The beautiful, the funny, and the drunk
Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony provided entertainment for all — including avid movie-goers, dedicated sitcom fans, and students dreading classes the next morning — with surprising winners, a seemingly drunk presenter, and a moment between director and actor that was censored for the West Coast broadcast.
Jennifer Lopez opened the show with a brief greeting. No time for fancy words, folks, this isn’t the Oscars. Not to mention NBC had until 11 p.m. to air the entire live broadcast of the awards show before “the 11 o’clock news” cut them off. Wait a tick — that practically happened!
Winners were giving long speeches and presenters were trying (and failing) to add humorous improvisation to the show. As the last award was being announced, patrons could be seen leaving the gala early.
Kyra Singh, a sophomore economics and statistics major, found the show “surprisingly boring. It wasn’t as entertaining as I thought it would be, and I felt like the affair was treated very informally, which isn’t what I expect when I think of the Golden Globes.”
Others agreed, such as Leonie Barrett, a sophomore biological sciences major, who was really excited when Kate Winslet won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Reader. “I mean, her speech was a little long,” said Barrett, “but I love Kate and she looked gorgeous. For some reason, though, the celebrities didn’t seem as elegant as they usually do.”
Kate Winslet also received a Golden Globe for Best Actress, winning over Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie, meaning she won awards in both categories in which she was nominated. Saskia Op den Bosch, a sophomore cognitive science and Chinese studies major, was very surprised “to see Meryl and Angelina leave the Golden Globes without an award. I’m happy for Kate, but wow, what a surprise!” Ricky Gervais was not surprised. As a presenter, Gervais was, to some, a highlight of the show. Barrett felt the best parts of the night were “Kate winning two awards and that drunken British guy killing time.”
With beer in his hand and resentment in his heart, Gervais shushed the crowd, and with a “how rude are you lot?” the show suddenly became so much more entertaining. On live television for almost two full minutes, Gervais, an English actor, comedian, and former Golden Globe winner, admitted that it’s “kinda annoying” not being nominated this year. His plan of having “sex with 200 middle-aged journalists ... was horrible,” and with jokes about how Holocaust films — like The Reader — always win awards, he became one of the funniest presenters of the night.
Kate Winslet’s second win left her flabbergasted. She managed to sputter out her apologies to “Anne, Meryl, Kristin, oh God who’s the other one… Angelina,” before forcing herself to “gather” and continue on with a proper speech thanking her husband and fellow cast-member Leonardo DiCaprio.
After all the amusement and absurdity of the night, two awards had yet to be announced: Best Actor and Best Picture. By this time the speeches and presenters had left little time to announce the winners!
Against highly respected names and established films, the biggest winners — and surprises — came when Mickey Rourke won Best Actor and Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture. Slumdog Millionaire won an award in every category it was nominated for, four total, leaving both Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with no awards, each having received five nominations.
This year’s Golden Globes was highly anticipated after last year’s writers’ strike prevented an actual awards show to be aired. While drawing in fewer viewers than the 2007 Golden Globes, this year’s show is likely to be remembered due to the unexpected wins and the number of complaints filed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
As The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky playfully gave his actor, Mickey Rourke, “the finger,” cameras just so happened to catch the moment and broadcast it live. More than 22 complaints have been filed with the FCC concerning this gesture as well as foul language caught on microphone by some of the winners and presenters.
With all the excitement of this year’s show, we can only wait eagerly to see what next year will bring.