Deadline’s Dominic Patten contributed to this report
How many Deadline Hollywood staffers does it take to live blog the Golden Globes? Well, it used to be one, but this year it will be two. It won’t be the same razor sharp trademark snark, but hopefully we will have fun just the same with Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch providing some color commentary.
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The 71st Golden Globes take place this year on NBC, yet again, under a legal cloud as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and producer Dick Clark Productions are forced to work together while behind the scenes they are fist to cuffs as the lawsuit over who owns the lucrative TV rights for one of broadcast’s biggest nights is still in appeal and the digital and pre-show rights are still unresolved. Last year, the telecast drew 19.7 million viewers, up 17% from a year earlier, thanks, in part to co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who return again this year for the gala inside the Beverly Hilton. They are contracted for 2015′s show as well. This year there are a number of firsts — a new HFPA president, photojournalist Theo Kingma presides; in the motion categories there are 16 contenders who have never been nominated before, including two actors from 12 Years A Slave which (along with American Hustle) led the nominations this year with seven each. One of those never given a nom is, surprisingly, Matthew McConaughey, who is a first-timer for Dallas Buyers Club. This year also sees Meryl Streep — one of the most if not the most Golden Globe nominated actresses, with 28 noms and 8 wins — up against actresses who have never won for a motion picture and Bruce Dern, not nominated for an acting Globe since 1979 (Coming Home). Woody Allen will be given the Cecil B. DeMille Award but will not be on hand. The 79-year-old Allen has only attended one awards show in his career, in 2002 at the Oscars, after 9/11.
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FLEMING: The Golden Globes have largely been relevant primarily because of its proximity to Oscar season. You know the jokes, that this is the day you can’t find a waiter because they are all here to see if their votes lead to winners. The Globes have really become an important pseudo event in the past several years after Ricky Gervais hosted and ripped the proceedings to shreds. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were more politically correct. This year all the hard work has been done for them because there is a level of negativity in the air that gives them plenty to talk about. There has been plenty of debate about The Wolf Of Wall Street, mostly regarding the character or lack of it of Jordan Belfort; there was 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, getting heckled so badly by one douchebag critic at the New York Film Critics Circle that the group had to apologize; Lena Dunham bristling about a rude reporter questioning why she doesn’t wear clothes much on HBO’s Girls. A New York Post critic hammered Philomena as a Catholic bashing exercise that the real subject of the film was moved to respond. Even Meryl Streep–who sometimes doesn’t even show up for these things–slagging Walt Disney as a woman hater and anti-Semite as she extolled the virtues of the film’s star and her Oscar competitor Emma Thompson. What a perfect backdrop to have a bit of fun during this pseudo-awards show, one that got off to a flying start with a sewage leak on the red carpet.
BUSCH: The Golden Globes, traditionally is the one awards show were nominees can drink heavily and then get up on stage and are bound to say anything. It’s one of the more fun awards show for talent to attend. Studio marketing executives salivate for the awards and then dread tomorrow morning when they are up at the crack of dawn cutting new TV spots and devising new marketing strategies to capitalize on the wins their pics receive. The Golden Globules (as many of us have called them) are voted upon by a small group of ‘journalists” who sometimes moonlight as real estate agents or taxi drivers. (Not kidding about the real estate agents and wouldn’t be surprised about taxi drivers). As far as goes and the character or lack thereof of Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), I think his prison sentence speaks for itself, don’t you, Mike?
BUSCH: What’s with the 80′s intro music and the Match Game show back drop? Bobby and Bobby and Bobby and Danny … uh, Uma Oprah … Yeah, “explosion at the wig factory” is right for American Hustle. Good bit between Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Reese Witherspoon. “The tiniest man with the biggest glasses” … “George Clooney would rather float away and die than spending time with a woman his own age” … good bits.
FLEMING: Tina and Amy have already exceeded the good joke quota that it took Seth MacFarlane five hours to achieve in last year’s Oscars. Wait, why are they not hosting the Oscars?
BUSCH: Agreed. They even were able to find a joke with 12 Years a Slave. “I will never think of slavery the same way again.”
FLEMING: Was Sandra Bullock’s dress made by UnderArmour?
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence of Sony’s American Hustle
BUSCH: Jennifer Lawrence just did her best Taylor Swift surprise face. Not a surprise.
Best Supporting Actress – Miniseries/TV movie: Jacqueline Bisset, Starz’s Dancing on the Edge
FLEMING: They gave Jacqueline Bisset the Bob Uecker seats and she is so tired from walking that she is crying.
BUSCH: Catch your breath, Jacqueline. This award means nothing. Really. Thank God, the walk off music.
FLEMING: Bisset is channeling her inner Melissa Leo. Yikes.
DEADLINE TEAM: The censors missed Bisset’s sh*t comment. They bleeped it too early.
FLEMING: Overheard in the booth: Fuck, we missed that shit comment! How much is that going to cost?
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FLEMING: Prediction: Mark Ruffalo will be back next year for Can A Song Save Your Life? Just saying…
Best Miniseries or TV movie: HBO’s Behind The Candelabra
FLEMING: Worth noting that this was originally meant to be a feature film. Steven Soderbergh smartly moved it to the small screen and HBO. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon killed it, and it is another big quality score for TV over film, and Soderbergh is now making a series for Cinemax. Any wonder movies are not that good?
Best Actress – Miniseries/TV movie: Elisabeth Moss, Sundance Channel’s Top Of The Lake
FLEMING: Somebody get those TV nominees Google Maps! Just saw The Edge, or was that Mike “Wool Hat” Nesmith?
BUSCH: It’s become a sh*t show. At least they caught that one. Someone give that woman a blood transfusion. She looks more like a character from Twilight than an ex-member of The West Wing.
FLEMING: We just got a text of Jackie Bisset’s acceptance speech, and the Enigma code was easier to comprehend.
DEADLINE TEAM: The Hollywood Foreign Press Club names … Are those really names of the members? Only Theo knows.
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BUSCH: Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill looked for a moment like they were going to have a Michael Bay moment. Oh no, The Wolf of Wall Street, the most ridiculously over the top movie of the year. Someone should have said no to Scorsese or at least get him into therapy.
FLEMING: Is Paula Patton channeling Robert Blake and Baretta with a cockatoo on her shoulder, or is that the dress?
BUSCH: Paula Patton takes flight.
Best Actor – TV Series Drama: Bryan Cranston, AMC’s Breaking Bad
Best TV Series – Drama: AMC’s Breaking Bad
BUSCH: Cranston barely got off stage before Breaking Bad won another one. Looks like the curse is truly broken. They didn’t even try to censor him on ‘bitch.’ No sh*t. Read More »