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Monday, January 8, 2018

The Golden Globes starring Frances "Badass" McDormand and President Oprah

The two highlights for me from last night's 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards were the speeches by Frances McDormand (who deservedly won for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Oprah Winfrey (who deservedly became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award). As for Oprah running for President, it was a silly joke last night - but this morning two of her close friends told CNN that she is "actively thinking" about the idea. And I would vote for her in a heartbeat over any Republican. I think she would take the job very seriously and educate herself on foreign policy and domestic matters (instead of playing golf every weekend and tweeting insults). She would also surround herself with smart people. Oprah is an inspiration to many, and I truly believe that she could win an election against Trump - or Pence - or whomever has not been indicted by 2020. The American political climate has changed dramatically since Trump entered the playing field, and if it takes another celebrity to get our country back on track, I say "Run, Oprah, Run!" And Ms. McDormand would make a terrific Vice President, don't you think?

We shall see. It will be - as always - an interesting Presidential election. Now let's get back to the show.

It was definitely Ladies' Night at the Globes as there was a feeling of unity among all the women in the room. Almost everyone wore black in support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements against sexual harassment, and many winners - including Oprah and Ms. McDormand - shared their own views on the subject. And hopefully things will change for women in Hollywood in the future.

As for host Seth Meyers, he was fine. His opening monologue was amusing, but then he pretty much disappeared, which wasn't a bad thing since I like that the Globes concentrate on handing out the awards with few interruptions. The ceremony moved along quickly, and everyone got to give their speeches. That's my kind of awards show. Now here are the winners (my 11 correct predictions are in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Hottest Hunks: Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chris Hemsworth

Most Unexpected Winners: Allison Janney (I, Tonya), who won her first Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (I expected Laurie Metcalf to win for Lady Bird). And although I was rooting for Three Billboards to win Best Motion Picture Drama, I thought The Post or The Shape of Water would probably win instead - but they didn't.

Best Accessory: Allison Janney's colorful fake bird on her shoulder (she only wore it as a presenter).

Best Awards Haul by a Motion Picture: In addition to Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Actress in a Drama, Three Billboards won for Best Supporting Actor (with Sam Rockwell receiving his first Golden Globe) and Best Screenplay (with Martin McDonagh receiving his first Golden Globe).

Best Speech Honorable Mention: Sam Rockwell called his Three Billboards co-star McDormand "a badass" and thanked director Martin McDonagh "for not being a dick".

Best Badass and Most Considerate Winner: Frances McDormand, who shooed a cameraman out of her way so she could see Sam Rockwell's acceptance speech. And later when she won, she made a point of shaking the hand of Simone Garcia Johnson, actor Dwayne Johnson's daughter and the inaugural Golden Globe Ambassador (previously known as Miss Golden Globe).

Best Awards Haul by a TV Series: HBO's Big Little Lies won four awards, including Best Limited Series (even though it is returning for a second season), Best Actress in a Limited Series (Nicole Kidman), Best Supporting Actor in a Series (Alexander Skarsgård) and Best Supporting Actress in a Series (Laura Dern).

Best Standing Ovations (other than Oprah's): Carol Burnett (who presented Best Actress in a TV Comedy and a TV Drama with Jennifer Aniston) and 101-year-old Kirk Douglas (who presented Best Screenplay with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones).

Best Reunion: Thelma & Louise (aka Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon), who presented the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

Best Television Drama: Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale

Best Television Comedy or Musical: Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor in a Television Series Drama: Sterling K. Brown won his first Golden Globe for NBC's This Is Us.

Best Actress in a Television Series Drama: Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale

Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical: Aziz Ansari won his first Golden Globe for Netflix's Master of None.

Best Actress in a Television Comedy or Musical: Rachel Brosnahan won her first Golden Globe for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Best Actor in a Limited Series: Ewan McGregor won his first Golden Globe for FX's Fargo (he and his Moulin Rouge! co-star Nicole Kidman both won for their Limited Series).

Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water

Best Original Song: Last year's winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) won again for “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

Best Animated Feature Film: Coco

Best Foreign Language Film: In the Fade from Germany

Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: James Franco for The Disaster Artist

Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical: Saoirse Ronan won her first Golden Globe for Lady Bird.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama: Gary Oldman won his first Golden Globe for Darkest Hour.

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro won his first Golden Globe for The Shape of Water.

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Lady Bird

And that, folks, is my review of the Golden Globes. Now on to the Oscars on March 4!

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