The Golden Globe Awards premiered last night, and while any site can tell you that Leonardo DiCaprio won for Best Actor in The Wolf Of Wall Street, and American Hustle (much to the probable dismay of one Variety.com critic who penned a serious negative review about the film) won for Best Motion Picture, and anyone can give you a full list of winners stacked with the nominees of individual awards, only this Examiner can give you the incite and opinions you crave on individual awards and their winners.
To be fair, this is going to be a short list of a couple of our favorite categories. Get down in the comments below after and let us know what you think about opinions and join the discussion online with your fellow movie-lovers.
- Best Director:
The director is a integral part of the movie-making process. (Okay, now cut the terrible filler and just get on with the reporting.) Gravity was one of my favorite movies of 2013, and while it doesn't look half as good on a laptop or feel as awesome as it does in theaters, Alfonso Cuarón gets some serious props for being behind that gigantic project.
Captain Phillips was a great film as well, and 12 Years A Slave was another that was definitely deserving to share in the nomination, but in the end, I think we can all concede that Cuarón did an immaculate job. You may not know the Mexico City native for some of his previous works, but he was the director behind The Prisoner of Azkaban, which, for me at least, gives credence that taking home the gold (see what I did there? It's a pun.) this year was certainly in his element.
- Best Animated Feature Film:
If anyone was going to take this home, I think we all knew it would be Disney's Frozen. Despicable Me 2 was every bit as good as its predecessor (which is saying something for animated sequels, but Frozen was a huge step for Disney in its long history.
For the first time, we're introduced to characters with real value to their personalities, and are introduced to a new kind of story - the kind doesn't involve a helpless damsel in distress being rescued by a knight in "shining armor." I'm not going to get into feminism and all that garbage, and try to equate a children's animated film to some bigger message about (for a lack of a better phrase) "sisters before misters" (I am so sorry for that, dear readers), in Disney's case this was a serious win especially given its long history of less-than-honorable depictions of women.
- Best Foreign Language Film:
The Great Beauty is said to be one of the most beautiful defining films of our generation. It follows the story of a 65-year-old journalist and one-time novelist at the heart of the literary social circles of Rome. He's seduced countless numbers of women in his cavalier life, but after a blast from the past, begins to re-evaluate it all.
At least, that's what we can garner from the synopsis. The Great Beauty certainly sounds like a pretty good take on modern themes, and casting the character as an older man stands out against the backdrop of the young and beautiful Hollywood. Sure, the language barrier does take its toll on an English-speaking American's enjoyment (reading the subtitles takes away from the actual picture), but if you're in the mood and speak the lingo, go for it. This is one that's sure to impress.
- Best Screenplay:
As a writer, this is a category that truly speaks to me. We have to take a step back and remember that during awards shows we so often honor the actors and directors first and to a lesser extent the cinematographers, composers, and of course the screenplay writers who make all of this possible. Without a script there's no picture to bring to life, so the film must first exist in the mind of a creative thinker to be flooded out onto the moving beauty that we see in theaters.
Spike Jonze took home the Golden Globe this year for his film Her. I wrote a previous review this weekend praising the movie, and with good reason; it's a fantastic depiction of romance, drama, and warmth with a few comedic gems to make it bearable for someone not into that kind of artsy prose.
All things aside about the movie though, the script was fantastic. Spike Jonze visualized something creative, original, and sound when he wrote Her, and while I would say that Nebraska and 12 Years A Slave spoke with that same warmth and originality, Her takes the cake for being a great sci-fi/romance redefining the present and future times in one fell swoop.
On the side note, I'm not sure if American Hustle belonged in this category. To be fair, I didn't actually get the chance to see it yet, but from what I read, the film was disjointed and crazy, and with Russell's reputation as someone who likes to let his actors "run wild" with the dialogue and direction to create something with improved flare, I wouldn't see how that would equate to him being a great writer in this context.
- Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television:
Here's one that deeply upsets and confuses me. Now, I didn't see American Horror Story: Coven (mostly because Asylum put the fear of God in me, and I'm still not over it) but The White Queen was fantastic (as is The Tudors, which I would recommend over and over again). Somehow, however, Behind The Candelabra took this award.
Okay, so I haven't seen it yet, and if you have, feel free to let me know what you thought about it in the comments section and whether it's worth looking into for a review. The film is based on Scott Thorson's book Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, and the last 10 years of the pianist's life along with his romance with Thorson. A film like that could come off as a little pretentious, which, among other things such as my lack of HBO in my apartment, has kept me from checking in.
What really confuses me, however, is that the film first aired at the Cannes Film Festival, a little less than a week before appearing on HBO. It doesn't seem like the film was "made for television," and I really strongly feel that The White Queen, which is a fantastic dramatization of historical events, would have been a phenomenal choice to honor. In spite of not winning the award, the series wins my applause anyway.
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If you'd like a full list of the winners here's a link to the Variety.com article, which is one of my favorite sites, or just Google it. Seriously. There are like 10 of them.