Well, the Golden Globes were back after taking a year off because of the WGA strike, and they didn’t disappoint. Most people know the Globes aren’t that important and that the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t always vote for skill over bang, but they did a decent job tonight.
Instead of going through and listing off everything that won, here’s the movie categories, some of which may or may not have some Oscar implications in the near future.
In music: Best Song went to Bruce Springsteen for his song The Wrestler from Darren Aranofsky‘s The Wrestler. It was great to see Springsteen take home the award and even more amusing to hear his line “This is probably the only time I’ll be up against Clint Eastwood for something. And to be honest, I kinda like it!” Also in music, Slumdog Millionaire continued its torrent awards season pace and began its Golden Globes evening with a win for Best Score by A.R. Rahman.
Best Screenplay was another strike for Slumdog Millionaire, with Simon Beaufoy beating out the rest of the pack to take home the prize.
The Golden Globes is special because they have best actor and picture categories for Comedy/Musical films as well, which gives those who don’t always have a chance at an Oscar to come in and get some hardware. Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical went to Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky and Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical went to Colin Farrell for In Bruges, which I was particularly happy about because I didn’t even know In Bruges was nominated and that movie was brilliant. Best Picture in a Comedy or Musical didn’t go to In Bruges, unfortunately, but it did go to Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
The Best Director award brought us back to Slumdog Millionaire, crowning Danny Boyle with the title, one very deserved by a great director. Boyle was up against big dogs like Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon, David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Sam Mendes for Revolutionary Road, as well as Stephen Daldry for The Reader.
Not shocking to anyone, the animated movie that’s garnered some talks as a possible best OVERALL movie, let alone best animated, Wall-E won out against Bolt and Kung Fu Panda for Best Animated Feature Film.
For actresses, Kate Winslet was unbeatable… literally. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for The Reader, beating out Viola Davis for Doubt, Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler, Amy Adams for Doubt, and Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
For Best Actress, Winslet again took the prize for Revolutionary Road, this time beating out Kristin Scott Thomas for I’ve Loved You So Long, Angelina Jolie for Changeling, Meryl Streep for Doubt, and Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married.
On the actors side of things:For Best Supporting Actor, as expected — or maybe more wished than anything — Heath Ledger won for The Dark Knight and showed that his performance was good enough to stand with the crowd. This hopefully propelled him toward a very much-deserved and ultimately poetic ending to a much-too short life and career: an Oscar. Ledger beat Ralph Fiennes for The Duchess, both Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder, and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt.
For Best Actor, the award was given to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler, which was another very special moment to see, as Rourke is on his well-covered comeback trail. He beat Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon, Leonardo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road, Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Sean Penn for Milk.
Finally, the Best Picture award. This was the exclamation point for a very special night, as underdog Slumdog Millionaire took the biggest prize of them all. The movie beat out The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and Revolutionary Road to be king of its domain. A very interesting list of nominees to begin, too. While it’s good to see a movie like Slumdog win it all, you wonder where movies like The Wrestler were; which I’m hearing just as good things about, if not better, than movies like Frost/Nixon or The Reader. This also makes a case for Wall-E getting an actual Best Picture nomination at the big show, the Academy Awards.
In a very special tribute presented by Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. They showed a great reel of Spielberg’s works, which we’re all aware of. A great honor for a living legend.
That about sums up this year’s Golden Globes show. Again, it’s not the most important dance of the year, but it has tremendous potential implications for the Academy Awards, which will reveal their nominees soon and will be presented on February 22, 2009.
Of note on the TV side, Tina Fey won Best Actress in a Comedy and gave — by far — the funniest acceptance speech of the night, while her sitcom 30 Rock won Best Comedy Show; Alec Baldwin also won Best Actor for 30 Rock. On the dramatic side, Mad Men took home the prize for Best TV Drama. Not surprisingly, John Adams won for Best Miniseries with its stars Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, and Tom Wilkinson taking home the award for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
For the full list of winners from TV shows and everything else, hit the official Golden Globes site.