Every year at the Golden Globes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honors actors, directors and films in ways that may not line up with the Oscars. After the Globes were announced, many are speculating that this could be the year of the great Oscar upset. Then there’s Kathryn Bigelow, who is fighting on for her movie Zero Dark Thirty as the political critics continue to slam the filmmaker over her work. We have a lot to talk about on this week’s Oscar Scuttlebutt, that’s for sure.
First, let’s go through the movie portion of the Golden Globe winners. Many were shocked to find out that Ben Affleck and company would be dominating the hell out of the Golden Globes. Argo won for Best Dramatic Picture and Ben Affleck walked away with Best Director. Along with that, Argo and Affleck went home winning the same two categories at this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Take that, Oscars! But now there are a number of people who are speculating that Argo‘s chances of winning the Oscar gold for Best Picture have risen in the past couple of days. One would have to be stupid not to believe that Argo is on the verge of a comeback, slowly creeping into the front runner category it once held late last year.
Before we get into that, let’s talk about the rest of the Golden Globe movie winners. We’re a little disappointed that Moonrise Kingdom didn’t win Best Picture, Musical or Comedy since it’s not nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. However, we’re happy to see that Silver Linings Playbook got one less award under its belt. Instead Les Misérables swiped the award, and Hugh Jackman also won for Best Actor, Comedy or Musical. Daniel Day-Lewis winning for Lincoln and Jessica Chastain winning for Zero Dark Thirty wasn’t too much of a surprise, considering that they pulls off masterful performances in their films, but Jennifer Lawrence being awards the Golden Globe for Silver Linings Playbook was. We wonder if her Meryl Streep quip will get her in bad with Academy voters. Also, we’re just super happy that Django Unchained got some love for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay.
We could easily put our hands underneath our chin, stare out our window and daydream that in some far-off world Argo has now pretty much cemented their Oscar win. But if you’ve ever followed the Golden Globes and the Oscars, you’d realize that voters for the two never really agree on which movies, actors or directors should win. In some ways, yes, Argo does have the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards momentum riding behind it to give it a boost, but a majority of the time the Golden Globe Best Picture winner ends up not getting their hands on the Oscar. Some say that Lincoln is still a shoe-in to win Best Picture while others posit that films like Silver Linings Playbook or even Beasts of the Southern Wild will win. It would make more sense for Silver Linings Playbook to swoop up from under Lincoln and win Best Picture. For some reason the Academy is absolutely in love with that movie, made evident by their numerous nominations for the Oscars. We’ll just have to wait and see, but if it’s between Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln, we’re putting our money on the Steven Spielberg picture. And there’s always the hope that maybe the Academy voters will listen to The Hollywood Reporter with writing-in Ben Affleck’s name into the Best Director ballot.
Now if you follow either diehard movie fans, entertainment media folk or any Oscar experts, you must have seen the link for The LA Times article on Kathryn Bigelow defending Zero Dark Thirty. The wonderful people at The LA Times let Bigelow write her own article speaking out against the many claims that her movie promotes torture, which in some ways has damaged its chances of winning Best Picture. Instead of summarizing what she said, we’ll quote some of the strongest points in her article:
First of all: I support every American’s 1st Amendment right to create works of art and speak their conscience without government interference or harassment. As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and, quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind. But I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen.
…As for what I personally believe, which has been the subject of inquiries, accusations and speculation, I think Osama bin Laden was found due to ingenious detective work. Torture was, however, as we all know, employed in the early years of the hunt. That doesn’t mean it was the key to finding Bin Laden. It means it is a part of the story we couldn’t ignore. War, obviously, isn’t pretty, and we were not interested in portraying this military action as free of moral consequences.
Kathryn Bigelow continues on in her short-but-sweet article explaining how she understood torture is a sore subject to bring up in the film but still necessary to use. She doesn’t support it in any way, shape or form and we can only hope those politicians finally back off and leave her movie alone. Will that help her chance? You never know.
Do you think the Globes change the Oscar race?