Feb 04

2008 Golden Globe Winners

Since I already got around to writing about the Oscar Nominees, I thought I might as well announce the winners of the recent Golden Globe awards. Although winning a Golden Globe does not provide assurance of winning an Oscar, it does give an advantage. Besides, the Golden Globe segregates its awards for drama and comedy/musical while the Oscars seem to imply that a comedy has to work twice as hard to be able to win over any drama. No pun intended for the prestigious award, but it does seem to favor drama over comedy if you study its history. I can only remember a few movies that got the nod for best picture which does not conform to the usual standard. Those I can remember were Beauty and the Beast (animated) and Chicago (musical).I will just provide winners for the major awards. Here we go:

Best Motion Picture (Drama) – Atonement

Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Actor (Drama) – Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood

Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) – Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd

Best Actress (Drama) – Julie Christie for Away from Her

Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) – Marion Cotillard for La Vie En Rose

Best Supporting Actor – Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress – Cate Blanchett for I’m Not There

Best Foreign Film & Best Director – Julian Schnabel (director) for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

More than the winners, what makes the 2008 Golden Globes controversial is the unusual presentation in view of the existing writer’s strike in Hollywood. Instead of the glitter and fanfare, it was a mere 35-minute press conference announcing the winners intercut with clips of the stars in parties. The Golden Globe has always been criticized for its boring show, often compared to the Oscars. Now that there is nothing to watch, the critics want it back. Well, hopefully the writers’ strike will soon end considering the current news blackout in effect while negotiations are ongoing. As they say, the show must go on.

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