The Golden Globes Add Luster to the Race for Oscar

16 Jan

^ Streep

  • BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

^ Williams

  • BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY – Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

^ Clooney

  • BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA – George Clooney (The Descendants)

^ Dujardin

  • BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR COMEDY – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

^ Spencer

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Octavia Spencer (The Help)

^ Plummer

  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
  • BEST DIRECTOR – Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
  • BEST SCREENPLAY – Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
  • BEST ANIMATED FILM – The Adventures of Tintin

Madonna (above) won the Globe for the song she co-composed--and sang-- for the movie about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, which she also co-wrote and directed; to clarify, she does not act in the movie. At any rate, her song will not be in contention for the Oscar as it was deemed ineligible per Academy guidelines that stress a song should be utilized throughout the body of the film rather than randomly placed in the closing credits. I've included a link to the full story at the end of this article.

  • BEST SONG – “Masterpiece” – Madonna and James Harry (W./E.)
  • BEST SCORE – Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

^ Morgan Freeman: Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Winner. Good job, Morgan!

No, I didn't watch the telecast, but I caught some of the red carpet coverage, and the consensus seems to be that Angelina Jolie (above) was the hottest of the hot. Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon also earned raves.

Did the Globes bring any clarity to this year’s Oscar race? Not necessarily. Look closer: Neither top dramatic film (The Descendants) nor top comedic film (The Artist) took honors for directing. Instead, that award went to Martin Scorsese for Hugo. Furthermore, the screenplay award went to yet another film (Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris).  That’s a lot of sharing the wealth, so no consensus just yet. I actually enjoy the Oscars most when there is a real race rather than a real no-brainer.

Also, please keep in mind that just 6 years ago, the Hollywood Foreign Press gave top honors to Brokeback Mountain, including Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Director (Ang Lee) and Best Screenplay while all but ignoring Crash–which was only nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Matt Dillon) and Best Screenplay (Paul Haggis and Ralph Moresco); however, on Oscar night, Crash was named Best Picture, so the Academy’s taste is not always in line with that of the Hollywood Foreign Press. The studios know that, by the way, so they skew their awards campaigns accordingly.

What else? Well, I think Glenn Close’s chances for finally snagging an Oscar (for Albert Nobbs) are just about kaput. A win here would have elevated her profile considerably. Of course, sentiment can work wonders, but this one now looks like a contest between Streep and Viola Davis (The Help). By the way, Close’s 5 Oscar nominations include three for Best Supporting Actress (The World According to Garp, 1982; The Big Chill, 1983; The Natural, 1984), and two for Best Actress (Fatal Attraction, 1987; Dangerous Liaisons, 1988). Close actually boasts 12 Golden Globe nominations, but her two wins are for work in television (the series Damage, and the adaptation of The Lion in Winter); meanwhile, I think promoting Michelle Williams as Best Actress in a Comedy for My Week with Marilyn is a bit of a stretch, but it’s a strategy that worked for Williams, courtesy of the Weinsteins. Williams will almost certainly snag an Oscar nomination, which I think does not bode well for Charlize Theron in Young Adult.  Wah. My thought is the Oscar roster will look something like this: Close, Davis, Streep, Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin), and Williams. Still, I’m pulling for Theron. Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) could sneak in as well, but it’s hard to figure whom she would bump from the race at this point.

On the other hand, what a great week for Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help), with their Globe wins reaffirming their positions as front runners among the supporting candidates just a few days after winning Critics’ Choice awards. Let’s see if they can hold their leads through the SAG awards in barely less than two weeks.

George Clooney won Best Actor in a Drama right on schedule. I still think Brad Pitt has a real shot at claiming the Best Actor Oscar due to the strong work he did in two outstanding 2011 releases (Moneyball and The Tree of Life); however, I think Clooney has something in his favor that Pitt might lack, which is that Clooney has a certain “likeability” factor–and when all is said and done, Oscar voters are film professionals, yes, but they are also just people, and people vote for what they like. Simple as that. Clooney and Pitt will no doubt be joined by Jean Dujardin, and probably Leonardo DiCaprio (J.Edgar). I think the fifth slot is still very much in play, with Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Demián Bichir (A Better Life), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Ryan Gosling (either Drive or The Ides of March) near the head of the pack.

Okay, I must also extend congratulations to Jessica Lange for winning Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama series, per American Horror Story; likewise, kudos to Claire Danes for winning her second Globe in the category for Best Actress in a TV Drama series (for Homeland). If you’ll recall, Danes  was a mere 15 years old when she won her first GG for 1994’s short-lived My So-Called Life; she won last year, as well, for the telefilm Temple Grandin.

Okay, Oscar nominations are a week from tomorrow (Tuesday, January 24th); the SAG awards are Sunday, January 29th.

Thanks for your consideration…

Madonna Best Song eligibility controversy:

Official Golden Globes site:


3 Responses to “The Golden Globes Add Luster to the Race for Oscar”

  1. Lezlie King 18 January 2012 at 8:40 am #

    My favorite dresses for the night would be:

    Evan Rachel Wood – loved the way it looked like shimmery scales cascading into feathers.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar – I’m a sucker for tie dye, but I really love the fact that she let her daughter pick out her dress for her.

    Salma Hayek – loved the colors on her & I liked that it had an old Mexico design feel to it.

    Worst for me:

    Jessica Biel – looked like she’d raided her Grandma’s old trunk & found her wedding gown, decided to wear it but didn’t even bother to iron it first.

    I was not a fan of all the flesh tone colored gowns this year. This is a trend that I don’t dig at all. But then probably most of the ones on my favorite list are on most other people’s worst lists, so I don’t seem to have a discerning eye that fits with real fashion trend watchers. What can I say? I like color, I like texture & I like interesting design.

    • listen2uraunt 19 January 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Okay, well, since I didn’t see the show, I’m not so sure about all of this. I’d heard that Sarah Michelle Gellar’s daughter helped pick out her dress. I saw a picture of it, and I thought it was pretty. Loved the color, right? Okay, but what about Reese Witherspoon? She looked amazing, but in the clip I saw, she was having a hard time walking in her dress. Or is it just me?

      • Lezlie King 20 January 2012 at 7:03 am #

        Had to go look & see what she wore again. Several women were wearing that mermaid silhouette this year. It does present a beautiful line if you have the figure for it but the restricted thigh movement makes walking awkward for all of them. For Reese I thought she really needed a bigger bust to completely pull it off. Sofia Vergara was hands down the most luscious in her mermaid gown.

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