2012 Golden Globe Nominations
January 16, 2012 by staff
2012 Golden Globe Nominations, The 69th annual Golden Globes are officially in the history books. Here are the stream-of-consciousness thoughts of one movie fan as the show proceeded. You can also find a complete list of Golden Globes winners here):
9:56: As the night’s last award, “The Descendants” is named best picture, drama. And just like that, it would appear we have a two-horse race for the Best Picture Oscar. “The Descendants” vs. “The Artist.” Who will win? We’ll all find out on Feb. 26.
9:49: George Clooney is named best actor in a motion picture, drama. First, he gives a nice shout-out to his old friend Brad Pitt for his movie work and his humanitarian work. “I’m a fan,” he says. And then he follows that up with a pns joke addressed to Michael Fassbender. Stay classy, Philadelphia!
9:41: “The Artist” completes its big night with its biggest prize so far: best picture, comedy or musical. As he does in the movie, Uggie the dog steals the show on stage. And because I know you’re wondering: “The Artist” is scheduled to open Friday (Jan. 20) in New Orleans.
9:37: Meryl Streep wins the award for best actress in a motion picture drama. Surprisingly, it is she — not Gervais — who gets bleeped when she lets a profanity slip upon realizing that she forgot to bring her reading glasses to the stage with her.
9:26: French actor Jean Dujardin, of “The Artist,” wins the Globe for best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical. What a charmer. How can you not love this guy? It’s turning out to be a big night for “The Artist.” It’s already won best score, now best actor — and I smell a best picture Globe coming up …
9:19: ABC’s wonderful, hilarious sitcom “Modern Family” wins the award for best TV series, comedy or musical. Sofia Vergara is an absolute hoot, both on the show and, as we’ve just learned, at awards shows. Her bilingaul acceptance “speech” with “Modern Family” creator Steve Levitan is easily the best of the night so far.
9:14: Angelina Jolie presents the award for best director to “Hugo” helmer Martin Scorsese. I couldn’t agree with this choice more. Lovely, masterfully assembled film.
9:03: Morgan Freeman accepts his Cecil B. DeMille Award. His first order of business: to fawn over co-presenter Helen Mirren, his co-star in the New Orleans-shot film “RED.” “Working with you on RED,” he said, “was great fun — really great fun. But I learned one thing: Watching you handle a gun makes me know I never want to piss you off. And Sidney, Mr. Poitier, being up here receiving this award, this tribute that you yourself received, receiving it from you makes it clear to me that, even though they call it the Cecil B. DeMille Award, in my house it will also be called the Sidney Poitier Award.” Classy stuff. One of the night’s nicer moments.
8:56: Guess who’s coming to the Golden Globes? Wonderful, sustained applause for Sidney Poitier, introducing Morgan Freeman as the recipient of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award. He’s joined by Helen Mirren, who is as delightful and giddy as Poitier — apparently hamstrung by a lagging TelePrompTer — is stoic.
8:48: Octavia Spencer of “The Help” is named best supporting actress in a movie, comedy or musical. And just like that, she becomes an Oscar front-runner in this category. Gotta love how genuinely excited she seems to be on this ride: “I’m just trembling here. My God, I’m going to fall off these high-heeled shoes.”
8:46: Yet another ’90s flashback, as a much-more-gray-than-you-remember Matt LeBlanc wins the trophy for best actor in a TV comedy or musical, for his work in “Episodes.” And to answer your next question, “Episodes” is a Showtime series.
8:43: Emily Blunt’s description of “Bridesmaids”: “The movie that proves once and for all that women, too, can poop their pants — like, everywhere.”
8:35: Continuing the back-to-the-1990s movement that was started earlier in the night by Madonna and Kelsey Grammer, Claire Danes wins the award for best actress in a TV drama for her work in “Homeland.” (And Matt LeBlanc is nominated in best actor/comedy. Will it continue? Hmm.)
8:33: The Iranian film “A Separation” wins the award for best foreign-language film. Normally, this is one of the hardest Oscar categories to predict, but with tonight’s Golden Globe win, it’s got such a head of steam that it would be an absolute shocker if it doesn’t get gold on Oscar night.
8:24: Jessica Lange wins the award for best actress in a TV series, miniseries or TV movie.
8:23: Woody Allen wins for his “Midnight in Paris” screenplay. As with Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, he’s a no-show. Given Gervais’ ruthlessness, I would say that’s a good idea.
8:15: Steven Spielberg takes the stage to accept the trophy for best animated feature, for “The Adventures of Tintin.” In a year in which no animated feature has emerged as a real front-runner, “Rango” was starting to look the part – until now, perhaps.
8:08: Peter Dinklage wins best supporting actor in a TV series, miniseries or movie, for his work on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” After thanking all the usual suspects, he urges people to Google someone named Martin Henderson. Here, I’ll save you a step.
8:02: Michelle Williams wins for best actress in a movie, comedy or musical, for her work in “My Week With Marilyn.” Definitely a deserved award – Williams is amazing every time out of the gate – but, seriously, comedy or musical? This just underscores how preposterous the Globes categories can be.
7:57: Brad Pitt introduces “The Ides of March” as one of the night’s best-picture contenders.
7:56: Where the heck is Ricky Gervais? I guess keeping him off the stage is one way to keep him muzzled.
7:55: Idris Elba wins award for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie, for his work in “Luther.”
7:50: Madonna — yes, that Madonna — wins best song, for “Masterpiece” in her film “W.E.” My 11-year-old’s response: “That’s Madonna? Man, she looks young.” What was he expecting? Betty White?
7:45: Ludovic Bource wins the Globe for best score, for his work on “The Artist.” I love this choice. Think about how amazing his accomplishment is: He was writing the music for a silent film; there’s absolutely nowhere for him to hide, and no room for error. And he nailed it.
7:38: The Showtime series “Homeland” is named best TV drama series. Take that, HBO. (Seriously, though, it’s hard to argue with, but I must admit that I’m one of those who don’t think AMC’s “Breaking Bad” could ever be too decorated.)
7:37: Kelsey Grammer is named best actor in a dramatic TV series, for his performance in the Starz series “Boss.” That’s great, but somebody needs to say it: He’s not nearly as much fun to watch without Eddie the Jack Russell terrier running around underfoot.
7:29: Kate Winslet is named best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, for her performance in “Mildred Pierce.” And she becomes the first A-list actress of the night to be hurried off the stage by the orchestra. I know it’s necessary, but I hate that.
7:20. Technical malfunction! Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore are betrayed by the TelePrompTer. They’re there to introduce Miss Golden Globe Rainey Qualley, the daughter of Andie McDowell. Qualley recently shot the drama “Mighty Fine” in New Orleans. It’s her first major role, but not the first time she’s been on a Louisiana set: McDowell was pregnant with Qualley during the shooting of “Sex, Lies and Videotape” in Baton Rouge.
7:14: A surprisingly clean-cut Ashton Kutcher presents the award for best actress in a TV musical or comedy. The winner: Laura Dern, for “Enlightened.” I guess Kutcher is trying to give Gervais as little ammo as possible. Not gonna work.
7:10 Gerard Butler and Mila Kunis present the award for best supporting actor in a motion picture. And the winner is: Christopher Plummer, for “Beginners.” It should be hard for anyone to complain. In addition to turning in a great performance, he’s a class act all the way. What a charmer.
7:07: Johnny Depp comes out as the night’s first presenter, introducing “Hugo” as the first of the night’s best-drama nominees. The others: “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “The Ides of March,” “Moneyball” and “War Horse.”
7:02: And the first celebrity to take a shot from Ricky Gervais: Kim Kardashian. “The Golden Globes are the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton, actually: a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought.” Talk about your low-hanging fruitcakes.
7 p.m.: Ricky Gervais, who got in so much trouble for his no-holds-barred brand of insult comedy while hosting last year’s Golden Globes, takes the stage to get the awards show started with four simple words: “So where was I?” This is going to be good …
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