12 January 2015 - Golden Globes
'Boyhood' leads Golden Globes, 'Grand Budapest' upsets
Nina Metz (The Chicago Tribune)
Funny and bright but perhaps just a bit anodyne, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presided over the 72nd Golden Globes award broadcast Sunday night from the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel with a sense of professional good cheer, if not quite the sense of controlled, breezy wickedness they brought to the proceedings in years past.
The Globes are notorious for the amount of alcohol imbibed in the ballroom, but bleary acceptance speeches were absent this year, a night that saw wins for “Boyhood” and the film's director, Richard Linklater, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for best comedy and top acting honors for Michael Keaton in “Birdman,” Julianne Moore for “Still Alice” and Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything.”
It was the repartee of the hosts, reliable, if lacking a sense of danger, that anchored the night. Paraphrasing one of the more notorious leaked emails in the Sony hack, Fey landed a pair of sharp one-liners right at the top: “Welcome you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally-talented brats. Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love, as well as all the movies that North Korea was OK with.”
Hank Stuever (The Washington Post)
In a fairly routine but mostly satisfying Golden Globes ritual Sunday night, outgoing co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were not quite as edgy as they had promised everyone they would be. But whatever sharp barbs viewers were hoping for in their jokes instead came from upsets in plenty of categories.
Bragging to reporters all week about putting their joke-writing duties off until the very last minute (a nonchalant act of procrastination that may or may not be 100 percent true), Fey and Poehler took their opening monologue right where many viewers hoped, aiming at the newly married George Clooney (a favorite target) and the newly, probably permanently disgraced Bill Cosby.
Obviously, one of those jokes is a lot easier to make than the other. Re: Clooney, who was awarded the Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, Fey noted that the movie star was there with his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, “a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules-of-war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
Alessandra Stanley (The New York Times)
The Golden Globes ceremony usually comes off as a fun, frivolous alternative to the Academy Awards: the naughty Oscars. It’s supposed to be a boozy night that jumbles television and film awards, puts stars around a table and champagne glasses in their hands, and everyone is supposed to be livelier and more outré.
But much of the evening, the mood was uncharacteristically serious. There were several mentions of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo that took 12 lives in Paris last week. Mr. Clooney was one of several stars who onstage said, “Je suis Charlie,” repeating the international rallying cry in support of the French satirical newspaper. Some accessories spoke as loud as words. On the red carpet, Helen Mirren wore a pen pinned as a brooch on her dress, a symbol of support for the lost French lives.
As he accepted his award, Mr. Clooney joked about celebrities using the night as a chance to apologize for all the “snarky” things they said about one another in hacked Sony emails, but he too turned serious when talking about his new wife, Amal, a human rights lawyer, saying that it was “humbling” to be in love at last and that he was proud to be her husband. She wore a Dior haute couture sheath and, on her white clutch, a button that read, “Je suis Charlie.”
Robert Bianco (USA Today)
Apparently, you can love a party even if you loathe the hosts.
Oh, not Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the mildly amusing, seldom-seen front-women for Sunday's Golden Globes broadcast on NBC. No, we're talking about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the tiny, secretive, much-maligned 89-member organization behind the awards: a group with a grand name and a less-than-grand reputation.
Oh, and yes, you read right: The official HFPA website lists 89 members. Never mind that most of them are, shall we say, obscure — just pause to consider how few votes that means a nominee needs to win.
And yet, somehow, thanks to NBC and a celebrity-hungry culture, their Globes have become a TV event second only to the Oscars — almost in inverse proportion to the worth of the awards themselves. The Globes are a carefully cultivated illusion, much like the wide-angle camera work used (not quite effectively) to make the Beverly Hilton's ballroom look far larger and grander than it really is.
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