Golden Globes 2016

Posted on January 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s “Golden Globes” is always a lot of fun and this year’s jubilant opening number, inspired by “La La Land” kicked it off with brio. Host Jimmy Fallon got out of a limo stuck in traffic and launched into a big dance number to “Another Day of Sun,” a shrewd look ahead at a film that would break the record for the most Golden Globes, winning best song, score, writer, director, actor, actress, and film (in the Comedy/Musical category). It probably broke some records for the most wins under age 35 for its young filmmakers, songwriters, and cast. The musical number was a lot of fun, with a pointed joke about the contrast with #Oscarssowhite and a tribute to “Stranger Things” with a rap interlude and the return of Beth.

Another young newcomer with two big wins was Donald Glover, who is the creator and star of “Atlanta,” and who won for best television series and best actor in a series. Tracee Ellis Ross won her first Golden Globe for “Black-ish,” and gave one of the best speeches of the night: ” “This is for all of the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. I want you to know that I see you and we see you.”

Dramatic films were more split, with Casey Affleck winning Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea,” and, unusually, Isabelle Huppert winning Best Actor for her performance in the film that won the Foreign Language award, “Elle.” The top prize went to the critically acclaimed “Moonlight.”

Copyright 2016 Pearl Street Films
Copyright 2016 Pearl Street Films

Other acceptance speech highlights — Hugh Laurie and Meryl Streep noting that the organization behind the Globes was triply at risk as representing Hollywood, foreigners, and press, and Meryl Streep’s stirring reminder, as she accepted her lifetime achievement award, quoting the late Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.” Ryan Gosling’s tender tribute to Eva Mendes and to all women who make it possible for their loved ones to follow their dreams was a touching moment. And it was nice of the Globes, which usually does not do memorial tributes, to make time to say goodbye to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Questlove was a great addition, providing astutely chosen musical punctuation.

Some glitches and disappointments — not sure why so many of the men on stage had beards that made them look like frontiersmen. Is there some sequel to “The Revenant” in the works? Fallon’s opening monologue began with a technical glitch, clumsily handled and then not worth waiting for. His subsequent appearances were superfluous. Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell presented the Best Animated Film award with a surreal introduction about their own (fabricated) tragic childhood memories of going to animated films. Goldie Hawn, appearing with Amy Schumer, attempted to replicate her “Laugh-In” bits — not being able to read the cue cards — but it went on too long. And Sofia Vergara, please do not let them make you make dumb jokes by making words sound dirty because of your accent.

She did look beautiful, though, with one of the best dresses of the night. Other beautiful gowns: Reese Witherspoon, Issa Rae, Naomie Harris, Viola Davis, and one woman in a beautiful tuxedo, Evan Rachel Wood, in what she said was a tribute to Marlene Dietrich. The worst dress had to be Carrie Underwood’s, which looked like it was made out of cake frosting.

The awards:


Best picture, drama: “Moonlight”

Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land”

Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Supporting actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Animated film: “Zootopia”

Foreign language film: “Elle” (France)

Original score: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”

Original song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land”


Best series, drama: “The Crown,” Netflix

Best series, comedy or musical: “Atlanta,” FX

Best television movie or mini-series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Actress, mini-series or television movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Actor, mini-series or television movie: Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”

Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Actor, drama: Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”

Actress, comedy or musical: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Actor, comedy or musical: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”

Supporting actor: Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”

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Why We Love Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Synch Contests: Fallon, Ferrell, and Hart Perform “Drunk in Love,” “Let It Go,” “All of Me” (Plus Drew Barrymore)

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

I always enjoy Jimmy Fallon’s lip synch competitions and this is one of the best, with Will Ferrell performing “Drunk in Love” and ‘Let it Go,” Kevin Hart going all out with “All of Me” and “Roar,” and Fallon rocking out to “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Time of My Life” (with a guest appearance by Drew Barrymore).  Hart and Ferrell were there to promote their upcoming comedy “Get Hard.”  It is great fun to see stars show themselves as fans.  They have to be more than performers to do these numbers — they have to truly love these songs and listen to them so often they know them inside out.  Apparently, even enormously talented and successful performers are just like the rest of us when it comes to singing into a hairbrush and imagining ourselves rocking an arena like Beyoncé.  I also think part of what makes it fun is the gender and racial fluidity.  No one ever hesitates to take on a song by someone of a different race or gender.  All three men do more than fully commit to performing songs by women; they embrace the opportunity to pretend to hit those notes with pure joy.  Every one of the performers seems to love the chance to do something completely outside his or her normal range or physical type.  Who can forget Emma Stone doing “All I Do is Win,” in my opinion the greatest lip synch yet!

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