I just couldn’t bring myself to write anything about the Golden Glob(e)s with Ellen Stewart’s passing so much on my mind yesterday.
I attended her closed casket wake yesterday afternoon in Greenwich Village.
And then I had the Golden Globes to cheer me up last night. NOT. It made me feel like running back to the funeral home to cheer me up.
I was just devastated that though they nominated my fave “The King’s Speech” SEVEN TIMES, the most of any other film, it only won ONE Award! And that, of course, was the great Colin Firth’s being acclaimed the Best Actor that he certainly is this year, for his unforgettable portrait of the stuttering King George VI.
Every one seemed drunker than ever before at the Globes. I’ve never seen so many celebrities so drunk. They serve the jam-packed room endlessly flowing champagne and virtually no food, except Godiva chocolates, according to Paul Giamatti, who described the scene, when I interviewed him for his new film “Barney’s Version” last week for my TV show. www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow
Hold on. He’s Coming Soooon. As well as the beauteous Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver and the super studly Scott Speedman. LOVED that movie, and I’m sooo glad that Paul won Best Actor/Comedy or Musical. Colin won for Best Actor, Drama, of course. The Globes in their infinite wisdom have always divided the main three categories, Picture, Actor and Actress into Drama(five or more) and Musical or Comedy(also five or more).Doubling the number of the top nominees who they can sell table to at this big drunken bash.
So Paul won, and so did Colin. Congratulations.
And as Paul was saying to me “Everybody is pretty much hammered.”
How does this affect the Oscars? Virtually not at all in terms of getting nominations because the Academy Members had to get their nominee votes into the accountants, Price, Waterhouse, Coopers’ hot little hands by Friday, this PAST Friday afternoon. So no, the deed as far as the Academy’s nominating process is concerned, is done.
What this effects is PERCEPTION. And just how good or bad the winners’ acceptance speeches were. Colin and Paul and Natalie Portman and Annette Bening all passed with flying colors.
Christian Bale’s extended, VERY extended speech kept going even as they tried to play him off the stage and they actually had to go to a commercial to end him. NOT GOOD.
Michael Douglas’ entrance as a presenter at the end of the show got a GRAND Standing Ovation. He looked thin. Totally silver-haired, and the LOVE for that man in that room was palpable. Now THAT’s the kind of moment the Academy may very well want to duplicate in its’ Oscar ceremonies next month.
Ah! But first Michael Douglas has to get nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Wall St.2:Money Never Sleeps” in which he is reprising his most famous role as Gorden Gekko for which YES, he won his first Best Actor Oscar for the original “Wall St.”
I think the not-really-liked and too-young-to-for-the-Academy Bale may have really hurt himself by acting so out of control last night.
Colin Firth and Natalie Portman both duplicating their BFCA wins on Friday night, bascially gave their same speeches but just a little tipsier that they gave before.
That’s what makes all these pile-ups of Awards shows…if they keep giving the same four people the same four awards, it’s BORING! So watch out Christian Bale and you, too, Melissa Leo.
The Supporting Cateogies are where there is always the most movement. And one hopes, that there will be SOME signs of life at the Oscars this year. I’d rather have another triumphing-over-cancer moment with Michael Douglas than listening to one of Christian Bale’s rambling rants…
Ricky Gervais was the runaway, absolute star of the evening, being actually OUT-Rageous in his comments. As has been recorded endlessly elsewhere. Will they have him back next year?
Well, if the ratings went up. Yes.