Golden Globe results: Inception shut out

Golden Globe results: Inception shut out

First, let’s get this out of the way…I partially tuned in to see Ricky Gervais.  I’ve seen him in interviews (including on The Daily Show), and that’s a similarly impromptu situation.  I’ve seen him be very funny.

However, I didn’t particularly like his performance on the Globes this year. 

It’s okay to be shocking…but shocking indicates, in part, surprise.  I thought Robert Downey was right in calling it “mean-spirited”, but that can be okay when it is really funny and unexpected.  Let’s see: Tom Cruise gay joke; Robert Downey had a substance abuse problem reference…I suppose the surprising thing for me was that it appears it is actually still 1998.  ;)  What else…what other cutting edge humor was there?  Aging women being airbrushed (oh, and um…Ricky…The Golden Globes doesn’t have a special effects category)…reading off a lot of accomplishments for one presenter and then just saying, “And the other presenter is..” fill-in-the-name…Charlie Sheen is a bad boy…and so on.

In the past, when I’ve seen Gervais do personal humor like that, there has been a sort of mischievous gleam…a clear suggestion that it was a naughty thing to say.  This could be me, but I didn’t see that last night.

Now, as to the winners…it wasn’t a good night for geeky movies (although it was for a movie about geeks).

It’s an honor just to be nominated…but it’s nice to win, too.  :)  Even though (or perhaps because?) geeky movies make up the bulk of the box office, we don’t expect to win the awards, too.  That would just be greedy…

Inception was nominated four times: picture, director, screenplay, and score…and wasn’t awarded any of them.  Clearly a geeky movie, it was nice to see it get noms in the big categories…but winning?  In your dreams… 😉

Black Swan (which I also consider a geek movie) had four nominations…and won one…Natalie Portman.  She should have a shot at an Oscar as well.

Alice in Wonderland had 3 noms…and no wins.

Tangled had two…but didn’t win either.

The Walking Dead was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama…and lost to Boardwalk Empire.

Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature…but any winner in that category would have counted. 🙂

I definitely want to congratulate the winners.  I was particularly pleased to see Chris Colfer win for Glee (one of three wins for the unique series)…he deserves an Emmy.  It was nice to see Jim Parsons win for The Big Bang Theory.   The Social Network, a movie about geeks, won some major awards…and The Fighter won some acting awards (which is a good portent for Oscar nominations).

The Winners:

  • Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Social Network
  • Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: The Kids Are All Right
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Natalie Portman for Black Swan
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Paul Giamatti for Barney’s Version
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale for The Fighter
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo for The Fighter
  • Best Director – Motion Picture: David Fincher for The Social Network
  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: The Social Network : Aaron Sorkin
  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture: Burlesque: Diane Warren(“You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me”)
  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture: The Social Network : Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
  • Best Animated Film:Toy Story 3
  • Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Best Television Series – Drama: “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: “Glee”
  • Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: “Carlos”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Al Pacino for You Don’t Know Jack 
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Claire Danes for Temple Grandin 
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Jim Parsons for “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Laura Linney for “The Big C”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama: Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Katey Sagal for “Sons of Anarchy”
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Chris Colfer for “Glee”
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jane Lynch for “Glee”

 For all of the nominees, see the

Official Site

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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