A Golden Sell-Out

The films released in 2009, a bad year it may have been, are so far the best in the roster of Best Picture nominees and winners in small award-giving bodies. No matter how good of a year it has been for films, the Golden Globe Awards on its 67th year failed to give it to the right ones.

This has got to be the worst Golden Globe Awards ever,

and here is why. (MOTION PICTURE WISE)

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BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

AVATAR

&

BEST DIRECTOR

JAMES CAMERON

Avatar. 12-years-in-the-making. James Cameron’s follow-up to the world’s highest-selling film of all time, Oscar-winning Titanic. Avatar is a good film, yes. However, in the language of awards and Best Pictures and Oscars, you don’t give it to a film with a story so flat that if you take all the other elements off of it and just read from the script, you’d fall flat yourself. Avatar doesn’t have that story which is award-worthy. Hence, it wasn’t even nominated for Best Screenplay.

Avatar won because it is at the top of the box office, it is the most mainstream out of the five nominees, where Inglorious Basterds could be second. Avatar is very much talked-about, the collaboration between James Cameron and James Horner, the mighty visual effects, and all that. But after watching Avatar, what does it leave you with? Vertigo.

James Cameron winning Best Director. Fine. He’s waitied 12 years to have this film released. I can let it pass, but you have to know, this year’s biggest and most-talked about director is Cameron’s ex-wife, The Hurt Locker mother, Kathryn Bigelow, and she’s so getting the Oscar, and shall make a HISTORY.

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

THE HANGOVER

The Hangover is the craziest film of 2009. It’s funny, it’s witty, it’s dumb-town. A huge ensemble of today’s funny men from Bradley Cooper to Justin Bartha… to Mike Tyson. I don’t have anything against it winning Best Picture, I’m not as bitter on this category as I am on the other one, but definitely, (500) Days Of Summer deserved the award more than this run-around-Vegas film. We have to consider the screenplay, how it was executed on the screen from the papers, and how the characters were well-acted.

The HFPA always loved the mainstream films. The Hangover is mainstream. Cinematography: Vegas. (500) Days Of Summer is independent. Cinematography: Downtown LA. I don’t think I’ll ever understand this year’s Globes.

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THE ONES THE GLOBES GOT RIGHT

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BEST SCREENPLAY

UP IN THE AIR

Adapted/ Written by Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner

“How much does your life weigh?” From George Clooney’s emotionless character, to Vera Farmiga’s slightly-mysterious portrayal of a lonely woman in the bar, to Anna Kendrick’s embodiment of a naive newcomer, Up In The Air has those elements of a good picture: the script, the production design, the cinematography, the score, and the directing. It must’ve lost to Avatar, but what the hell.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE

CHRISTOPH WALTZ

as Hanz Landa in Inglorious Basterds

I watched Inglorious Basterds because of the A-listers who I am familiar with: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and BJ Novak. In the end, I was left remembering one actor, Austria’s Christoph Waltz. The film opened and ended with him- causing blood, and bleeding. He has that fiesty personality that even without opening his mouth, would scare you.

His acceptance speech so heartfelt, so emotional, and so gratifying of his director the one, the only Mr. Tarantino, calling him, “that master distiller of evaporating actors’ dreams,” I almost forgot he played a Nazi for his award-winning role.

“This is my globe, and you made it golden.”

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

SANDRA BULLOCK

as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side

 

Regal in purple. She’s been called “Mama,” with the African-American accent by her ‘son’ in the film, Michael, far too many times; was able to live up to her funny side in the midst of a dramatic life, reasonably, she is this year’s Best Actress. The second coming of Erin Brokovich, if you ask me. Funny fact is that, apparently, the role was supposed to be Julia Roberts’, I guess, she’s in the same category now.

Sandra Bullock’s proven herself so much. From mainstream comedies to Oscar hits like Crash and this one, she has come a long way. My heart may not be for her a total 100 per cent, I still think An Education’s Carey Mulligan deserves the award more than her, but I can’t be any happier for the actress who’s been snubbed far too many times. This is her year and there’s no stopping her.

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OTHER REMARKABLE WINNERS

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Jeff Bridges doing country, and falling in love. Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) winner for Crazy Heart.

The chameleon superwoman, 25-time nominee, Meryl Streep adds another Golden Globe to her deck, the most deserving win of the night, for her portrayal of Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

Director Peter Docter has been winning left and right, and is most likely to have his film Up follow the steps of another Disney classic Beauty & The Beast as the only animated film to ever be nominated as Best Picture. This year at the Globes, Director Docter wins big for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score both for Up!

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I’ll be forever bitter about neither (500) Days Of Summer nor Joseph Gordon-Levitt not winning, but for the love of it, they are all winners. To be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press is a something.

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~ by ardenkhan on 20/01/2010.

2 Responses to “A Golden Sell-Out”

  1. I love how you really follow these people’s careers and actually watched the movies. I didn’t realize you were that passionate about films and awards. You voice out your opinions and you make me want to listen to you. I want to read more! Keep it up, Arden. Very nicely done.

  2. Arden..you’re so good at things like this..Go write for a magazine..you deserve to be heard…

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