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Well the first big award show of the year is done and I have to say, they were pretty enjoyable, well if you like film and television that is. Ricky Gervais was hilarious, uncensored and brought a wild charisma to the sometimes boring show. I loved how he drank beer throughout the night, joked about Mel Gibson’s past behavior, made fun of Colin Farrell and Paul McCartney and kept taking good-spirited jabs at actors. Mo’Nique’s acceptance speech for “Precious” was heartfelt and Christoph Waltz acknowledged Quentin Tarantino for taking him on the ride of his life, while accepting his much-deserved award for Best Supporting Actor in “Inglourious Basterds.” I enjoyed Meryl Streep’s rambling yet charming yet poised acceptance speech for “Julie & Julia.” Overall I liked the atmosphere of “anything goes,” it made the the actors indeed look human. I liked how Felicity Huffman flubbed her lines, how Jennifer Aniston awkwardly did not know who to hand out an award to and how Arnold Schwarzenegger somehow managed to mispronounce yet another movie title (this time it was Avatar.) I also loved the tribute to Martin Scorsese. I really enjoyed how Scorsese emphasized the importance of film preservation, paid tribute to both the best American and international filmmakers of all time and reminded us of how important history really is.
Let’s move on to how the outcome of the Globes will affect potential Oscar winners though shall we readers? (If anyone is actually reading this). Avatar won for both Best Picture-Drama and Best Director and I believe that it will win one of those categories if not both for the Academy Awards, though the Hurt Locker and its director Kathryn Bigelow certainly have a great shot at both of those awards as well. Mo’Nique and Christopher Waltz look like locks for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Meryl Streep also seems like the front-runner in the Best Actress category though Sandra Bullock, as evidenced by tonight is gaining tremendous steam. After tonight Jeff Bridges seems like the likely winner for Best Actor though George Clooney or Colin Firth could certainly upset. All in all, it was a fun beer-lubricated night that asserted the power of the blue aliens from Avatar and showed us that celebrities are more fun when they act like real human beings, not those other aliens (you know, the botoxed-self obsessed ones.)
Here’s a full list of winners.
And here’s an interview with the “short and fat” and very British Ricky Gervais discussing hosting duties on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week.