With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the helm, this is an awards show that deserves your attention.
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You’ve already come up with reasons to skip the Golden Globes this Sunday. 1.) You can’t stomach all that botox in rich high-definition. 2.) Downton Abbey will be on. 3.) You’re still trying to purge Les Mis and particularly Russell Crowe’s singing from your mind.
Fine excuses, but the Golden Globes, bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, really shouldn’t be missed this year. The 70th annual bash, broadcast live on NBC, will kick off awards season with drunken celebrities, a magnificent hostess combination and, fingers crossed, a flash of Angelina Jolie’s leg.
And now, presenting all the reasons to tune in…
This will be the first time the Globes have been hosted by a lady duo, although Raquel Welch and Joan Collins co-hosted alongside male stars (in 1985 and 1983, respectively). Someone should kiss Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Aida Takla-O’Reilly for this blessed selection. What or who is the HFPA? No one knows – that’s the running joke of the Golden Globes – but it has exquisite taste. Three-time host Ricky Gervais has given the glitterati hell every year and the smart bet says Fey and Poehler will land some choice jabs, too. But they’ll do it their own way, as this hilarious promo video attests.
This year the celebs will get to dine on smoked flat-iron beef, olive orange marinated sea bass and desserts infused with rum. Wonderful cuisine, but only a loaf of prisoner’s bread could absorb all of the alcohol that will be collectively consumed. Executive chef Suki Sugiura has ordered some 700 magnums of champagne. Like Warren Beatty said, “The Oscars are business. The Globes are fun.”
The cast of 30 Rock in 2009.
In 1999, after winning for Gia, Angelina Jolie took a celebratory dip in the pool and dragged in a weak-willed journalist. Remember when Jolie was a young prankster?
Ving Rhames won for best actor in 1998 for his portrayal of the titular character in Don King: Only in America. Rhames stunned the crowd by inviting his co-nominee Jack Lemmon up onstage with him and proclaiming, “I’d like to give this to you.” Lemmon replied, “That was one of the nicest, sweetest moments I’ve ever known in my life.”
It’s easy: Slam one down every time a female director is mentioned. Oops, that will keep you pretty sober, won’t it? Kathryn Bigelow needs more sister friends in the Best Director category. And quit saying they’re not around. Here is a whole binder.
Actor-director Jodie Foster will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Lena Dunham’s risqué Girls snagged two nominations. Actress Rachel Weisz is nominated for The Deep Blue Sea, described as a “feminist parable” by Slate. Claire Danes’ amazing cry-face might win again for best actress in Homeland, a show about international terrorism that is anchored by a woman. And did I mention Fey and Poehler? Both women also scored nominations in the Best Actress in a Comedy category, Fey for 30 Rock and Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
When it comes down to it, no matter who wins or who gets snubbed, Sunday will be the Amy and Tina show. They have excellent chemistry, as the clips below will show.
Two riotous talents showing the world how it’s done. Let’s hope it’s the start of a grand tradition.
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