The Insider host Lara Spencer announces Cate Blanchett as the winner of best supporting actress in a motion picture. No word as to whether she chose to make a disparaging comment about Blachett's performance in I'm Not There at the Beverly Hills ceremony. Copyrighted Associated Press photo by Mark J. Terrill. Below: Access Hollywood's Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell hosted the TV version of the Golden Globe announcements. Copyrighted photo by Jack Guy for NBC.
At the end of one of the freakiest weeks in awards season history, we had -- ta-da -- Billy Bush doing analysis at the podium?!
"At the end of the day, it's a woman imitating a man," he said, right after Cate Blanchett won the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress in a motion picture, giving the Aussie actress' win an instant cold shower.
Eh, this was about the best we could probably expect from the Globes, which spent most of last week scrambling to figure out what to do with the ceremony, which was scuttled by the Writers' Guild of America's strike against Hollywood producers. Even up until Saturday night, it was a tad confusing as to whether we, the viewers at home, would see an hour or half-hour announcement of the awards. It turned out that there was a half-hour press conference in Beverly Hills, while NBC showed an hour-long announcement show with Bush and his Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O'Dell.
The awards themselves did little to clear up the Academy Awards race. Atonement won the award for best motion picture drama, but the dramatic acting honors were split between Daniel Day Lewis for There Will be Blood and Julie Christie for Away from Her. In the comedy and musical categories, where the honor invariably will go to a serious musical if there is one, Johnny Depp won for his performance in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which also won for best motion picture comedy or musical. Really, Sweeney may have the most traction heading into the Oscar race with those wins, as the drama awards and supporting acting and directing honors, which are not split between dramas and other stuff, were spread around. If anyone truly appears to be in a stronger position thanks to the Globes, it would be veteran French actress Marion Cotillard, a surprise, though highly-deserving winner for best actress in a comedy or musical for La Vie en Rose.
Jamie Gumbrecht is usually our TV person, and as a lot of you know, she's off in Iraq right now. But we will note that months ago, she pointed out AMC's Mad Men, which was a big winner for best television show drama and best actor in a television drama for Jon Hamm. For our own TV watching, we'll cheer Tina Fey's win for best actress in a TV comedy for 30 Rock though whine Pushing Daisies didn't get something. Now we have to hope that the writer's strike doesn't kill it.
It would be nice if it killed this kind of awards show, and maybe served as a catalyst for getting the writers and producers back to the bargaining table.
Yes, the hour-long announcement show was quick and efficient. But the big, bloated and often unpredictable ceremonies are part of the fun of awards season for fans. Last night had no sense of occasion. It did have Billy and Nancy, who no one has ever looked to for critical commentary on movies and TV, analyzing the awards on the fly. Access, after all, is a gossip show, not a show about the art and craft of film making. From the duo, we got -- ahem -- gems like this:
~ Bush telling us we shouldn't see Depp's win for singing in a musical as a surprise because he came to Los Angeles singing in a rock band, as if that and leading a Stephen Sondheim musical are the same thing.
~ O'Dell acting surprised at Julian Schnabel's win for best director of a motion picture as if she'd never heard of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- right now, word is it will open later this month in Lexington. Apparently everyone who has seen it has been blown away, so it wasn't such a surprise if you were paying attention.
We will give the Access hosts some props. It was nice to see someone making a point about how silly the comedy and musical combo categories are, as Bush did several times. And O'Dell got in a funny inside dig when the show trotted out a nearly 10-year-old clip of Angelina Jolie in a pool, wearing a see-through dress, after her first Golden Globe win. Pointing out the clip has been shown numerous times on Access, O'Dell said, "Yes, the show is produced by men."
Funny. But this writer's strike is getting less amusing by the day.
~ I knew it felt sorta lonely watching the Globes last night. According to the Associated Press, NBC's broadcast ranked fourth for its time slot and only 7 percent of the TV audience last night.
~ According to the World Entertainment News Network, George Clooney wants to get involved in mediating talks between the writers and producers.