This wasn’t the post I was planning on writing today, but I spent three hours watching the Golden Globes, and these are some of my thoughts on the awards. Moana, one of the best films I saw this year didn’t win Best Animated Feature or Best Original Song, losing to Zootopia and La La Land respectively, two films which I enjoyed. In fairness to Moana, every other film lost to La La Land as well. Of all the things that happened at the Golden Globes, one of the weirdest awards ceremonies in the world, the Best Original Song win annoyed me the most.
So it turns out that if I don’t write every day, I let things slip. This week has been a bit busy – I’ve gone back to work is the main thing, and I’ve had other things I’ve been working on. I definitely need to figure out some sort of schedule for the blog, but that’s not going to happen in the next week or so. I have been watching things. I’m behind on my reading already, so I might just have to read the YA books on the pile to ease myself into it. I’ve been watching a few things this week, for which there will be reviews.
The Golden Globes is the first big awards ceremony to kick off the awards season when it comes to film. The problem here is that approximately 1% of the films that have been nominated have been released in Australia. Last year I used a randomiser to predict the film winners, but this year I’m going to leave my film predictions for the Oscars. There are still distribution issues with television in Australia, but it’s slowly getting better, and I think I’ve seen most of the nominated shows that I actually want to watch. It’s been a good year in television, and I like the complete unpredictability of the Hollywood Foreign Press, so every prediction I make will be worth a grain of salt.
Wednesday to Friday is my busiest time of the weeks, so I was completely unaware of the Golden Globe nominations until I got home today, which was about 6pm. I haven’t even read a full list yet, but I generally use the film nomination categories as a guide for what to see when they’re eventually released in Australia. The Golden Globes don’t have the best reputation when it comes to what HFPA chooses to award, but I like that they’re the only awards body to have recognised Amy Poehler’s work on Parks and Recreation. Anyway, I’m too tired to watch Please Like Me tonight, so I’m just going to give my impressions of some of the television categories. You can find the full list of nominees over at Vox.
Because I live in Australia, the Golden Globes are on for half of my Monday workday, so I’ll be watching the rebroadcast on Fox8 tonight. So there was no live-blogging or tweeting, and I can’t really say much about any of Tina and Amy’s hosting because I haven’t seen it yet. I told mum I would watch the rebroadcast and she said “Even though you know who’s won.” My response was, “Of course! Tina and Amy are hosting!” This is going to be a short post today because I’m not feeling 100 percent and also because I’ll be busy watching the awards after dinner.
The Golden Globes is an important awards ceremony because it’s the first big awards show in the lead-up to the Oscars. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) also have television categories, but television is still seen as second class to film, and last year there was much ado about the fact that it took anyone who won a television award at least two minutes to reach the stage, and then they barely got to make a speech. As suggested in the title, I’m going to try and predict the winners for the television categories, because I’ve seen more television than I have film. Onto the nominees!
This is going to work in a similar manner to the Emmy nominations I did last year. This time I’m doing one post each for film and television, and I’ll be drawing the film nominees out of a hat (instead of wasting paper, I’ll be using therandomiser.com) because I haven’t seen that many of them yet, which is something I’ll address next week. Of the films listed in all of these categories, I have seen Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Onto the nominees!