I’m beginning to feel like a broken record, but I have a feeling that’s inevitable as this may be one of the most predictable awards seasons ever. The Golden Globes just finished handing out their statuettes and I feel as though I just sat through a rerun. Even the host, Ricky Gervais, was unsurprising. While occasionally funny, he garnered most of his laughs by insulting absolutely everyone, as per the norm.
The Social Network continues to build steam, winning four awards: Best Picture, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. If The Social Network does not win Best Picture at the Oscars you’re going to want to watch out your window for flying pigs and check with that creepy dead uncle of yours to see if hell has frozen over.
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Christian Bale (The Fighter) are both looking very comfortable up on the stage receiving awards, winning Best Actor in a Drama and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
The Best Actress award is still an interesting race, as the two top contenders, Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) won in separate categories at the Golden Globes. Portman was the expected winner in the Drama category and Bening had very little to worry about from her fellow nominees, easily winning the Comedy or Musical category.
It looks as though there is a frontrunner for the Supporting Actress category finally. Melissa Leo (The Fighter) has been gaining momentum recently and her Golden Globe win certainly lifts her above the rest of the pack, though she still has some serious competition from the likes of Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech).
The biggest surprise of the night in the awards pertaining to movies (as oppose to television) was undoubtedly In a Better World’s win for Best Foreign Language Film, as Biutiful, starring Javier Barden, was the favorite going in.
Part of me, the part that desires to be entertained, would love to see the status quo challenged so that the Academy Awards can retain at least a little bit of suspense. Perhaps the SAG awards or the BAFTAs will shake things up a bit. Perhaps after the umpteenth viewing of Inception all the members of the Academy will finally “get it” and show Christopher Nolan some love. One can only hope.
You can see the full list of Golden Globe nominees and winners here.