Four points and 15 minutes ago, more or less, The americans won the Golden Globe for best television drama series, easily the highest non-critics award he won in his acclaimed six season.
It was a wonderful time for one of the best and most often neglected shows of the Peak TV era.
He also came just 30 minutes into a Golden Globe broadcast that lasted 20 minutes at its three hour run time. If you were planning the show for the broadcast of your awards right now – in which Jim Carreys and Julia Robertses are doing television; in which film prize winners Olivia Colman, Regina King and Rami Malek are much more established on the big screen than the big ones – why would you possibly put your biggest TV award of the night before the TV categories, comedies, and almost every movie ? big and small category?
I raise this because the Golden Globe has a lot of work to do in the reworking of the broadcast, especially in the light of the addition of the Carol Burnett Award, which was awarded for the completion of the TV as a complement to the Cecil B. DeMille Award for films. . It may just be the TV critic who thinks it's time for the Globes to discover a way to honor TV as something different from a third-class citizen – behind comedies and dramas – and that's just the beginning.
The Golden Globe broadcast on Sunday was absolutely full of wonderful moments and passionate speeches and triumphant triumphs and victories, yet many of those moments became part of the aggressive buzz of a show that was aware that it was chasing after the initial minutes . (I'm not writing here about the "quality" of the winning films and TV shows. AmericansThe prize was as good as it looks. The actress of Sandra Oh in a drama series wins by Killing eve It was welcome validation for a great show and also to make history to boot. The two main awards for Pomegranate were ultimately more important than the supposedly better image wins for Green Paper and the seemingly less-than-director Bohemian Rhapsody.)
You do not need an advanced degree to recognize when an award is in progress. That's when the hosts disappear whole. That's when you have presenters like William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman who come out and say "witty joke" three times and present a prize. That's when you bring Amber Heard as part of a pair and she just says, "The Golden Globe goes to …" That's when Taylor Swift – Taylor Flippin 'Swift !! – comes out to present with Idris Elba and all the biggest pop star on earth starts to do is wave and smile when PeopleThe sexiest man in Alive tells her that she looks great.
To give credit to the Globes and NBC, the program was allowed to run wild, and even if presenters and presenters had to be cut, speeches could go as much as they wanted. And even when the winners were thrown out, it was only a recommendation and not a mandate. Regina King, winner by If Beale Street could talkIt reached the passionate flesh of her speech, and though the music continued, she persisted. Finally, the song stopped when King stated, "The reason we do this is because we understand that our microphones are big and we're talking about them all." Peter Farrelly, director of Green Paper, took a different approach, and when the song began, he stopped his speech and kept on shouting for the song to stop until it finally ended.
No one would even think of playing Carol Burnett, who would be the first winner of the first Carol Burnett Prize, or Jeff Bridges. Both icons took their sweet time and gave spectacular speeches of very different kinds. Burnett was thoughtful and told stories about how to get on TV at a crucial moment in the life of the medium. She was thoughtful, composed and finished with her trademark ear stroke, a gesture the program director nearly lost. Inexplicably, the show did not go to the commercial after Burnett's speech and just kept advancing, sucking part of the weight off of what should have been one of the pinnacles of the series. The show also continued after Bridges' speech, a very different and appropriate affair, in which he mentioned practically all the directors he had ever worked with and told a story involving Buckminster Fuller and a boat that left Alan Arkin stone-faced in the audience. and was also Quintessentially Pontesian. Harrison Ford had to leave immediately after Bridges, and even being Harrison Ford, he was able to read the room and know that it was too early for him to be on stage. Globo must know that these two lifetime achievement awards will be the best part of any Globes broadcast and that they can take 30 or 45 minutes if they need to.
Does this eat at the time of hosting? So it goes. Oh and Samberg were fine. They started the show positively and, at least in the first half of the broadcast, made the most of their occasional appearances. No line of the night made me laugh more than Samberg. "Now with an unexpected and unrehearsed fall from Les Moonves, here's the cast of Big Bang Theory. Wait, that can not be right "unless it was Oh These are U.S introduction: "Break your tissues because you will want to masturbate with all of them." (Why was Oh's masturbation joke acceptable, but did the director continue to censor entire audio blocks in speeches? Certainly the point of a five or ten second delay is that you can cut the audio of a word and leave the audience with the taste of a randy. A bit of humor without the swearing, rather than the distraction of the cut-out audio we've been so often stuck with.) And if you were looking for an emotional highlight, the presenters coming back from the commercial with Oh still holding your Globe were getting tough to overcome. I also laughed at the distribution of flu shots to people in the crowd, instead of the "Feed hungry celebrities" sltick that became a standard at the Oscars. Oh and Samberg had good chemistry together, and I really think if they had three or four awards together, they would really get the hang of it. This was definitely not a redux of Anne Hathaway-James Franco.
* Award-winning experts, like my colleague Scott Feinberg, like to talk about how a good Golden Globe speech (or SAG Awards speech) can be a boon to an actor's Oscar winning hopes. So, Olivia Colman won on the comedy side for The favorite and she was hilarious and charming and said "Wow!" and called Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz "my whores" and it sure looked like she won an Oscar until Glenn Close won on the drama side by The wife and sold the hell out of her surprise and brought the crowd to her feet talking about the struggles of bringing women-centered stories to the screen, and it sure looked like she won an Oscar. Both speeches were great, and now we'll have to see what happens on the night of the Oscars.
* It was not a very political broadcast. Nobody said the word "Trump" all night. However, the acceptance of Brad Simpson on behalf of The Murder of Gianni Versace: American History of Crime arrived as close as possible. After talking about how the show looked like a play of the period, at a safe distance from a dark story, Simpson continued: "These forces of hatred and fear are still with us. They tell us that we must be afraid of people who are different They As artists, we must strive to represent those who are not represented and provide a space for new voices to tell stories that have not been told. As human beings, we must resist on the streets, resist the urns and practice love and empathy in our daily lives. "
* Idris Elba had no joke with Taylor Swift, but I thought her introduction to her daughter, serving as the Golden Globe Ambassador, was absolutely touching and memorable than the series used to do with the previously known role. like Miss Golden Globe.
* Many people seem to have loved Christian Bale's acceptance – "Thanks to Satan for giving me inspiration in how to play this role" – and although I tried to play it 30 seconds before it was finished, it was still a good request. speech.
* It is completely hypocritical of me to say that the Globes producers need to find a way to simplify the program and also say that I could have watched another 20 minutes of Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph playing and flirting with phony, but I'm a sucker for almost any pairing show involving Amy Poehler and this is no exception. Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney also had a dignified audition for future eccentric hosting gigs in that window before the presenters got their lines hacked.
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