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Golden Globes

Regarding the Golden Globes of yester eve:

I always like to watch these awards shows, though it's hard to say why. On a good year, I've seen perhaps 5% of the material being nominated. This year I think it was down to about 2%. (I've seen "Lost," and Kung Fu Hustle, and...uh...well, anyway...) In fact, this year had a higher-than-average number of shows and movies I've never even heard of. But if they sounded interesting, I added them to my Netflix queue.

In addition, you can't beat the awards show for people-watching, and associated fashion snark. So. Comments:

Hollywood folk, in general, act like high schoolers, don't they? Which is no slur on high schoolers, who are at least acting their own age. But when you expect smirking, popular Clooney over there to start shooting spitwads at the camera, you begin to wonder what happened to the elegance.

I guess Anthony Hopkins is fairly elegant. Though I had no idea he ever played Hitler. Or that Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Elvis Presley. Or that Kenneth Branagh played FDR. I am intrigued by all these facts.

I think I was confusing Match Point with one of those ditzy tennis-star romantic comedies that came out recently. (Wasn't there one starring Kirsten Dunst or something?) Perhaps Match Point has more substance. I'm wary of Woody Allen's tag on it, but from the clips it looked very unlike Woody's usual whiny stuff.

OMG, Gwyneth's dress looked like randomly crumpled tissue paper.

Joaquin Phoenix has graduated from "sulky" and now perhaps embodies the word "brooding" for our time. "I'm very happy to have won. Honest. I almost smiled." I would say the same of Jonathan Rhys Meyers for his non-smiling acceptance speech, but he looked more scared than brooding. Loverly Irish accent on 'im, though.

Funniest acceptance speech has to go to our darling Hugh Laurie, though Steve Carell gets an honorable mention. Think I shall add both "House M.D." and "The Office" to Netflix queue. (Though perhaps I'll start with the UK version of "The Office"...)

I definitely want to see Capote. It's very rare that a book you read five or more years ago lingers clearly in your head, but In Cold Blood certainly did.

Most of the presenters kind of sucked at doing their job, which is sad considering they're professional actors. However, that Brandon Routh, a.k.a. "The new Superman" (about whom I reported a very rude and salacious rumor), really is quite dishy. Fairly close resemblance to Christopher Reeve...with just a touch of Jason Schwartzman, when he puts on the Clark Kent glasses.


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Jan. 18th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
The sister and I started watching at the beginning of the night but quickly got bored and put in "Galaxy Quest" instead. The Thermians have better crowd control than the Golden Globes.

Seriously, what was with all the people having no idea which way to exit the stage and looking like deers in the headlights up there.

I am sorry that I missed Joaquin, but I did see both Laurie and Carrell make their acceptance speeches, and it sounds like that was the highlight of the evening, so I'm probably better off having skipped most of it.
Jan. 19th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Hehe...yes, we also commented on how amusing it is when award winners start wandering off stage the wrong way, and get stopped and turned around by the supermodels who direct traffic up there.

Not much else to see...
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Funniest acceptance speech has to go to our darling Hugh Laurie, though Steve Carell gets an honorable mention.

Awww, I never watch these - what did he say? O_O

Poor Rhys-Meyers - he will never get used to Hollywood. He had a chance to become a star after Velvet Goldmine, but chose not to - what a good boy!
Jan. 19th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Probably just as well that JRM is steering clear of Hollywood, given how they tend to behave down there. I'd be scared too. :)

Found a transcript of Hugh Laurie's acceptance speech (name spellings unchecked, apparently)...


Oh, my goodness. Thank you so much. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this. This is absolutely terrific.

On the way over here, I made a list of all the people who deserve to be thanked. Came to 172 names. You ready? (Laughter) I thought obviously I can’t do that, so what I did was write down the 172 names, put them on little individual pieces of paper. I have them in my left hand trouser pocket. I’m just going to draw out three at random. And everyone else can just lump it! (Laughter) Give it a good shake. (Hugh shakes his trouser leg and pulls out a name.) I’d like to thank the script supervisor Ira Horwitz! (Applause. Pulls out another name.) I’d like to thank the hair stylist, Diana Acrey! (Applause. Pulls out another name.) To hell with that. (Throws name away. Pulls out another.) I’d like to thank my agent, Christian Hodell. (Applause.)That’s not my handwriting. Oh, he’s good. (Laughter.)

The people I must thank of course are Paul Atanasy, whose original concept the show House was. Brian Singer, whose rampant hypochondria has informed the entire thing. Katie Jacobs, whose wit and tastes has stamped itself in every frame of every show. And finally the incomparable David Shore, who is one of the finest, (Applause) yes, who is one of the finest writers it has been my privilege to say the lines of. I could have done with him in the middle of that sentence. I would like to thank obviously my fellow cast members and wonderful crew. All the other terrific writers. My good friend, Stephen Fry sitting over there. And finally, most importantly, my wife, Jo, who has come all this way. My three children Charlie, Bill, Rebecca. They’re sitting at home. In which case I say to them: Go to bed! Thank you so much everybody. Thank you.
Jan. 19th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
My three children Charlie, Bill, Rebecca. They’re sitting at home. In which case I say to them: Go to bed!
Actually, the whole speech is fantastic! Thanks for taking time to find it (I didn't think of looking for a transcript - d'oh!)

Jan. 18th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Joaquin was loaded. :(

The Office is fantastic, especially if you've ever worked in one, or had an incredibly stupid boss. Two of the characters have blogs too, which are fun....
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