Golden Rush:Winner Mix-up, Why the Golden Globes makes us sing

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The Golden Globes aired just last Monday and the press couldn’t be happier with the
outcome. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who runs the show every year,
really mixed it up. Aside from the weird faces and surprise winners, the SNL duo
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s (minus the Canadian accent and blonde perm) winning
reminiscent combo made the last three years of host Ricky Gervais cool off. A-listers
were now free of the regular roast, and the show is now a really funny awards ceremony,
which makes me wonder why they put the wad on stage again and again. But I’m
content with the fact that “when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they
make you host the show two more times.”-Amy Poehler

What was really surprising for the people were the big winners of the night: Argo and
Les Miserables, who were—if not adequately—left out of the Academy Award ballot.
Argo, which won a best director award for Ben Affleck, beating Steven Spielberg
(Lincoln) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi), was not even considered as a nominee for the much
more praised Oscars. That surprise win, as well as the munchy for best film, gives Argo
a new name for fans everywhere. Argo, which is a grand story on how the CIA rescued
six American diplomats off the plain of war during the Iran Hostage Crisis, is a much
simpler course than the historical retellings of Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty, both of
which talk about great leaders, with the latter also about those who die in moral turmoil.
And if ever the Oscars reconsider, which I hope they do, I’m sure the likes of Argo
wouldn’t keep to a surprise victory.

Les Miserables, the latest version of the acclaimed musical that has just celebrated
a stunning 25 years in Broadway, won best performance by an actress in a
supporting role in a motion picture for Anne Hatthaway, while Hugh Jackman
won for best actor in a comedy or musical– comedy or musical. The film also
won the best film in a comedy or musical award, as was expected, wrapping
up all the speculations and making enemies of every comedian out there. Even the
speeches were enthusiastic: Anne Hathaway thanked the Foreign Press “for this lovely
blunt object, that I will forever use as a weapon against my self-doubt.” Now, with the
Academy Awards to take for the winning, Les Mis holds a lot of promise.

Also, big winners include ‘Homeland’, which is about a war veteran turned traitor for
best drama and ‘Girls’, a show about a bunch of twenty-something noobs in the Big
Apple for best comedy. These front-runners only came out recently during the last
year and have quickly flooded the media.

Out of all the major surprises, here are the winners for the Golden Globes 2012

Best motion picture — drama: “Argo”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture — drama: Daniel Day-
Lewis in “Lincoln”
Day-Lewis who played the 6’4”, 16th president of the United States won one golden
globe before in the film “There will be blood”.

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture — drama: Jessica
Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”

“This is a sweet dream come true,” Chastain said in her acceptance speech. Later she
explained backstage that still “I would not like to meet her, because if someone found
out she would go to jail,” she said on the person her character was based on.

Best motion picture — comedy or musical: “Les Misérables”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture — comedy or
musical: Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”

“Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today,” she
supposedly joked in her speech. She was referring to producer Harvey Weinstein

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture — comedy or
musical: Hugh
Jackman in “Les Misérables”

Jackman said of the movie “a project of passion and [that] it took a lot of courage to
make it.” He said he went 36 hours without water to make his face look rugged and
thin while keeping on a grim mood, although he doesn’t recommend it when pulling a
hundred ton cargo ship.

Best animated feature: “Brave”

Best foreign language film: “Amour” (Austria)

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion
picture: Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”

Hathaway played Fantine in the movie, the same role her mom played on stage when
she was just thinking of becoming an actress. She thanked the Hollywood Foreign

Press Association “for this lovely blunt object that I will forever use as a weapon against
my self-doubt.”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion
picture: Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

“Quentin, you know that my indebtedness to you knows no words,” Waltz said in his
speech referring to the great Quentin Tarantino to whom he has worked with twice.
Waltz also won a Globe and an Oscar two years ago for his portrayal of a German Nazi
colonel in Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

Best director — motion picture: Ben Affleck for “Argo”

Affleck, who was skipped in the nominations for best director in the Oscars doesn’t
regret. He’s got a big shiny object to hit anyone with to show them “we got nominated
for seven Oscars, including best picture.” Affleck said. “I was thrilled. I’m elated tonight;
I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

Best screenplay — motion picture: Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”
The famous off-the-wall director was gasped at for using the “N-word” a lot. He says
that it was used more before anyways and that they were “saying I should soften it. …
and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”

Best original score — motion picture: Mychael Danna for “Life of Pi”
That was the only win for Life of Pi that night

Best original song — motion picture: “Skyfall” (Music by Adele, Paul Epworth;
Lyrics by Adele, Paul Epworth)
“Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!” Adele jumping as she walked
her way on stage. “It’s very strange to be here. Thank you for letting me be part of your
world tonight.” This was Adele’s first appearance since she gave birth to her son in
October.

Best TV series – comedy: “Girls”

Best TV series — drama: “Homeland”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series — drama: Claire Danes
in “Homeland”

Best performance by an actor in a TV series — drama: Damian Lewis
in “Homeland”

It is Lewis’ first globe since he won an Emmy some time back. He dedicated the award
to his late mother, who “I know is up there tonight, looking down, bursting with pride and
telling everyone how well her son is doing in acting.”

Best performance by an actor in a TV series — comedy or musical:
Don Cheadle in “House of Lies”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series — comedy or musical:
Lena Dunham in “Girls”

Best miniseries or motion picture made for TV: “Game Change”

Best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture
made for TV: Julianne Moore in “Game Change”

Best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made
for TV: Kevin Costner in “Hatfields & McCoys”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series,
miniseries or motion picture made for TV: Maggie Smith in “Downton Abbey:
Season 2”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series,

miniseries or motion picture made for TV: Ed Harris in “Game Change” who
like many winners simply weren’t there.

The Globes usually air a month before the Oscars, but that isn’t to say that they are a
preview to them. Even if the usual scenario is that winners of the globe take the prize
in the Academy, there are some exceptions, such as this year’s Argo. The Golden
Globes were designed as free verse, momentary achievements where A-listers could
agree without being beaten and getting a head on the other. Viewers watch the Golden
Globes to celebrate themselves for the bids they’ve bet on during the year. I watch the
Globes not just to appreciate them but to watch every single actor in one room laugh
and cry, with one or two hosts standing in the corner watching everything I see and
commenting on them as things go, which almost always creates a riot.

I watch the show out of the magic of film.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/13/showbiz/golden-globes/index.html

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