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Golden Globes = Big Snooze; ‘Avatar’, ‘The Hangover’, ‘Mad Men’ And ‘Glee’ Come Out On Top


Not even acerbic funnyman Ricky Gervais could save this years Golden Globes ceremony from tanking. With the mess going on behind-the-scenes at NBC and the horror in Haiti, it was more difficult than ever for the celebrities to take this event seriously — much less the viewers.

As made evident by the countless “thank yous” in each acceptance speech, this glitzy ceremony is presented every year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Although it sounds like a group as large as the U.N., it’s actually composed of less than a hundred international film journalists. The HFPA has often been scrutinized for accepting gifts from the studios in exchange for nominations. That’s why none of matters. It’s about celebrating ratings, not art. That’s just fine for NBC, I guess.

Speaking of NBC, next to thanking the HFPA, it was the most mentioned –and reviled– subject of the evening. At one point, Gervais joked:

Let’s get on with it before NBC replace me with Jay Leno.

I just want to thank [CBS execs] Les Moonves and Nina Tassler, for believing in the 10 o’clock drama.
It was nice to see a couple of deserving winners be truly grateful (Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds). Besides those nice moments and the heated jabs at NBC, the showwas business as usual. Best TV Comedy and Drama went to Glee and Mad Men respectively. I’m starting to think that no matter what the producers of Mad Men throw on the plate, they’re going to be awarded. It was nice to see Glee knock 30 Rock out of its usual throne. That was starting to become a little redundant (although Alec Baldwin did win Supporting Actor again — I thought he deserved it more for It’s Complicated).
As for the Motion Picture categories, The Hangover won Best Musical or Comedy (Really?!! That right there says a lot about what people were over-praising in 2009) and Avatar won Best Drama. When James Cameron won for Best Director, he eloquently stated:
Frankly I have to pee something fierce.
It reminded me of the moment when Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary won Best Screenplay for Pulp Fiction at the 1995 Oscars (the last time Tarantino actually got to hold a major award in his hand, surprisingly). Avary said pretty much the same thing:
I’m gonna go now ’cause I really got to take a pee
I suppose it’s more appropriate at the Globes, though. When Cameron returned to the stage for the final award, his ego in tow, he informed the audience that he had finally gotten to pee and was now able to give a longer speech. Three hours in, this was good news for no one.
Full list of winners here.

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