Every year the Golden Globe awards kind of sneak up on me. I know they’re in early January, I’m aware the calendar has turned, and then a day or two before they’re held I read something and I’m like “Oh yeah, the Globes are this Sunday!”
You know I love awards shows, even when they’re bad, so of course I have many thoughts on Sunday night’s long telecast, which I mostly enjoyed.
— OK, gotta start with the major award winners. Can someone please explain to me how a movie about Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” wins the best picture award for drama, and not musical or comedy, and “Green Book,” which I loved, wins best musical or comedy when it’s really pretty much a drama?
I know the Globes are weird, like the crazy uncle at everyone’s Thanksgiving, but that’s really, really weird.
— OK, got that off my chest. On to other stuff; I surprisingly enjoyed the hosts, Andy Sanberg and Sandra Oh. I’m not a Sanberg fan at all, but he and Oh were funny. The monologue curveball of telling the famous actors and actresses in the audience how great they were was good, as was Oh’s declaration to all the people of color in the crowd that this moment, when so much of their work was being recognized, was real.
— My favorite thing from the hosts was the skit where they gave free flu shots to all the celebs. The fact that they kept inexplicably showing Jim Carrey all night made me wonder; He’s an anti-vaxxer, do you think he refused the flu shot? I also laughed hard at the “Inspiring Globe moments” montage featuring just clips of Oh and Sanberg winning.
— Still, as I say every year, why can’t Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host everything? They’re amazing.
— Winners I was thrilled about: Of course the highlight of the night for me was seeing “The Americans” finally get rewarded, as it is one of the five best shows of all time. I also very much enjoyed “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” winning for best actress for Rachel Brosnahan (I’m not loving Season 2 as much as Season 1, but much more on that in a post once I’m finished with Season 2), loved that “Green Book” got showered with love, and was very pleased to see Regina King win, because she’s great in everything.
I was shocked “Black Panther” and “A Star is Born” got shut out, just because they were so huge this year.
— Great speeches: Glenn Close (above) had the speech of the night, about empowering women, while Regina King’s was great, and oh yes Miss Carol Burnett, the amazing Carol Burnett, gave a heartfelt and sweet speech after getting a lifetime achievement award.
— I always find it interesting that even with so much amazing work being done on TV, at the Globes it always feels like TV shows and actors get second-class billing, that the movies get the last awards, and are treated with so much more prestige.
— Best dressed: Idris Elba, as always, is crazy handsome; my wife literally gasped when he walked out on stage and then started speaking (sure, he’s got lots of things I don’t, but does he know exactly how to get my wife’s coffee and bagel? I didn’t think so. I don’t feel threatened!) Allison Janney was stunning, as was Taraji P. Henson and Julianne Moore, who I adore.
— Worst-dressed: The wife says Darren Criss looked silly, while I want to know what was living under Rachel Weisz’ dress.
— Finally, the line of the night definitely goes to Christian Bale, who won for playing Dick Cheney in “Vice.”: Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration to play this role.”
Even Satan be like “Nah, Dick Cheney is way worse than me.”
**And now to the NFL, where wild-card weekend, as sometimes happens, was fairly boring until the end of the two Sunday games, and suddenly things got pretty darn exciting.
The final game of the weekend was the most dramatic, and I must say that that horseshoe that’s been planted up the Philadelphia Eagles’ rear end for the past two playoffs is clearly still up there. After scoring a dramatic, fourth-down go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, the Eagles allowed the Chicago Bears to drive down the field, setting up a final play 43-yard field goal attempt from Cody Parkey.
Improbably, impossibly, Parkey’s field goal hit the upright, THEN hit the crossbar, and instead of bouncing over the bar for a successful kick, it bounced back toward the field. And the Eagles, somehow, had survived again.
Poor Parkey. Guy has been getting destroyed, predictably, on social media over the miss, but he’s a human being and people should not take sports so seriously. No one player in football is ever totally responsible for a loss; the great Bears D allowed Philly a TD drive in the final minutes, they get some blame, too.
— Meanwhile, Nick Foles, two years in a row, as a backup QB has come on and led the Eagles to a playoff win. Methinks maybe that guy gets a starting gig somewhere soon.
— I am all aboard the Los Angeles Chargers (still feels really strange to write that “Los Angeles” part) bandwagon! I love, love, love their defense, they ran the ball just well enough to win Sunday at Baltimore, and Philip Rivers is a playoff-tested, bad-ass QB who is fun to root for. It also kills me that their head coach, Anthony Lynn, is so good, since he was a Jets assistant for years and they never seriously considered making him the head coach.
I am absolutely picking the Chargers to beat New England next week. But maybe that’s my heart talking.
— It’s been a long, long time since the Dallas Cowboys have been really good. That was a solid win over the Seahawks Saturday night but for all the hype about Dak Prescott a few years back when he burst onto the scene, I just don’t know if he’s really all that elite. Guy makes a lot of bad throws.
— Andrew Luck vs. Pat Mahomes next week? Yes please. Luck is a really easy guy to root for; I’m really happy he’s healthy again and playing well. I think the game of next weekend is Chargers-Pats, but Cowboys-Rams could be entertaining as well.