Few Thoughts on the 70th Golden Globes

I had rehearsal today for the new play I’m doing, so I tuned in late to the Golden Globes. I’m now exhausted so this write-up won’t be long; I just wanted to throw out a few thoughts (for winners list, go here):

  • Adored Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts. The line about best director nominee Kathryn Bigelow—Poehler said, “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron”—was hilarious and a strong way to open the show.
  • I liked most of the winners, even the ones I didn’t expect, such as Ben Affleck for directing Argo (I thought Steven Spielberg was going to take it). For years, I was not a fan of his as an actor, but he won me over as a director with Gone Baby Gone, and Argo is his most accomplished work yet. A few days after he was snubbed by the Academy, his win and the movie’s win for best picture drama must’ve been especially sweet for him.
  • What does it take for Jon Hamm to win an award??
  • Loved Jennifer Lawrence thanking Harvey Weinstein for killing whomever he had to kill to get her up there, and Adele saying she’d been pissing herself laughing. So much better than dull winners reading from sheets of paper.
  • Who freaked out at Michael J. Fox’s son looking exactly like him? Fox père sported that haircut all through his Family Ties years.
  • I don’t know what to think about Jodie Foster‘s speech. On one hand, I think if she wanted to publicly come out, she should’ve just done it instead of playing coy. On the other hand, I’m all for people, including celebs, retaining some modicum of privacy, and agree with Foster that she doesn’t owe the public any kind of explanation or statement about her private life. Then again, she brought up the subject. No one asked her to address her sexuality as part of her acceptance speech. If she didn’t want to talk about it, she could’ve just said thank you and gotten off the stage. I did think her tribute to her mother was touching. The L.A. Times transcribed her entire speech here.
  • Lena Dunham needs to learn how to walk in heels or don’t wear them. During the time it took her to wobble to the stage the two times she won, I finished my taxes and Christmas shopping for this year.
  • Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell made me laugh as the most clueless presenters ever. Their fake description of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen‘s plot was ridiculous. Tommy Lee Jones looking like he was going to bust their kneecaps at an after-party was even funnier.
  • Favorite dress, and most appropriate for the cold, L.A. weather: Naomi Watts in Zac Posen

  • Favorite dress I wouldn’t wear but it looks cool on her: Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera (it has pockets!)

  • Daniel Day-Lewis made me swoon with his elegant acceptance speech, telling Lincoln writer Tony Kushner: “Every day I have to live without the wealth of your language, which reminds me every day of the impoverishment of my own.” That’s impoverished? About the others nominated in his category: “If I had this [the Globe] on a timeshare basis with my wonderful gifted colleagues, I might just hope to keep it for one day of the year, and I’d be happy with that.” Um, I feel penurious now so I’ll just stop here.

What did you think? Happy about Les Mis‘s win for best picture, comedy or musical? Shocked Quentin Tarantino won best screenplay?

Photos: Fey & Poehler/NBC, Watts and Liu/Getty



  • Reply
    Steve Weddle
    January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    re: jodie foster -> http://gawker.com/5975748/the-sheer-gall-of-celebrities-demanding-privacy

    re: lena dunham -> probably just part of her “oh, i’m just a goofy real person with a four million dollar book deal. look at how authentic i am. have you seen my boyfriend’s glasses? : also, what was up with her tattoos. i have never seen her tv show so i was not familiar with her inkings. they’re kinda like fading prison tattoos, aren’t they? that one-color blotchy look. but they weren’t that well done. i don’t know. if you’re going to show off your ink, i mean, do whatever you want. i’m not judging. but, dang. those were bad.

    and speaking of the womenz, when did it become ok with everyone to talk about boobies like that? whether on the network red carpet or the e show, everything was “look at her rack” and all. geez. they didn’t do anything like that with the guys. and was any man ever asked who he was wearing? no. they were all asked about their work and their art. ridiculous.

    everyone on the golden globes that came from saturday night live totally killed it last night.

    • Reply
      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I didn’t like Dunham’s tats, either. They looked old and faded on my screen, too, and didn’t go with the dress.

      I didn’t watch the red carpet arrivals this year because I wasn’t home, but that’s weird if people were commenting on women’s breasts. What if someone said, “Look at Clooney’s trouser package!”?

      As for the gawker article, I agree with it on many points, but must take umbrage at the statement that Foster has spent her life pursuing fame. It’s a false assumption that’s what all actors do. Some just want to work, like Daniel Day-Lewis. When he’s not doing a film or collecting awards, we don’t hear a peep from him. He only garnered attention because his astounding talent can’t be denied, not because he’s a fame whore. The people who pursue stardom for its own sake usually have nothing else to offer.

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        January 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        I don’t like Lena Dunham. Notice I didn’t use the word hate? I get what she is trying to accomplish and I don’t feel all actors should be beautiful, but I don’t get anything from her. She doesn’t light up the small screen in any way, shape or form. Nothing wrong with being edgy, but she and most of the cast are on the top of a list I call People I Don’t Want To See Naked. Didn’t we use to call actors who couldn’t get noticed without disrobing pathetic?I think she would be more suited to a reality show that I wouldn’t watch.

  • Reply
    January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Loved the show. Tina and Amy delivered in a way that I’m pretty sure Seth MacFarlane won’t come Oscar time. Plus, I loved that ARGO and Ben Affleck won! It’s the one film I found I was most satisfied with overall for 2012. And I think the film’s punchline (you know the one) fits well as a response to the vaunted Academy screwing up the nominations by not having Affleck and Bigelow in the Best Director category. Sheesh! ‘Lincoln’ is great, except for missing that great ending it has and going on for another 10 minutes beyond it. It’s the lone misstep, I think. But, then again, Spielberg has a penchant for not delivering on finales.

    Maybe we should be saying, “Who does Jon Hamm have to f… oh, never mind.” Always fun to hear your thoughts on these programs, Elyse :-).

    BTW, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed thought Chastain should never wear her hair like that ever again ;-).

    • Reply
      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      I agree with SWMBO’s comment about Chastain’s hair! It aged her and made it seem her hairline is receding.

      I haven’t seen LINCOLN. The studio chose not to send out screeners, and invited voters to screenings instead. Because of my rehearsal schedule, though, I haven’t been able to attend any. Will go to my local theater and check it out soon.

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    Shell Sherree
    January 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Oh, bless you, PCN. At least I have a few insights into what I missed because the {insert unladylike cussing} free-to-air networks here decided on our behalf the show wasn’t worth watching. I’ll see if there’s a clip of Kristin Wiig & Will Ferrell online. Love the dress Naomi Watts wore, and her hair is beautiful with it. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      That’s really weird the free networks wouldn’t air it there! Here’s the Wiig & Ferrell bit.

  • Reply
    January 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I did watch Lincoln, and I agree with the cousin: it’s missing a good ending.

    And I also agree with most of your observations. Amy & Tina were killer (I couldn’t hold my laughter at the Taylor Swift joke), and liked many of the speeches.

    I don’t know if Jackman was more deserving than Cooper, though. I’ll have to wait until mid-february to watch “Les Misérables”, which I’m dying to see if only for the great things I’ve been hearing & reading about Anne Hathaway’s performance (I did read your review, BTW).

    I’m not sure about Christoph Waltz win, only because he wasn’t nearly as good in “Django” as he had been in “Basterds”, but I’m not HFPA, am I? (And I don’t want to be, because there’s no cure!)

    Loved your post!

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    January 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Some of it was fun and some of it had me checking my email. While I have never considered the Emmys a Must See event, I do think it has been funnier and classier.

  • Reply
    January 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Thought it was a fun show but wanted more Tina and Amy!

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