Golden Globes

Globes ratings best in six years [EW]



Torture is too important an issue to allow a film such as “Zero Dark Thirty” to be the final arbiter. The facts need to play that role. I call on the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its report as soon as possible in order to end U.S.-sponsored torture forever.

Rev. Richard L. Killmer, a Presbyterian minister, is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture calls on real government action, not whipped up hysteria [WP]


Seth MacFarlane tweets:
Tommy Lee Jones laughing uproariously at Wiig and Ferrell. I’m told this is also his sex face”
“It doesn’t matter how I do, Oscar hosts always get thrashed.”


And then this:





Django and race relations:


Django Unchained, the new movie by Quentin Tarantino is playing to mixed reviews. Whites will view and review this movie one-way, and blacks will view it another way. It is not a traditional film, and it confronts black images and stereotypes head on. It forces an honest discussion on America’s race relations.” [HP]


The Carpetbagger dives into Jodie Foster’s speech, what she did and didn’t say.

“Being an artist is a way of saying, I am here, and this is what I stand for,” she said. “And I will never be tired of that.” [NYT]




The Golden Globes, like the Critics Choice,  had their ballots turned in before the Oscar nominations.  That meant that they reflected the moment just before the buzz shifted.  Argo won big at the Critics Choice and it won big at the Globes, taking Best Picture Drama and Best Director. But Les Miserables actually won the most Golden Globes. Imagine, if you will, outstanding Oscar ballots today.  If Oscar ballots had been turned in after the DGA and after the Globes, there’s a good chance that, at the very least, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper would have been nominated for Best Director. Such is one of the many odd twists and turns of this race.

It’s probably fairly likely that Argo could have built up momentum from this moment in time that might have carried it through to the Oscar win. Come to that, Argo might still win in a total freak show year never before seen in Oscar history; even Driving Miss Daisy had the distinction of A) having no DGA nor Oscar nor Globe nomination for Director and B) was placed in the comedy category.  Argo is only missing the Oscar nomination for Director. It’s entirely possible that film can be the one that defies history in this very strange year.

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Predict the Golden Globes! Movies — the winners, with 12:

Nicholas Fowler
Marco (mwd149)
Daniel Castaneda
Ryan Paterson
Brendan Walsh
Brian Clores
Nikita Pavlov

With 11

Emanuele D’Aniello
Sergio Montes
Jeremy Smith
Travis Carr
Jack Mahan
J.D. Eisinger
Luis Lopez
Travis Dukelow
Tomasz Matalowski

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Sasha talks about Jodie’s speech in the post above.

Jodie Foster gave an instantly legendary speech when accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes tonight. But although it was rambling and possibly a little batty, it was different to most legendary awards season speeches in one important way–it was sincere and meaningful. (via Vulture)

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Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty!
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Picture, Musical/Comedy: Les Miserables
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour, Michael Haneke!
Best Actress Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
best Actor Musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Best Song: Adele, Skyfall
Best Animated Feature: Brave

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LIVESTREAMING Golden Globes here


In case you want a printable ballot, here is one  PDF form. Thanks AJ!

My No Guts, No Glory for Tonight:

1.  Argo wins Score
2. Kon-tiki wins Best Foreign Film

I think I picked the only No Guts, No Glory in the bunch. Everything else is probable.


The Golden Globes are coming off a really terrible Critics Choice broadcast. They were happy because their numbers were good — and let it be said if there is one thing of value if you’re a broadcast critic, it’s television ratings.   There is no point in taking them that seriously, after all, many of them aren’t critics and some are even awards bloggers out to strategize the race from within. They are to be taken, as most awards are, with a grain of salt.

Tonight will put some films to a tougher test — the presumed winners in each category face formidable challengers. Since the race has had three dramatic shifts in the narratives, that all came down to the director category, Best Picture seems wide open, even still.

1. Tom Hooper and David O. Russell missing the crucial Golden Globe nomination for Director.
2. David O. Russell missing the even more crucial DGA nod.
3. David O. Russell, Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin getting into the Oscar race for director but Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow not.

It goes without saying but should be said again that there has never been a year like 2012 in 65 years of DGA/Oscar history

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We have just two days to put the Golden Globes to bed. I feel like this is still a very very wide open race.  In the awards bubble, they can’t get behind a single Lincoln win, not even at the Critics Choice, while “out there” in the rest of America, Lincoln is tops.  Everybody is talking about it except, of course, those who vote on awards. Funny, ain’t it?  Usually that’s reserved to movies that are deemed too genre-y for Oscar but this year? It’s that talky political smart person’s movie dumb America wasn’t supposed to get.

Meanwhile, the upset over Argo and Zero Dark Thirty could also make this race turn out differently.  If, say, either Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow wins the DGA over Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee, that could signal a potential split vote scenario where Argo or Zero Dark Thirty wins Best Picture and someone else wins Best Director, like Michael Haneke or even Benh Zeitlin, or David O. Russell, for that matter.

Either way, that people were starting to lean Argo’s way (at least among critics and bloggers) we don’t yet know the ultimate outcome.  The Oscars pulled the rug out from underneath the fairly predictable awards race and suddenly made it UNPREDICTABLE and that has made plenty of people angry. I don’t know how anyone can complain with such an interesting lineup for Best Director – yes, I know, we had the race set in stone already. We knew how it was supposed to go and then it went a different way.  It hasn’t gone THIS way in a very very long time.  Are the awards to confirm what we think or are they supposed to tell us what they think? I have never known to the answer to that one. One person’s masterpiece is another’s MEHsterpiece.

I will be putting down my predictions later.  I know, try to contain your excitement! In the meantime, here you go.


For the first time in probably their entire history, the DGA will announce their five nominees after the Oscar ballots have been turned in. That means that they can’t be counted to on as a “true north” this time.  Some people don’t think they ever were but I have a feeling they lend legitimacy to an otherwise fringe contender.  I could be wrong, of course.

The DGA membership is huge — 14, 500 members, where Oscar’s directing branch is much smaller, less than 500.   That accounts for the disconnect between the DGA and Oscar most years.  You can easily figure out three of the Best Director contenders this year.  Right now, the hot three are:

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Congratulations! We have two, who scored the highest:
Max Tan
Jake Bart

Second highest scorers:
Scott Anderson
Scott S
Marcelo Henn

And third:
Jose Ramon Figueroa Flores
Winston Ferrer
BJ Karlik
Franck NESME
Ryan Paterson
Brad Boileau


Sounds like we’re talking about bras, doesn’t it? What has come out of the awards rush most prominently is that Lincoln is already breaking records for Steven Spielberg. It isn’t a surprise that it’s just about to cross $100 million, in only 2K theaters. But it is a surprise that it broke a SAG record for Spielberg with 4 nominations (Saving Private Ryan had two), and it’s a surprise that it just broke Spielberg’s Golden Globe record with 7. It also broke the Critics Choice record for any film, much less a Spielberg film, with 13. Maybe you’re thinking it doesn’t matter much until we hear from the DGA and the PGA. But it most certainly does matter, and if you’re paying attention you can see what’s coming. Basically, right now anyway, it is Lincoln vs. everything else. That’s mainly because three films took a little tiny bit of a hit with these awards announcements. This may or may not matter — we’ll trot out those outlier years like Crash and Chariots of Fire and Braveheart — but if you’re looking at how things usually go, Zero Dark Thirty missing a SAG ensemble (even if they didn’t get their screeners in time), and David O. Russell and Tom Hooper missing out on directing nominations at the Globes this morning might be a falter in momentum.

But getting a huge bump was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which has already been receiving great buzz by people who’ve seen it.  Earning two supporting actor nominations today, plus director, and screenplay, Django is tied with Argo with 5 nominations. According to Tom O’Neil from Gold Derby, that could bump Tarantino into the DGA five, and perhaps into Oscar’s Best Director race too.  It’s sort of funny since Inglourious Basterds went toe to toe with The Hurt Locker back in 2009.

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Ang Lee, “I am deeply honored and grateful to the HFPA for these very generous nominations. Making Life of Pi was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I am proud of the film we all made and it is wonderful to get this recognition.”

Ben Affleck, “I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring “Argo” with five nominations. These nominations reflect the courage and determination of real life heroes in the US, Canada, Iran and across the globe. They honor more than 120 actors with speaking roles in multiple languages, thousands of extras in the US and abroad as well
as hundreds of extraordinary crew members who poured their heart into the film including the great Alan Arkin, brilliant Chris Terrio and extraordinary Alexandre Desplat, who were nominated today as well and who have my congratulations and gratitude. Thanks again to the HFPA for their support.”

Rachel Weisz, “I am deeply grateful for this nomination, and in particular, for the HFPA’s recognition of the hard work and passion that Terence Davies brought to this wonderful British indie. I am thrilled that this nomination might allow his beautiful work to reach a larger audience.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “I’m truly honored to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association today. Django Unchained was a remarkable experience and I consider myself lucky to work with Quentin and the entire cast on the film. I’m particularly proud to be named alongside my fellow Django nominees.”

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a. ARGO Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
b. DJANGO UNCHAINED The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures; The Weinstein Company/Sony Pictures Releasing
c. LIFE OF PI Fox 2000 Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox
d. LINCOLN DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox; Touchstone Pictures
e. ZERO DARK THIRTY Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing


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Predicting the surprises at the Globes is an attainable dream because surprises there actually do happen. Pick up to three.

1. Christopher Nolan nominated in Director for The Dark Knight Rises

2. Anne Hathaway shows up in lead for the Dark Knight Rises

3. The Dark Knight Rises shows up in screenplay

That’s why they call them no guts, no glory. Your turn.

The HFPA are announcing their nominees tomorrow.   With all of the dates being pushed back this year, the Globes aren’t as early as they usually are so they might actually be more useful than they’ve been in the recent past. Although the HFPA takes a lot of crap for being bought and paid for by studios, and/or foreign journalists nobody can identify, the truth is that it doesn’t really matter in the end; their nominees and winners do matter. They have as much an impact on the race as any other major critics awards, and are the second most watched awards show after the Oscars.  Winning a Globe gives you the world stage, and it ups your chances to win an Oscar significantly. Except when it doesn’t.

I’ll contend that after James Cameron won the Globe for Avatar it was an uncomfortable moment that eventually led to Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker’s victory.  Sometimes wins can feel “wrong” as much as they can feel “right.” It just depends on how much gratitude the contender decides to show. It’s always a good thing, for instance, to turn on the waterworks. People who bestow awards like to feel like they’re doing a good deed. So the wrong reaction is entitlement. The right reaction is gratitude. Hey, you asked. Well, maybe you didn’t ask but I’m offering up this theory which probably has one foot in a big pile of bullshit and the other foot in the truth. I won’t tell you which is which.

I have posted my predictions over at Gold Derby but I will go over them now.  Try to hide your excitement.

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It’s that time of year again, Oscar watchers.  The Globes announce on December 13th.  Contest, after the cut.

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The HFPA is kind of showing up the AMPAS this year, what with Foster receiving the Cecil B. Demille award and the telecast on Jan. 13th being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Something wicked this way comes and I’m liking it. I’m really really liking it.

Moreover, the person who announced the award was none other than Kristen Stewart, for whom the great Ms. Foster went to bat earlier this year over a flap that was none of our business. Way to go, Kristen Stewart. Way to go, Foster. Way to go, HFPA.

Of Foster, Variety says “the youngest actor to earn honor since Charlton Heston in 1967.”

Winner of two Oscars, star of Taxi Driver, and director in her own right, Jodie Foster is someone who has never stopped challenging herself. The award will be handed out January 13th.


Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker to announce the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Recipient will be honored at the 70th Annual Golden Globe® Awards for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment field. The show once again will be broadcast LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, January 13 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Kristen will announce the award tomorrow morning Thursday, November 1, 2012 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. The press conference will start at 9 a.m. PDT.

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