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Oh, Golden Globes, Never Change!

My recap of another wild, weird, and unpredictable show.

By Max Weiss | January 7, 2019, 1:41 pm

-20th Century Fox
Arts District

Oh, Golden Globes, Never Change!

My recap of another wild, weird, and unpredictable show.

By Max Weiss | January 7, 2019, 1:41 pm

-20th Century Fox

The Globes are always a dizzying cocktail of serious awards, WTF awards, off-the-charts glamour, and drunken celebrity antics—and last night was no different. Here’s a little recap.

The Hosts

I liked Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh before this show started and I liked them when it was over. That’s a win in my book. That being said, a lot of their jokes didn’t quite land, and the (often distracted) audience didn’t help. A few of their attempts to satirize the “PC culture” of today were awkward (“You know what race of people really gets under my skin? The Hollywood half-marathon!”) and a few punchlines left me scratching my head. (Did anyone understand why Andy Samberg repeated Oh’s “If there are 100 people in the room, it just takes one to believe in you” joke?).

Indeed, some of the funniest moments from the opening monologue didn’t even come from the hosts. One was Jim Carrey, banished from the film section (in what was clearly a preplanned gig), using two empty glasses as binoculars from the TV cheap seats. The other was a spontaneous “I’m sorry!” from Emma Stone when Oh gently chided the whitewashing of her film Aloha (Stone, incongruously, played a Hawaiian woman in that film). Oh, and how much do you love Sandra Oh’s parents?!

The Speeches

A few moments stuck out: Jeff Bridges going full dude-bro philosopher while receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award, Christian Bale thanking “Satan” for the inspiration to play Dick Cheney (lol), and Steve Carrel calling it “the greatest honor of my life” when he handed Carol Burnett the inaugural Carol Burnett Award. Awww.

The Awards

I’m a film critic so I’m going to stick to the movie stuff here. And some of these awards were wild! I’ll break them into the following categories:

Expected But Good:

  • Olivia Colman for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, The Favourite
  • Regina King for Best Supporting Actress, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Roma for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Alfonso Cuarón for Best Director, Roma
  • First Man for Best Score
  • “Shallow” from A Star is Born for Best Original Song

Expected But Meh

  • Green Book for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
  • Christian Bale for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, Vice
  • Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor, Green Book

Unexpected But Good:

  • Glenn Close for Best Actress in a Drama, The Wife.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse for Best Animated Film

Unexpected But Meh

  • Rami Malek for Best Actor in a Drama, Bohemian Rhapsody

I’m Sorry, What?!

  • Bohemian Rhapsody for Best Picture, Drama. (Seriously, never saw that one coming.)

The Fashion

Both men and women turned lewks last night, a few reflecting a current wave of nonbinary gender self-expression.

Here are a few of my favorites:




Meet The Author

Max Weiss is the editor-in-chief of Baltimore and a film and pop culture critic.



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