Some Thoughts on the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes carried no surprises, in my opinion. That’s just the problem, but there’s not much to be said about it except “oh well” and just move on. The only interesting thing here is the implication it has on the Oscar race.

Now that Avatar has won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, people are going to start forecasting a win for it at the Oscars, and talking about a repeat of 1997, when the Golden Globes were the first major award to name Titanic Best Picture. It, of course, went on to be named Best Picture at the Oscars and pick up 11 awards total. I’ve been saying for a while not to count Avatar out, despite all of the wins The Hurt Locker has picked up. I honestly don’t think it’s crazy to think Avatar could win the Oscar for Best Picture. Aside from the fact that it’s made a huge impact commercially, it’s also been well-received critically. Say what you will about its story, the movie has resonated with audiences, and Oscar has been known to follow that kind of resonance. Rocky is a great example. Or even last year’s Slumdog Millionaire, or a classic example with Gone with the Wind. And we can’t forget Titanic. Oscar has a history of awarding films that strike a chord with audiences the way Avatar has.

I think it’s also especially important to remember the circumstances of this year’s Oscars. The expansion to 10 nominees came about because of the backlash against movies that were popular with audiences. It wouldn’t surprise me if Oscar awards Avatar partly as a way to make up for not at least nominating The Dark Knight, which was a hugely critical and commercial success.

As for the Golden Globes, I think the thing that disappointed me most was that Carey Mulligan was robbed for Best Actress. I haven’t seen The Blind Side, so I don’t want to judge it or Sandra Bullock’s performance, but I can’t imagine that it’s actually better than Carey Mulligan’s was in An Education. No way.

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