Welcome to the Golden Globes once again. The awards season party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press. That incorporate musical and comedy into their awards, not the actual show like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Of course, before you read on and after you have read the title, you would be right to assume there is no drama here. Literally, or rather, categorically. And this is the case to some extent.
The following 21 Golden Globes winners, many of them glorious, one or two dubious, not only did not go on to win at the Oscars, they were not, gasp, even nominated. Let this, then, serve as a timely reminder, that although the HFPA are often made a mockery of with some of their choices and categorizations, they do know how to honor many of the corners of cinema that can get left out in the cold elsewhere. No offence AMPAS.
Take a look at the choices below and the exchanges hopefully giving some insight – in no particular order:
Kitaro (Heaven & Earth) – Best Original Score
Hollywood Foreign Press Association: We love this music, simple as that. Just listen to it.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: No thank you. After Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July we’re having a break from war. Oooh Schindler’s List is out.
Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon) – Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
HFPA: Once again this comic guy proves his worth.
AMPAS: We’re not interested in anyone who behaves like that over pets and Cameron Diaz.
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (About Schmidt) – Best Screenplay
HFPA: Fine writing, this Payne / Taylor combo has a future.
AMPAS: And that shall be when we honor them.
Madonna (Evita) – Best Actress Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
HFPA: This is a musical, and Madonna is the actress in the lead. Our favorite this year.
AMPAS: What is this? 1950s? Plus, she’s a pop star, not an actress.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) – Best Supporting Actor
HFPA: Shit, we ticked the wrong Nocturnal Animals fella.
AMPAS: He was good, but he is no Michael Shannon.
Barbra Streisand (Yentl) – Best Director
HFPA: Who cares if she is a woman, what a transition to filmmaking.
AMPAS: Women are directors now? Since when?
Tim Robbins (The Player) – Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
HFPA: The comedy is dark, sure, but this is Altman. Robbins is inch-perfect.
AMPAS: Sure, this is Altman, but Robbins is making us look bad. We’ll take him seriously when he, I don’t know, gets shot by Sean Penn.