2011 Golden Globe Awards Broadcast
Starring: Ricky Gervais (host) and a cast of dozens of Hollywood's favorite celebrities.
Genre: Awards Show
Best for: All ages
PopFam Rating: B
Show Summary: In a precursor to the Oscars, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association names their favorites in a variety of film & TV categories.
The PopFam Review
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Award! Glamour, fashion, and comedy. Sounds like the Oscars, except this awards ceremony, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, honors TV as well as movies and allows its celebrity honorees to eat dinner and drink champagne. You don't see that at the Academy Awards.
In 2011, the Golden Globes were handed out Sunday, January 16 amidst the “controversial” comedy of Ricky Gervais. Controversial if you were a celebrity attendee, but not necessarily if you were a viewer. But more on that later.
The Golden Globes are always interesting, as we often see them as foreshadowing potential Oscar nominees and winners. Additionally, at the 2011 Globes, films, TV shows, and celebrities that actively promote a homosexual lifestyle gave a strong showing, with several high-profile winners that fit that political preference. The Social Network picked up four awards at the Globes, including Best Picture-Drama and Best Director; The Fighter, which earned two awards; and The Kids Are All Right, which also received two awards, including Best Pictures-Comedy. And while we waited with anticipation to see who would win Best Actress-Drama (Natalie Portman for Black Swan) and Best Actor-Drama (Colin Firth for The King's Speech), much of the night was predictable. Glee won three awards, including Best Television Series-Comedy, Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch) and Best Supporting Actor (Chris Colfer), which was expected. Even the wins by The Social Network, The Kids Are All Right, and those for acting were projected. .
Which leaves us with the speeches we've all heard before ("I'd like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press, my agent...."), which were in themselves the most uninspiring aspect of all, I suppose. Boring, and a big reason to record the show. Let's face it, if you're not in the business, it's not all that interesting listening to lists of names for half the night. But we do love our celebrities and the fun of seeing if our favorite will win, or if that awful-show-we-can't-believe-is-so-popular will actually win. Because we all have a show like that, don't we?
But the person who has received the biggest scrutiny, even before the award ceremony began, was Ricky Gervais. If you're not familiar with this comic, he's snarky and brash, and very funny. He's never afraid to speak his mind or cover any topic he sees as comical. Which is why I find it interesting that the HFPA and the celebrities themselves seem shocked by his jokes. Some were a bit strange (noting that Bruce Willis is "Ashton Kutcher's dad"), and others a bit off-color (comments made about Hugh Heffner's upcoming marriage specifically), but the HFPA and the actors in attendance must have had some inkling of what to expect, as he is a celebrity himself and hosted last year's awards. But his mysterious absence from the last half of the show, and the angry, high-handed outrage from industry insiders racing around the Internet after the telecast seemed to indicate that he was no longer welcome at The Golden Globes in the future. Personally, I thought his roasts of the celebrities on hand (including the cranky old President of the HFPA) were terribly funny and fresh. Guess I won't be invited to the Globes next year either.
Regardless, next year we'll all tune in with hopes that the comedy will be entertaining and our favorites will win.
RECAP: 2011 Golden Globes Nominees & Winners
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
"The King's Speech"
(Winner) "The Social Network"
BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Alice in Wonderland"
(Winner) "The Kids Are All Right"
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
"The Concert," France
"The Edge," Russia
"I Am Love," Italy
(Winner) "In a Better World," Denmark
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
(Winner) David Fincher, "The Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"
BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
(Winner) Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"
BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS
Halle Berry, "Frankie and Alice"
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
(Winner) Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, "Alice in Wonderland"
Johnny Depp, "The Tourist"
(Winner) Paul Giamatti, "Barney's Version"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Love and Other Drugs"
Kevin Spacey, "Casino Jack"
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
(Winner) Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
Anne Hathaway, "Love and Other Drugs"
Angelina Jolie, "The Tourist"
Julianne Moore, "The Kids Are All Right"
Emma Stone, "Easy A"
(Winner) Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
Michael Douglas, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"
Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"
(Winner) Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"
"How to Train Your Dragon"
(Winner) "Toy Story 3"
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, "127 Hours"
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, "The Kids Are All Right"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David Seidler, "The King's Speech"
(Winner) Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network"
Alexandre Desplat, "The King's Speech"
Danny Elfman, "Alice in Wonderland"
A.R. Rahman, "127 Hours"
(Winner) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"
Hans Zimmer, "Inception"
"Bound to You" (music by Samuel Dixon, lyrics by Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler), "Burlesque"
"Coming Home" (music and lyrics by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges), "Country Strong"
"I See the Light" (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater), "Tangled"
"There's a Place for Us" (music and lyrics by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey), "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
(Winner) "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (music and lyrics by Diane Warren), "Burlesque"
DRAMATIC TV SERIES
(Winner) "Boardwalk Empire"
"The Good Wife"
"The Walking Dead"
BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
(Winner) Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA
Julianna Marguiles, "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs"
(Winner) Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
"Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
BEST ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Thomas Jane, "Hung"
Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
(Winner) Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
BEST ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
(Winner) Laura Linney, "The Big C"
Lea Michele, "Glee"
BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
"Pillars of the Earth"
"You Don't Know Jack"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hayley Atwell, "Pillars of the Earth"
(Winner) Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"
Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"
Romola Garai, "Emma"
Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Client List"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Ian McShane, "Pillars of the Earth"
(Winner) Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack"
Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"
Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"
(Winner) Jane Lynch, "Glee"
Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
Julia Stiles, "Dexter"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Scott Caan, "Hawaii Five-O"
(Winner) Chris Colfer, "Glee"
Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin"
CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
(Winner) Robert DeNiro
with additional reporting by MN
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