It is that time of year again, full of judgmental red carpets, false modesty, cheesy one-liners, and an unbearably long awards show.
This past weekend, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the 2011 Golden Globe Awards with returning host Ricky Gervais. For those who have no idea who this is, Gervais is the original Michael Scott from the UK version of The Office, a fact that he makes sure everyone knows - all the time. As usual, Gervais was borderline overly offensive in his attempt to lighten the mood in the stuffy atmosphere of the Globes.
All in all, the show was uneventful, proving it to be one of my least favourite awards ceremonies because of the complete lack of musical performance or any other form of entertainment. The most enjoyable presenters were Tina Fey and Steve Carell, who together create a respectable comedic energy without being forced or offensive – and they were actually funny.
This year, The Social Network raked in the highest number of accolades, winning four Globes for Best Original Score, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and the biggest award of the night, Best Motion Picture Drama. Other films that got a lot of attention last night were The Fighter and The Kids Are Alright, which each took home two statues, including Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter. Surprisingly, The King’s Speech, which lead the nominations with a total of seven, was only awarded Best Actor Drama for Colin Firth’s performance. Best Actress Drama went to Natalie Portman for her role in the psychological thriller Black Swan.
As expected, though somewhat undeserving in comparison to its competition, Glee swept the night for television awards. Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) both won – and rightly so- for their supporting roles on the series. However the Globe for Best TV Series Comedy or Musical that was awarded to Glee could have easily gone to Modern Family or The Big Bang Theory this year. The HFPA at least got this one right: Best Actor TV Comedy or Musical went to the incomparably hilarious Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.
Even little Beibs got his 30 seconds in the spotlight as he presented the award for Best Animated Feature Film to Toy Story 3. Another teen sensation, Robert Pattinson, was also present, but luckily his stupid face was overpowered beside his co-presenter Olivia Wilde’s stunningly sparkly ball gown.
The best part of the night was when Matt Damon presented Robert De Niro with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. A montage of his over 40 years in show business was shown, including clips from his many hits such as The Godfather II, Taxi Driver, and Goodfellas.
Gervais, clearly intoxicated at this point, wrapped up the show with a typical so-long, farewell, and “thank you to God for making me an atheist.”