The Social Network, The King's Speech's Colin Firth, and Black Swan's Natalie Portman were the big winners at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Given the Globes' unique separation of films into Comedy and Drama categories and a ... bold ... hosting stint by Ricky Gervais, what's good, bad, and puzzling about this year's ceremony and winners?
The best part of the distinct Comedy and Drama categories was that both Natalie Portman and Annette Bening were victorious tonight. Bening got a Standing O for her win and then classed up the proceedings by giving Julianne Moore a much-deserved shout out for her underappreciated work in The Kids Are All Right in her acceptance speech. That the movie mercifully won the Best Comedy award shows that the HFPA hasn't gone completely off their rockers with that category.
A pair of wins for The Fighter's transcendent stars, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, is hard to dispute; the two were brilliant in the film. Of all of the Globes that The Social Network picked up, perhaps most worthy was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's for the film's haunting, progressive, and perfectly moody score.
"There's got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation," was the show's best line, spoken by a newly cancer-free Michael Douglas after a moving round of applause. The always reliable Robert Downey, Jr. was the presenter of the night. Not only was his innuendo-laden introduction of the Best Actress-Comedy or Musical nominees the funniest bit of the ceremony, but his quick, sharp dig at Ricky Gervais's hosting was perfect. Speaking of...