I had to catch a preview of “Plane” last night, which is a handy excuse for not watching something I gave up on years ago.
The best way to experience the Golden Globes is like the best way to watch most sports these days — via highlights collected on Youtube. I switched on Mike White’s tearful “White Lotus” speech when I got home, saw that Regina King — perhaps tipsy — went off on Kevin Costner for not being there, and that Eddie Murphy brought it all home at the end.
That’s enough. The long-corrupt, racist and doddering Hollywood Foreign Press Association isn’t worth any more of my time, and doesn’t get a “pass” just because the desperate network that gave us Matt Lauer, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Trump says they’ve “cleaned up their act.”
The Globes’ role as Oscar predictor has faded quite a bit in recent decades, thanks to the Academy’s moves to minimize these clowns’ ability to rig the Oscars.
But they picked “The Fabelmans” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” as their drama and musical-or-comedy best pictures.
Cate Blanchett, Michelle Yeoh, Colin Farrell and Austin Butler won the big movie acting prizes, “Black Panther’s” queen Angela Bassett (Oh, is that considered an Oscar worthy Best Supporting turn?) and “Everything Everywhere All At Once’s” Ke Huy Quan, another sentimental favorite, took the supporting prizes.
Is anything figuring Spielberg’s a leading contender for the best director Oscar for “The Fabelmans?” That “Fabelmans” is at the top of the best picture conversation?
It could be so, but I’m scratching my head at that, and at a bit too much of the rest of the Globes to care.
Oscar nominations are due out Jan. 24. That’s when we’ll see what really was deemed memorable in a year that saw the Globes dumped on a weeknight and perhaps nobody watched (5.4 million, smallest audience in 30 years) and those who did mostly shrugged. Apparently.