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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Fosse/Verdon/Close/Burnett Golden Globes



Here are my thoughts on last night's 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards (and my eight winning predictions are in pink):

Future Golden Globe Nominee: One of the major highlights of the evening for me was seeing the teaser trailer for Fosse/Verdon, the upcoming FX series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. I was so impressed that I had to watch it again (I DVR'd the Globes). And I predict that the show will receive some attention from the Globes next year.



Best Speech and Favorite Winner: I'm so happy that Glenn Close won Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for The Wife. She seemed genuinely surprised, and she gave a great speech that received a standing ovation. Now hopefully this will lead to her finally receiving an Academy Award (she's been nominated six times). And that's Olivia Colman with her in the above photo.



Best Speech Runner-Up: The legendary Carol Burnett was honored with the first Carol Burnett Award for excellence in television.



Worst Misspelling: During the Carol Burnett tribute, The Garry Moore Show was misspelled as The Gary Moore Show (obviously the person in charge of the graphics was not familiar with him or his show).

Absolutely Fabulous Trivia: On Facebook, actress Mo Gaffney (Absolutely Fabulous) revealed that she was the 15-year-old audience member who asked Carol Burnett a question about acting school, which was featured in the Globes tribute.

Best Speech Honorable Mention: Rami Malek, who won Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Bohemian Rhapsody.



Best Speech for Pissing Off Republicans: Christian Bale, who won Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for his performance as Dick Cheney in Vice, thanked Satan for inspiration in playing the former vice president and called Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “charisma-free assholes.” Sometimes the truth hurts.



Best (and Longest) Dress: Lady Gaga

Cutest Winner: Darren Criss, who won Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.



Hottest Husband: Jason Ralph, whom I recognized from TV Land's Younger, is married to Rachel Brosnahan, who won her second consecutive Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for Amazon Video's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Biggest Surprises: I don't think anyone expected Bohemian Rhapsody, which received mixed reviews, to win Best Motion Picture - Drama, but it has become the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. I was also surprised that Green Book won Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical and that Netflix's The Kominsky Method won two awards for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (Michael Douglas). I've not heard one word about this TV series.

Worst Comedy Bit: Flu shots? Really? I guess I should mention Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, who hosted the Globes. I like both of them - especially Ms. Oh, whom I was a fan of before Grey's Anatomy (she's terrific in the Canadian films, Last Night and Wilby Wonderful). However, neither of them were very funny as hosts - but I do agree with Ms. Oh that Sterling K. Brown and Justin Hartley (from NBC's This Is Us) are worth masturbating over.

Most Amusing Presenters: Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell as well as Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph would make great future hosts of the Golden Globes - or the Academy Awards. But, to be honest, I don't think any awards show really needs a host. Just have someone announce the presenters and let them be funny for a few minutes before handing out an award and moving on. It would definitely give the winners more time for their speeches, which is the most important part of the evening. Just my two cents' worth, folks.

Here are the rest of the winners:

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Olivia Colman for The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali for Green Book

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Roma

Best Screenplay: Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga for Green Book

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for First Man

Best Original Song: "Shallow" from A Star Is Born

Best Animated Feature Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Foreign Language Film: Roma (Mexico)

Best Television Series, Drama: FX's The Americans

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama: Richard Madden for BBC One's Bodyguard

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama: Sandra Oh for BBC America's Killing Eve

Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Patricia Arquette for Showtime's Escape at Dannemora

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Ben Whishaw for BBC One/Amazon Prime's A Very English Scandal

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Patricia Clarkson for HBO's Sharp Objects

Best Television Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television: FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

And Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

Now on to the Oscars on February 24!

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