My thoughts on the Golden Globes; Inarritu and Leo steal the show

It’s all about that bass? No, that was Birdman last year. But once more,and yet again, Alejandro Inarritu and his cast have emerged as winners. And deservedly so.

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photo credits to Stephen Lovekin / @slovekinpics

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photo credits to Paul Drinkwater/ NBCUniversal

If you’ve been watching the coverage of the golden globes, you’ll know who the big winner was tonight. Alejandro G Inarritu. Straight off his DGA and Oscar wins from last year for Birdman, this one exceptional director, with the the reflective and reverberative tunes of Ryuichi Sakamoto playing like a victory anthem, walked the walk and claimed the night. Not only did he beat his rivals for Best Director but was also praised by Leo who won Best Actor himself. And as if the one-two weren’t enough for The Revenant, it went on to leave the other films in the dust by picking up the biggest prize of the night.

It was so great to see The Revenant pick up the accolades. Room was my favourite movie of the year though, but I didn’t think it was going to actually win it. So The Revenant was the obvious next choice. And boy did it shock the movie world. After all the talk of Spotlight being the frontrunner, or Carol being that one great beauty, or Mad Max perhaps riding the “game-changing” wave of blockbuster-critic love, The Revenant swooped past the hype and claimed victory. I was really happy that Leo won Best Actor as well. He totally deserved it. Everyone in the room stood up and took a bow.

One can only admire the man who was the creative drive behind this stunning movie. His style in Birdman was a real revolutionary feat. This year he has showed again that his ravishing film, created under the most brutal of conditions, is a testament to his talent. To be honest though I wasn’t impressed with the other directors in the category. Todd Haynes for Carol? I mean that movie was so subtle and slow, it lacked connection. Tom McCarthy for Spotlight? Don’t get me wrong, Spotlight is a hugely important film with devastating realism and power, but there wasn’t much artistry or uniqueness in direction. But most critics seemed to favour these two as well as George Miller (Mad Max:Fury Road) and Ridley Scott (The Martian), and boy were they dead wrong. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was the resounding champion.

 

BRIE LARSON!!! WOO!

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photo credits to justjared.com

Nobody can stop her. She was relentless in her own sweet and humble way when she collected her prize for Best Actress, Drama. And she absolutely deserved it. Nobody, yeah no one else, can lay a dent on her performance as Ma in Room.  She was emotional, real, genuine, sensitive, heartfelt…it was just all encompassing and one of a kind. So I screamed when she won. She’s so beautiful ❤

 

The unfettered, the genuine, and the ones that didn’t give a hoot.

Ridley Scott. He’s the man, man! After getting off to a slow start, understandable given the overwhelming feeling of winning, decided that no one will stop him halfway during his speech. He continued to thank the full list of people who worked with him and helped the film right down to the last name. The music, which signals that your time is up, didn’t unfaze Scott who simply went on because he was grateful and knew his success was not simply his own. Good for you sir!

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photo credits to Allen. J Schaben /  Los Angeles Times

Taraji P Henson (above), winner of Best Actress in a television series for drama, was another who was simply herself. I’ve watched abit of Empire, so I didn’t really know her, but she was so full of joy and laughter and let out the occasional shriek. Taraji thanked so many people and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. And she gave a strong riposte against Empire featuring homosexuality by defending it and saying “Here’s to all my haters, I’ll send you cookies.” You go girl!

 

Jennifer Lawrence, the babe of Hollywood.

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photo credits to Allen. J Schaben / Los Angeles Times

I adore JLaw. And apparently so does Hollywood. So much to the point that everytime she’s up for something, there’s a feeling that she has one hand on the prize. She’s a phenomenal actress and she’s cute 🙂 But I thought the Globes would have given others like Amy Schumer (Trainwreck) or Melissa McCarthy (Spy) or maybe even give the old-timers Lily Tomlin and Maggie Smith a chance. It wasn’t to be. JLaw slays again.

 

A gracious host? More like disgusting.

Ricky Gervais was like a pointed jagged knife that tore through the fabric of the Golden Globes. No one was spared his jokes. He went from joking about Caitlyn Jenner’s sexuality and accident to dissing Jennifer Lawrence’s fight for equal pay to joking about the Spotlight saying ‘Roman Polanski (director who sexually abused a thirteen year-old) called it the best date movie ever’ to dissing Jeffrey Tambor’s role as a transgender woman, to jokingly revealing Eddie Redmayne as a girl before saying ‘It’s a dude!’. He could’ve chosen as the butt of his jokes, quite stupidly and idiotically, and has chosen the transgeder community to direct his most piercing words. This guy has no clue where boundaries lie and where to draw the line. To have to resort to plain derogatory jokes as his main feature simply shows little talent in humour. But most of all, it shows no sensitivity, class and grace.

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photo credits to Pixar

 

Will the Golden Globes change the Oscar race?

It’s definitely hard to say. Given the fact that the Oscars has many more categories as well, like adapted and original screenplay, the Oscars could reward multiple films in various ways. Who will win the eventual Best Picture is still excitingly close. It seems unlikely that The Revenant will win,given that Alejandro and team won it last year for Birdman. I can’t really fathom the Academy, so rigid in its ways, to reward Alejandro Inarritu for Best Director again. It was one of the best,if not the best directing efforts this year, but the Academy wouldn’t want to make itself seem too radical by giving the same man consecutive wins. But who knows? Maybe The Revenant is something that should be a force to be reckoned with.  After a rather surprising turn of events, The Revenant (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Surprise 😉 ) , might prove to be stronger than before.

So how did you feel about this year’s Golden Globes?

Main winners for the Golden Globes for film (Winners are bolded):

Best motion picture, drama

Mad Max: Fury Road

Carol

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

Joy

Spy

The Big Short

The Martian

Trainwreck

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano,” Love”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, “Youth”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Hateful Eight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, “Room”

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, “Carol”

Alexander Desplat, “The Danish Girl”

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Ryuchi Sakamoto, “The Revanant”

Best motion picture, animated

Anomalisa

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. xclaudiasthoughtsx says:

    i loved this post!! the hosting was TERRIBLE but other than that, its really entertaining. leonardo really deserves his awards! xx

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Glad you liked it! Oh yeah it was, did you watch the whole thing? I watched halfway so I was spared some of his more screwed up insults HAHA. I hope he finally wins that oscar!

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      1. xclaudiasthoughtsx says:

        i didn’t! i couldn’t sit through the whole thing. yeah leo deserves it!

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      2. jwforeva says:

        Oh yeah school right?

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      3. xclaudiasthoughtsx says:

        yes unfortunately!

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  2. smilingldsgirl says:

    In general I was ok with acting wins but I feel Spotlight is much better than The Revenant but was glad to see Leo win for a great performance

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Fair enough, Spotlight was great but I liked The Revenant a little better. Ikr! Glad you’re rooting for him as well!

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      1. smilingldsgirl says:

        Revenant was a striking film but flawed. I just think Spotlight was about perfectly executed as it gets and deserved something

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      2. jwforeva says:

        I liked both, and Spotlight was indeed a very powerful film…Though I preferred The Revenant. It was so beautifully shot and felt like nothing I’d seen before. I think Spotlight might take it at the oscars! 🙂

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      3. smilingldsgirl says:

        Got to root for Leo. He deserves it

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      4. jwforeva says:

        Ikr! So glad you’re backing Leo as well!

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  3. smilingldsgirl says:

    Yeah the hosting was awful! Kate Bosworth stole the show with her pink dress. Wow!

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  4. Keith says:

    Fine wrap up! I agree about Gervais. Despite having a few pretty good digs, I thought he came across as pompous and obnoxious. The Revenant is in an interesting position. As I recall Boyhood won the same award at last year’s Globes and we know how Oscar treated it. Who knows this year. I’m a big fan of Spotlight and I find myself still rooting for it, but The Revenant is in a strong position. Should be fun to watch.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Oh yeah thanks for highlighting that…so perhaps Spotlight might just take it come oscar night. I’m equally excited for the nominations as well, I’m really hoping the smaller films like Beasts, Ex Machina or Sicario gets recognized. Same, Spotlight was a powerful film. But Room!! That’s my fav!

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      1. Keith says:

        I love Room. And I’m with you on Beasts and Sicario. All three made it onto my Top 10 of 2015 list.

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  5. You’re right…Brie Larson IS a force. I wasn’t sure about her Oscar chances, but now I’m convinced. You’ve got enough, Blanchett!

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    1. jwforeva says:

      She’s like the Julianne Moore of this year, doubt anyone’s going to beat her. SO TRUE, though Blanchett was the only thing I liked about Carol

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  6. wait..
    ‘ no one can lay a dent in her performance’ oh come on now.. Did you see Truth or Carol.. Cate Blanchett can.. even Mariska Hargitay can as this was so Law & Order. I don’t mind that she won, but the dent is huge! ha! I didn’t mind Gervais’s jokes as comedy shouldn’t have so many barriers.. – except he really came off petty to Gibson..who’s a dick yes, but he held his ground on the humour and Gervais should have let it go at that. Otherwise, I love people that step out of the box & he always does. The only travesty I really saw was Lady Gaga winning an award, let alone being nominated as she just plays herself..there is no stretch of acting there. Tho she was moved by the award.. meh.. it will forever be known as #PiaZadora2. I simply loved The Revenant winning..and ohhhh Leo.. and yes, Sly.. I only got 7 things wrong..most of them in TV so I did pretty well.. 🙂

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Yeah I saw Blanchett and although I liked her performance, Brie Larson for me was a class above her peers. Oh damn, I couldn’t stand Gervais. He had this persistent knack of targetting the transgender community, which was very distasteful. Loved Leo and The Revenant :))

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