Golden Globe hits and misses

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler tops at a ceremony that had few lows

Last night’s Golden Globes award show zipped right along, doling out prizes for achievement in television and film. I don’t remember when people starting caring what the Hollywood Foreign Press – host and prizegiver – thinks about anything. But the Globes are now considered an important stop on the way to the Oscars.

Here’s the bitter and the sweet of last night’s show.

On the one hand: Don’t you think it’s time to just book Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to perform hosting duties for the next 10 years? Their shared monologue was pointed, funny and fearless. Loved the comment about Gravity’s George Clooney letting himself float into space forever so that he wouldn’t have to stay in the same room with a woman his own age. About Matthew McConaughey’s 45-lb weight loss to for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Fey said, “For a woman, that’s called making every movie.”

On the other hand: When Poehler won her award for best actress in a TV comedy series, her speech was way too serious. You can be gracious and funny at the same time.

On the one hand: McConaughey made a terrific speech accepting his best-actor-in-a-movie-drama award, and kudos to Leonardo DiCaprio, best actor in a movie drama, for mentioning every other nominee by name and paying proper tribute to Bruce Dern.

On the other hand: It took way too long for winners to get up to the stage, and not because they were so surprised (or drunk) they couldn’t walk straight. Please organize the tables so there are paths to the podium.

On the one hand: Paolo Sorrentino’s superb The Great Beauty won the best foreign film award.

On the other hand: Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany lost the-best-actress-in-a-TV-series award to Robin Wright. Wright’s terrific but Maslany’s brilliant, and she’s one of ours. Trust me, she’ll win something big, soon.

On the one hand: Queer characters got their proper due when Jared Leto won best supporting actor in a movie for his performance as the transgender Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club – and thanked all the Rayons in the world for inspiration – while Michael Douglas won best actor in a TV movie for his take on Liberace in Behind The Candelabra.

On the other hand: Douglas made a dumb – and borderline homophobic – comment that he worried that he got the job because director Steven Soderbergh thought he minced too much in Soderbergh’s movie Traffic.

On the one hand: Completely unique auteur Woody Allen won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement.

On the other hand: I’m still not over his creepy relationship with his stepdaughter, but Hollywood forgives everything. See also Roman Polanski.

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