This week’s edition of the Notebook Pages is entirely dedicated to the 71st Golden Globe Awards.
This is my favourite photograph from the Golden Globes. Now, if you were wondering what took me so long to share my highlights of the ceremony, the reason is that I first wanted to see American Hustle, which premiered only yesterday evening in our cinemas. There were four things that I liked about it: Amy Adams’ acting and costumes, Christian Bale’s performance, and the music. Apart from that, I have to say that the movie was a total disappointment. Maybe I have watched too many films, but I found the plot so predictable and lacking consistency. And I have to ask: was Jennifer Lawrence’s role created especially for her? Because that’s the impression I had, and I don’t mean it as a compliment. Once again, it seems that I fail to see why everybody else considers her such a good actress. Sally Hawkins, for example, deserved much more to win for her role in Blue Jasmine.
• As much as I loved to see Cate Blanchett win for Blue Jasmine, I hated to see Emma Thompson lose for Saving Mr. Banks. I wish they both could have won.
• My favourite look was Naomi Watts in her Tom Ford metallic gown and simple hair style. I also loved Amy Adams in a bold Valentino dress (so American Hustle) and Cate Blanchett in a cut-out back Armani Privé.
• Robin Wright winning for House of Cards (I’ve told you she does the role of her career in the series).
• My favourite speech was easily Michael Douglas’. Apart from a couple more, they were all boring and uninspired and many of the winners seemed so unprepared and nervous.
• Leonardo Di Caprio winning for The Wolf of Wall Street – it is one of his good roles. I also liked his classy tribute to Bruce Dern, nominated in the same category for Nebraska.
• Emma Thompson’s funny moment on the scene, with her shoes in one hand and a martini in the other.
• The low-key appearance of Gwyneth Paltrow (in a beautiful Valentino dress accented with a classy chignon) and her husband, Chris Martin. I’ve always respected their choice for privacy and never doing the Red Carpet thing together.
• Diane Keaton (dressed in a made-to-measure Ralph Lauren tuxedo, white shirt and wide black tie – how else, it’s Diane after all) accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award on behalf of her friend, Woody Allen. I loved her. Her zest for life is infectious. By the way, I’m one of those, many I hope, who is celebrating Woody Allen. And I will just leave it at that.
photo: Getty/Frederic G. Brown (edited) | Leonardo Di Caprio and Emma Thompson