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.
Peggy: It’s just a flyin’ saucer, Ed. We gotta go.
I was late to the game when it came to the first season of Fargo. I can’t remember exactly why, it aired at a time I wasn’t particularly busy. I loved it from the end of the first episode though. Was it perfect? Probably not, it’s been a while since I’ve watched it. I will admit that I watched the entire season over about three days, watching four episodes the first two days and then two on the third. This year there was so much hype for Fargo, possibly because of the disappointment of True Detective‘s second season. All I know is that I didn’t connect with it the way I did in season 1, even though I know that it was a very good show. There are spoilers in this, you won’t have any other warning.
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.
I’ve had a lot of trouble getting into Fargo this year, partly because SBS has chosen to air it at 8:30 on a Wednesday, aka one of the most competitive timeslots in the Australian schedule. So I’m watching it all on their catchup service, which isn’t bad, but it’s a matter of remembering to do so before the episode is pulled. Luckily I got to “Fear and Loathing” before that happened, and it’s the first episode in the second season that’s made me want to watch more. The beauty of Fargo is that it’s a slow burn, and watching it on a week-to-week basis as opposed to the binge watch I did last year when I was house sitting means that I react to it differently. That being said, the second season of Fargo has some really interesting character dynamics that are great to watch. So far the highlight has been Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst as Ed and Peggy Blumquist.
I’ve been hearing great things about the second season of Fargo since the Television Critics Association summer press tour in August, so I’ve been eagerly awaiting its second season. For those of you who are fans of good television in Australia, it’s going to be airing on SBS at 8:30pm, which is less than 48 hours after it airs in the United States. However if you’re a fan of good television in Australia, you know that Wednesday night is by far the busiest night on the schedule, with fantastic programmes on the ABC (Kitchen Cabinet returns this week), as well as The Good Wife and Madam Secretary on Ten. Luckily SBS upload the episodes to their On Demand service immediately after their broadcast, and they’re available for viewing for two weeks.
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.