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THE GOLDEN GLOBES EXTRAVAGANZA

By STOCKTON BRIGGLE

Sunday nights Golden Globes ceremony was a delicious E RIDE into the world of Hollywood award shows. Probably, no other show is as much fun and unpredictable as this evening was. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler set a very high bar for original and very funny jokes throughout the evening, which provided a breezy and jazzy impetus moving things along quite nicely. Poehler’s aside about nominee Kathryn Bigelow knowing about torture because “she was married to director James Cameron for four years” was beyond funny. There was a collective gasp and then roar from the audience. Not since Jimmy Fallon emceed the Emmys has there been such nimble magic.I think that the big upset of the evening goes to Ben Affleck’s film ARGO beating out LINCOLN, ZERO DARK THIRTY and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. How much effect this will have on the Academy Awards remains to be seen, but it does up the ante considerably for Academy members who are still voting. I think it will be a dead heat between LINCOLN and ARGO.

DANIEL DAY LEWIS probably has the Oscar within his grasp especially after his Golden Globe win. How do you say no to Abraham Lincoln? Steven Spielberg’s audacity in getting former President Bill Clinton to introduce LINCOLN was a lesson in how power and money can make the almost impossible happen. A former President of the United States lending his bodily support was an amazing thing to behold. GO Steven Spielberg!

JESSICA CHASTAIN was, for me, anyway, a no brainer for best actress. Her performance in ZERO DARK THIRTY was a study in restrained haunting acting. Classically beautiful, she also has major acting chops. Don’t miss her performance. It is truly the best of the year.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE gives one of the most faceted, quirky and yet utterly charming performances in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Her win in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy was well deserved. The chilling WINTER’S BONE to THE HUNGER GAMES to SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK showcases the depths of her talent and makes her an actress to keep your eye on and expect great things.

ANNE HATHAWAY’S win for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture was a done deal from my point of view. Her performance is also the odds-on favorite to take home an Academy Award as well. I am not a big fan of the movie, but she gives far and away the best performance in the film.

HOMELAND swept the Best Series category with it’s well deserved win and Damian Lewis and Clare Danes who are the heart and soul of the series taking home Best Actor and Actress awards. HOMELAND is galvanizing television. Not to be missed!

I will let others critique Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement award. Personally, I was amazed, amused, confused and ultimately moved by it.

It was a glamorous and fun night. Clare Danes was a knockout in a gorgeous red Versace gown. J LO looked amazing in an almost see-through body hugging dress, as did Ann Hathaway looking so much like Audrey Hepburn in a tight fitting simple white gown. She wisely wore no jewelry whatsoever, but when you look like she does who needs it. I also thought that Alyssa Milano looked elegant and oh so glamorous in a vintage gold gown from Ports 1961. WOW!

So we bid adieu to the 70th Golden Globes Award and reminding whoever is planning next year’s shindig that they are really going to have to step up to equal what was one of the best Award ceremonies in years. Thank you Tina. Thank you Amy. It was a blast!

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