70th Golden Globe Awards
At the Theatre with Audrey Linden
The excitement built as the final preparations for the 70th Golden Globe Awards were in place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Traffic to Merv Griffin Drive was cordoned off on Wilshire Bl.
Hostesses Tina Fey (Third Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) did a good job with a minimum of diversion. Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did a couple of funny bits while in the audience. Other than that all was fairly routine.
The Golden Globes from the Hollywood Foreign Press is a precursor to the SAG Awards and the Oscars.
The sponsors were Target, Cadillac, and Loreal of Paris.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture drama went to Christoph Waltz for his performance in director, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django.” Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie, Mini Series went to Maggie Smith in the popular “Downton Abbey.” Best Mini Series or TV Movie was HBO’s “Game Change.” Best Actress in A Mini Series, TV Movie, or TV Series went to Julienne Moore for her portrayal as Sara Palin in “Game Change.” It was Moore’s seventh nomination and her second award,
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama went to Damien Lewis in “Homeland”. It was his third nomination and first win. He dedicated his Golden Globe to his “mum, who would be bursting with pride up there.” It would follow that Best TV Series Drama was “Homeland.”
Best Original Score went to Michael Dan for “Life of Pi” while Best Original Song went to a delighted Adel for “Skyfall” which she collaborated with Paul Etworth for music and lyrics. Adel has nine Grammys and four American Music Awards. Best Actor in a Mini Series, Motion Picture for TV went to none other than Kevin Costner for his role in “Hatfields and Mc Coys.”
A surprise was Bill Clinton, our 42nd President, who presented the film clip for "Lincoln." Our former President got a standing ovation. He gave a short speech on the character of Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery, with his a combination of steely resolve and necessary compromises which he used to push his abolition bill through the House.
Will Ferrell and Kristine Wiig did a silly bit as they spoke over each other to bring us scenes in the movies for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy. The award went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Ed Harris got a Best Supporting Actor in a Series for “Game Change.” Best Actress in a Comedy, Musical went to Ann Hathaway for Les Miserables. Quentin Tarantino picked up the Best Original Screenplay for “Django” which gave the film a second win. Don Cheedle got Best Actor in a Comedy TV Series for his role in “House of Lies.” It was his second win and fourth nomination. He had won for “Rat Pack.”
“Amour” took it for Best Foreign Film and and Austrian director, Michael Haneke collected his Golden Globe. It was no surprise that Clare Danes won for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama in “Homeland”. It was Danes’ fourth nomination. Sasha Baron Cohen, who sauntered onstage with a glass of wine dragged out his presentation for Best Animated Feature, which went to “Brave.” His material was not very funny.
Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series went to Lena Dunham for her role in “Girls”. She gave a moving speech in which she named her comedic mentors, many of whom were in the room. “This is for every woman who felt there wasn't a space for her”” “This show made a space for me.” “Girls” later made it for Best T V Series Comedy and Lena is the Executive Producer.
Robert Downey Jr. was the presenter for the Cecil B. De Mille Award which went to Jodie Foster. Foster gave a moving speech in which she came out, gave credit to her sons, Charlie and Kit,"who are my reason to breathe and evolve", and spoke of being lonely, being single, and thanked her mother Evelyn with "I know that you are inside those blue eyes somewhere." Know "I love you. I love you. I love you". It led me to think her mother may have Alzheimers or dementia. She spoke of the love of her life, her co-partner in parenthood, and now her BFF, Cydney Bernard. There was not a dry eye as Foster spoke, sometimes rambling, but always from the heart. Foster started acting at age three, and we got to see a lovely montage of her body of work for 47 years. She is one amazing actress and well-deserved this award.
Ben Affleck won for Best Director of A Motion Picture Drama for “Argo.” "Argo" is not a contender in the Oscar catagory, and Affleck commented later that he is very happy about his Golden Globe win. The Best Actor in a Comedy, Musical in a Motion Picture went to Hugh Jackman for his role in “Les Miserables”. He thanked his mainstay in life who keeps him going, his wife. The film took a third win as Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Tom Hooper, Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway were all very happy.
Jessica Chastain got her Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama in “Zero Dark Thirty” directed by Katherine Bigelow. Daniel Day-Lewis got the Golden Globe Motion Picture Drama for his fabulous portrayal as Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg. Later Spielberg commented that when the film wrapped he went to speak to Daniel Day-Lewis and Lewis used his own speaking voice. Spielberg was taken aback and was not ready to say good-bye to his Lincoln.
In between there were clips of all the films nominated for Best in their categories . The show went smoothly without any hitches. I loved the sparring between Sly Stallone and Arnold, which seemed unscripted and very funny as Stallone quipped that Arnold has lived here long enough to speak better. Other than Bill Clinton, the other guest who stood out was CIA agent Tony Mendez who was a presented for Argo which had five nominations.
Will the SAG Awards follow suit with most of the same winners? If so, both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards are predictors of Oscar winners. We have to wait and see.
The women were well-coiffed and in lovely gowns. There were lots of form fitting gowns, some sheer and see through lace, and some backless. The men mostly wore black tuxedos. It was truly a Hollywood glam night.
Audrey Linden is a writer, actress and singer. She can be seen in a long-running “Associated Tax Resolution” commercial, two “Little Caesars” spots, a “Teva International Pharmaceutical” short, Gene Simmons’ “Family Jewels,” “America’s Court with Judge Ross,” VHS “Tough Love 2,”etc.
Audrey teaches ON CAMERA COMMERCIAL WORKSHOPS through the City of Beverly Hills, Community Services. To register, call 310-285-6850-course # 18014. Her classes are held at 241 Moreno Dr. B.H. 90212. The next class starts January 10th For more information, contact Audrey at email@example.com Or call B H Community Services at 310-285-6850.
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