBO

Hatfields & McCoys, History

The Girl, HBO

The Hour, BBC America

Political Animals, USA


Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

WINNER: Homeland, Showtime

The Newsroom, HBO

Comedy or musical

The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Episodes, Showtime


Modern Family, ABC

Smash, NBC

Actor, drama series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC

WINNER: Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Actress, drama series

Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC

WINNER: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS

Glenn Close, Damages, DirecTV

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS

Actor, comedy or musical series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

WINNER: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime

Louis C.K., Louie, FX

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Actress, comedy or musical series

Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl, Fox

WINNER: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO

Tina Fey,30 Rock, NBC

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Supporting actor, series, miniseries or movie

Max Greenfield, New Girl, Fox

WINNER: Ed Harris, Game Change, HBO

Danny Huston, Magic City, Starz

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, ABC

Supporting actress

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville, ABC

Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife, CBS

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story, FX

WINNER: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC

Actor, miniseries or TV movie

WINNER: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys, History

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock, PBS

Woody Harrelson, Game Change, HBO

Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO

Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Actress, miniseries or TV movie

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX

WINNER: Julianne Moore, Game Change, HBO

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA




Django Unchained

Life of Pi


Zero Dark Thirty

Comedy or musical

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

WINNER: Les Misérables

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


WINNER: Ben Affleck, Argo

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Actor, comedy or musical

Jack Black, Bernie

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

WINNER: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Ewan MacGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Actress, comedy or musical

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Maggie Smith, Quartet

Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Actor, drama

WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Richard Gere, Arbitrage

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight

Actress, drama

WINNER: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Supporting actor

WINNER: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Alan Arkin, Argo

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Supporting actress

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

WINNER: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy


Chris Terrio, Argo

WINNER: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Original score

Alexandre Desplat, Argo

Dario Marianeli, Anna Karenina

Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas

WINNER: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

John Williams, Lincoln

Best Original Song

Keith Urban, For You (Act of Valor)

Taylor Swift, Safe & Sound (The Hunger Games)

Hugh Jackman, Suddenly (Les Misérables)

WINNER: Adele, Skyfall (Skyfall)

Jon Bon Jovi, Not Running Anymore (Stand Up Guys)

Animated feature film



Hotel Transylvania

Rise of the Guardians

Wreck-It Ralph

Foreign film


The Intouchables


A Royal Affair

Rust & Bone



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2012 Golden Globe Winners List

Here is the list of the 2012 Golden Globe Winners.  Congratulations to all!!  (The winners are highlighted in blue.)


American Horror Story (FX)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Boss (Starz)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)

Comedy or musical
Enlightened (HBO)
Episodes (Showtime)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
New Girl (Fox)

Actor, drama series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Kelsey Grammer, Boss (Starz)
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias (Showtime)
Damian Lewis, Homeland (Showtime)

Actress, drama series
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge (ABC)
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness (USA)

Actor, comedy or musical series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
David Duchovny, Californication (Showtime)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Thomas Jane, Hung (HBO)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)

Actress, comedy or musical series
Laura Dern, Enlightened (HBO)
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (Fox)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Supporting actor
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verité (HBO)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

Supporting actress
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story (FX)
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

Miniseries or TV movie
Cinema Verité (HBO)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
The Hour (BBC America)
Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or TV movie
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Bill Nighy, Page Eight (PBS)
Dominic West, The Hour (BBC America)

Actress, miniseries or TV movie
Romola Garai, The Hour (BBC America)
Diane Lane, Cinema Verité (HBO)
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult (ITV)
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (HBO)

I have to admit, I was slightly surprised at Matt LeBlanc and Laura Dern’s GGs.  Not in a bad way either.  That was some tough competition and I was really happy for both of them.  Although I can’t fathom how Poehler or Fey don’t win every year, but that’s another story.  Poehler is genius as Leslie Knope.  I better stop now before I go off!

I didn’t watch the whole show last night, I must admit, because I wanted to watch Once Upon A Time and The Good Wife.  But I did watch Madonna’s acceptance speech.   Was she trying to be funny or is she just drifting out further and further into La La Land?  That woman, while so talented, is just so out there.  Yikes.   Talk about someone who is really has no sense of self-awareness in these types of settings. Oh well.

How was the host by the way?  I know he was awesome last year and the brief parts I saw, he was as brilliant as ever.  But I missed the opening monologue.  Guess I need to You Tube it, if it’s worth it, so let me know!

So congrats to all the winners!  Damien Lewis, maybe next year my friend!   What did you think of the Golden Globes?


Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Golden Globes


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