Breaking Down The Golden Globe Winners

We promised you commentary on the winners of this evening’s Golden Globe Awards, and here it is — so settle down already. Here we go:

Well, this about kills the movie’s chance of winning the Oscar. While the Golden Globes are known as a prequel to the Academy Awards, this category has been more about predicting who’s not going to win. Not since 2003’s Lord of the Rings: Return of the King did this category match both ceremonies.

Yup, it’s nice to see this take home a statue, but we know that outside of the Golden Globes, no one really thinks these films stand a ghost of a chance in other ceremonies.

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA – Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood
I don’t think anyone is surprised by this one. And Lewis didn’t even have to show his junk like Viggo did.

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA – Julie Christie, Away From Her
Again, no surprise, and you gotta love Julie Christie’s sexiness on screen… even if she is playing an Alzheimer’s patient. Plus, she was going against pathetic Oscar grab performances from Angelina Jolie and Jodie Foster.

BEST ACTOR, MUSICAL OR COMEDY – Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
A nice surprise, especially for the Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fans. Too bad there isn’t this category in other awards, ‘cause Daniel Day Lewis will probably win the Oscar.

BEST ACTRESS, MUSICAL OR COMEDY – Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Who? Oh yeah, the French chick. Did anyone expect someone else would win? This is the foreign press, after all. And they couldn’t give it to a mainstream American actress like Amy Adams.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Another expected winner. I loved him in this movie, but I also think the foreign press voted for him for fear he’d track them down and blow their brains out the back of their heads with a pressurized hand-cannon.

BEST SUPPRORTING ACTRESS – Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Oh, a chick playing a dude. That’s original. It’s a shock they didn’t give an award to John Travolta for the opposite thing… or worse yet, Eddie Murphy for his role(s) in Norbit.

BEST DIRECTOR – Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Who? Wait a minute… again, a French guy over the rest of the field. Sure, the film was interesting, but how much creativity is needed to have a person recite the French alphabet into the camera for 90 minutes? Sigh… the foreign press can be so predictable.

BEST SCREENPLAY – Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Wow, those guys actually got something right for once. Take that, dead wheelchair-ridden French guy!

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – “Guaranteed,” Into the Wild
Filmgoers around the world can breathe a sigh of relief that this is the only Golden Globe won by Sean Penn’s movie. Otherwise, we’d get to watch more 2 1/2 hour monstrosities by this egomaniacal director.

BEST SCORE – Dario Marianelli, Atonement
Can’t really argue with this one. Anyone that can take a typewriter and make a tense soundtrack deserves some awards.

What? Happily N’Ever After was robbed!

BEST FOREIGN FILM – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
At least they’re consistent. Wouldn’t it be weird if the best director of the year’s didn’t actually win best film? Oh wait, it didn’t. It just won Best Foreign Film. To be consistent, shouldn’t this have been nominated for Best Picture too?

Now that you’ve read our take, we are interested to hear what you have to say.

Talking Point: What do you think of this year’s winners? What surprised you? What didn’t?

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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