The Golden (Snubs) Globes

Last night, it seemed like a great idea to wake up at 2:55am to catch the Golden Globes. But when my alarm went off this morning all I wanted to do was throw my phone against the wall and go back to sleep. The problem is, I suffer from a common condition called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), particularly common in millennials. Symptoms include: anxiety, a slight loss of the “cool factor” and, my personal favorite, constantly contemplating the opportunity cost (a little term a picked up from Economics 1001… Google it).

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were nothing short of amazing. Their mixture of sass, charm and sharp wit had the audience, myself included, in stitches the entire night. I would seriously like to hang out with them someday. Plus I think we would make a really cool group of friends, and call ourselves The Three Amigas.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Tina & Amy having fun on stage at the Golden Globes

Side note to the organizers: I think P Diddy and Robert Downey Jr would also make fantastic co-hosts. Why? 1: Eye candy. 2: Both can sing & act. 3: They both have serious SWAG… oh yes and one of them just happens to be Iron Man for real.

As the night went on many awards were given and even more well-deserving nominees were snubbed.

First of all Scandal was not even nominated in the Best Drama category. Am I the only person who sees a problem with that? It is by far, hands down, the best drama on TV right now. Besides, anything Shonda Rhimes writes is golden (just like the globe she should’ve won). Still on that note, how did Kerry Washington not win for Best Actress? All this is not because I am a GLADIATOR by night and impersonate Olivia Pope by day (okay maybe a little). It just bothers me when brilliance is over-looked.

Gladiators in Suits
Gladiators in Suits

I was, however, really happy to see Leonardo DiCaprio win Best Actor for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Anyone who’s an anyone knows he has been snubbed one too many times. Kind of like Martin Scorsese.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom won Best Original Song for a Motion Picture. The song Ordinary Love was composed by U2. In their acceptance speech they paid tribute to Nelson Mandela calling the song a love song that had been 35 years in the making.  WOW!

I must admit that I had no predictions in the Miniseries or TV Movie category because I had, ashamedly, never heard of them until today. The nominations included: American Horror Story: Coven, Behind The Candelabra, Dancing on the Edge, Top of the Lake and White Queen. I’m going to make an effort to see at least two and a half of them this month.

Top class moments of the night included Andy Samberg’s speech after he won his award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical. I know a lot of people say they didn’t expect the award and never prepared a speech etc etc, but something tells me he genuinely never expected it and genuinely never prepared a speech. He honestly had no idea what was happening and I was laughing so hard just waiting for him to thank the world.

His speech went a little like this:

 “Oh no! I didn’t prepare anything. It wasn’t gonna happen. You guys — the Globes, right? Who knew? I guess I’ll just thank everyone. Thanks to FOX, and Kevin Riley, and Universal/NBC Universal. And, uh, you know, the guys who came up with the show, Mike and Dan. The cast is awesome! The crew are really good. Um. Can’t forget them. The writers kick A. Everyone on my team … no, I really do love them, and respect them. And uh, Kiv and Jorm who I’ve done everything in my career with, and of course, my beautiful, incredible wife, Joanna.”

Then there was Emma Thompson who had the most fun at the awards. She walks on stage barefoot, black heels in the one hand and a martini in the other. Before she announces the winner she tosses back her shoes, takes hold of the envelope and announces the winner. #Classic!  She’s hands down one of my favorite actresses. Pitty she didn’t win for Saving Mr. Banks.

Emma Thompson on stage with shoes and martini in hand... classic!
Emma Thompson on stage with shoes and martini in hand… classic!

As the evening neared its end, many people took to the Twitterverse to complain about the lack of black winners all night. But just in the nick of time, as if the world could hear the complaints of so many angry tweeters, the Golden Globe for best picture went to 12 Years A Slave. Steve McQueen took to the stage, gave a heartfelt speech and all was peaceful in the world again.

What a night indeed and this is just the beginning of awards season. Here are a few more I’ll be watching from my sofa this season: Screen Actors Guild Awards (18 Jan), BAFTAs (16 Feb) & The Academy Awards (2 March).


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