I thought I’d write about the Golden Globe Winners but I guess I can’t really do that because I haven’t seen most of the films. Then I thought, what the heck, I’m sick at home, I have nothing to do in my Eureka-breaks, I’ll write about it anyway. I’ll just leave out the movies I haven’t seen.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees: Eastern Promises, Atonement
Between the two, it was really hard to decide. Both were extremely good – intelligent, well acted and convincing. Maybe you’ve got to give a little more credit to Atonement, because it’s not only a very good movie but one of the best literary adaptions these last years.
Therefore: decision authorised.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Not this year.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees: James McAvoy (Atonement), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
Both guys are good actors, but in this case, I’d give Viggo Mortensen the lead because he fit the role better. In Atonement (the book), Robbie is this incredible, breath taking, I-just-look-at-girls-and-they-faint-and-I’m-intelligent-enough-to-get-them-on-their-feet-again-type of guy. James McAvoy, for all his qualities, just doesn’t look the part. Viggo Mortensen on the other hand, is just the right mixture of sleazebag and tough guy for this role.
Therefore: seeing, as they decided for someone else entirely, no comment on the decision.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominees: Keira Knightley (Atonement), my shame for still not having seen Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Keira Knightley is a good actress. Personally, I don’t understand why everybody took to her like that and I don’t find her that attractive (but I could say the same thing about Scarlett Johansson, maybe I’m just old-fashioned and don’t understand the beauty ideal right now), but she is not a bad actress. But right now my shame for not having seen Elizabeth: The Golden Age outweighs everything, so I guess it’s my personal winner.
Therefore: I hope Away from Her still makes it to the movies here.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Not this year. (I still want to see all of the nominees.)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominees: Amy Adams (Enchanted)
Enchanted was cute, it was really nice and sometimes actually laugh-out-loud-funny. Going so far and giving it an Golden Globe … I’m not sure it deserves that. Well, maybe the chipmunk. And Amy Adams’ enchanted (for a lack of better words) facial expression was just perfect.
Therefore: Only about a month until Sweeney Todd…
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Not this year.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominees: Saoirse Ronan (Atonement)
This is getting tedious, I haven’t seen almost any movies… and I thought I went to the cinema often… Well. Obviously not often enough. And in the wrong country. Saoirse Ronan was good in Atonement. As about every single thing in this movie was.
Therefore: I’m so looking forward to seeing I’m Not There.
Best Director – Motion Picture / Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Nominees: Joe Wright (Atonement) / Christopher Hampton (Atonement)
Again, this was just a perfect movie. Thank you, Mr. Wright and thank you, Mr. McEwan and Mr. Hampton.
Therefore: Now where did I put Le Scaphandre et le Papillon? I know, I borrowed that book from my mom about 3 years ago.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Nominees: That’s How You Know (Enchanted)
I don’t think the song is that great, but the situation in the movie is really funny. One of the best scenes in the whole film. Still, the song is just a run of the mill pop song.
Therefore: Decision, not to decide for it, authorised.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Winner: Dario Marianelli (Atonement)
Nominees: Dario Marianelli (Atonement), Howard Shore (Eastern Promises)
Another Atonement vs. Eastern Promises situation. Both of these movies didn’t have a soundtrack I wanted to listen to right away (as was the case with Se, Jie for example) but the music didn’t bother me, either. I guess it’s okay that Howard Shore didn’t get another award and Dario Marianelli got his first. Although, personally, I wouldn’t have nominated either film.
Therefore: Decision, from these nominees, authorised.
Best Animated Film
Nominees: The Simpsons Movie
Wow, time just flew by… I wanted to see Ratatouille and I wanted to see Bee Movie. I’m afraid, it’s too late now for the cinema. Guess, I have to wait for the DVDs (or do I?). The Simpsons Movie was great, in any case. But I’m just a sucker for Simpsons…
Therefore: Can’t write now (am entangled in some internet research).
Best Foreign Language Film
Nominees: Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)
Se, Jie was just wonderful. Sad and beautiful. And obviously very dangerous, as K. pointed out. It would have deserved all Golden Globes, not getting any was a big lapse.
Therefore: Decision NOT authorised.
I won’t get into the TV stuff, being nowhere near any country that shows these films and series, it doesn’t make much sense.