By Becca Seel
The Golden Globes, my favorite television broadcast and awards show, did not disappoint in 2011 with plenty of inebriation, inappropriate jokes, and a thoroughly unimpressed Marky-Mark Wahlberg.
The emotional roller coaster of the awards circuit elicited laughter, shock, embarrassment and anger from the audience and viewers. From a questionably-sober host, to loopy awards speeches, to surprises in major categories, the Globes for another year was unmatched as a drunken celebrity free-for-all.
In his previous stint as host, Ricky Gervais told the audience he could do whatever he wanted since he was not coming back.
I scratched my head when I heard of his return for this year’s ceremony, but Gervais exceeded my widest expectations, and the bounds of tastefulness, as he insulted an unprecedented amount of celebrities, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself, which quickly issued a statement condemning his jokes as “totally unacceptable.”
Gervais at some point seemed to lose his suit jacket; one wonders exactly how much alcohol one has to spill on a black jacket before it is unsuitable to wear?
Awards shows are only as good as their presenters. Robert Downey, Jr. (RDJ) as always was by far the most entertaining.
RDJ was his usual wacky self with disjointed, heavily-laden sexual innuendos related loosely to the actual awards ceremony. He managed to turn the nominee announcements into an invitation for a televised orgy, his overtures to Emma Stone later becoming an addictive .gif.
Interestingly, the majority of stars from upcoming Marvel movies were in attendance, including Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), RDJ (Iron Man), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), and Stringer Bell (Heimdall).
Drama winners included favorites Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Colin Firth for The King’s Speech. The Social Network edged past King’s Speech for Best Drama with Globes for screenplay and director. The Kids Are All Right took the Comedy/Musical category with a Best Actress award for Annette Bening. There was a surprise win for Paul Giamatti for obscure Barney’s Vision. Melissa Leo and Christian Bale walked away with supporting actor awards for their performances in The Fighter.
In TV, ‘The Kurt Hummel Hour, brought to you by Ryan Murphy’ (occasionally called Glee) won Comedy/Musical, with Supporting Actor Awards for Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch. Boardwalk Empire took the Drama category with an unsurprising win for Steve Buscemi. Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), and Laura Linney (The Big C) nabbed the remaining TV Actor Globes.
This year’s Golden Globes produced a quite humorous contest of the best ‘I Couldn’t Care Less’ attitudes of the night. Coming in third place is Gervais, who accused the HFPA of bribery, and who did whatever was in his power to offend the greatest percentage of Hollywood in the time given.
Second place was Helena Bonham-Carter, who ruled the red carpet with her ‘bitch, please’ expression, caring just enough to mismatch her shoes in her wacky Vivenne Westwood ensemble. Her beehive, rivaled by Bellatrix Lestrange herself, large enough to hide a pack of cigarettes and a flask, both of which Mrs. Tim Burton looked like she could have used. She seemed to be vaguely excited when The King’s Speech was mentioned, but sunk back in her chair in general indifference.
First place, perhaps unsurprisingly, was the barely emotive, slightly frightening Mark Wahlberg. From his lackluster showing on the red carpet to his refusal to crack a smile at the wins of Christian Bale and Melissa Leo in Supporting Actors categories in his own movie, he has not only perfected the art of not caring but has made it a lifestyle.
The Globes were three hours of pure fun and barely-contained mayhem, as the rowdiness of the Moët-doused audience turned a classy awards show into a sporting event. Unfortunately, Gervais will never be allowed back, either in a host or nominee capacity; yet he certainly made his mark as perhaps the most infamous host in the history of the awards.
TV stalwarts like Mad Men and 30 Rock’s time may be over, and trendy films bested more traditional offerings. Despite its surprises, the Globes is a springboards for awards season, and with stellar offerings in TV and film, is one that I eagerly anticipate.