Golden Globes 2011: Results & Analysis

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Note: This is only a recap of the film winners

Best Motion Picture: Drama
WINNER: "The Social Network"
My pick: "The King's Speech"

Best Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical
WINNER: The Kids are All Right (my pick)

Best Director
WINNER: David Fincher, "The Social Network" (my pick)

Best Actor: Motion Picture Drama
WINNER: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech" (my pick)

Best Actress: Motion Picture Drama
WINNER: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan" (my pick)

Best Actor: Comedy or Musical
WINNER: Paul Giamatti, "Barney's Version"
My pick: Johnny Depp, "Alice in Wonderland"

Best Actress: Comedy or Musical
WINNER: Annette Bening, "The Kids are All Right" (my pick)

Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
My pick: Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Best Supporting Actress
WINNER: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
My pick: Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
WINNER: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network" (my pick)

Best Animated Film
WINNER: "Toy Story 3" (my pick)

Best Original Score
WINNER: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "The Social Network"
My pick: Danny Elfman, "Alice in Wonderland"

More after the jump...

Winner Tally:
  • The Social Network: 4
  • The Fighter: 2
  • The Kids are All Right: 2
  • The King's Speech: 1
  • Black Swan: 1
  • Toy Story 3: 1
  • Barney's Version: 1

Oscar Implications:
  • "The Fighter" may have just locked up Oscar wins in both supporting actor/actress. Also, SAG (Screen Actors Guild) support for the film and less-than-stellar results for "The King's Speech" may indicate that "The Fighter" is now the best picture frontrunner... for second place.
  • The Social Network dominates. Not much of a surprise, but I did expect The King's Speech to edge it here. It's a lock for Best Picture.
  • Portman will win Best Actress. Firth will win Best Actor.
  • The Social Network picks up another win for Best Score. It also won at the Critics' Choice ceremony on Friday. This is just about the only real surprise of the night. Look for either this or Hans Zimmer's score for Inception to win the Oscar.
  • The Kids are All Right wins two awards here, but look at its competition.

Stray Observations:
  • Hilarious monologue by the always funny Ricky Gervais, as he unflinchingly mocks Charlie Sheen, Sex and the City, Mel Gibson, The Tourist (right in front of Depp & Jolie), and ironically enough, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—ballsy move, Gervais!
  • At the end of his acceptance speech, Christian Bale begins to call out Robert De Niro and then immediately gets censored. Assuming that the show runs on a five second delay, that must mean that there was some objectionable language used. I'm sure he was only singing his praises, but I'd love to have heard what he said.
  • Boardwalk Empire dominates, signaling an end to Mad Men's reign of dominance.
  • Trent Reznor accepting an award at the Golden Globes just seems strange to me.
  • Ricky Gervais's hilarious banter throughout the show makes me realize that he needs to do this every year. The Golden Globes have gotten to be somewhat of a joke anyway, so why not make it official?
  • Ok, so Gervais is lighting it up out there, but some of these jokes might be a bit too edgy to be taken lightly. I'm starting to sense some discomfort. Maybe he won't be back after all...
  • Aaron Sorkin is doing his best to convince people (and the Academy) that his version of Mark Zuckerberg is not an asshole. I'm not buying it, and brown-nosers suck.
  • Best acceptance speech of the night goes to Melissa Leo. Heartfelt and genuine.
  • The Joel Siegel award goes to Robert De Niro—awesome montage.
  • De Niro does a bit of stand-up comedy and self-parody as he accepts his award. Strange, but definitely amusing. The playful banter of the night continues as he and Matt Damon (his presenter) exchange shots at one another.
  • The Tourist did not win a single award, nor did Alice in Wonderland. This proves that a Johnny Depp film has to be at least decent to score a win with the HFPA. But he'll still get a nomination for anything.
  • "Thank you God, for making me an atheist". Probably the best closing line in any awards show, ever. Thank you Ricky Gervais.

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  1. Christian Bale - I was watching here in Sweden, and what he seemed to say was something like - "you are the sh--" - in an admiring voice. That would get censored, yes?


  2. Yes, most certainly... thank you.