Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globes reactions

January 16, 2011

Presented in the order of um ... presentation:

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter - Not only did he execute his usual transformative  work flawlessly, but he may also be transforming his image so that people like him again. He's the man to beat for the Oscar.

Best Original Score: The Social Network: Hooray for non-traditional work by multiple composers! That's probably a death knell for its Oscar chances, so I was thrilled to see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross get their due. I would have voted for Hans Zimmer's propulsive Inception score, but no complaints. And the Social Network is great workout music to boot!

Best Original Song: Zzzzz ... something .... zzz .... Cher .... zzzz Diane Warren ... zzzz ... schlock.

Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3. Duh.

Best Actress. Comedy: All hail Annette Bening in The Kids are All Right, but I would have preferreed her partner, Juliane Moore. I would have preferred Emma Stone in Easy A even Moore. Er, more.

Best Screenplay, The Social Network: Never saw that coming. And if you believe that, Mark Zuckerberg is a panhandler.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter.  I actually didn't recognize her at first, which says a lot about her ability. Naturally, I would have preferred her co-star to win - some chick named Amy - but recognition will come her way soon. It's just a matter of time.

(An aside - Megan Fox got to introduce The Tourist. Is that cosmically appropriate or what?)

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network. Few directors out there have a better eye and sense of rhythm than he does.

Best Actor: Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version: Have to take this one on faith, as I've not seen the film, but Giamiatti was good even in a POS like Lady in the Water. Why not?

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan: She was perfect.

Best Picture, Musical/Comedy: The Kids are All Right, of course. Any other winner would have been an embarrassment.

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech: Inspiring.

Best Picture, Drama: The Social Network, bitch. Yeah, I would have preferred Inception. But I'll tell you this much. When it comes to your Oscar pool, bet against The Social Network at your peril.

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