A Yawn-Worthy Golden Globes Recap

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Care to watch the Golden Globes this year? That’s OK – I didn’t really feel like it either. Yep, this Awards Addict who normally eagerly anticipates this time of year was less than enthused to tune in Sunday night. I sucked it up and gave this trainwreck of a movie season a chance, mostly out of a mental obligation to my profession, I suppose.

Leave it up to the Hollywood Foreign Press, famous for not having an original bone in their collective voting body, to act as copycat to the recent trend the Academy has adopted. No one film dominated the evening, as Globes were spread around to a number of the year’s top productions.

If there was a substantial winner, it was “Boyhood.” Sure, three wins is far from a sweep, but the critical darling added more fuel to its frontrunner fire. While it doesn’t seem as strong as past films out in front, it’s undeniably the top selection for Best Picture at this point in the race.

“The Theory of Everything” did claim some gold, as did “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Are they potential upsetters? Probably not. Comedies have never been highly respected at the Oscars (as Michael Keaton wisely alluded to in his speech). It was nice to see the two get some respect.

Meanwhile, other films that looked likely to challenge “Boyhood” for that Best Picture title fell flat. “Selma” only grabbed one Globe in the Best Song category, and “The Imitation Game,” tailor-made for Oscar contention, went home empty-handed.

The broadcast itself was highly forgettable. HFPA dumbly limited the telecast’s highlighting hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, to second-long segments that did little to show off their humor. The range of speeches ranged from yawn-worthingly politically inspired to just plain bad.

The only truly touching moment came in veteran actor Michael Keaton’s acceptance speech, which soared thanks to genuine emotion on the friendship he shared with his son. Otherwise, everything was pretty by-the-books.

There were plenty of atrocious decisions. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” for Best Animated Feature? Yikes. “True Detective” being most locked out of the TV categories? Double yikes. What exactly was the HFPA thinking? Or perhaps, the better question: how much did the winning networks pay to see their shows displayed on stage? We’ll never know.

All of this has little to do with the Oscars, which will see nominations announced Thursday morning. Our best indicator of some of the films we’ll see in Best Picture – the Directors Guild of America award – will have nominations announced before then. Then, the real fun begins.

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