Monday, January 14, 2008
Last night's network broadcasting of the Golden Globe Awards was an incredibly strange, disappointing and at time distasteful affair. It was depressing enough to have the ceremony cancelled but the weird 'Entertainment Tonight' like commentary offered by Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell (who are these people?) gave everything a very cheap and false feel. Perhaps it was the best the network could put together but less than halfway through I started to wish they would have just printed the results and done away with any kind of broadcast.
The winners were mostly not surprising. I suppose all of the people who have gone out of their way to attack and criticize Diablo Cody can celebrate this morning as JUNO was shut out completely. My favorite film of the year, MICHAEL CLAYTON, also received zero awards. I was happy to see ATONEMENT win best picture and Julian Schnabel snagging the best director prize offered the evening's only real pleasant surprise. I haven't seen AWAY FROM HER yet but I must admit that I felt a tinge of disappointment when Angelina Jolie didn't win best actress for her astonishing turn in A MIGHTY HEART.
I am totally puzzled by the acclaim being given to SWEENEY TODD, which I thought was among the worst films Tim Burton has ever made and one of the least interesting performance of Johnny Depp's career.
All in all, it was a depressing hour of television made worse by the advertisements for the network's other shows, almost all of which reminded me why I don't watch television anymore.