It probably makes sense that the Golden Globes allows for more genre win opportunities than the more drama-oriented Academy Awards. Still, the Globes didn’t go as far as they could with the best of what is on TV and in movies. Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield not winning in the comedy categories for New Girl is a big miss. Kevin Costner is a great actor but I don’t see how anyone was a better actor on TV or film this year than Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock. Fans of genre fave show The Big Bang Theory will be bummed to see that show slighted for best comedy series. The BBC’s drama The Hour was the best of television for the past two years so there is another miss.
So here is what they got right:
Argo as Best Film. Check.
Ben Affleck as Best Director for Argo. Check.
Brave as Best Animated Film. Check.
Adele for Best Original Song for Skyfall. Check.
Quentin Tarantino for Best Screenplay for Django Unchained. Check.
Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained. Check.
Although we’re having a hard time getting excited about Homeland‘s slow building second season after its great first season (but we plan to be caught up soon), it’s great to see Homeland lead the TV awards with best drama and acting nods for the always great acting of Daniel Lewis and Claire Danes.
And let’s face it, even though they didn’t win for any sci-fi or fantasy roles, it never hurts to see your favorite genre actors make it big in other roles–it allows them to return to the parts you want to see them in time and again. So kudos to Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland, Ella Enchanted) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) for acting awards for Les Miserables, Maggie Smith (Harry Potter series) for her acting in Downton Abbey, and even Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams, Silverado) for Hatfields and McCoys, and Ed Harris (The Truman Show, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13) for supporting actor in a TV series.
With the surprise visit by President Bill Clinton to announce the movie Lincoln, it makes you wonder why the film buff hasn’t done more film commentary in his retirement.
On to the Oscars!