A while ago, a fellow writer friend mentioned she enjoys watching the Golden Globes because everyone gets drunk. Last night definitely lived up to the billing. Even the greats including Meryl Streep and Harrison Ford seemed as though they’d indulged in more than a few cocktails during the event, and there was lots of giggling during post-show interviews.
“Avatar“ was the big winner, snagging both Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama. Although this style of movie seldom gets the big awards, I was not surprised at the win. Avatar fits perfectly with Hollywood’s political views of the day; it represents the future of movie making and it’s making quite a lot of money. The Golden Globe judges (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) aren’t usually concerned with the amount of money a film makes, but this year it seems they kept it top of mind.
Sandra Bullock walked away with her first Globe for her role in the mega-hit “Blind Side.” Blockbuster movies did well all night. Other mainstream winners included:
Meryl Streep – Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for “Julie and Julia“
Robert Downey Jr. – Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for “Sherlock Holmes”
“The Hangover“ – Best Motion Picture Comedy Musical
Does this mark the end of the independent film? The independent film has been dying a slow death for years. As bigger and bigger names got involved in so-called independent projects, the genre has taken on a much less indie-feel.
Jeff Bridges did pick up a Best Actor in a Drama Golden Globe for his role in “Crazy Heart,” the story of a broken down country music singer. “Crazy Horse” isn’t really an independent film, but it has had a much more limited release than the other winners, playing mostly at theaters such as the Esquire in Denver.
As far as Golden Globe fashion, I was rather under-whelmed. It seemed the eighties are back, including shoulder pads, which should only be worn by football players. Hopefully the Academy Awards, airing on March 7, will prove to be a better night for fashion and perhaps a better night for the great films of 2009, including “An Education“ and “Up in the Air.”
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