With the winners announced for this year’s Golden Globes we take a look at who deserved the honor and who just possibly, in the words of Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, just kissed “two wrinkled Golden Globes” to get their award.
With the winner of Best Motion Picture – Drama being Babel, I could not help myself from screaming in anger and disgust. For those of you who haven’t seen the film, just go see The Departed and call it a day. Babel, while it may not have been the most boring film I have ever seen, was the most boring film in the category. I was surprised however to see that Gustavo Santaolalla did not win for Babel in the Best Original Score – Motion Picture category, that honor went to Alexandre Desplat for The Painted Veil. Santaolalla’s score was not only amazing but would be worth watching on a blank screen for two hours rather than watch the film.
In the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama category, Leo “Deuce” DiCaprio was nominated not only once but twice for his roles in Blood Diamond and The Departed. Which means that Leo had a forty percent chance of winning the award, while everyone else had only a twenty percent chance. If I were a betting man, I like those odds. But much to his own dismay, Leo did not take home the hardware. A much Deserving Forest Whitaker was awarded for his role in The Last King of Scotland.
I would have to say that one of the best surprises of the evening was to see that Sacha Baron Cohen was awarded for his controversial role in Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan. Not only did Baron Cohen shock the world by winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy, but also with his colorful speech that can be seen below. Sadly, Baron Cohen’s film did not win the Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy. The only musical in the bunch, Dreamgirls, took home the hardware while also claiming some casualties along the way. Jennifer Hudson knocked off the Babel twins Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza, while Eddie Murphy did the same to The Departed costars Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg.
In probably the two least colorful categories of the evening Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren took home the hardware for their performances in Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Drama. Not to say that neither female deserved their acclaim, but neither female deserved their acclaim. Judi Dench was fantastic in Notes on a Scandal, and Toni Collette is the most underrated woman in Hollywood.
Martin Scorsese looked as if he wanted to pump his fist in the air and give Dirty Harry the finger when he won Best Director – Motion Picture. Clint Eastwood had the same odds as winning as Leo DiCaprio did, but suffered the same defeat by losing to a greater foe. I was disappointed to see that Scorsese’s film did not win the Best Screenplay – Motion Picture award. The screenplay was not exactly a masterpiece, but broke almost every rule in the book for how a movie should end and still kept the audiences enthralled.
With The Golden Globes over, we now look forward to see this years Oscar nominations. Make sure to check out Film School Rejects next week to see what we think about who the “real critics” chose, as we will announce the winners of the 2006 FSR Honor Roll.
See Sacha Baron Cohen’s speech below:
The video has been removed from YouTube due to someone at Dick Clark Productions being a douche bag…