Okay, so I don't even want to talk about how bad my predictions turned out last night- I went a pitiful 7 for 14, which I'm pretty sure is my worst Globes showing ever. And what I think happened here is that the HFPA, in the absence of any true Oscar frontrunners, veered away from their recent tendency to stick close to the critics and attempt to predict the winners, and simply reverted back to their worst instincts in picking every single big name they could find on the ballot. I mean look at those winners. Aside from Brie Larson, we have Leo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Sylvester Stallone, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lawrence- you can't get much more starfuckery than this (except they did when they actually voted for Lady Gaga to win on the TV side!). I mean, that god awful song from the Bond movie? Steve Jobs for screenplay because Aaron Sorkin, most famous screenwriter in Hollywood, wrote it (not that that's a bad choice in my opinion, but I know that's the only reason they picked it). What it tells me is that this year was so up in the air that they gave up in trying to be predictive of anything and just went for the glossy stuff. I don't think they're going to match Oscar too well this year. And never again am I going to forget that what these people really are, as it was constantly pointed out last night, are a bunch of whores to the power of celebrity, first and foremost. Above all else.
- BEST PICTURE DRAMA: The Revenant
- BEST ACTOR DRAMA: Leonardo Dicaprio, The Revenant
- BEST ACTRESS DRAMA: Brie Larson, Room
- BEST PICTURE COMEDY/MUSICAL: The Martian
- BEST ACTOR COMEDY: Matt Damon, The Martian
- BEST ATRESS COMEDY: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
- BEST DIRECTOR: Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant
- BEST SCREENPLAY: Steve Jobs
- BEST SCORE: The Hateful Eight
- BEST SONG: "The Writing's On the Wall," Spectre
- BEST FOREIGN FILM: Son of Saul
- BEST ANIMATED FILM: Inside Out
As for the show, well, Ricky Gervais was his usual snarky self, and he got in some awkward and uncomfortable jabs at Mel Gibson at least, but I don't think he could ever be as entertaining as that first year when he roasted everyone completely unexpectedly, and the shock was palpable. That just can't be repeated. It was nice to see a big standing ovation for Stallone, who I hope at least gets the nomination on Thursday (these awards have no bearing on the long past turned in Oscar ballots). And as for the race, well...it's all down to the PGA now. It's not too often that the Oscar Best Picture winner goes home with nothing from the Golden Globes, which doesn't bode well for Spotlight or The Big Short. Maybe The Revenant really is the movie everyone was sleeping on, and it's possible that Leo's impending win will carry the movie right along with him, and its director, who would win an unprecedented back to back Oscars if that happens. I guess it's possible. But the Producers Guild will tell us the real story- whether it's Spotlight, Big Short, Revenant or The Martian. The Oscar seems entirely up for grabs right now.