“Social Network” has friends all over the Globes

Continuing its sweep of most critics’ awards and major ceremonies, “The Social Network” won the most film Golden Globes last night, taking home four honors from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Score. See the full list of winners after the jump.

Other notables were Natalie Portman’s win for “Black Swan” and both supporting actor awards going to members of the ensemble for “The Fighter”: Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. “The Kids Are All Right” took home Best Picture – Musical/Comedy: hardly a surprise considering its crap competition.

The evening had an unusual amount of interesting moments including Ricky Gervais unapologetic hosting — clearly the man has no interest in hosting this show again considering his tongue-in-cheek approach. Robert De Niro, who accepted the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award, took a similar approach with his stand-up comedy routine that basically called out the HFPA as people who put this ceremony on so they can take pictures with famous people.

Here are the full list of winners and some comments.

Best Picture – Drama

Winner: The Social Network

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King’s Speech
  • Inception

My Thoughts: Considering all the awards it won, this win was a gimme by the end of the night. The only question is whether the technical achievements of “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan” could possibly sway Academy favor come March.

Best Picture – Musical/Comedy

Winner: The Kids Are All Right

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • RED
  • The Tourist

My Thoughts: I liked “RED,” but this list was terrible. If any film other than “Kids” won, it would’ve been outrageous.

Best Actor – Drama

Winner: Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”

  • Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network”
  • James Franco for “127 Hours”
  • Ryan Gosling for “Blue Valentine”
  • Mark Wahlberg for “The Fighter”

My Thoughts: It was unclear who would have a leg up in the Oscar race and while many suspected Firth, this win confirms he’s in the lead. Considering Firth had just cause to win last year, I’m not surprised he’s getting his due this time around. We shall see if it happens come Oscar time.

Best Actress – Drama

Winner: Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”

  • Halle Berry for “Frankie and Alice”
  • Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”
  • Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

My Thoughts: When I look at this list again, Portman never had a chance to lose. As strong as these other actresses are, their films were simply underexposed and even if some could rival Natalie’s performance, it wouldn’t be enough so to push her out of the spotlight. She was clearly blown away and thrilled to win, which is always wonderful to see. Even though Annette Bening might be more competition at the Oscars, I don’t see it being enough.

Best Actor – Musical/Comedy

Winner: Paul Giamatti for “Barney’s Version”

  • Johnny Depp for “The Tourist”
  • Johnny Depp for “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal for “Love and Other Drugs”
  • Kevin Spacey for “Casino Jack”

My Thoughts: Giamatti’s victory proved that the HFPA, while willing to nominate just about anyone to boost ratings, still votes with serious intent. I suppose Spacey might’ve had a shot here, but Depp’s two roles were a joke. Giamatti’s expletive-ridden speech was kind of funny — if only we could’ve heard most of it. I’m sure “Barney’s Version” will get some needed help when it sees a bigger release in these coming weeks now that it can put “Golden Globe winner” on its advertisements.

Best Actress – Musical/Comedy

Winner: Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right”

  • Anne Hathaway for “Love and Other Drugs”
  • Angelina Jolie for “The Tourist”
  • Julianne Moore for “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Emma Stone for “Easy A”

My Thoughts: Kind of hard to pick against Bening even though all these nominees with exception of Angelina Jolie gave strong performances.

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Christian Bale for “The Fighter”

  • Michael Douglas for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”
  • Andrew Garfield for “The Social Network”
  • Jeremy Renner for “The Town”
  • Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”

My Thoughts: Christian “The Wolfman” Bale gave a performance unquestionably warranting of a win in “The Fighter.” Although I’ve yet to see Rush’s performance, considering he keeps company with Garfield and Renner (both of whom I loved in their parts), I’m sure he’s not totally out of the Oscar race. Now, however, the Oscar is Bale’s to lose.

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Melissa Leo for “The Fighter”

  • Amy Adams for “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech”
  • Mila Kunis for “Black Swan”
  • Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom”

My Thoughts: Leo seemed like the favorite but there was some uncertainty. She was ecstatic when accepting her award and perhaps the most humble of anyone. Comparing her actual personality to her role in “The Fighter” as well as her Oscar-nominated role in “Frozen River,” she seems bound for major recognition at some point if not this year.

Best Director

Winner: David Fincher for “The Social Network”

  • Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”
  • Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”
  • Christopher Nolan for “Inception”
  • David O. Russell for “The Fighter”

My Thoughts: Fincher, who has won most of the awards already, continues en route to a sweep. I think Aaron Sorkin, who we’ll talk about below, put it best when he said Fincher made typing on a keyboard as intense as some simile I can’t remember but it was fitting. Fincher did a great job with such a verbally driven script. I would like to see Fincher be more excited; he simply doesn’t think he did an amazing job with this film to beat the likes of his competition based on what I’ve read in stories about/interview with him.

Best Screenplay

Winner: “The Social Network”  – Aaron Sorkin

  • “127 Hours” – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
  • “Inception” – Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” – Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
  • “The King’s Speech” – David Seidler

My Thoughts: Sorkin gave one of the more practiced speeches and I think one of the best as a result. He thanked everyone with truly insightful words of gratitude, not simply “thanks to this amazing ____” and he spoke to all the talent in the room, particularly the ladies, in an effort to prove to his daughter what smarts can do.

Best Original Song

Winner: “Burleseque” – Diane Warren (“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me”)

  • “Burlesque” – Samuel Dickson, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler (“Bound to You”)
  • “Country Strong” – Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges (“I’m Coming Home”)
  • “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” – Carrie Underwood, Tom Hodges and Hillary Lindsey (“There’s a Place for Us”)
  • “Tangled” – Alan Menken, Glenn Slater (“I See the Light”)

Best Original Score

Winner: “The Social Network” – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

  • “127 Hours” – A.R. Rahman
  • “Alice in Wonderland” – Danny Elfman
  • “Inception” – Hans Zimmer
  • “The King’s Speech” – Alexandre Desplat

Best Animated Film

Winner: Toy Story 3

  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled

My Thoughts: Some choices are just obvious.

Best Foreign Film

Winner: Hæven (“In a Better World”)

  • Biutiful
  • Le concert (“The Concert”)
  • Kray (“The Edge”)
  • Io sono l’amore (“I Am Love”)

1 Comment

  1. Jenni says:

    All I have to say is … I don’t know who nominated Angelina Jolie.

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