Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were simply wonderful as the hosts and, if I had my way, they would host every awards show from now on. When they were on stage, it was a delight. When they left, things did not go so well and the show devolved into the usual tedium and, occasionally, chaos. What I found so interesting is that TPTB will play a winner off the stage in about two minutes, but they let the presenters go on and on and on and, just when you think they are winding up, they go on and on and on. Many of the jokes tonight were beyond bad, some bordered on the offensive and not much through the evening made me laugh.
There was one exception. I was a bit shocked that a former President of the United States would go up on stage to introduce a movie. Silly me. But the line of the evening, after he had left the stage, was Amy Poehler saying, “That was Hilary Clinton’s husband!”
But, enough about the show itself. And, the winners are:
Best Motion Picture -- Drama: Argo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
-- I was very pleased that a variety of movies won the big three. This is not usually the case.
Best Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical: Les Miserables
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
-- It was kind of cool that Arnold Schwarzenegger got to hand an award to a fellow Austrian, but his opening bit with Sylvester Stallone was cringe worthy.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
-- The best acceptance speech of the night, Anne Hathaway was humble and lovely. Her shout out to Sally Field was very sweet.
Best Director -- Motion Picture: Ben Affleck, Argo
-- Take that Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!
Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Original Score -- Motion Picture: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Best Original Song -- Motion Picture: “Skyfall,” Skyfall
Best Television Series -- Drama: Homeland
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland
-- A sweep for this show. I have yet to see the second series, but the first was brilliant so I find it hard to fault these choices.
Best Television Series -- Comedy or Musical: Girls
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical: Lena Dunham, Girls
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical: Don Cheadle, House of Lies
-- Just when I think I can’t be surprised by an awards show, I am surprised. Don Cheadle was a good choice.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Game Change
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Ed Harris, Game Change
-- I haven’t seen Game Change, but it certainly did well tonight. Guess it needs to be added to the Netflix queue.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award was given to Jodie Foster by Robert Downey, Jr. His speech was bad; unfortunately, hers was worse. I simply adore Jodie Foster as an actress and director and I thought the clips they showed were impressive as hell. I wish she could have left it as that. For someone who is usually so articulate, her ramble tonight was embarrassing to listen to. Shame.
There you have it. I now proudly hand the reins over to sunbunny who will discuss what really mattered tonight -- the fashions:
When Downton Abbey's divine Miss Dockery strolled down the red carpet, I gasped. She looked absolutely magnificent in a white and gold lace dress by relatively new designer Alexandre Vauthier. Lace was a big trend on the red carpet, but Dockery definitely did it best; Lady Mary Crawley would be proud. Dockery kept her accessories simple: a gold clutch, a gold bangle, and a super sparkly emerald ring.
A rather flu-y Jennifer Lawrence took the carpet in a coral red, belted ball gown from Dior Haute Couture. Lawrence rocked the vintage vibe of this dress. She paired the dress with a box clutch, dangly diamond earrings, and a romantic updo. On top of it all, she took home the Golden Globe for Silver Linings Playbook. A pretty good day for having a virus, huh?
Wearing the color of the evening, Washington (Django Unchained, Scandal) looked amazing in a beaded, sheer dress. While I'm not a big fan of the collar on the dress and I think it could have fit a bit better, Washington pulled off the tricky sheer trend like a champ. The dress had just the perfect amount of sparkle: enough to give the look a little something extra, but not enough to overwhelm. Now, about that hair...
Similar to what she wore to the Emmys, Deschanel wore a red ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and a classic, Barbie-esque ponytail. The New Girl's classic Hollywood look was ruined by a chunky strand of pearls that may have been loaned to her by Wilma Flintstone. The pearls gave the ensemble a stiff, costume-y feel that ruined a beautiful gown.
Elementary's Lucy Liu donned a powder-blue, floral-print ball gown and paired the look with a low braid. I have to say, I'm not sure about this look. I think a few jewels and an updo might have glammed up her look just a bit. I applaud her confidence in any case. Work it, Watson!
Don't get me wrong, she looks great, but we've seen sparkly white dresses on Miss Hathaway about a thousand times before. Her red carpet choices recently have been bold and beautiful, but this glittery number ultimately disappointed. It's an especially odd choice given that she was a shoo-in for Les Misérables.
Yeah, no. I'm not sure what the almost always chic Berry was thinking with this hot mess. Pink, purple, orange, and black don't seem like colors that should go well together, and guess what, they don't! Making the one-shoulder dress worse were its cinched bodice, asymmetrical cut out, and high slit. Too much! Just too much! Perhaps her highly complicated dress was some sort of bizarre nod to the highly complicated Cloud Atlas? No?
When you're on James Bond's arm, you have to look good. This does not. The usually stunning Mrs. Daniel Craig (nominated for The Deep Blue Sea) made a swing at the sheer panelling trend and missed spectacularly. The dress was ill-fitting, too long, and just bizarre looking. On the bright side, Weisz's hair and makeup looked perfect. That has to be worth something, right?
Nominated for Rust and Bone, the French actress stunned in orange. Orange? Yes, orange. While other actresses may have flirted with the color by wearing tomato red, Cotillard went bold. Standing out in a sea of black, white, and nude gowns, the utterly fabulous Cotillard truly shone.
Did she really wear that? Rancic, cohost of the Fashion Police, might have to arrest herself after this monstrosity. I feel like this dress is the evil twin of Michelle Dockery's dress. Featuring a lace top and an ornate color, I'm half convinced Rancic wore this dress on a dare. It was either that, or she recently hired Helena Bonham Carter as her stylist.
Thoughts? Agreements? Disagreements? Let us know what you thought of the choices, the show and the fashions.