Golden Globes Highs and Lows

The Revenant 
About the only thing that saved last night from being a complete waste of time was Leonardo diCaprio winning the Golden Globe as best actor in a drama. The Revenant also won best picture and best director. As a big fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman of last year, I was looking forward to his new movie and I knew from those first image released months ago that Leonardo would deliver one of his career bests. The Revenant is also one of the few nominated films I have had the chance to see (hoping to do better before the Oscars), and although I am expecting good things from Carol, Spotlight and The Big Short as well, I am glad that the first one got the most important awards this time around. And, of course, in a sea of mediocre speeches, Leonardo’s stood out. The only one that did, as a matter of fact, honoring his craft, as well as the native Americans and calling for the preservation and acknowledgement of all the indigenous communities from around the globe. Vulture magazine summed it up best: “Man, this speech has it all: Gratitude? Yep. An environmental shout-out? Yep. Love for the squad? Yep. An appreciation of film in general? Yep. A serious call to respect indigenous communities? Yep. Oh, and a very un-serious Tom Hardy dad joke to lighten the mood and make sure everybody’s having a good time? Yep. It’s almost like he’s warming up for something.” Hmmm, exactly.

Now, on the other side of the wall, will award winners ever stop reading their speeches from little sheets of paper? I think I was most disappointed with Ridley Scott doing that. All due respect, but I was expecting much more. And speaking about Scott, have you seen The Martian? That’s another movie I have managed to watch. First, was it a comedy? Because I had the impression that it was placed in this category just to get nominated. I fail to see any other reason, really. Secondly, although I do believe that Matt Damon is a good actor, I can’t help but wondering if the other contestants (Pacino, Christian Bale would be the first ones I have in mind) were not better, because Damon’s role didn’t tell me much.

Steve Jobs left with two important awards, for best actress in a supporting role (Kate Winslet) and best screenplay. I am curious about the movie mainly because it stars Michael Fassbender. I know he will be great in it. I will take Kate’s word for it.

What else? Oh yes, I loved that Ennio Morricone, a great composer, won for best original score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (and I wish Tarantino, who accepted the award on his behalf, didn’t make that goof saying that that was Morricone’s first Golden Globe – it was his third). On a side note, here is an interview with Jennifer Jason Leigh (she was nominated for best supporting actress for the movie) in The Guardian that you might enjoy reading, too.

Tom Hanks presented Denzel Washington with the Cecil B. DeMille award and in the introduction he mentioned some of the greats. I was happy to hear Steve McQueen’s name among them. He isn’t given the credit that often, but he should be.

And last, what is it with this Jennifer Lawrence – David O. Russell pairing? Because I can not see the magic, not in The Silver Lining, American Hustle or Joy. But maybe it’s just me. Does anyone really think she has a chance to get a nod to the Oscars (again!), too, with those other tremendous actresses nominated in the drama category to the Golden Globes who most certainly deserve Oscar appreciations? I guess we will have to wait and see this Thursday, when the Academy Awards nominations will be announced. Let’s not forget that the Oscars are an entirely different story. And this might apply to many more winners of last night.

photo: The Revenant (20th Century Fox/ New Regency Pictures/ RatPac Entertainment)

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