Why the Golden Globes beat the Oscars
16 Jan 2012
The Golden Globes boast the most demanding performances from the stars: How to play it cool to Ricky Gervais’ insulting jokes. The ultimate award show for aficionados is a sublime satire on celebrity culture.
”The Golden Globes are just like the Oscars – only without all that ’esteeem’,” said host Ricky Gervais, when opening the award show.
“The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton,” he continued, describing the show by comparing the American reality show star to the Crown Princess. That was after his initial, well-meaning remark:
”Nervous?! Don’t be – this is not about you!”
But he’s underestimating the Golden Globes.
Granted, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s award show is seen as a less significant lit must test for the Oscars. Still, it’s so much cooler.
Not only, because like Gervais says, its ”a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought”.
It has the most concentrated crowd of A-list actors and directors, outside the notoriously glamourous Vanity Fair Oscar Party, where tv cameras do not venture. You can enjoy a casual version of the stars having dinner and drinks at round tables with friends and colleagues. Even if, you don’t know whether or not Angelina Jolie only laughs at Gervais’ jokes to show she can handle his continued trashing of The Tourist.
And not only did exquisit films such as The Descendants and The Artist–– win the main prizes for best drama and best comedy, and Meryl Streep get the award for her jawdropping Margaret Thatcher portrayal – all of which this blog has greatly admired. Contrary to the Oscars, the Golden Globes award mainly movies and actors. You don’t have to sit
through costumes and special effects and what not. You actually know the people being celebrated. Which can be kind of an advantage at a party.
Thus, did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award the smart, slick and truly intriguing CIA-thriller Homeland as best tv drama. And Claire Danes who is thrilling as Homeland’s complex heroine won for best actress in a drama series.
In a time where tv shows are to the commercial movie industry what … well … maybe not exactly what Kate Middleton is to Kim Kardashian – which is primarily better (and usually more warmly) dressed, but certainly smarter, more entertaining and bursting with talent and great storytelling – the Golden Globes rule.
Check out the rightfully proud Golden Globe winners on www.goldenglobes.org/