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And the Golden Globe Winners Are …

— by RACHEL COYNE —

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards aired last night, and frankly, they were kind of dull. There were a handful of good quips from host Ricky Gervais, plenty of slams on NBC and pleas to assist Haiti, and a lot of awkward reciting from the teleprompter. Some of the more notable moments from the evening included:

— Sandra Bullock beat Gabourey Sidibe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. And I rolled my eyes so hard I think I popped a blood vessel.

— “The Hangover” won for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. I definitely thought it was the best movie of all the nominees, but I never expected such a bawdy comedy to actually walk away with the prize. It was sort of disappointing that Zach Galifianakis wasn’t there; I would have liked to have seen how he cleans up for an awards show.

— “Avatar” won for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and while nobody else was surprised, I still wonder how a movie that isn’t even nominated for Best Screenplay, can be considered the “best” overall.

Here is the list of winners in the movie categories:

• Best Motion Picture – Drama: “Avatar”

• Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”

• Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”

• Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: “The Hangover”

• Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia”

• Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Robert Downey Jr. in “Sherlock Holmes”

• Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire”

• Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

• Best Animated Feature Film: “Up”

• Best Foreign Language Film: “The White Ribbon”

• Best Director – Motion Picture: James Cameron for “Avatar”

• Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: “Up in the Air” by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

• Best Original Score – Motion Picture: “Up” by Michael Giacchio

• Best Original Song – Motion Picture: “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart,” with words and music by T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham

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4 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. 1

    “The Hangover” certainly seems like a sort of bravura choice for these kinds of awards shows, which are usually the very definition of vanilla selection. I’ll never mistake “Up” for a better animated film than “Coraline,” though.

  2. Mariusz Zubrowski #
    2

    How did Avatar win “Best Motion Picture”? I have nothing against it but I didn’t think that it was award-worthy in anything other than special effects.

  3. Cam Smith #
    3

    Not to mention, that the “Best” drama also didn’t have any nominated performances… Such a joke, but not unexpected considering the reputation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. Fingers crossed that the Oscar commitee doesn’t also drink the pretty 3D kool-aid.

  4. Alexa M. #
    4

    I definitely agree about “Avatar.” I enjoyed the movie, but “The Hurt Locker” or “Up in the Air” definitely deserved the best drama prize more. I was pretty excited that “The Hangover” won though, since comedies like that almost never get recognition.



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