I think everyone was left scratching their heads when The Hollywood Foreign Press nominated The Tourist, Burlesque and Red for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. But, for me, it was the final revelation that the Emperor TRULY wears no clothes.
I mean, the Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical category has always been a bit off a goof. Especially considering that the two genres have very little (if anything) to do with each other. And besides, how many musicals does Hollywood produce a year? One? Maybe two?
When you look at the nominees in this category, you begin to understand why comedic actors are rarely nominated for Oscars. Because, apparently, what counts as "comedy" in that town is REALLY friggin' subjective.
I missed the first hour of the Golden Globes because I was busy being a parent (or some such nonsense) and was reading Henry stories before putting him to bed. I kind of wish I had caught the first hour because I heard Trent Reznor won Best Score for his work in The Social Network, went on stage to collect his award and that would have been very surreal to see.
But I started watching in the second hour and after about :30 minutes, thought to myself, "I'd really rather be playing video games right now."
I managed to stick it out for the rest of the show. Chalk it up to exhaustion and not wanting to get up off the couch. But as I laid there, I asked myself "How do I get sucked into this every year? How does The Hollywood Foreign Press manage to convince me that this is important? That they're not plying all of these celebrities with booze so the can take pictures with them later? Why does this matter?"
I still haven't come up with a good answer for you on that one, but I'll be sure to get back to you when I do.
More than the nominees or the winners, it seems like people are talking about Ricky Gervais as the event's host. I guess his opening monologue was pretty incendiary and Robert Downey Jr. shot back at one point. I missed that stuff.
The stuff I did manage to see I thought was a little mean-spirited. Not that I'm against knocking celebrities off their high horses (obviously), but I've always kind of found Gervais to be insufferable. It's that snarky, know-it-all tone and ridiculous grin, I think.
No doubt that Gervais is devastatingly smart, but Gervais's put downs are never about getting the target to laugh at themselves. It's straight up insults - "You're a drunk! You can't get work! You're stupid!" - and it's not entertaining to watch.
As I pointed out on the Theater Hopper Facebook page, I was left with the distinct impression that Gervais was doing everything in his power NOT to be asked back as host next year. Mission accomplished, bro.
If you're curious, I've posted all of the Golden Globe winners in the new Theater Hopper blog - Bonus Materials. Be sure to check that out. I float a lot of odds and ends in there, so be sure to check back often. Or, feel free to subscribe to the Theater Hopper RSS feed. The blog posts show up there as well.
In the meantime, did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Were you as flummoxed as I was? What is your reaction to the nominees and the winners? Leave your comments below!
The Golden Globes were fun as a goof when everyone pretended their nominations were a precursor to The Oscars.
But they went too far this year when they nominated The Tourist, Burlesque and Red for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
I mean, my Uncle's conspiratorial rants about Hangar 18 and what REALLY happened in Roswell, New Mexico are good for a laugh...
...but the minute he pulls down his pants to show me where the aliens inserted the probe... Thanksgiving dinner is OVER, if you catch my meaning.