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Couch potatoes, your attention please. The time to see if that show you are addicted to is really that good is here.
The annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony returns to your screen celebrating their 70th anniversary. As usual Tonight goes through almost every show that has been on our screens in film and TV format this past year. Do not be too precious about your favourite show or film because there is a big world out there that probably thinks otherwise. For instance, Two and a Half Men with Ashton Kutcher may still be great to you because you can’t get over Charlie Sheen leaving the show.
While we will not mention every show that will be vying for a Golden accolade, we will look at a few interesting categories to see who has done well and who might win.
But before we get into that we have to show some love for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosting the event. The two have done very well in their respective careers to deserve an opportunity such as this. We are obviously in for a number of serious chuckles from the pair, both scripted and off the cuff.
First we say congratulations to everyone who was nominated and although some will leave without winning, it is important for the all nominees to know that they are all winners. (Queue the cheese fact-o-meter...)
Daniel Day-Lewis has nothing to worry about as he always seems to win after being nominated. In this case he is named in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role in Lincoln. His compe-tition comes from Richard Gere for Arbitrage, John Hawkes for The Sessions, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master and Denzel Washington for Flight. Washington and Phoenix may come close, but my money is on Day-Lewis. Another obvious result comes from the Best Actor, TV Series Comedy where the nominees are Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Louis CK (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). Come on, did you have to think about it? Of course Parsons is going to take this one. If you have seen Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory then you’ll know no one comes close to his level of comedy. So Joey (LeBlanc) and the rest of the nominees should just hope for another nod next year.
Still on comedy, it is going to be a tricky one when it comes to the Best Television Series because the nerds of The Big Bang Theory must battle it out with the crazies of Modern Family and the hilarious Episodes crew. Okay, so Girls and Smash got us laughing in places, but they will have to be extra lucky to win other-wise they should just be happy with the nomination.
Hardcore drama fans will agree that Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi did very well on the old American series.
But that doesn’t take anything away from Jeff Daniels’ magnificent work in The Newsroom. Because The Newsroom is newer than Boardwalk Empire, Daniels comes across as a fresh candidate and this might work to his advantage. Other contenders include Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Damian Lewis from Homeland. As for the women in the same category, it’s a tough one to call. If you’ve watched American Horror Story: Asylum then you’ll know Jessica Lange kills it. But, she has to get past Sienna Miller (The Girl), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) and Nicole Kidman (Hemingway and Gellhorn). My money is on Kidman, Weaver or Lange. (Yup, I’m keeping my options open - they’re all that good.)
In the Best Motion Picture Drama we have Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Django Unchained. Now let’s get something out of the way: the two top contenders here are Life of Pi and Lincoln. However, they are haunted by the presence, once again, of Day-Lewis in Lincoln. That said, the problem with method actors like Day-Lewis is they dwell too much on the details, which works in terms of them getting into character, but can become tiresome for the audience.
An interesting showdown will be in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical where the nominees include Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in Yemen), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson), Jack Black (Bernie), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook). While all the actors are talented and did their best in their respective productions, Black topped them all.
The thing about Black is, unlike his competition, he’s a natural comedian and all he ever plays is a funny characters so it has become second nature for him to be seen in roles such as the one in Bernie.
• This is just a small take on what might happen come Sunday. M-Net (DStv channel 101) will screen the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday at 9.30pm.