Tuesday, January 15, 2013

'A Room Full of Laughter and Fun': A Golden Globe Awards Recap

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

If you’re like me, you may use the Golden Globe Awards as a way to figure out what movies are worth spending an outrageous $10 a ticket on to see, and what television shows are worth attempting to cram into your busy schedule.

For those of you who didn’t have time to watch the awards, here is a breakdown of who won and what's worth your time.

On Sunday night, the best of the best in the television and movie worlds gathered at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the awards, making the room full of laughter and fun every time they were on stage.

Out of the 25 different categories that were presented on Sunday, 14 of them were for the motion pictures. The movie that won the most awards was Les Misérables, winning Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical, Best Performance by and Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical (Hugh Jackman), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Anne Hathaway).

I was surprised that this movie was perceived so well at the awards, simply because it is a remake of such a classic musical that some people may not want to take to the big screen. I was also surprised it beat out several other films that I thought would be more popular, and also some amazing actors and actresses (not to say Jackman and Hathaway are anything less than amazing).

Although I have yet to see this film, I did see the play on Broadway and loved it. I have high hopes the film will live up to the Broadway performance and, according to the awards, it just might.

Argo, one film that I did see, tied with Django Unchained for the second most awards. Argo received awards for Best Motion Picture — Drama and Best Director — Motion Picture (Ben Affleck).

In my personal opinion, I think that Argo could have also taken several other awards in the film categories, but I am happy it won two amazing awards. The plot of this film keeps you enticed the whole time and constantly on the edge of your seat. If you haven’t made it out to see this one yet, it’s definitely worth the money.

Eleven of the 25 categories at the awards were for television shows or television formatted motion pictures. Tying for the most awards in this category were Game Change and Homeland. Game Change won Best Mini Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Julianne Moore), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (Ed Harris).

In all honesty, I had never heard of Game Change until watching the awards. I learned that it’s an HBO political drama film that follows Sarah Palin’s role in John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Possibly worth a try, seeing as it did so well at the awards.

Homeland took home Best Television Series — Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama (Claire Danes), and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama (Damian Lewis).

This CIA thriller on Showtime, also swept the Emmy’s in September, winning Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Claire Danes), and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Damian Lewis).

Although this is another I haven't seen, it does have a buzz-worthy popularity to assume it’s worth checking out.

The television show that came in second to these two is another hit on HBO, Girls. Lena Dunham, who created the show and is the lead actress in it, struggled to walk in her heels the stage when she won two awards for the show. The awards included Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical.

This one I have seen, and at first, I was unsure of it. Based on the description of the show being about women in their twenties who live in New York City, I was expecting more of a Sex and the City kind of vibe. This show, however, is not like that at all. It is more real and raw in the sense that it seems like it could be a reality show. This is probably due to the fact that Dunham took much of the material for the show from her personal life.

Girls is a show I would recommend watching, and the award show agrees. It may seem a little strange at first to those of you expecting the glitzy and glam New York City lifestyle like Sex and the City portrays, but it is definitely worth giving a shot.

So in case you are looking for a good movie to see this week, Les Misérables and Argo are most definitely worth your time and money. As for television, I’d check out Homeland on Showtime and Girls on HBO.

For a good laugh at the struggle of an entrance and exit, filled with heart-felt words of endearment in between, check out this clip of Lena Dunham accepting an award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday for the show Girls.

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