Monday, January 14, 2008

Golden Globes Wrap-up

Because of the WGA strike, the Golden Globes show was a joke last night, which was too bad, because there were some interesting surprises with the winners. Here's my take:

Biggest surprises:
  • Atonement wins best drama. I said last week that if Atonement was going to get back in the Oscar game that it needed to win this award--and it did! Beating out frontrunner No Country for Old Men. Every movie in the last 30 years that's won this award has gone on to be an Academy Award best picture nominee (although interesting, 4 of the last 5 winners of this award has not won best picture).
  • Sweeney Todd wins best musical/comedy. Juno was the obvious frontrunner, so this was a surprise. I don't think it will necessarily translate into a best picture nomination, but it can't hurt the film's overall profile for technical consideration (art direction, costume, etc.).
  • Julian Schnabel wins best director. The least experienced nominee wins for a foreign film over the directors of the movies that won the best picture awards (Joe Wright and Tim Burton), the Oscar frontrunners (Joel and Ethan Coen), and a popular veteran (Ridley Scott). Go figure.
Moderately surprising:
  • Marion Cotillard wins the best actress musical/comedy. She's long been a serious contender, but Juno and Ellen Page have been on a roll, so I thought she might have had a shot.
  • Cate Blanchett wins best supporting actress. She's long been the frontrunner, but a win for Amy Ryan would have reinforced her apparently building buzz.
Not at all surprising:
  • Daniel Day-Lewis and Julie Christie win the dramatic acting awards. No contest. Same for Johnny Depp in the best actor musical/comedy.
  • Javier Bardem wins best supporting actor. It's a hard choice for me, since I love Casey Affleck too, but Bardem is the leader, and this only reaffirmed it.
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly wins best foreign film. No surprise there. Too bad it's not an Oscar contender (only 2 of the globe nominees are--Persepolis and 4 Months, 3 Weeks an 2 Days).

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