Ricky Gervais, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
1. You are not afraid to be inappropriate.
2. You do not care who you insult.
3. You go for the jugular every time.
4. You thrive on making people uncomfortable.
5. You remind us with every appearance why your hilariously mean version of The Office was so much better than the only blandly funny American one.
So yes, the Globes happened last night, and while some may haved Tsk Tsk’d their way through the show, cringing at Gervais’ wildly inappropriate banter, I laughed and laughed. I can understand why some would prefer a softer approach. His humor has never been everyone’s cup of tea, and while I wouldn’t say that Hollywood stars don’t have a sense of humor, I do believe few are capable at laughing at themselves. They take who they are and what they do awfully seriously, especially at events like this. Gervais knows all too well that given the very comfortable lives that they lead, only the most biting repartee will make them uncomfortable. Where others would shrink, perhaps wisely, in the name of decorum or in fear of their careers and fortunes, he goes there. And how.
If it is to be the last we see of him as host of anything, he went out with a bang. But really who cares about the host. Who won? That’s why we sit through the thing, right?
Here are the winners, my thoughts and a look ahead at the SAG nominees.
(Incidentally, I didn’t bother with the TV nominees when making my picks last night, primarily because I didn’t have time. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how very happy I was for Curt Colfer of Glee, who won Best Supporting TV Actor. I literally squealed with delight. He is so talented. A single look from him expresses more natural emotion than Lea Michelle can muster tearfully mugging for the camera in her weekly show-closing power ballads. She and the rest of the cast are great, but Colfer is the heart of the show. So happy for him.)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
*Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Not too much of a surprise, and as much as I’ve enjoyed Bale in everything dating back to Newsies, I was a little disappointed for Garfield and Renner and Rush. I honestly don’t know which of the three I’d pick as the best, but they were all so awesome I wish they could all win.
SAG traded Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) for Douglas and Garfield, but Bale seems locked in to ride this one all the way to Oscar. I do still hope Garfield gets a nomination from the Academy, though. My guess is that he and Ruffalo will make the cut for also-rans along with Renner and Rush.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
*Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
I went with Amy, but her co-star Melissa Leo took it and might have started gaining momentum toward an eventual Academy win. I love Amy Adams and do hope she gets recognized for her consistently good work at some point. She and Leo seem shoe-ins for Oscar nominations, having also made SAG’s list, along with the delightfully cooky Helena Bonham Carter, who was wearing different colored shoes last night, and Mila Kunis, who looked fantastic in an emerald gown that might have been my favorite of the evening. The wonderful Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit was tapped for a SAG nod over Jacki Weaver, and I certainly hope Hailee is also recognized by the Academy but would trade that for the knowledge that she is working on landing the role of Katniss in The Hunger Games.
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
*Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter
No surprise here. The always swoon-worthy Firth gave a delightfully classy and funny speech, calling Geoffrey Rush his friend and “geisha girl.” Would we ever expect anything less from Mr. Darcy?
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
*Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack
Paul Giamatti took this one and, drunk off Godiva chocolates, thanked Canada in his speech. He’s great.
Though the Globes separate comedic and dramatic performances, nobody else does, and usually it’s the comedy actors that get short shrift. Nothing new on that score this year since none from the comedy list made SAG’s Best Actor list, which was almost a mirror of the drama nominees. SAG subbed Jeff Bridges in True Grit for Mark Wahlberg, but that likely won’t change the outcome of that or the Oscar race. Firth is the man.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
*Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
No surprise—except for the weird overshare about her fiancé.
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
*Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
No surprise here either. Bening was as stunning as usual, although her hair was a bit on the spiky side. I loved her shout-out to Warren Beatty, winner of a Globe in 1962.
She and Portman may be in a bit of a race, if a handful of prognosticators are to be believed, but I can’t see anyone taking the crown (SAG’s and Oscar’s) from Natalie at this point. Both are on SAG’s list, along with Kidman, Lawrence and Hilary Swank, who was not on the HFP’s radar but made SAG’s with her performance in Conviction.
Best Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon
*Toy Story 3
Was there ever any doubt?
Best Foreign Language Film
I Am Love
*In a Better World
Apparently, a bit of an upset. Will look for it when it’s released here.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Bound to You, Burlesque
Coming Home, Country Strong
I See the Light, Tangled
There’s a Place for Us, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
*You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, Burlesque
Diane Warren has been around for a long time as a writer of sappy movie songs, Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On, among them. I am happy for her win, in so far as this was the only song not written by committee.
The movie song is a bit of a lost art with so many filmmakers now using existing songs to illustrate their films. It’s too bad really. Last year’s winner Crazy Heart was a beautiful example of a great song written for a movie that also helped tell the movie’s story.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
*Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
I’m sad for Desplat, whom I love, and a bit surprised that the minimalist approach to the music of the Social Network won. There was a bit of a sweep in effect, but there is also something to be said for selecting not necessarily the best music, but the music that best complements the film it was written for as Ross and Reznor’s work certainly did.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
*David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter
No surprise. Very happy for him.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
*The Social Network
Sorkin! Loved his speech—yet another reminder of what a great feminist he is. Can’t wait to see what he does next and hope that he and Fincher collaborate again in the future.
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Alice in Wonderland
*The Kids Are All Right
No surprise. I hadn’t heard that Julianne Moore was among the forces that helped make this movie happen. She is not cast in nearly enough movies. I love Meryl Streep as much as the next cinephile, but Moore is among the actresses that is overlooked because of Meryl, who is given all the great scripts because she is talented, yes, but also because many casting directors lack imagination when it comes to women.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The King’s Speech
*The Social Network
A veritable sweep. The Social Network is now in the driver’s seat as far the Oscars are concerned.
SAG technically has no “Best Picture” category, but its Best Ensemble Acting Award is a suitable stand-in. Those nominees are the Globes’ Best Drama category minus Inception, which is replaced by The Kids Are All Right from the comedy side. Can’t imagine Social Network losing there either, but given the ensemble nature of the award, it can sometimes be hard to predict.
We’ll know next week. And we’ll know Oscar’s list soon enough. If only, Ricky Gervais would be with us for the whole ride.