Sunday, January 8, 2017

Golden Globe Reactions

I'm much more excited to recap the film portion of the evening since I've seen everything and I'm pretty much thrilled about all the wins. The one exception is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who beat out three other deserving actors for Best Supporting Actor in a film I really didn't like. Yes, he's supposed to be despicable in "Nocturnal Animals," but he doesn't get my vote, and now I might have to factor him into my Oscar predictions.

If my research is correct, "La La Land" makes history as the film with the largest Golden Globes haul ever, winning seven awards out of seven nominations. It's also the first film since "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" to win the top five awards (picture, director, screenplay, actor, and actress). My wife isn't thrilled for it since she didn't love it, but I really liked it and it's stuck with me since then. The opening parody was great since it really encapsulates how fun the movie was. I think it's going to win Best Picture now, especially since "Moonlight" only won one trophy. "Manchester by the Sea" is my favorite, but its Best Actor bid is fine.

What was most exciting, however, was the fact that "Elle," a movie that didn't make the finalist list for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, took home not one but two awards. After seeing and not loving "Toni Erdmann" on Friday, I'm glad that "Elle" was able to triumph, and after hoping that Natalie Portman wouldn't win because the performance is all imitation, how great was it that a French actress in a Dutch movie won this American award? I hope that she goes on to get nominated for an Oscar and that the Best Actress Oscar race is now up for grabs, for her or for Emma Stone or someone else. The film definitely isn't for everyone, but it's one of my best of the year.

I got 10/14 but I'm okay with some of the ones I got wrong. Reviews of "Rogue One" and "Silence," two films that didn't contend at the Globes, coming tomorrow, following by a rollout of detailed Oscar predictions by category over the next two weeks. Stay tuned!

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