Awards season has officially kicked off tonight as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the Golden Globes. The show itself was mediocre at best, but it really did beat last year's "press conference"...mostly because we didn't have to put up with Billy Bush.
There were some nice surprises like the Kate Winslet sweep for The Reader and Revolutionary Road. I was expecting Anne Hathaway to get another statue for Rachel Getting Married. I was glad to see Mickey Rourke win Best Actor - Drama because I was expecting Sean Penn to win for Milk. Now, I haven't seen either Milk or The Wrestler, but it seems like it's going to come down to Rourke or Penn, and I'm OK with that. I was also a little surprised that Colin Farrell winning Best Actor - Comedy for In Bruges. I haven't finished Bruges yet, so I guess I didn't know what to expect.
The big not so much of a surprise was Slumdog Millionaire essentially sweeping the Globes. Now, when I first saw the film I felt that it was a little overrated, but it appears to be the critical darling to beat. To be honest, I hope Slumdog really does keep steamrolling during the awards because it's such a small movie compared to its rivals, and I'm always a sucker for the underdog.
Also, this movie has been getting a lot of backlash, mostly from The Dark Knight fanboys, which I really don't understand. I just think the backlash is funny because TDK is getting some of its own due to the fanboys claiming that it's the best movie ever made. I've said it before and I'll say it again, The Dark Knight was really good but it wasn't the best movie this year, and I'm glad that Slumdog is proving my point for me.
On the television side, I was totally underwhelmed since 30 Rock pretty much cleaned up. I've checked out a few episodes of this show, and I just don't think it's that funny. Overall, it was an OK night, but it did give me some guidance when I make my Oscar predictions.