Notebook Pages

This week’s edition of the Notebook Pages is entirely dedicated to the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Thompson-Golden Globes - 1
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

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