This has really been one of those mornings. I composed this entire post under the name 'BAFTA Winners' and was getting more and more agitated that I could not find a single picture of Julianne Moore holding a BAFTA and I'm like "I SAW HER WIN IT LAST NIGHT" and then I realized that last night were the Globes and a simple change in my Google search gave me what I needed.
What I need is another anxiety pill and a nap.
So, last night I wanted really badly to live chat the whole awards, but dinner and game time and kids who did not want to go to sleep wound up making me hit pause way more than I wanted to. Still, I did pretty good with predictions (I didn't post them here, but I had them posted over at AwardsWatch). The only two categories I missed outright were Foreign Film and Animated Movie.
Feast your eyes on these winners:
|Best Picture ~ Drama|
As expected, mediocrity was the theme of the night as Boyhood took top honors. I'm so tired of people saying that this was some kind of huge step for cinema or some great new idea. It wasn't. It was a guy with a camera and absolutely no idea what he wanted to use it for, so he gave himself 12 years to try and come up with an idea. He never did.
|Best Picture ~ Comedy/Musical|
I kind of hate that I didn't see this coming even though I kind of saw it coming. I predicted that Birdman was going to swoop in for this one, but in retrospect, The Grand Budapest Hotel is really the perfect Globe choice here and it makes perfect sense. It has made such a rousing revival this award's season. I never would have expected it to enter the Oscar race THIS strong.
I don't get this at all. I mean, even those who are fans of his work have to admit that he said more about life in any one of his Before films than he did in this sloppy, aimless feature. This is a true case of a gimmick completely blinding the masses to the quality of entertainment. This is not quality. This isn't much of anything, at all.
My biggest shock here is that Birdman won this award and The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Picture, and in my mind if there was going to be a split it would have happened in the reverse. I'm glad that both Wes and Alejandro won something last night, but it just felt odd that it was for the opposites of what one would have expected. I think the Oscar is between the two of them, but I'm not sure which one in the end...unless it winds up being...Richard fucking Linklater.
|Lead Actress ~ Comedy/Musical|
At the very last minute (or, like right after her BAFTA nomination), I changed my prediction for the Globe win from Moore to Adams (I had initially envisioned Moore having her Winslet moment). Adams didn't see this coming (she made that clear on the red carpet), but it seemed inevitable when you look at it. No one else in that category has a sniffling of a chance at an Oscar nom, and Adams is looking very possible to be that filler nominee, so why not hand her the win.
|Lead Actress ~ Drama|
I said this months ago, I'll say it again...every televised award, with the possible exception of BAFTA, is going to land in Julianne's hands. It's her time.
|Lead Actor ~ Comedy/Musical|
I'm sure you've seen my post on the reasons that I think Keaton is going to win the Oscar. In those reasons, I had listed his humility, which was evident in his acceptance speech at the HFA. His speech last night was just as rich, human and moving. I'm telling you, there is no possible way he doesn't win the Oscar. NO WAY WHAT SO EVER.
Yes, if he loses, I'll eat crow, but tis the season for bold statements and placing our feet in our mouths!
|Lead Actor ~ Drama|
Cumberbatch who? Yeah, sorry Benedict, but your 'British Vote' has been overturned and instead handed to that other funny looking young actor with a baity role this year. Expect Redmayne to repeat at BAFTA as well, even though he'll lose SAG and Oscar to the superhero.
Well, it's probably a done deal now. If Arquette was going to surface as a mere critics thing and then disappear at the televised awards for a better performance or a more Oscary one, it would have happened last night. Instead, she continues to barrel through towards her undeserved Oscar. Remind me, what scene in Boyhood was she in again?
I've come around from being annoyed that Simmons was winning everything to being kind of happy for him in a weird way. He's such a likable guy, and the more I think about how cool it is that Whiplash as a whole (mind you, I still haven't seen it), is this little film that could do more than anyone expected, I'm glad that it'll walk away with an assured win. Poor Edward Norton though. I mean, HE DESERVES TO BE CALLED AN OSCAR WINNER!
I had Birdman pegged for this, simply because the Globes often go with a more obscure choice, and since it was ineligible for Oscar I figured they'd love to say "we are better than you and you know it", but instead they went with The Theory of Everything, which I hear is GORGEOUS and have a feeling could actually win the Oscar this year, no matter how many nominations Desplat walks away with.
This could be Selma's only win on Oscar night. It feels like a consolation prize in a year where the only real contender up until now was that catch pop song sung by those guys from SNL.
Really people? How to Train Your Dragon 2? UGH. Talk about a mediocre sequel to a mediocre film. Is this going to be our Brave? Is this going to be that film that opened to moderately good reviews that got lost in the shuffle thanks to much better and more adventurous animated films coming out of the woodwork (and winning every single critics award) only to come back from the dead and steal what does not belong to it? I have a really bad feeling about this. I said all year that Oscar wouldn't be cool enough to hand LEGO the win, but I thought for sure they'd at least chose Big Hero 6...you know...a good movie. Oh, Christ. If we get Boyhood, Ida and How to Train Your Dragon 2 as our BP winners this year, it'll be the worst set of Best Picture wins in a LONG time.
YAY! No Ida!!! I didn't think Ida would win, I was predicting Force Mejeure, which I am hoping will snag the Oscar away from Ida, but I'm thrilled for Leviathan. I have not seen the film, but I'm a HUGE fan of Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return, and I really liked Elena, so I'm really looking forward to this one.