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C'mon Hollywood #41

01.14.2005

...the Golden Globes are overrated!
by Indiana Sev

Make your GOLDEN GLOBES PREDICTONS here!!

This Sunday, NBC will air the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards, a ceremony that gives the Hollywood Foreign Press Associationís take on the best of the best in movies and television in 2004. In other words, entertainment reporters from Angola, Denmark and Chile are going to tell you that they dug Debra Messing in "Will & Grace" more than they did Jennifer Aniston in "Friends". Personally, Iíd much rather re-watch the highlights from the Colts/Patriots game (Go Pats!) than sit in on the foreign press stroking themselves off for 3 hours.

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Also, the other networks will probably have a couple of good movies playing opposite the awards to compete with it. This is the season of awards shows and after The Academy Awards this is probably the most popular one. Why? Because NBC hypes it up to be one big free-for-all with drunk celebrities and actors being loose and giggly and blah, blah, blah...

A few years back, actress Christine Lahti got humiliated because she was performing a "number 2" in the john when she won an award and ever since then, NBC has been promoting this thing likes itís a f*ckiní circus sideshow. Whoop-de-doo, look Ma, the nominees are eating and drinking Ė theyíre craaaaazy! Also, how seriously can we take an award show that has its nominees freshening up in the can when their category comes up? Besides the fact that the nominations are sort of similar to what we can expect from the Oscars, the winners of the Globes are often chosen out of popularity like that other completely useless award show: The Peopleís Choice Awards. Now I know Iím in a minority here because the show gets killer ratings but thatís all because of the way NBC markets the event. And can you really blame the network for riding the Golden Globe wave? The only new show in their lineup that survived their laughable fall schedule was the ill-advised "Joey".

To me, there is only one show that counts, that matters and is worth watching and thatís The Academy Awards .The voters are people who work in the industry; they are actors, directors, composers, editors, cinematographers, etc. This is the same reason I have respect for The Director and Actorís Guild Awards. If it were me, Iíd feel much more fulfilled if my peers voted for me rather than some jag-off rich boy movie journalist from Switzerland whose pop owns the local TV station back home and probably only attended the COLLATERAL junket all year. It doesnít help that every year around this time I hear curious stories about some of the members of the foreign press. Iím sure theyíre not all bad apples but my gut tells me some of these guys and gals are real loafers.

Another reason the popularity of this particular show infuriates me so much is because I often hear the argument that the Academy Award members are "out of touch". I donít always agree with the winners at the Oscars either, but I have total respect for all its members; there are just as many Johnny Deppís, Brad Pittís and Denzel Washingtonís in the voting committee now and to blame the old-timers because youíre not happy that so-and-so won is a really weak case to make. They have just as much right to vote for the winners as do the more contemporary actors and itís unfair and close-minded to think they canít appreciate a movie like ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND just because theyíre not young, hip thirty-somethings. The difference is, they actually put their blood, sweat and tears into the biz and thatís something the 40 Icelandic press members canít say (read more about my thoughts on The Academy Awards here).

Another thing that sucks about the Golden Globes is being forced to sit through all the lame TV awards. Mixing TV and film actors together is like having all the minor league ball players uniting with the big leaguers; they both probably have their own separate value and appeal, but its seldom people want them in the same package.

That being said, itís always fun to throw predictions around and even though I hold this award show in the same esteem that I hold the VH1 Fashion Awards, I thought Iíd share my picks for the evening anyway. I made my choices according to who I would like to see win, although, save for the Best Supporting Actor category, I think they are all favorites to win as well. Go Natalie!!

Best Picture (Drama)
THE AVIATOR
CLOSER
FINDING NEVERLAND
KINSEY
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
HOTEL RWANDA

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, THE AVIATOR
Alexander Payne, SIDEWAYS
Clint Eastwood, MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Marc Forster, FINDING NEVERLAND
Mike Nichols, CLOSER

Actor in a Leading Role (Drama)
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE AVIATOR
Johnny Depp, FINDING NEVERLAND
Liam Neeson, KINSEY
Don Cheadle, HOTEL RWANDA
Javier Bardem, THE SEA INSIDE

Actress in a Leading Role (Drama)
Uma Thurman, KILL BILL, VOL. 2
Hilary Swank, MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Imelda Staunton, VERA DRAKE
Nicole Kidman, BIRTH
Scarlett Johansson, A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG

Actor in a Supporting Role
Thomas Haden Church, SIDEWAYS
Jamie Foxx, COLLATERAL
Clive Owen, CLOSER
Morgan Freeman, MILLION DOLLAR BABY
David Carradine, KILL BILL, VOL. 2

Actress in a Supporting Role
Virginia Madsen, SIDEWAYS
Laura Linney, KINSEY
Cate Blachett, THE AVIATOR
Natalie Portman, CLOSER
Meryl Streep, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

PREVIOUSLY:

...where the f*ck is Bridget Fonda?! (January 7, 2004)
...my year-end roundup (2/2) (January 1, 2005)
...my year-end roundup (1/2) (December 30, 2004)
...your X-mas spirit sucks! (December 24, 2004)
...Norm MacDonald = box office gold! (December 15, 2004)
...reunite the Reservoir Dogs cast! (December 8, 2004)
...cancel 'Inside the Actor's Studio'!! (December 3, 2004)
...I give thanks to thee (2/2) (November 26, 2004)
...I give thanks to thee (1/2) (November 24, 2004)
...cast more country singers! (November 17, 2004)

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Source: Indiana Sev
Tags: Hollywood

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