December 17, 2010 13 Comments
Golden Globes, you suck. To be completely honest, I have never sat down in the cozy comforts of my home to sit and actually watch this sorry excuse for an Awards ceremony. I never took them – or the Hollywood Foreign Press – very seriously at all (and the nominees that come out each year give me very good reason to ignore them completely; this year’s roster of contenders being no exception). In my estimation, they are one notch up from an MTV Movie Award. I can vividly recall an old Simpsons episode that made fun of how useless the Golden Globe award is (compared to others) – and it is, to this day, very much appreciated by this viewer.
It is true that this year (like the past few years) has been a relatively weak year for film. As always, there have been some stand-outs and I look forward to compiling my own Top 10 of the Year list in the near future. Since my big move down to Virginia in early November, I have not only been slacking in my blogging duties (which I hope to get back into the swing of, starting with this entry), but in my viewing of films as well. To date, I have only seen 85 eligible films for 2010 – with about 40 still left on my “Must-See” list. It will happen…it always does, even if it means renting these films in the early months of the new year.
So I look over this year’s Golden Globe nominees and the first deadly sin is that nowhere do I see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – one of the Top 3 films of the year, for certain. Never mind that the 2nd and 3rd installments were not nearly as solid as the first and the early-in-the-year release date – it is a shame that this remarkably powerful film was left out in the December cold. And poor Noomi Rapace. I have yet to see a better, more courageous performance by a leading actress this year. And I will take it a step further – I think Ms. Rapace gave the most daring, most uninhibited performance by a female star in years. I can only hope that other awards (including the prestigious Oscars) don’t make this same terrible mistake.
Here is where it gets truly comical – Red? The Tourist? Burlesque? All nominated for Best Comedic Motion Picture?! Really???!!! This is what it has come to? Ah, yes…but I forget. This is the same Association that nominated Basic Instinct for “Best Picture.” Even Alice in Wonderland was nominated. Now I enjoyed Tim Burton’s film more than most and thought it was very well made, but “Best Picture” material? Four more reasons why this “Award” is laughable right there. So I guess when The Kids Are All Right wins (which it most surely will) in this category, that manages to bring some legitimacy to the evening’s festivities for the very lame, right?
I have already come to grips with the fact that Christopher Nolan’s Inception will get a slew of nominations for every film awards ceremony despite the fact that, in my opinion, it was much more shine over substance. Before the film was even released people were hailing it as a masterpiece, and the praise continued long after its summer frenzy. I still contend that there are far too many holes in this film with supporting characters that walk around with little to no meaning for existing.
I won’t even get into the TV nominations because I don’t have a leg to stand on in that regard. I don’t watch TV – and I am very glad for that. I truly feel that the Golden Globes are really just for those dolts who want to sit and gawk at the stars having a good time – not for people who love cinema. These are people who also watch a lot of TV, read Us Weekly (or People…your pick) and like to know who is dating who and which couples are “on the outs.” I used to live with a woman who would occasionally fly out to California for the sole purpose of seeing this egomaniacal charade and doing the whole red carpet thing. She would take a bunch of photos of these celebrities who don’t know her in the least (let alone care about her) and then quickly and carefully put them all in a photo album and show it to everyone who would humor her by looking interested in it. I thought, “How sad is that.” And when January 16th rolls around and I see so many comments on Facebook actually taking this trash seriously, I will again shake my head and think to myself, “How sad is that…”