By CAINE GARDNER
Unfortunately, the show had to begin with Jennifer Lopez, but got off to a surprising quick start. Other good news is I'm 1-for-1 after Kate WInslet won the Best Supporting Actress. The quick start might be badly needed it her speech is any indication. We could be in for a long night.
Can you say on fire? Wall*E took honors for Best Animated Feature. It was great that Andrew Stanton gave a shout-out to Ben Burtt during his acceptance speech. Did a great job on Wall*E and the mind behind the sounds of Star Wars.
Well, I was on fire for a moment. Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), beating out my choice of Meryl Streep. Could this do in my choice for Lead Actress Drama choice? We'll have to wait and see.
In a bittersweet moment, it was the late Heath Ledger that took the Best Supporting Actor award on the evening. Christopher Nolan accepted the Golden Globe for the actor and showed of a clip from the Dark Knight. Nolan described his emotion of moment as 'sadness, but incredible pride,' and spoke about the mark Ledger has left on Hollywood. It seems this is just the beginning of Ledger owning this award season.
My Eni-meni-minni-mo style of choice making didn't seem to pan out. Waltz With Bashir won the Globe for Best Foreign Language film.
Stephen Spielberg received this year's Cecil B. Demille award for lifetime achievement. It's a shame that some other have been honored before this director. Martin Scorsese delivered a wonderful speech and it's great to see two directors of their caliber have so much mutual respect. The clips that were played were enough to make my night. A confession; the theme to E.T. still brings tears to my eyes.
My congratulations go out to a true master of the medium.
Best Director goes to...Danny Boyle. Slumdog Millionaire has been building steam lately, so Benjamin Button should be shaking in his boots. A hit or miss director, it's nice to see Boyle put a film out that lives up to his ability.
OUCH! I've dipped below .500, but I couldn't be happier about it. I'm a huge fan of Colin Farrell and it's nice to see him honored for his talent. Too long I think his wildboy persona overshadowed that talent, but he seems focus and ready to make his mark.
Predictions: 3-for-7 (ouch)
If I had no reason not to like Woody Allen, now I do. Not only are his films highly overrated, but now I've dropped another pick on the evening. I should have known better than going against Allen, but I thought that just once he wouldn't be hoisted up on a pedestal. But we are talking about Hollywood though.
Oh my gosh. Another pick down the tubes. It's a scandal, it's an outrage... and no I'm not breaking into my rendition of Oklahoma. A good performance, but not up to the performances of Anne Hathaway or Angelina Jolie. If this selection doesn't shake up the Oscar race, I don't know what will.
Predictions: 3-for-9 (head is hanging low)
I'm hiding in a closet while I type this. Mickey Rourke just won Best Actor in a Drama for The Wrestler. Another award and another tear on my cheek.
Predictions: 3-for-10 (head in my hands)
Now my head is now on the floor. Slumdog Millionaire just won Best Drama and I have slipped past the point of failure. The road to the Oscar looks as uncertain as ever. It makes the weeks leading up to the event exciting, but it makes the pain so much worse. After I stop weeping I will be posting a Golden Globe wrap-up.
Predictions: 3-for-11 (sobbing like a child)
After crying in my Mountain Dew for a little while, I've finally come to terms with, shall we say, my less than perfect night. Looking back at my choices and the way the night went, I've come to one conclusion. The Golden Globes wanted to shed their image this year.
Known for its love of the movie star, it looked as if they were trying to distance themselves from just that. Sure Kate Winslet won, but so did Mickey Rourke, Colin Farrell and Sally Hawkins. Instead of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire dominated. What can this tell us about the upcoming Academy Awards in Feb.? Absolutely nothing.
I knew I took a chance on a couple of choices, but I believed my others to be solid. I will admit, I liked being shocked at the selections
Sometimes award shows want to make a statement and go for the underdog early, but when it's time to pull out the heavy hardware, they always go back to the top dog.
Now I'm going to sit back, take stock and attempt to go perfect with my Oscar picks.